The yachting season in Europe and the Mediterranean usually runs from April to the end of October. Even though the peak of the yachting season is during the summer months, the fall is a wonderful time to visit this captivating region by sea. Yachting to the Mediterranean for vacation, and indulge in all this stunning area has to offer.
Italy’s Amalfi Coast is one of the Mediterranean’s most refined destinations and is known as the playground for the rich and famous. Amalfi Coast is peppered with white sand beaches and quaint villages that cling to the cliffs. Popular ports include Amalfi, Sorrento, Antrani, Positano and Capri. Browse elegant boutiques, soak up the Medieval architecture, feast on delectable cuisine or simply while away the days on white sandy beaches. The Ischia islands, as well as the vibrant city of Naples are both great spots within easy reach during an Amalfi yachting excursion.
The Italian island of Sardinia, known for its stunning coastline, lavish resorts and gourmet restaurants, is the ideal yachting destination for paradise seekers and adventure seekers alike. Hilltop villages scatter Sardinia’s mountainous interior – ideal for hiking – while its turquoise waters and white sand beaches draw those in search of sun, sea and sand. Foodies will delight in Sardinia’s selection of award-winning restaurants that serve exquisite Mediterranean cuisine.
The French Riviera is arguably the most sought-after destination for superyacht enthusiasts in Europe during the summer months. The world-famous Côte d’Azur has been charming visitors for decades with its temperate climate and stunning Belle Epoque architecture. During the summer season, the welcoming waters of the Côte d’Azur play host to more superyachts than anywhere else in the world. Many of the biggest and most renowned superyachts can be found moored up here in the summertime, creating quite the spectacle for visitors to the region as they stroll the marinas. A perfect French Riviera itinerary would include sojourns in Monaco, Nice, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Saint Tropez, Cannes and Antibes.
Boasting the sunniest coast in Europe, Croatia is the perfect spot for a yachting. Quickly becoming a popular hotspot for jet setters, make sure to visit Hvar for a selection of exquisite restaurants, five-star hotels and dozens of beach bars for unwinding. After partying the night away, head north to the coastal town of Stari Grad to see a more traditional and laid-back side of life. After leaving the beautiful island of Hvar, stop by Split for a few days to take in the Unesco World Heritage Site - The Diocletian’s Palace. Here you will find lively bars and restaurants ideal for people watching and experiencing the culture of Croatia.
With more than 220 islands to explore, Greece is the perfect yachting destination for those seeking an island-hopping adventure. For an evening spent dancing on dry land, head to the party island of Mykonos or the small fishing villages on Symi for a Greek party to remember. For those with a passion for adventure, visit Prasonisi, off the southern tip of Rhodes in the Dodecanese for some kitesurfing. With an average temperature of 82°F throughout the summer months, make sure to leave some time for jumping off your yacht and cooling off in the crystalline seas - the ideal way to make use of your yacht’s water toys. Popular ports include the islands of Santorini, Paros and Mykonos, while under-the-radar destinations offer peace and solitude for those seeking a getaway far from the crowds. Summer yachting in Europe is not complete without a stop in Greece.
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