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Looking to throw a little wrinkle into the typical yachting holiday in the Western Mediterranean? Our charter department put their heads together and came up with 5 cool things to do to make your next yachting holiday a truly unique experience.
The French island of Corsica is often overlooked by charterers who spend most of their time exploring nearby Sardinia. Corsica is downright beautiful, with a colorful history and unique culture and atmosphere. You’ll find an eclectic mix of old world charm infused with modern French style.
For a truly gourmet French food experience, visit Le Grand Hotel de Cala Rossa. The elegant décor, stunning ocean views and private jetty make this a fantastic destination for a late afternoon lunch. The seasonal creations of chef Pascal Cayeux, rival the finest fare in mainland France. Pascla creates gourmet twists on traditional fare, with vegetables and herbs from the kitchen’s own garden.
The interest in a Balearic Island yacht charter experience continues to grow each summer, as more yachts secure the required Spanish charter licenses to explore Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca. While the nightclubs of Ibiza have their own appeal, the idea of a pristine beach sounds pretty food as well.
Take for example the beach at Cala Marcella. You’ll need your yacht’s tender to get there as this beach is only accessible by boat (lucky you). On most weekdays, you can almost be sure to find a quiet spot on the white sands of Cala Marcella [Tip: avoid the weekend, as crowds of local boaters invade this idyllic cove]. If you feel adventurous, bring a pair of walking shoes ashore, as there is a walking route that you can hike to the neighboring beach of Macaraletta. Here, you can walk to the top of the cliff and experience some of the best ocean views in all of the Balearic islands.
At the base of the 110 meter high cliffs of Cappo Caccia, along the northwest corner of Sardinia, lies the entrance to the Grotto de Neptuno – a stalactite-filled cavern and saltwater lake. Land-based visitors can enter by climbing down 654 steps from the top of the cliff to explore the underground grotto. You on the other hand, can simply have your captain nose your yacht into the entrance of the caves!
For snorkelers and divers, the adventure gets deeper at the nearby Nereo Cave, considered the biggest marine cave in the Western Mediterranean. With 10 entrances, arches and tunnels, novices can snorkel in waist high water while experienced/certified divers can dive down to depths of 35 meters.
You’ve missed this event for this year, but it’s never too early to plan your 2017 summer charter. Every June 16, on the eve of the feast day of Saint Ranieri, the city of Pisa is aglow with 70,000 “lumini” (candles in glass containers). The reflection along the Arno river is mesmerizing. It’s a peaceful, tranquil setting and the warmth of the Pisa residents will touch your heart. If this doesn’t remind you how the superyacht experience allows you to embrace diverse cultures, nothing will!
Just off the coast of Cannes, in the South of France, lies the small island of Saint Honorat. Here, visitors will find a very unusual vineyard. It has 8 hectares of vines cared for entirely by the monks of the Abbey of Lerins. The monks tend to every aspect of winemaking. For instance, from planting the vineyard, to harvesting the grapes. Additionally, to making and bottling the wine.
Truly unique vintages found nowhere else, we recommend the Saint Cyprien Viognier with a seasonal Mediterranean meal served by the monks in their own restaurant. After dinner, you can finish the day with a tasting of the fruit liqueurs as you enjoy the company of the monks and their staff, in this peaceful Monastic enclave.
In conclusion, 1-800 Yacht Charters offers summer itineraries from the Côte d’Azur to the ancient islands of Greece. For a sampling of our luxury yachts, visit our interactive website at 1800yachtcharters.com.
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There are 2 primary highlights of cruising the Italian Riviera. They are Portofino and The Cinque Terre. Everyone knows Portofino. Cinque Terre is well-deserving of praise, as well. Yacht charter Italy as a destination is popular.
Tour the five little towns. Specifically, Riomaggiore, Manarola, and Corniglia. In addition, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Importantly, Cinque Terre means Five Lands. These narrow towns are linked by paths and old steps. The stairs clamber up the Mediterranean marquis. This is among broom bushes. In addition, plants of butterbush, rare agaves flowers, and fragrant lemons exist.
Here’s a sample itinerary. It includes two areas that clients specifically want to see. They are Forte Dei Marmi and Florence.
What awaits you? Genuine warm hospitality. As well as authentic regional cuisine awaits. The prettiest, flower-filled stretch of the Italian coast. It’s ‘Cinema Italiano.’ Especially lovely beautiful fishing villages. They resonate old world charm. Delectable Ligurian specialties are abundant. For instance, pesto, tuna and anchovies. These ignite your taste buds. It is a World Heritage site to the undeniably beautiful Portofino. The Italian Riviera is a coastline. It boasts a tantalizing selection of fish. This guarantees a foodie cruise in culinary heaven.
This is on the Italian Riviera. It is the little port town, Portofino. It is a genuine piece of earthly paradise. This peaceful haven is popular. Specifically, with the international jet set. It offers breathtaking views over the Gulf of Genova. Numerous celebrities own luxurious estates here. What to do there? Walk over the summit past the Castello. Additionally, swim in the Captain’s Cove at the foot of high cliffs. Enjoy the lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula. Shop in the lovely fashion boutiques. Portofino has a lot to offer for everyone. Without a doubt, lunch or supper in the Splendido Hotel is a must.
Consider spending a few days exploring the Cinque Terre. In specific, you find fantastic hilltop towns here. In addition, spectacularly good restaurants as well. Some of the villages provide a dramatic coast line. It is breathtaking to see when approaching by yacht tender. Others can only be accessed on land. They are all absolutely stunning.
Undoubtedly one of the must see destinations on the Italian Coast, Forte dei Marmi. It is well known for its wide sandy beaches. Especially due to Alpi Apuane as backdrop. It should be noted, it is considered the East Hampton of Italy. The city delights with nice restaurants and beautiful beach areas.
The Captain will organize your transfer to Pisa by private car from Livorno (Approximately 40 min). Once a maritime power to rival Genoa and Venice, Pisa now draws its fame from an architectural project gone terribly wrong. But the world-famous Leaning Tower is just one of many noteworthy sights in this compelling city.
The center of town is full of vibrant cafes and bars, balancing an enviable portfolio of well-maintained Romanesque buildings, Gothic churches and Renaissance piazzas with a lively street life dominated by locals rather than tourists.
The Captain will organize your transfer from Livorno to Florence by car (Approximately 1.5 hours).
Surprisingly small as it is, this riverside city looms large on the world’s ‘must-sees’ list. A cradle of the Renaissance and home to famous art, Florence is magnetic, romantic and busy. Its urban fabric has hardly changed since the Renaissance. One reason, the narrow streets evoke a thousand tales. Its food and wine are wonderful. The tag ‘Fiorentina’ is an international label of quality assurance.
Fashion designers parade on Via de’ Tornabuoni. Gucci was born here, as was Roberto Cavalli, who, like many a smart Florentine these days, hangs out in wine-rich hills around Florence. After a while in this absorbing city, you might want to do the same.
Compared to a pearl in a shell, the small Giglio isle lies cradled by warm blue seas. It is located specifically in the Southern corner of the Tuscan Archipelago. Just 50 km south of Elba, and 15 km from the mainland. Giglio has a mild climate and unspoiled nature. Uniquely crystal clear, emerald colored waters offer unforgettable sceneries all year round.
A thickly wooded, 23-square-mile promontory is linked to the mainland by three causeways. L’Argentario has long been a vacation spot for wealthy Romans. Its main town is Porto Santo Stefano. This is a uniquely flashy harbor for yachts. Next, the colorful Porto Ercole. Baroque painter, Caravaggio, died of malaria here in 1610. Finally, there’s also the lively fishing port of Orbetello nearby, with its blue-tinged lagoon.
Elba is a lovely island with a large choice of small ports and anchorages and an inland very much worth visiting.
Though best known for the famous prisoner who called it home for a short time, Napoleon Bonaparte. Absolutely, the scenery with its spectacular mountains and numerous beaches draw visitors here each year.
The Superyacht Experience™ includes selecting locations for your itinerary that make you happy. In addition, bring peace and wellness into your life. Subsequently creating amazing memories. This is all about YOU. You deserve it!
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