Corsica Yacht Charter
The “Isle of Beauty” definitely lives up to its name: the majestic mountainous landscapes, wild natural beauty and coastline of unspoilt beaches of Corsica have made it one of the most magical cruising destinations in the world. Technically French, quasi-Italian and with a proud independent streak, to embark on a crewed motor yacht charter in Corsica is to fuse a memorable itinerary of laid-back days spent swimming in shallow turquoise waters and hidden coves together with vibrant on shore adventures. On a motor or sailing yacht charter in Corsica, you’ll discover charming seaside resorts, explore rustic hilltop villages and indulge in divine cuisine served at local tables recommended by your Captain and crew.
The island privileges discovery by boat. The white sandy beaches of the Lavezzi Islands, with the incredible granite formations that border them, give way to a vibrant underwater world. The yacht’s snorkelling and diving equipment will be popular with all guests here. Shelter in the pretty harbour of Porto Vecchio before the tender delivers you to Palombaggia beach, one of the island’s finest. Yet arguably the most awe-inspiring moment of all is sailing between the imposing limestone cliffs that guard the entrance to the port of Bonifacio, with the buildings of the old town perched atop.
A destination that commands your attention, Corsica’s blue skies and bright sunshine draws superyachts to its sparkling coastline during the summer months. While July and August are particularly popular, charter guests who visit towards the start and the end of the season are rewarded with authentic experiences away from the crowds.
Sardinia Yacht Charter
Separated from Corsica by a handful of kilometres, the Italian island of Sardinia has become the destination to be seen on a superyacht in the Mediterranean summer. And it’s easy to see why. Luxury resorts are set a mere heartbeat away from breathtaking coastal scenery – arguably the finest in the world – that can only be discovered by boat.
Ultra-glamourous Porto Cervo is the yachting hub of the island and a requisite destination on any motor or sailing yacht charter itinerary in Sardinia. Seemingly purpose-built for the jet-set crowd, it was constructed by Aga Khan in the 1960s as a gateway to the sparkling Costa Smerelda, or Emerald Coast. The population swells in summer as the superyacht set flock to its pretty harbour to dine at upscale restaurants, shop in designer boutiques and enjoy world-class golf courses and other sporting facilities. Our pick of the luxury resorts is the renowned Cala di Volpe.
Yet Sardinia’s best assets are her landscapes. As you cruise the Costa Smerelda, your Captain will find hidden coves to drop anchor so you can dive into the translucent water and swim towards pristine sandy beaches, framed by lush greenery. Come dusk, the crew can prepare a waterfront barbeque under the stars.
But no crewed motor yacht charter in Sardinia is complete without discovering La Maddalena Archipelago, in the island’s north. Escape from the world as you sail towards deserted beaches and swim in pure, clear waters. The translucent lagoon of Porto della Madonna is a particular highlight. If you want to return to civilisation, your Captain will recommend a laid-back waterfront trattoria which serves up delicious, fresh catch of the day.
Boasting a similar climate and yachting season as neighbouring Corsica, Sardinia’s regatta season, based out of Porto Cervo, attracts a sporty crowd of sailing enthusiasts throughout the warmer months. September is particularly popular with a calendar that includes the Rolex Swan Cup and the Perini Navi Cup.
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