Luxury Sailing Yacht Charters in the West Mediterranean
The West Mediterranean yacht cruising ground draws people from the world over, with more Michelin-star food than you could ever sample and incredible, locally-sourced wines in every region. With a chic aesthetic that extends from the French Riviera’s charming beachfront cafes all the way to Italy’s sprawling vineyards, you’ll instantly be enchanted. Sparkling azure waters welcome you to the region. Its golden-sand beaches are the ideal place to relax with a cocktail, or to use as a starting point to hike its many mountainous peaks. That’s why as a destination for luxury yacht charter, Mediterranean coasts - and particularly the West Med - are in such high demand.
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What to expect on a luxury yacht charter in the West Med
The best time to visit the West Mediterranean is in the heart of the European summer season, from July to August. Those on sailing yacht charters will find the weather generally stays brilliantly warm and sunny throughout.
In these months temperatures average 32°C/89.6°F in Italy and 33°C/91.4°F in Spain. With so much sunshine you’ll find it hard to drag yourself away from the many beautiful bays and coves, making it the perfect time for a sailing yacht charter.
Cruising here is generally very smooth, with good weather and tideless waters prevailing.
Sailing the West Mediterranean on an Oyster Yacht
The glittering coastline of the West Med is pure bliss for crewed sailing yacht charters, with exciting destinations at every turn. However, our Oyster yacht charters make it extra special. Every one of our luxury sailing yachts is handcrafted with liveaboard cruising in mind, with a spacious design that you’ll look forward to relaxing in after a long day of exploring.
Our range of crewed sailing yachts for charter provide the perfect base to explore locations such as the Amalfi Coast, Aeolian Islands, Sicily, Corsica, Sardinia, Palma and the Balearics, and our professional onboard crew have a knowledge of the region that equals that of the locals.
Sailing in Amalfi
Italy’s Amalfi Coast is fabulously picturesque, perched dramatically on a cliff-face and looking out onto the sparkling turquoise ocean. Nearby Positano promises pastel-coloured houses and independent boutiques, while Sorrento - known as the gateway to the Amalfi Coast - has inspired many literary legends with its grand architecture and abundance of lemon trees. In Naples, Mount Vesuvius’ volcanic hiking trail offers a chance to learn more about the history of the area.
Although the Amalfi Coast is beautiful all year round, June, July and August are the best months to visit on a luxury yacht charter. Mediterranean flowers will be in full bloom, filling the air with the sweet scent of lemon and orange blossom. Towns and villages buzz with life, whilst private coves await those who seek something a bit more tranquil; a summertime Amalfi sailing charter has something for everyone.
Oyster sailing charters along the Amalfi Coast generally include Naples, Sorrento and the islands of Ischia, Vesuvius, Positano and Capri.
Sailing in Corsica
The mountainous French island of Corsica has so much to offer: rugged wilderness; a rich and unique cuisine; historic monuments dating back the Romans; the list goes on. One of France’s least-developed regions, crewed sailing yacht charters in Corsica provide a chance to experience its unspoilt natural beauty. Meanwhile, neighbouring Sardinia is filled with some of the most paradisiacal white-sand beaches in Europe. Promising romance, incredible diving spots and a lively local culture, this is an island you’ll struggle to drag yourself away from.
July and August are the perfect time to embark upon a charter trip to Corsica as the weather is delightfully warm and the season is in full swing, meaning you’ll have your choice of delicious restaurants to dine at.
Sailing in Sardinia
Sardinia is so alluring that many people don’t want to leave it after their luxury sailing yacht charter is over. Mediterranean vacationing doesn’t get much better than sailing around this heavenly Italian island, with its 2,000km of glorious coastline. On the northeast of the island, Olbia’s old town is full of chic boutiques, bars and cafes looking onto bustling piazzas. Drop anchor in glamorous Costa Smeralda, the preferred holiday spot of A-listers and honeymooners. Sardinia is full of history, with Bronze Age relics waiting to be discovered at every stop along the way.
Sardinia is magical all year round, but the best time to visit is from late June to the end of September, when all the local shops and restaurants are open for business. July offers 12 glorious hours of sunshine, and the chance to see exhilarating local events such as the S’Ardia Horse Race.
Oyster sailing charters in the Corsica and Sardinia area generally cruise between Bonifacio and Olbia to include the beautiful Maddalena islands.
Sailing in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands
With its dramatic volcanic peaks and jaw-droppingly beautiful coves, it’s easy to fall in love with Sicily. A hub for crewed sailing yacht charters in Europe, Sicily offers its own mouth-watering recipes, relying on fresh, locally grown produce to create classic dishes such as pasta alla norma. The Unesco-protected Aeolian Islands of Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi and Alicudi are equally stunning. Their crystal-clear waters provide the perfect snorkelling ground.
Visit in the summer months to make the most of the beautiful walking and cycling routes, taking in scenery that you might not otherwise see. This is also the best time to visit the island’s stunning beaches.
Our sailing charters in the Aeolian islands usually start and finish in Milazzo, Sicily.
Palma, Mallorca and the Balearic Islands
Palma and the Balearics offer a tantalising mix of vibrant beaches, prehistoric ruins and traditional tapas. And, of course, that seemingly eternal sunshine, which gives the islands a 24/7 holiday feel. In Mallorca you will be astounded by the number of sensational beaches. When you’re not lying on your towel sunning yourself - cocktail or a glass of Cava in hand - head up into the hills to discover ancient monasteries, or into Palma to explore the capital's vibrant nightlife. However, don’t limit yourselves to the largest of the Balearics; there are so many more to explore.
When you should go depends on what you are looking for on your crewed luxury yacht charter - Mediterranean temperatures are delightfully hot in the peak months of July and August - perfect for a beach holiday. What’s more, this is when the nightlife is at its busiest and best.
Oyster sailing charters generally start in Palma and can include the islands of Ibiza and Menorca.
To find out more about chartering a yacht, read our guide on how to charter a yacht, or contact our yacht charter broker Molly Marston here to arrange your Oyster luxury yacht charter in the West Med.