Overview – Mediterranean (Europe)
Many cruising aficionados consider Mediterranean Yacht Charters a favorite experience each year. Itineraries can include the coastal hot-spots as well as the culturally rich islands of Corsica, Sardinia, and Sicily.
Every summer, the Western Mediterranean lures some of the world’s largest, most prestigious, and glamorous yachts to the waters between Cote d’Azur in France to the Amalfi Coast in Italy. The Eastern Mediterranean is also a popular choice charter destination with glorious Motor and Sailing Yachts in the stunning waters of Croatia, Greece, and Turkey.
These countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea in southern Europe are well known for their rich culture and history from ancient civilizations who were greatly influenced by their proximity to the sea. Each island visited on a Mediterranean yacht charter offers a unique experience with iconic architecture, historical sites and ruins, and award-worthy scenery.
In addition to the captivating historical experiences, the Mediterranean is also well known for its modern amenities including exquisite dining, shopping and pampering opportunities at many alluring marinas in these countries. If your preference is more low-key, you can sail to a remote anchorage or enjoy a small local fishing village – the Mediterranean Sea has an abundance of charming communities to add to your itinerary.
It is easy to understand how the diversity and variety of natural, cultural, historical and culinary experiences available in the Mediterranean makes this region the number one choice for not only mega yacht and Superyacht chartering, but also for bareboat sailboat and catamaran chartering.
Our experienced and knowledgeable Yacht Charter Experts look forward to helping you create and implement the Mediterranean Yacht Charter of your choice. Virgin Island Sailing® will make your yachting vacation dreams a reality.
Weather & Seasons – Mediterranean
The Mediterranean is a seasonal location with cruising options from May to October. The most popular months are July and August with desirable overall conditions: great winds, air temperatures averaging in the 80s and water temperatures in the mid-70s. The next most popular months are June and September which also offer great boating conditions and less busy ports. The temperatures during June and September are cooler with air temperatures averaging in the 70s to low 80s and water temperatures in the low-mid 70s. The low season months are May and October with air temperatures in the mid-60s to low 70s and water temperatures around 70.
Each May, the Mediterranean Yacht Charter season “officially” begins with the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix. During these events, competition soars for marina berths. Superyachts become home to star-studded galas and events brimming with champagne.
Many people book a vacation for several weeks to attend these galas. Imagine the possibility of mixing and mingling with Hollywood royalty, and then continuing in the privacy of your own Mediterranean Yacht Charter to picturesque port towns such as Villefranche, Monaco, and Portofino.
In the summer months of July and August, waters have warmed up to the perfect swimming temperature and beaches beckon to the “desired to be sun kissed” population.
Each day you can enjoy snorkeling, swimming, and seaside gourmet lunches accompanied with fine local wines. In the evening, imagine a cruise to the volcano Stromboli, where the colorful eruptions are ablaze like nature’s fireworks.
September and October offer a grand selection of yachts, as it marks the end of the Mediterranean Yacht Charter season. The Saronic Gulf islands just off the coast of Athens have long been a favorite Charter destination in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Dodecanese chain of Greek islands is also popular and is within easy cruising distance of southwestern Turkey, boasting beautifully preserved ruins of ancient cultures.
Croatia offers a sparkling combination of natural islands, historic sites and a warm welcoming people. Some sites are within a day’s cruise of Venice, depending on the speed of the Charter Yacht you select.