Al­ways in Style

Yachts International - - The Med`s New Spot -

While de­mand is sky­rock­et­ing for char­ter in Spain’s Balearic Isles, some tried-and-true Mediter­ranean des­ti­na­tions also are ex­pected to re­main pop­u­lar for this sum­mer.


From An­tibes to Saint-Tropez, it’s hard to think of a desti­na­tion whose cities are more a part of yacht­ing cul­ture than those in the South of France. The Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, held in May, re­mains a premier kick­off event for the en­tire char­ter sea­son in the West Mediter­ranean, and the re­gion is a mecca for yacht-spot­ting, with many of the world’s new­est, largest and most im­pres­sive yachts call­ing on ports here.


The dif­fer­ent cruis­ing re­gions in Italy mean clients can re­turn year after year and en­joy var­ied ex­pe­ri­ences. One sum­mer might in­clude an­chor­ing off Santa Margherita and hik­ing part of the Cinque Terre. An­other might fo­cus on the Amalfi Coast and its post­card-wor­thy vil­lages such as Posi­tano. Cen­tral Italy in­cludes Naples, the birth­place of pizza. The is­lands of Si­cily and Sar­dinia each have their own cul­tures, too.


Char­ter clients look­ing for qui­eter cruis­ing have been look­ing to Croa­tia in re­cent years. Itin­er­ar­ies gen­er­ally be­gin in Venice, Italy or in Mon­tene­gro’s Bay of Ko­tor, both des­ti­na­tions worth vis­it­ing unto them­selves be­fore cruis­ing along the Croa­t­ian coast­line. There, clients can ex­plore ev­ery­thing from the an­cient stone wall sur­round­ing Dubrovnik to quiet har­bors such as Ml­jet with no other yachts in sight.

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