The Mediterranean coast calls to mind sublime afternoons and balmy nights, pine trees and cicadas, honey-hued cliffs, golden sands and quaint cobbled streets, not to mention gastronomy galore – whether you’re drawn to Italy, France, Greece or further afield in the eastern Mediterranean.
There is truly no better way to get off the tourist trail in the Mediterranean than to navigate its clear cerulean waters by private yacht, experiencing secluded spots accessible only by water on this famous and historic stretch of coastline.
Caught between the east coast of Italy and the west coast of Greece, the Ionian Islands offer the longest sailing season in Greece. Each of these paradisiac islands reveals a distinct landscape and a unique history and culture.
From mountains cloaked in olive and cypress trees, to dazzling beaches, ancient temples, village festivals and a footloose attitude. The larger islands include Corfu, Lefkada, Paxi, Ithaca, Kefalonia and Zakynthos while the hidden gems include Othoni, Mathraki, Strofades, Erikousa, Antipaxi.
AEOLIAN ISLANDS & SICILY
A true crossroad of Mediterranean culture, where Greek temples meet Baroque palazzos and Norman churches, the island of Sicily is shrouded in history against a backdrop of ancient sites and volcanic landscapes.
From the fertile wine country to the slopes of Mount Etna, postcard-worthy Taormina and history cities of Palermo and Siracusa, Sicily boasts plentiful attractions, set among natural wonders. The UNESCO-protected Aeolian Islands comprise seven harmonious isles blending smouldering volcanoes with glittering nightlife.
La Dolce Vita is a way of life on the Amalfi Coast; this spectacular stretch of Italy is pocked with tiny sun-bleached pink, peach and terracotta villages carved into the cliffs, olive groves, lemon trees and verdant woodland.
Blessed with an idyllic climate, ample culture and heavenly cuisine from Sorrento to Positano and Capri, the Amalfi Coast is a classically glamorous hideaway and a heavenly spot for sailors. Rugged coastlines, handmade leather goods, homemade limoncello and mouth- watering local delicacies make the Amalfi Coast an unparalleled cruising destination.
Blending charming fishing ports, ancient Roman architecture, nature reserves and golden beaches, the Tuscan Archipelago is a true coastal haven. These isles form a chain that runs from the Ligurian Sea to the Tyrrhenian Sea, comprising the Tuscan Archipelago.
Legend tells that when Venus rose from the waves, seven previous stones fell from her tiara, creating the islands of Elba, Giglio, Giannutri, Capria, Pianosa, Montecristo and Gorgona.
CORSICA & SARDINIA
A stone’s throw apart, the French island of Corsica and the Italian island of Sardinia have captured hearts and imaginations alike for centuries. Each island has its own charm, but they’re united by beautiful landscapes, sensational restaurants and low-key magnetism.
Corsica’s gems include the awe-inspiring medieval port town of Bonifacio, a dense forested interior and swathes of blissful white sand, while Sardinia is characterised by rugged red cliffs, ancient stone ruins and seductive coves.
The Mediterranean season runs throughout the European summer, from early May through to late September, with different regions being favourable during different months.
Ultimate Yachts can take care of all internal arrangements, so all that’s left for you to do is relax and look forward to your private yacht charter. Depending on where you’re travelling from and where you’re chartering, we are happy to recommend the ideal internal airports to start your adventure.