Charter a beautiful yacht to take you around some of the most enchanting holiday destinations during summer. Immerse yourself on a luxury escape, drink in the views, scent of the water, soothing sounds all enjoyed in privacy.
Barcelona is an incredible destination to meet up with your luxury yacht and begin a cruise of the Balearic Islands – the Port Vell marina is home to the stunning OneOcean Yacht Club where events are held celebrating the luxury yachting lifestyle throughout the year. If you haven’t visited Barcelona before, make time to see vibrant Park Guell and the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia at the beginning or end of your trip.
The Balearic Islands is one of those destinations where having your own accommodation and transport on the water really make a difference to your experience: Party until the early hours in Ibiza Town and once you’ve had your fill, sail off to a quiet cove for uninterrupted sleep. Begin your day fully recharged and head to the beaches only accessible by luxury yacht to spend quality time with family, friends… and of course the water toys. Taste the fine wines of the region on a vineyard tour and see the pristine coastal countryside that few visitors ever get far enough from the towns to uncover for themselves.
Modern and ancient culture live side-by-side on Mallorca, where, in a single day visitors can explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites, shop in the boutiques, visit modern art galleries and then end the day with a Michelin-quality meal.
As the favourite Mediterranean luxury yacht charter grounds, the French Riviera has everything geared towards the convenience of travel by water. From Cannes’s Le Vieux Port guests can walk to the Old Town where bars, cafes and museums can be found amongst the atmospheric cobblestone streets. The Palais des Festivals beside the port is the venue for festivals throughout the year, including the Cannes Film Festival, the Dance Festival and Fireworks Festival.
In addition to the magnificent golden beaches near St. Tropez and Cap Ferrat, luxury yacht charter guests can immerse themselves in the galleries of Matisse and Picasso in Nice and Antibes respectively, the latter also the place of the Absinthe Museum. Pass by the ancient coastal forts and castles on your way to glamorous Monaco for an indulgent day of high-end shopping and a night of heart-stopping action in the casinos.
Whether cruising on from the French Riviera or beginning your luxury yacht charter in the Italian Riviera, this coastal region is a feast for the senses with a massive selection of vineyards and Michelin restaurants to tantalise the taste buds, colourful Cinque Terre villages and wildflowers, plus incredible Scuba dive sites from Savrona all the way down to Elba.
As you cruise along the coast to Portofino be sure to anchor in the nearby reserve and visit the underwater Christ of the Abyss statue and the historic abbey and museum. Pick up the latest accessories and peruse the boutiques and galleries at nearby Portofino and sit back and watch the world go by from the marina.
The Cinque Terre villages are brightly painted and together form a UNESCO World Heritage Site amongst the national park of the same name. Accessible on foot or by boat, even during the busy summer months tourist numbers are kept down from other major tourist attractions.
Porto Venere and Forte dei Marmi both have a fantastic nightlife and plenty of sights for culture lovers, including a Catholic church, castle and a grotto named after the poet Lord Byron who stayed in Porto Venere. The peaceful surroundings are perfect for a swim, meditation or drawing inspiration for your own masterpiece.
The massive variety on offer along the Amalfi Coast brings back luxury yacht charter groups year after year, who want to spend more time exploring the maze-like metropolis of Naples and its sensational pizzerias and gelaterias, which are open long into the night. As you sit outside and watch the pedestrians go by, you’ll notice how entire families are out and about long into the evening; when the weather’s good, no one stays cooped up indoors but instead goes about living their lives. The museums have a magnificent collection of relics removed from Pompeii, which is another UNESCO World Heritage Site worth visiting.
Farther south in Sorrento, the fortress gates will greet you as you pass from Marina Grande to the town proper. The city is known for its marquetry (woodwork), lacework and ceramics, and if you are looking to pick up some gifts for family back home this is an excellent stop to pick up a jewellery box or something that can be personalised. At Positano, the family can spend a laid-back afternoon alongside the waterfront or kayaking and paddle boarding along the beach. At both locations, pick up some limoncello liqueur as a temporary but tasty memento of your holiday.
If your group is looking to experience the finer things in life and take the days at your own pace, Capri and Ischia are the ‘getaway islands’ for superyachts: Capri balances international brands and quaint cobblestone streets lined with cafes with impressive gardens and natural wonders such as the grottoes to be found across the island. Tourism on Ischia has flourished around its volcanic nature, and tourists from across the world come to bathe in the thermal spas and drink the red and white wines produced from the fertile soil.
Amalfi, the town the area is named after, was once a powerful city that created the first iteration of the maritime code. Visitors come to see the amazing church to Saint Andrew, which was constructed in late baroque style and features a golden icon wall and an elaborate Cloister of Paradise where the city’s noble families are buried.
The romantic clifftop town of Ravello is perched above Amalfi and has attracted artists, writers and musicians throughout the centuries. From here your group can take in breath-taking views of the surrounding coast from the Villa Rufolo gardens, which also hosts indoor and outdoor concerts throughout the summer cruising season.
Corsica & Sardinia
When the crowds around the tourist destinations become too much on the mainland, luxury yacht charterers disappear to the majestic islands of Corsica and Sardinia. Corsica is designated a Regional Natural Park and sports over 200 beaches and a massive collection of dive sites and plenty of Michelin-quality restaurants to choose from after working up an appetite using the water toys.
Sardinia is the escape of the rich and famous – and it’s no wonder with the powdery white beaches, lively nightlife and summer regattas that take place from Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo. The nearby La Maddalena Islands are another wildlife paradise with rare fauna and flora both above and below the waves.
Article written by Rachael Steele/CharterWorld.com