The azure, crystalline waters of the Mediterranean Sea are as beautiful as they are significant. A critical transportation route connecting Southern Europe, North Africa and Western Asia, the shores of the Mediterranean lap upon diverse cultures and thousands of years of history. Chartering a yacht across this sea, you’ll have a superabundance of sites to explore that you can’t find anywhere else in the world.
Experience these six special destinations under the golden sun of the Mediterranean on your yacht charter:
1. Wine Region: Mallorca, Spain
Peacefully resting off the east coast of Spain, Mallorca is a gorgeous island with over 200 beaches. The island’s historical, picturesque villages and turquoise waves are complemented by luxury resorts and Michelin-star restaurants. But if anything can compete with Mallorca’s alluring white sands, it’s the flourishing wine region.
Only a small percentage of Mallorcan wines are exported, so sampling these vintages is truly a memorable experience when chartering a yacht in the Mediterranean. Treat your palate to unusual varietals that are indigenous to Mallorca, such as Callet, Fogoneu or Giro Blanc. You can book a wine tour or visit wineries yourself – the island is only 70 miles wide and 45 miles long and easily navigated.
2. Blue Trail: Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre brings to mind images of brightly colored, charming houses perched on cliffs above the Italian sea. The five towns in this scenic region are lovely and historical, with buildings and relics dating back to the 13th century. Swimming in the sparkling bays and sipping on Sciacchetra, the local wine, will relax any traveler, but your itinerary should also include a walk along the famous Sentiero Azzurro, or Blue Trail.
This picturesque cliffside path runs along the water and connects all five of Cinque Terre’s villages, but sections are often closed for restoration. One portion currently open is the stretch from Vernazza to Monterosso. An easy walk about 2 miles long, you’ll get stunning panoramas of the Mediterranean interspersed with lush sections that seem like secret passageways. Romantic and dramatic, the Blue Trail is must-do on your Mediterranean yacht charter.
3. Thermal Mud Baths: Vulcano, Aeolian Islands
The Aeolians are rugged and magical islands sitting off the northeastern coast of Sicily. Each island has its own personality and draw for travelers, but only the most intrepid make it to the sulfurous shores of Vulcano. While the pungent smell of rotten eggs may dissuade some, many flock to the thick mud for its reputed therapeutic powers. Soaking in the rich sediment is said to cure arthritis, rheumatism, skin ailments, and more. After your treatment, you can stroll a few steps to the beach to wash off in warm waves of the Mediterranean. If you seek glowing skin instead of glamourous nightlife, Vulcano’s mud baths are just the unique travel experience that the doctor ordered.
4. Maison Bonaparte: Ajaccio, Corsica
Called “Fair One” by the Greeks, Corsica is a paradise offering both stunning beaches and snowcapped mountains. Ajaccio, the capital and largest city, dates back to 1492 and you can spend hours strolling through the charming old town and enjoying a glass of Corsican wine. The most popular attraction in Ajaccio is the childhood home of Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon was born on August 15, 1769 in Maison Bonaparte and the house is now open to the public as a museum. You’ll see family pictures and relics, weapons, period furniture and even Le Petit Caporal’s death mask.
5. Necropolis of Puig des Molins: Ibiza, Spain
Ibiza is a charismatic island famous for its all-night raves and A-list clubbers, but its allure goes way beyond the party scene. The island is also quite historic and culturally significant, with rare marine life and ecosystems that have earned it the title of a UNESCO World Heritage Center. Ibiza contains several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the fascinating necropolis of Puig des Molins. Located in the heart of Old Town, the Phoenicians created this ancient cemetery around 600 B.C. and it contains almost 4,000 tombs, making it the largest necropolis in the world. There’s a corresponding museum that displays jewelry, amulets, terracotta statues and other treasures that have been excavated from the burial chambers.
6. Monte Carlo Casino: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monte Carlo has epitomized pure glamour for decades. The capital city of Monaco is a playground for the rich and famous with its luxury resorts, golden beaches and famous Formula One Grand Prix race. These attractions create an irresistible pull for travelers from all over the world, but the Monte Carlo casino is the city’s crown jewel. The casino is designed in the grand beaux-arts style and exemplifies the sophistication and intrigue of the James Bond films it’s been featured in. You can try your luck at one of many games of chance, catch a performance of the city opera or ballet or simply people watch. Be advised that the casino does enforce a dress code to “preserve its legendary aura.”
What do you want to experience on the journey of a lifetime? Contact Worldwide Boat today to learn more about the spectacular sites you’ll see in the Mediterranean.Go Back to the Blog