The Marvelous Mediterranean
Bursting with architecture, culture, natural beauty, and glamor, it’s not hard to see why the Mediterranean is one of the most popular regions to enjoy a luxury charter vacation with friends or family.
White sandy beaches and turquoise waters offer a great chance to enjoy water sports or a game of volleyball, while historical towns and villages offer a great opportunity to immerse yourself in European culture.
In this article, we explore some of the stunning jewels in the Mediterranean crown, to offer you some inspiration as you book your luxury escape. Don’t forget – many destinations in the Mediterranean are extremely popular so book early to avoid disappointment.
The Dalmation Coast, Croatia
As the location of a number of UNESCO heritage sites, it’s hardly surprising that so many return to this part of the world each year. Over a thousand islands make up the Dalmation Coast including the popular Split, Dubrovnik, and Kotor regions, and it’s a great choice for a summer luxury charter. For a feel of true serenity, head for the island of Miljet boasting a vast national park and two lagoons, brimming with animal and plant life. The traditional dish ‘Peka’ is sure to go down well with foodies, prepared using one of the oldest cooking methods in Dalmatia. For those looking to party the night away, head for Hvar – a glamorous hotspot frequented by celebrities and VIPs.
Ionian Islands, Greece
The temperate climate, turquoise blue waters and historic architecture, are just some of the reasons why the Ionian Islands are a great location for a luxury charter. Made up of twelve islands including Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Antipaxi, Erikousa, Mathraki, and Strofades, these islands were detached from mainland Greece due to seismic activity along the great coastline fault of the Ionian Sea. Thanks to this natural change, the islands offer stunning scenery, rugged shores and delightful beaches. The waters here are the deepest in the entire Mediterranean, and there are numerous cruising itineraries available in this region.
The French Riviera, France
Renowned the world over as an adult playground for the rich and famous, the French Riviera remains one of the most popular choices for a luxury charter vacation.
Charming ports, glamorous beach clubs, state-of-the-art marinas and golden sandy beaches add to the appeal of this stunning coastline spanning from Menton through to St Tropez. Home of the international film festival, Cannes remains one of the most popular tourist towns on this stretch with its historic old port providing the ideal starting point for a charter vacation in this region. Sample the scent of France’s top perfume producers in Grasse, walking among lavender, jasmine and orange blossom fields, or head to Antibes for an art-lovers paradise.
For something a little different, don’t forget to visit Eze, a medieval village situated right at the top of a mountain. Offering plentiful views from exotic gardens, this is the ideal escape on those days away from the yacht. Home of the Monte Carlo Casino and the popular Grand Prix, Monaco is brimming with luxury designer stores, historic architecture and an electric atmosphere.
France, South Corsica
Known as the ‘Island of Beauty’, Corsica has everything you could want from a Mediterranean charter vacation. Water sports, snorkelling and land-based activities can be found in plentiful supply, so the region is popular with those seeking a vacation full of thrills and spills. Unspoilt beaches, rugged mountain scenery and vibrant cafes, bars, and restaurants make this a busy destination during the summer season. Birth place of Napoleon, Ajaccio, is a great way to spend a day on land, strolling the narrow winding streets and enjoying the captivating heritage and architecture.
The Balearic Islands, Spain
As one of the most popular European vacation destinations, the Balearic Islands offer natural Spanish charm, stunning scenery, and a glamorous, vibrant lifestyle. Due to new yachting legislation in Spain (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 a huge selection of motor, sailing and super yachts from which to choose. Whether you opt for family-friendly Majorca, or the party isle of Ibiza, you’ll be assured of a whole range of things to do. From the street markets, cafes and bars to the uninhabited nature reserves, any charter vacation to the Balearics is sure to be memorable and diverse.
Rome, Capri and Amalfi Coast, Italy
Italy is a great destination for a luxury charter vacation, offering a varied itinerary brimming with style and passion. Cruising the Amalfi Coast gives you plenty of opportunity to explore Positano’s architecture, and the natural beauty of Ravello – a natural heritage site. The jet set islands of Capri and Ischia provide a playground for the rich and famous, and the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome offers architectural splendors such as the Colloseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Imperial Forum, the Spanish Steps, and the Piazza Navona. The local hospitality is renowned, and you’ll have an endless supply of world-class restaurants and bars, along with well-appointed marinas.
Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, Italy
Easily one of the most beautiful Italian hotspots, Costa Smeralda is renowned for its emerald-green waters, plush greenery and white sandy beaches. The coast lends itself perfectly to a luxury charter vacation owing to its many golf courses, private jet services, exclusive restaurants and glamorous resorts. Each June, the world’s yacht-set heads for this coast to mark the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, so book in advance if you’re looking to be part of the action.
Turquoise Coast, Turkey
Where East meets West, Turkey has plenty to offer anyone seeking a memorable charter vacation in style. Why not travel on a traditional Turkish gullet through the crystal-clear waters, taking in the most photographed beach in the Med – Ölüdeniz.
The ruins of ancient city Caunos from 3000BC are well worth a visit while in this region, and you’ll also enjoy plenty of shopping in the small town of Fethiye where you can also sample a traditional Turkish bath. Marmaris is a bustling hive of activity with historic markets, nightlife and bars, along with some of the best open-air nightclubs in the Eastern Mediterranean.
A destination growing in popularity among those seeking luxury charter vacations, Montenegro offers breath-taking natural beauty and world-class amenities. Many guests now choose to combine their Montenegro charter vacation with the Dalmation Coast, where you can start or end your trip of a lifetime. Palm trees, pomegranates, kiwis and oleanders grow wild along the coastline, and you’ll choose from a number of stunning beaches. Upmarket bars, restaurants and beach clubs can be found at the Port of Montenegro where you’ll mix with a lively, glamorous crowd.
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