Top 10 secret places to visit by yacht in the Mediterranean this summer
Chartering a superyacht provides unparalleled access to some of the most private spots and hidden gems around the world. Take inspiration from IYC’s top 10 places to visit by yacht in the Mediterranean, and discover these secret spots for yourself.
1. Navagio Beach, Greece
Although Navagio Beach is on the Greek island of Zakynthos, you’ll find the area has a distinctly Italian feel. Also known as Shipwreck Beach, due to the stunning wreck that sits upon the white sands, this bay has been suggested to be the most spectacular in the world. Surrounded by white limestone cliffs that plunge into sparkling turquoise water, the bay is only accessible by boat making it a perfect stop on your charter cruise.
2. Mljet, Croatia
Set in one of Croatia’s national parks, the green landscape of Mljet is a seductive contrast to the rocky Croatian coastline. Legend has it that the beauty of Mljet captivated Odysseus for seven years, and if the beauty doesn’t capture you then the local red wine and fresh goats cheese are sure to. Hire a bike and visit the Benedictine Monastery, or explore the trails to watch the sunset over the lakes of the island.
3. Banyuls, France
Situated off the Côte Vermeille, Banyuls is a well-known wine region famous for its fortified and dessert wines and surrounded by pretty pebbly beaches. However, there is a secret to be found if you are visiting by yacht!… Between Banyuls and Cerbère, in a protected marine area, is a hidden underwater trail. Complete with underwater information points, this is a truly unique experience.
4. Santorini Cave Hotel, Greece
The caves in Santorini were dug into the rocks by the earliest dwellers of the region. Now some of the most expensive real estate in Greece, the 300 year old caves have been transformed into a luxury hotel. A luxurious place to spend the night on land, the landscaped gardens and fascinating architecture are worth visiting just to look at.
5. Restaurant Miramar, Mallorca
Arriving in Port d’Andratx in Mallorca you will be charmed by the small fishing village, which has maintained its relaxed feel despite being a favourite of the rich and famous. For a particularly special evening here, visit the Restaurant Miramar de Giuliano. Established in the 1920’s, Miramar has spent nearly a century perfecting and providing the best, seasonal food. Located in the small fishing village, the restaurant is situated right next to the fishing vessels to get the freshest catch.
6. Loggerhead turtle reserve on Isola dei Conigli, Italy
The truly remote “Rabbit Island” is located 105 miles off mainland Italy, making it the perfect escape from the bustle of the mainland. Sailors who venture out to the stunning island will be rewarded with quiet and beautiful beaches. The island is one of the last laying places for the endangered loggerhead turtle, and the surrounding waters are home to manta rays, dolphins and humpback whales. A trip to this island could be a very special experience!
7. Mud baths at Scala dei Turchi, Sicily
At Scala dei Turchi, with its name literally meaning “the Turkish Steps”, the ridged limestone cliffs that surround the sparkling emerald waters are an impressive sight. As well as providing unusual scenery, the limestone marl is claimed by the Italians to be the secret to their glowing skin; take a walk down one of the sandy trails to try out the all-natural spa for yourself.
8. Cala Luna Beach, Sardinia
Like many of the beaches in the area, Cala Luna is accessible only by boat, leaving it a quiet haven away from the tourists. The clear waters make for excellent snorkelling or diving, and after a day of exploring the ocean return to your boat to feast on local wine and cheese, or enjoy a snack from the beach bar in a shady spot.
9. Sanary-sur-Mer, France
In the popular Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, just around the corner of St Tropez, the secrets of the south of France are hidden. In keeping with the upmarket feel of the region, the town of Sanary boasts a number of excellent restaurants, but retains its relaxed, Provencal atmosphere. Wander along the quay and see the daily flower market, then stop for a coffee or tisane in one of the many waterfront cafes.
10. The Spice Markets of Istanbul, Turkey
Aside from the dramatic views as you sail into the harbour, designer shopping and fantastic food, a stunning experience in Istanbul is the spice bazaar. As the biggest of all the markets in the city, wandering through will delight all your senses! Take in the colourful stands of edible delicacies as the aromas of coffee mingle with spices and sweet Turkish delight.
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