Last Minute Summer Yacht Rental Destinations
A last minute yacht charter in the Mediterranean is the perfect way to round off the summer. As the autumn months draw in, the seas are left a little quieter than usual, and cruising the Mediterranean’s idyllic coastline is a great way to explore and indulge in the region’s finest offerings, avoid the crowds and catch the last of the summer sun. Get inspired with Silver Star Yachting’s guide to the best Mediterranean summer yacht rental destinations to visit before the end of summer.
Corsica is a beautiful island destination to visit before the end of summer, famed for the palpable combination of French and Italian culture. The west coast is perhaps the best spot for a summer yacht rental in Corsica, as all points of interest are within short cruising distance of each other and are within easy reach of the capital Ajaccio.
Moor up in any one of the island’s many historic ports to discover the unbeatable scenery, including dramatic mountains, forests, rivers and waterfalls, before sampling the sumptuous combination of the best French and Italian food. The Corsican charcuterie is highly recommended for any fan of traditional, rustic dining.
After indulging in the glamour of the west coast, anchor your private yacht charter off the beaches of Saint Florent and Porto Vecchio on the northwest coast for a much-needed dip in the turquoise water surrounding the Lavezzi Islands, or get on dry land and explore the unbeatable views from the cliffs of Calvi. In Calvi, you will find the Scandola Nature Reserve, a World Heritage Site home to seal and dolphin colonies, as well as some of the most striking rock formations that shoot out from the sea.
Sardinia is a must-visit charter destination for anyone who wants to experience Italy’s finest offerings but crave a more laid back atmosphere than what is found on the mainland. The island’s larger towns of Cagliari, Sassari and Alghero have the most to offer, with Cagliari providing its visitors with diverse island experiences. Make sure to moor up at the capital’s marina for some of the island’s best restaurants and vibrant bars, and visit Via Manno to partake in some luxury shopping.
Alternatively, Olbia is one of the best islands for superb cuisine and a buzzing nightlife, where the glitz and glamour of the Costa Smeralda boutiques meet the most vibrant bars and eateries. For something a little more rustic, Alghero boasts a host of bars and restaurants offering the best freshly-caught seafood on the island.
Of course, summer yacht rental in Sardinia would be complete without visiting the Mediterranean’s best beaches. Enjoy the last of the summer sun in Chia, a quiet seaside village with some beautiful beaches that are home to flamingos and other wildlife. Or, head to Costa Smeralda’s Spiaggia del Principe, a remote pink-granite coastline of golden sand and turquoise seas.
Sheltered by hills to the west and the Alps to the northwest, the French Riviera has a mild, year-round climate, making it an ideal destination for a last minute yacht charter. Whether you want to catch the last of the summer sun, revel in the exclusive resorts, or take in cultural and sporting events, each stop along this stunning coastline offers something different.
Cannes is one of the French Riviera‘s most sought-after resorts, home to a picture-perfect coastline with exclusive hotels, bars, restaurants, and luxury boutiques. Make sure to spend the afternoon in Cannes’ Old Town, Le Suquet, where you can enjoy a coffee in one of the many authentic restaurants and watch as the locals play a game of petanque.
Other must-see luxury yacht charter destinations include Monaco, Nice, Eze, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Saint-Tropez, where you can enjoy everything from vintage wine tasting, world-class casinos and leisurely walks in the surrounding vineyards.
However, if it’s a secluded beach you’re after, a trip to Calanque d’En-Vau beach in Cassis is a must. Accessible by your private yacht’s kayak or an hour by foot, this is one of the region’s snorkelling hotspots.
The Balearic Islands
The Balearic Islands are a popular cruising playground for last minute yacht charters, with the main islands of Menora, Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera all offering the finer things in life. The capital city, Palma de Mallorca, is an unmissable stop. Likened to a little Barcelona, Palma provides excellent private yacht facilities, as well as some stunning waterfront restaurants and bars to enjoy on a warm summer evening. Just a little further inland, escape the hustle and bustle and discover a tranquil island of fruit trees, vineyards, and olive groves.
Menorca also offers many sublime opportunities to enjoy the last of the summer, with secluded coves and crystalline waters waiting to greet its visitors. The island is also home to a rich enigmatic culture and is full of historical beauty.
Of course, no yachting vacation would be complete without a weekend in Ibiza, packed with glamorous parties. Just a short distance away, unwind after the night before on Formentera, the Balearic Islands’ best-kept secret. Only accessible by boat, the tranquil nature of this island is ideal for a quiet getaway.
To find out more about cruising around this stunning region before the end of summer, contact a knowledgeable charter broker at Silver Star Yachting.