If, like us, you are counting down the days until you can get back out and see the world, we have compiled some of our favourite destinations for chartering a yacht this summer. As well as offering the ultimate in luxury and seclusion, exploring the world by private yacht enables you to wake up in a new destination every day, which is perfect as our bucket list has been steadily mounting up over 2020!

Yacht charter in Italy

The Italian Riviera is extraordinarily beautiful, and its coast is dotted with picturesque fishing villages brimming with old world charm. Head west to Riviera di Ponente for stretching beaches and lush landscapes, and east for dramatic scenery and glamour. Here you’ll find glitzy Portofino Harbour, characterised by its colourful buildings backed by rugged hills. From the water you can marvel at the magnificent villas positioned on the hillsides belonging to the Italian elite!

Another of our favourite Italian destinations is Sardinia. A yachting haven, this mountainous island is characterised by hill-covered citrus groves which lead to steep cliffs and long stretches of coastline. The aptly name Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) is home to breathtaking green-blue waters and powder white beaches, an area which attracts jetsetters and celebrities alike. However, there is so much more to Sardinia; with its own unique culture, mysterious prehistoric delights, and diverse landscapes, Sardinia is brimming with character just waiting to be discovered.

French Riviera yacht charter

Of course, no yacht charter guide would be complete without mentioning Monaco. One of the greatest superyacht ports in the world, this glittering destination is home to beach clubs, spas, boutiques… you name it! From here you can explore all that the French Riviera has to offer, from the equally as glamorous Cannes and Saint-Tropez, to the natural paradise of Ile de Porquerolles, home to white-sand beaches and abundant flora and fauna. Antibes is another option if you are looking for a break from the glitz and glamour. Rich in art and culture, here you can explore the beautiful 16th-century old town with its numerous boutique shops and art galleries. You can also visit the Picasso museum, set in the 14th century Chateau Grimaldi, and Fort Carré, where Napoleon Bonaparte was once held prisoner.

As well as being a fabulous charter destination in its own right, the South of France is a perfect base from which to explore the previously mentioned Italian destinations. After all, that’s the real beauty of exploring by water!

Yacht charter Croatia

Heading to the Adriatic Coast, Croatia has also made our list of top destinations this summer. Steeped in a rich cultural history thanks to its position between east and west Europe, Croatia is a uniquely enchanting part of the world. Boasting over 1,000 islands and miles of unspoiled coastline it’s easy to see why this destination continues to grow in popularity for yacht lovers.

Split is often where charters begin. This is the second largest city in Croatia and home to most of the largest marinas. The city itself is beautiful and rich in history, a must-see if you’re travelling to Croatia. Dubrovnik is also popular, this walled city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is set against a mountainous backdrop. After exploring the delights of the city, you can take a cable car up the mountain to enjoy panoramic views over the town and coastline. From these livelier cities, there are plenty of islands to explore which are rich in natural beauty and home to forests and beaches, as well as warm, clear waters.

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