Top 10 Luxury Yacht Charter Locations in the Mediterranean

What are the best places to charter a luxury yacht in the Mediterranean?

Below are the Top 10 best and most popular destinations to explore aboard a superyacht while indulging in luxury, unparalleled comfort and the best of luxury travel.

Island of Brac - Croatia - Bol - Credit Croatia Tourism Board
Island of Brac – Croatia – Bol – Credit Croatia Tourism Board

Top 10 Luxury Yacht Charter Locations in the Mediterranean

1 CROATIA – DALMATIAN COAST

[pullquote]There is a number of historical and beautiful UNESCO heritage sites to explore in this region, including Split, Dubrovnik and Kotor. Trogir is one of the jewels of the Dalmatian coast and is a town of extraordinary architectural beauty; also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage[/pullquote] With over a thousand unspoiled islands making up the Dalmatian Coast, embarking on a luxury yacht charter vacation in Croatia is an excellent way of enjoying your upcoming summer holidays. With so many things on offer, it is quite hard to pick just a few. Northern Adriatic and the Kornati Archipelago provide a more serene environment, whereas the southern part of the coastline is more dynamic and lively. Site. Miljet, the greenest of all the islands, is a national park boasting unique forest habitat, centered on two lagoons with a spirit and charm all of its own. For an authentic dining experience try the traditional dish called ‘Peka’, prepared using one of the oldest cooking methods in Dalmatia. Hvar is known for its non-stop partying; and if you feel up to joining the beautiful people and celebs, then this is the right place to be.

Photo aerienne de Cannes
Photo aerienne de Cannes

2 FRANCE – FRENCH RIVIERA

[pullquote]In the 18th century, the French Riviera was established as a modern holiday destinations and as a winter health resort for the British upper class.[/pullquote] Today, the coastline is one of the most glamorous and most popular charter grounds in the Mediterranean. Charming ports, stylish beach-clubs, state-of-the-art marinas and golden beaches spread over the coastline from Menton through to the picturesque fishing village of Saint Tropez.  Renowned as the home to the famous international film festival, Cannes is an elegant town with a quaint old port and is often used a starting point to a France yacht holiday. Well-connected to the coastline and worth a visit is Grasse, amongst France’s top perfume producers, scented with lavender, jasmine, violets and orange blossom from the surrounding fields. For art-lovers there is Antibes, set in delightful natural surroundings, housing one of the world’s greatest Picasso collections. The pretty and quaint old town of Villefranche-sur-Mer offers a perfect setting for a mid-morning breakfast and from here, you may like to take a day trip up to Eze, a medieval village settled atop a mountain. The exotic gardens are worth a visit and the views  are truly spectacular.  Synonymous with the decadent indulgence of living, Monaco is well know for the Monte Carlo Casino and the popular F1 Grand Prix race or the Monaco Yacht Show. Treat yourself to a day’s shopping at leading designer stores or enter the Monaco Cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace married.

STARFIRE Yacht - Image courtesy of CharterWorld
STARFIRE Yacht – Image courtesy of CharterWorld

3 GREECE – IONIAN ISLANDS

[pullquote]Renowned for the pleasant, temperate climate, turquoise blue waters and stunning scenery, the Greek Ionian Islands offer an ideal setting for yachting holidays. Ionian Islands yacht charter is a favoured way of exploring this breath-taking group of islands[/pullquote]. A cluster of twelve islands varying in size and located in Central Greece, include Zakynthos, Ithaca, Corfu, Kefalonia, Lefkada, Paxi, Antipaxi, Erikousa, Mathraki, Othoni, Meganisi and the deserted islets of Strofades. Once part of Central Greece, the islands were detached from the mainland due to  a seismic activity along the great coastline fault of the Ionian Sea. Thanks to this change the islands offer amazing scenery, including its rugged shores and the lovely beaches. The islands are renowned for their tall mountains, that used to belong to the Pindos Mountain range which crossed Central Greece. This area also boasts of a great water depth of 4,406 metres, the deepest in the entire Mediterranean. The Ionian Islands offer spectacular beauty and plenty of possibilities for various cruising itineraries.

Ibiza - Es Calonet - Photo by Xescu Prats - Credit to Ibiza Tourist Board
Ibiza – Es Calonet – Photo by Xescu Prats – Credit to Ibiza Tourist Board

4 SPAIN – BALEARIC ISLANDS, IBIZA

[pullquote]One of the most popular charter destinations include the island of Ibiza, combining the natural beauty of the Spanish waters with the vibrant lifestyle.[/pullquote] Thanks to the new yachting legislation in Spain, where charter yachts of all sizes operating in Spain can claim an exemption from the infamous matriculations text, and non-EU-flagged superyachts are allowed to charter within Balearic waters, there is an increasing selection in luxury motor yachts, sailing yachts and superyachts available for Balearics yacht holidays. In addition to fantastic entertainment it offers, the island is also on the UNESCO World Heritage list for its wealth in culture, beautiful archeological history and an array of museums. By day you could also explore the street markets, cafes and bars, or one of the many open-air cultural events. National Park of Ses Salinas and Es Vedrà, an uninhabited nature reserve island, are well worth a visit, too.

Costa Smeralda - Sassari - Image credit to Italian Tourism Board - Photo by Vito Arcomano
Costa Smeralda – Sassari – Image credit to Italian Tourism Board – Photo by Vito Arcomano

5 ITALY – COSTA SMERALDA IN SARDINIA

[pullquote]Costa Smeralda stand for one of the best and the most beautiful travel destinations in Italy. [/pullquote] Running about 20 kilometers along the northern coast of Sardinia, Costa Smeralda is renowned for its emerald-green waters (hence the name Costa Smeralda – Emerald Coast), lush greenery and white-sand beaches. In addition to alluring natural beauty the coast has a selection of quality golf clubs, private jet and helicopter services, exclusive restaurants and resorts. The renowned Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda is held here each year in June and attracts a fantastic fleet of luxury sailing yachts.  Porto Cervo is the main town, situated in the Gallura region and was established by Prince Karim Aga Khan in the 1950s. One of Sardinia’s most exclusive holiday destinations, Porto Cervo offers designer boutiques, spa hotels, the finest restaurants and premier nightspots.

Positano - Amalfi Coasts - Photo by Paola Ghirotti - Image credit to Italian Tourism Board ENIT
Positano – Amalfi Coasts – Photo by Paola Ghirotti – Image credit to Italian Tourism Board ENIT

6 ITALY – ROME, CAPRI AND AMALFI COAST

[pullquote]Renowned for its passionate people, ‘La Bella Vita’, important history and art, Italy should most definitely be encountered at least once in a lifetime.[/pullquote] With the right itinerary and choice of activities, cruising the Italian coast could become one of the most exciting and fulfilling vacations you ever had. One of the most fascinating places in Italy is the Amalfi Coast. Cruising the Amalfi Coast will allow you to enjoy the incredible engineering genius of the architecture of Positano or the scenic beauty of Ravello (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Favourites of the ‘crème de la crème’ are the jet set islands of Capri and Ischia. You could choose to sail further north and visit the ‘Eternal City’ – Rome. An absolute must-see in Rome is the Collosseum, St.Peter’s Basilica, the Imperial Forum, the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona with Bernini’s splendid Four Rivers Fountain, Piazza del Popolo and endless other important historical sites.

Fun aboard Motor Yacht IDOL
Fun aboard Motor Yacht IDOL

7 FRANCE – SOUTHERN CORSICA

[pullquote]Known as the ‘Island of Beauty’ Corsica offers varied scenery, lovely architecture, great history and beautiful beaches.[/pullquote] Travellers engaging in a Corsica yacht charter have plenty of possibilities for water fun activities, diving, snorkelling or land-based activities such as hiking the Grande Randonnée or better known as GR 20. Corsica yacht holidays usually include a trip to Bonifacio, a small town perched on top of a cliff. There is no better way to indulge in this beautiful sight than by approaching it from the sea! Porto-Vecchio, the St-Tropez of Crosica is another stylish town to include in your itinerary. Situated in Southern Corsica, it offers a great selection of idyllic and unspoilt beaches, remarkable mountain scenery and vibrant cafes, bars, restaurants, boutique shops found in its historical Old Town. Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica represents the island’s largest city. It is famous as the birth-place of Napoleon, whose influence can be noted throughout the entire city. Stroll through the narrow winding streets and enjoy the varied architecture, or visit Ajaccio’s renowned cathedral.

Palmarina Bodrum in Turkey ­ Photo credit to Palmarina Bodrum
Palmarina Bodrum in Turkey ­ Photo credit to Palmarina Bodrum

8 TURKEY – TURQUOISE COAST

[pullquote]Turkey is a stunning cruising destination, with more coastline than any other country in the Mediterranean, where even those with the highest expectations will not be disappointed.[/pullquote] By far the most dramatic way to explore the Turquoise Coast is on a Turkey yacht charter sailing through the pristine blue water aboard a traditional turkish gulet. One of the most photographed beaches in the Med is Ölüdeniz or Blue Lagoon, known for its calm, crystal-clear waters, ideal for swimming, water-sports and among the best places in the world to paraglide. The Sunken City of Kekova is a protected Lycian-Roman archeological site also well worth a visit. Another interesting and historically important location to add to your itinerary are the ruins of the ancient city Caunos from 3000BC, easily accessible and well worth exploring. Shopping for souvenirs is best done in Fethiye, where you should also try the traditional Turkish Bath followed by an hour long massage before returning aboard your vessel.  For a little more action, visit Marmaris, a busy town bustling with activity, shops, markets and nightlife; or Bodrum with many good bards, restaurants and some of the best open-air nightclubs in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Montenegro - Credit to Montenegro Tourism Board
Montenegro – Credit to Montenegro Tourism Board

9 MONTENEGRO

[pullquote]Increasing in popularity as a luxury travel destination, Montenegro offers its visitors astonishing beauty and world-class amenities.[/pullquote] Montenegro yacht charter is often combined with Dalmatian Coast and Croatia yacht charter vacation, were guests will either start or finish their unforgettable journey. The Bay of Kotor or simply Boka will amaze you by the overwhelming beauty, as if the mountains have cracked and let the sea in. The Bay of Boka Kotorska is the southernmost fjord in Europe and offers a thrilling view when approached from the sea. The bay has a lush Mediterranean vegetation that includes agave, palms, mimosas, oleanders, kiwis or pomegranates. Visitors on a Montenegro charter yacht usually fall in love with the lovely Ada Bojana; a triangular island of 5.4 square kilometres, artificially created in the 19th century. Interestingly, a ship called ‘Merito’ got stranded where the islands is today, and years of depositing river sediment have created this small paradise of Montenegro. Ada is famous for its sandy beaches and as a nudist resort. For upmarket restaurants and beach clubs visit the stylish and glamorous Port of Montenegro, under continuous development.

Lipari - Sicily - Photo Raffaele Tolomeo
Lipari – Sicily – Photo Raffaele Tolomeo

10 ITALY – SICILY & AEOLIAN ISLANDS

[pullquote]All of the islands are of volcanic origin and Aeolian Islands yacht charter is the best way to experience their beauty to the fullest.[/pullquote] Last but not least we have the extraordinary destination from the Unesco World Heritage list – Sicily’s volcanic hot-spot, the Aeolian Islands. The islands are situated off the northern coast of Sicily and include the seven large islands of Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi and Panarea; as well as five small islets of Basiluzzo, Dattilo, Lisca Nera, Bottaro and Lisca Bianca. From aboard your chosen Sicily charter yacht you can enjoy the view of Stromboli and its flowing of lava coming from the crater toward the sea or stop over on Panarea, renowned for its jet-set visitors. Sicily and the surrounding islands are renowned for their incredible beauty, spectacular cuisine and a fantastic cruising ground.

Choosing a Yacht Charter Company

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