Yachting in the Mediterranean offers many opportunities to experience the beauty, nightlife, history, culture, and beaches; but how to choose which islands to visit? This guide will help boaters discover which islands are best for their needs, whether they are seeking a dance party, a romantic meal, an exotic black-sand beach, or to learn about architecture, culture and customs. Here are the best of the Mediterranean islands and what makes them so.
Celebrity watchers should set sail to Capri, where VIPs have come for decades – back when Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly and the like first discovered its beauty. Today super yachts of the rich and famous cruise the Mediterranean heading for Capri, where they can explore the rocks Faralyoni, dive in the Blue Grotto, or visit the 18th century church of San Michele in Anacapri.
This beautiful island in the Balearic Islands is decorated in white and blue, little white houses tucked neatly between the blue Mediterranean and the clear blue sky. Ibiza attracts celebrities, particularly because of its vibrant nightlife. While yachting in Ibiza, but sure to take a moment to watch the sun set before heading out to Café del Mar or the various clubs where the day begins after the sun sets.
Simply exquisite, this picturesque island is regal in her mountain landscapes, rocky ledges, and sandy beaches. It draws the Hollywood crowd as well as the average Joe. Those interested in architecture should visit Castle Belver and the cathedral of Santa Maria de Palma de Mallorca. For a relaxing choice, attend one of the sea therapies the let the sea waters take away your stress and make you feel younger and more alive.
The unique landscape and black sand beaches of Santorini draw visitors each and every year. Known as the jewel of the Cyclades, this location offers a typically Greek style with little white houses accented in bright blue all perched along the ridge of the caldera. Because of its volcanic history, many of the beaches have a fine, dark sand that is a striking complement to the white structures and blue waters. The Kokini Paralia is a unique red beach on the island that is a must-see. History lovers will want to climb the mountain to reach the Prophet Elijah monastery which dates to the 18th century.
This, the largest island in the Mediterranean, also has the most to explore and the widest variety of culture, cuisine, and attractions. The capital of Palermo is a must see. Additional attractions include the Ortiga Peninsula, the Greek castles in Agrigento, and the beaches of Tsefalu. Try a night walk to the top of Mount Etna; the view is worth the experience.
So set sail towards the Mediterranean for a vacation of island-hopping, and if you don’t already have your own sailing or motor yacht, why not? Paradise awaits.