Western Mediterranean

The Western Mediterranean ranks highly among the most appealing yacht charter destinations in the world. From the vertiginous mountains to the ancient olive groves; secluded coves to icing sugar beaches; glitzy harbours to echoing palazzos, it is nothing if not superlative. With Spain, France, Italy, Corsica and Sardinia all within easy sailing range, the western Mediterranean is the first choice for sailors who value good food and incredible backdrops. With glamorous Riviera towns to explore, rich historical legacy to uncover, delicious local food and wine which varies from one town to the next – not to mention some of the best diving sites in the whole of Europe – you will be spoilt for choice on your yacht charter.

This is an excellent entry-point to Europe for those who are chartering in the region for the first time. On the Cote d'Azur – with its chic boutiques and sophisticated dining scene – you can explore Cannes, Nice and St Tropez. Extend your trip by continuing east to Monaco, the playground of the Med where supercars and superyachts congregate and haute couture is the norm. Discover spirited Spain, including Barcelona and Madrid, or escape to the glistening Balearic Islands, Ibiza and Formentera. Follow the sailing fraternity to Mallorca and party in Palma, siesta on the pristine beaches and, like the locals, head out after dark for tapas. Indulge every sense in Italy where delicious cuisine, high fashion, good wine and slow living combine. Visit World Heritage Sites from the superlative harbour at Portofino to the hidden Cinque Terre in Liguria. Experience the beauty and variety of the Western Mediterranean by chartering a yacht.

When to go:

April – November

High season:

July – August