Mediterranean Yacht Charters
Explore some the the world's most beautiful and vibrant charter destinations
The Mediterranean is both the geographic and cultural thread that weaves together Southern Europe, Western Asia and Northern Africa. Arguably one of the most historically significant and richly diverse areas in the world, “the Med” is also stunningly beautiful. From the islands – like Ibiza, Capri and Sardinia – to the stunning Old World ports along the Amalfi Coast and in Greece, the region is home to some of the most awe-inspiring and lively destinations in all of the world.
Secluded beaches, ancient ruins, exquisite cuisine and even rowdy parties (in Ibiza and Hvar in Croatia) await you on a trip you’ll never forget. With a past reaching back thousands of years, the Mediterranean gives you a feeling timelessness matched with modern luxury. Ruins and thousand-year-old churches welcome you in every port, and the cultural and cuisine is stepped in ancient tradition. Yet, apart from the history and unique sights, the turquoise waters and white-sand beaches have an undeniable lure. The beaches here are legendary – from St. Tropez, to Elafonsia Beach in Crete.
Simply put, the Mediterranean offers you the best of the best in yacht chartering. The region is home to the world’s most delicious cuisine, the best luxury shopping, the most picturesque beaches, and of course, history that’s undeniably significant.
Mediterranean Charters: What to Do and See
The Mediterranean offers adventures to match every traveler’s tastes. From tours of ancient ruins and Old World churches, to luxury shopping and the legendary casinos of Monaco, you’ll find it all.
Whether you plan to party all night, or you’d rather relax with a glass of wine, you’re in for a luxury travel experience unlike any other. What should you plan to do and see? Here are some of the Med’s must-see attractions:
The body of water the Romans called “mare nostrum” (or “our sea”) is full of historical landmarks important to all of modern Western civilization, from the basilicas of Italy to the earliest churches and monasteries of France and Spain. It’s an architectural goldmine and an inspiration to those who visit. UNESCO World Heritage Sites dot the landscape, as do museums, galleries and centuries-old historical markers. If you’re interested in art and culture, you’ll love it here.
It’s no secret that most of the cities, towns and villages bordering the Mediterranean Sea are famous for their cuisines. And for foodies, the Mediterranean is a destination like no other. In every port of call, you’ll find a place serving to-die-for foods. From the Michelin-starred restaurants of Monaco, to the seaside cafes in Cannes, charter guests are welcomed by great food wherever they go.
The Mediterranean is one of the world’s top fashion destinations, with France and Italy holding as much significance in the industry as New York City. Across the region, visitors can explore high-end designer boutiques selling couture garments, accessories and handbags. Planning to shop? Try Le Metropole Shopping center in Monte-Carlo, one of the world’s best fashion shopping centers. Porto Cervo in Sardinia and La Croisette in Cannes are also must-visit shopping destinations.
In the Mediterranean, guests are regularly treated to great food, wine, sporting and cultural festivals. Cannes Film Festival, of course, might be the most famous, drawing A-List celebrities from around the world. Yet, every weekend in the summer, there’s a seaside festival to attend. Other great festivals include the Monaco Yacht Show and Summer Festival in Dubrovnik.
The waters in the Mediterranean are inviting, and chances are, you’ll spend quite a bit of time in the water while on charter. In particular, the Mediterranean is a hotspot for kitesurfing and windsurfing – especially in the Greek Islands and throughout Italy. Yet, seakaying and paddleboarding are other top activities on a Mediterranean charter. Bottom line, you’ll bask in the sapphire waters during your visit.
The Mediterranean is rich with history inland, as well as under the sea. In fact, you’ll find incredible dive spots throughout the region. Malta, for example, offers numerous dive locations including the HMS Maori, a historic shipwreck. Secca della Colombara and Punta Omo Morto in Italy are favorite dive spots, as well. And in Greece, divers flock to Chios Island for its beautiful reefs and underwater sights.
For wine-lovers, the Mediterranean is a mecca, offering the best glasses in all of the world. The region’s wine-making tradition of course goes back thousands of years, and in every port of call, you’ll find a wine bar, cellar or bodega serving the best wines. From Sassicaia and Ornellaia from Italy, to Bordeaux from France and the Dalmatian wines of Croatia and Montenegro, wine lovers will find much to try and taste in the Mediterranean.
The Mediterranean offers it all. Art, culture, food, you name it. But there’s another reason to book a lock luxury yacht charter: Mediterranean beaches! From the Amalfi coast, to Ibiza, from St. Tropez, to Split, you’ll be welcomed by sun-soaked, white-sand beaches offering the best spots to relax and take in the scenery in every port of call.
Mediterranean Yacht Charters: Where to Go
The Med is a sprawling region that offers a diverse variety of landscapes to explore. In general, though, there are two main regions: the West Mediterranean and East Mediterranean.
The West is the most established and legendary. It includes Spain, Italy and France, and includes such Mediterranean charter hotspots as the Cote d’Azur, the Amalfi Coast, the Balearic Islands, Cannes and Monaco. All throughout the West Mediterranean, you’ll be welcomed by ports full of luxury yachts, shops and amenities.
The East Mediterranean has been gaining popularity as a destination for luxury yacht charters. This region includes the Greek Islands – which have been a popular yachting destination for hundreds of years – as well as the emerging destinations of Croatia, Turkey and Montenegro. In the East, guests are welcomed by historic ports, uninhabited islands, calm seas, and beautiful weather.
With hundreds of miles of beautiful coastline to explore and a diverse range of cultures to experience, deciding where to go in the Mediterranean is no easy task. A few favorite destinations include:
- France – Glamorous and gorgeous, the French Riviera – or Cote d’Azur – has a reputation for attracting jetsetters, movie stars and British Royalty. Over 300 days of sunshine grace the lovely seaside cities of the French Riviera, including Cannes, Nice, and the city-state Monaco. The Cannes Film Festival draws cinema elite from around the world and St. Tropez is acclaimed for its clothing-optional beaches and annual superyacht regatta.
- Italy – Italy offers a wide diversity of charter destinations – from islands, to mainland ports. The Italian Riviera, for example, is peppered with charming seaside towns and picturesque vistas. The Amalfi Coast is one of the most famous areas to visit, including the island of Capri. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and is home to both world-class beaches and ancient ruins of Greek temples and Norman castles. For oenophiles, it also produces some of the best wines in the world. Sardinia is another incredible island on the Italian Riviera that’s visited by yacht charters to the Mediterranean.
- Spain – Spain gives travelers a variety of experiences, from quiet corners of paradise to non-stop parties. Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands, is a fascinating contrast of environments: sheltered bays with bright-white beaches, wooded mountains and olive groves. Another island whose reputation may precede it is Ibiza. While famous for its crazy nightlife, it’s also home to four UNESCO World Heritage sites, including a Phoenician-Punic necropolis.
- Croatia – Croatia is a rising star in the Eastern Mediterranean, which has quickly earned a reputation for its stunning history, beautiful coastline and sapphire blue waters. In Croatia, charter guests are welcomed by Old World churches and forts, a burgeoning local culinary/wine scene, and plenty of outdoor adventures. To the south, the walled city of Dubrovnik has become a must-stop locale for charterers, and Split is known for its legendary beaches and parties. Just south, the country of Montenegro is a favorite destination on Croatian charters.
- Greece – Greece has always drawn visitors by sea, and the region is a top charter destination in the Med. The Greek Islands, in particular, offer plenty to explore. With more than 6,000 islands and islets, including stunning Corfu, Greece offers action-packed itineraries full of majestic sites and towns. Here, you’ll find incredible food, the best windsurfing in the region, untouched natural beauty, and loads of history.
- Turkey – Turkey continues to gain in popularity as a charter destination, although it remains mostly untouched. Here, visitors will find a culture steeped in history. The country’s coastline is dotted with ancient ruins, as well as beautiful natural scenery, including sandy beaches, old-growth pine forests, and the beautiful Dalmatian Mountains. Izmir and Gocek are two of the most popular ports.
What to Expect on Your Mediterranean Yacht Charter
The Mediterranean has become the world’s top destination for summer yacht charters. During the summer months – and particularly in July and August – the Med’s ports teem with luxury superyachts and well-heeled guests. It’s the place to be, and guests are welcomed by the most incredible weather, water temperatures and conditions.
- Weather – Yacht charters are available year-round. Yet, the most popular time to charter is summer – from May to September. During the summer months temperatures hover in the mid-70s, and reach highs of the mid-80s in July and August. With plenty of sun, the summer offers the best weather for enjoying a yacht charter in the region.
- Water Temperatures – Throughout summer, the waters of the Mediterranean hover in the 70s, offer ideal temperatures for watersports, swimming and enjoying the beaches.
- Water Conditions – In winter, the swells tend to drive up from the south and can reach up to 10 feet in height. In summer, though, the conditions are much calmer. There’s a steady breeze, great for a sailing charter, with waves in the 2-4 foot range.
Escape to the Mediterranean on a luxury yacht charter. Whether you want to explore the South of France, or bustling Croatia, Worldwide Boat’s team can help you plan the perfect vacation and secure an ideal superyacht. Contact your broker today to learn more.