As the weather starts to cool and nights draw in, it’s the perfect time to start planning summer 2020. After all, we all need something to look forward to during the long winter months, and there’s no better way to lift spirits than brainstorming all the best sun-soaked spots. We’ve been researching, and we have found four of the chicest, must-visit destinations for next year’s yachting escape. If you’re looking for the most fashionable and all-around best yacht charters in the Mediterranean, the search is over!
We reveal the best yacht charters in the Mediterranean
It’s hard not to fall in love with Corsica, a little French island located close to the Italian coast, but with its own cultures and traditions that will delight and surprise you. A yacht charter here means gazing at wonderfully wild landscapes, with the red-rock cliffs of Calanques de Piana and Scandola contrasting beautifully against the azure waters and cloudless skies, on a daily basis.
This is a strong contender for the best adventure-seeking yacht charter in the Mediterranean, with a range of activities from hiking to canyoning in Corsica’s luscious valleys, dense forests and picturesque hilltop villages. Meanwhile, foodies will love sampling all the unique cuisines that this island has to offer, from local cheese brocciu to civet de sanglier (wild boar casserole), arguably Corsica’s signature dish. Despite having been a part of France for more than 200 years, Corsica breaks the mould while still keeping much of that intrinsic French chic.
Head there in July to be a part of the ultra-trendy Calvi On The Rocks festival, a six-day music festival known for its stunning beachside location and upscale cocktail lounges.
Rimini is a beachfront paradise, offering all the charms of an Italian vacation with only a tiny percentage of the tourists. Holiday spot of choice for in-the-know Italians looking to escape the day-to-day in a beautiful setting, this city offers the perfect blend of historical draws, from Roman remains to the Renaissance cathedral, alongside gin-clear waters and lively nightlife, making it an ideal destination for a Mediterranean yacht charter.
Spend your days wandering and taking in the stunning architecture, or floating in the warm Adriatic ocean without a care in the world. Don’t miss the magnificent Tiberius Bridge, formed of marble and providing the perfect backdrop for an Insta-worthy photoshoot. Then, come sunset, enjoy cocktails on the sundeck of your superyacht before heading to one of the swanky nightclubs – we recommend Mon Amour.
Be there in July to witness La Notte Rosa or ‘the pink night’, where the entire city and Emilia-Romagna coastline turn rose-tinted for a night of al-fresco fun and excitement – 2020 date to be confirmed.
Viana do Castelo, Portugal
We couldn’t write a guide to yacht charter destinations without mentioning Viana do Castelo, a breathtakingly beautiful town perched at the mouth of the river Lima. Santa Luzia Basílico proudly watches over from its incredible viewing point on Santa Luiza hill, accessible by funicular for amazing panoramas without breaking a sweat.
Even the hardest-to-please charter guests will be bowled over by the charming medieval centre, with lively Praça da República leading to wider, leafy boulevards and showcasing architectural styles ranging from baroque to art deco. What’s more, countless wild beaches take you off the beaten track, with Praia da Arda Beach offering an exquisite stretch of sand upon which to surf, bodyboard or simply relax. All things considered, this really is one of the best yacht charters in the Mediterranean.
Don’t miss the Neopop Electronic Music Festival, taking place each summer in Viana do Castelo and offering some of the world’s best techno music, juxtaposed against a beautiful historic backdrop.
Korcula Town, the island of Korcula
This Dalmatian island is a postcard-perfect dream destination. Oenophiles will appreciate sampling the locally-grown wine, including the beautifully-flavoured white POŠIP and the divine Plavac Mali red wine. Try the white wine with a plate of searingly fresh seafood, a combination you’ll find in all the chic seafront eateries, and take your tastebuds to cloud nine.
Meanwhile, Korcula Town is alive with a selection of boutiques, restaurants and bars, with palm-lined streets and ancient surrounding walls that will make you feel like you’re in a smaller, better-kept-secret version of Dubrovnik. When you’re not touring the vineyards or soaking up the Korcula atmosphere, head to one of the many superb beaches – for a really romantic charter experience, the south coast has some beautiful secluded coves.
Head there from June 13th to 20th to take part in an eight-day yoga retreat, suitable to any level of a yogi and perfect as part of a wellness charter, also offering plenty of downtimes to explore all of Korcula’s charms.