The Mediterranean is one of the most substantial sailing vacation grounds in the world. Many consider the region as the epitome of the charter experience. There is an incredible choice of charter boats available, sailing yachts and motor yachts of all sizes and levels of luxury. To explore Europe from a private ship on one’s schedule is far more rewarding than any traditional tour!
The region boasts a gorgeous and unique combination of pleasant weather, stunning locations, captivating history, rich cultures, and fabulous food! You’ll soon recognize why the Romans see it as the world’s center.
Where to sail in the Mediterranean?
Are you tempted to navigate in the Mediterranean? Do you prefer quick day trips and islands hopping in protected waters? Or are you more attracted by open water crossings to reach secluded anchorages and remote harbors unspoiled by time?
The Western Mediterranean is a perfect charter destination. You can navigate in the glamourous French riviera and Saint Tropez or venture to the epicenter of luxury yachting, Monaco. The Italian riviera with the Amalfi coast grants a vivid palette of Mediterranean colors, foods, traditions, sounds, and history.
In the Balearic Islands near Spain, you can indulge your senses in contemporary ports balanced by historic villages in Palma de Mallorca. Visit Ibiza is increasingly popular with upscale travelers.
In the Eastern Mediterranean, discover the isolated islands along Croatia’s stunning Dalmatian coast or hop between Greek islands. The region bursts with culture, history, sophisticated ports, and islands that still maintain a pristine wilderness. These mystical coastlines come to life in no better fashion than when experienced as a guest on your private luxury yacht charter.
Some popular routes for the Mediterranean yacht charter include: French Riviera to Corsica, Sardinia to Corsica, Tuscany to Sicily, Split to Dubrovnik, Athens to Mykonos. Keep in mind that in Greece, the wind known as the Meltemi is quite strong. This makes a return to the starting point very unpleasant. It is crucial to weigh the different options for the itinerary ahead of time to ensure a fantastic trip. We will give you advice on itineraries.
One-way itineraries are one of the best options for sailing vacations in Europe. They allow a more extensive exploration of an area, no doubling back. You can often take advantage of the direction of the intense summer winds.
When to sail in the Mediterranean?
The Mediterranean is one of the most extensive yacht charter vacation grounds in the world. It has an incredible choice of charter boats available. Due to its temperate climate, you can charter a boat in the Mediterannean almost all year round.
The peak season runs from the Cannes Film Festival in May until the Voiles de St Tropez in October. During this period, the temperatures are on average between 24-36 degrees Celsius (75-97 degrees Fahrenheit). However, charters, especially event charters, are also widespread throughout the winter, notably during events in Cannes, such as MIPIM and MIPCOM.
It is essential to plan ahead of time a sailing vacation in Europe and book as early as possible. Catamarans throughout Europe are booked well ahead of time, in some places as early as December. The sailing destinations in Europe and Greece are trendy, combined with quite a short season of operation.
Berths and anchorages in the Mediterranean during the height of the summer season are extremely attractive. Do not expect to find berths in the more popular ports during July and August. One can spend many hours waiting for a berth to open up only to be frustrated.
There may not be any place available in many of the most popular ports. So your boat will end up rocking and rolling at anchor at night, as it can be quite windy in August. Besides, there may be too much traffic for comfortable or safe swimming.
Greeceis the cheapest in March, April, and November. Still, we have had the best feedback from sailors choosing May, June, and September, as the crowds are almost unbearable in July and August.
Places like Sicily are an even more extended option as the season goes from March to November. Don’t hesitate to ask for the promotional offers available at the end of the season. You may be able to charter a yacht for 10 days at the price of 7.
How to enjoy your Mediterranean sailing vacation?
It is better to be an experienced sailor to manage tricky harbors and crowded piers. The Mediterranean can be very crowded at the height of the season, and hiring a skipper may be useful even for the seasoned sailor.
Having a local skipper on board will ensure that your charter experience will be more carefree. A local skipper will know how to negotiate the often overcrowded, small, tricky harbors of Europe. He will also know the best beaches and the best restaurants and markets.
If you are planning on docking in a port, you should book a crewed charter to enjoy your stay while exploring fabulous cafes, restaurants, or taverns.
If you are planning a long-distance sail in the Aeolian islands, a local cook could please you with incredible culinary treats and forge your favorite memories.
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