An Amalfi Coast yacht charter promises the ultimate Mediterranean vacation and a true taste of life in Italy. Dotted along the coast, the towns of Positano, Sorrento, Ravello and the island of Capri are located in close proximity to one another, making them easy to incorporate into a short-hop charter itinerary. Since the Amalfi Coast has limited on-land routes, a luxury yacht charter is the ultimate way to fall in love with this stunning slice of West Italy.
Known for its dramatic cliffs and picture-perfect towns, the Amalfi Coast sits in the Campania region of Italy bordered by the Tyrrhenian sea. It is shouldered by the Bay of Naples to the north and the Salerno Gulf to the south. Also known as the Sorrentine Peninsula, the region covers around 50 kilometers of coast, and all of it is best explored by boat. The region is perennially one of the most popular cruising regions throughout summer and beyond, with hundreds of people traveling from around the globe to rent a yacht and explore these UNESCO-listed shores and deep blue cruising grounds.
AN ECLECTIC MIX OF COSMOPOLITAN CHIC AND ANCIENT HISTORY
Stretching from Golfo Aranci to Baia Sardinia, this remarkable Italian gem is the second largest island in the Mediterranean and lays surrounded by clear turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and some of the prettiest anchorages. Cruise along the rippling waters and explore the assortment secluded coves which are strewn along the breathtaking coastline. To the northeast of Sardinia lies Costa Smeralda, one of the most popular destinations to cruise in the Mediterranean and a particular favourite for bona fide charterers and sailing yacht enthusiasts. With warm constant winds and calm clear waters, sailors will revel in the romance of Sardinia’s waters whilst gazing upon the awe-inspiring surrounding views. At the heart of Costa Smeralda, meander around the seaside resort of Porto Cervo, where the shores are draped with designer boutiques and glamorous restaurants.
Saturated in an alluring history, visit the capital city of Cagliari to discover the ancient and distinguished old town before admiring the enthralling charm of medieval castles, teetering on hilltops shadowing the city below. Take in the medieval churches and alluring architecture which line the timeless and stylish pebbled streets, before stopping to sip on coffee in one of the many chic cafés.
One of the best known beaches in Sardinia is Liscia Ruja, this vast arc of sand glimmers a subtle shade of pink and is enclosed by strawberry trees, cistus and junipers which almost caress the water. The uninhabited island of Mortorio also boasts a beautiful beach and makes for an idyllic location for overnight anchorage whilst enjoying a bottle of bubbly against a backdrop of towering cliffs.
Not only famed for its intriguing architectural landmarks and inviting azure waters, Sardinia is also famed for what some regard to be the finest lobster in the world. The reputation of Sardinian cuisine precedes itself and gastronomes will relish the opportunity to sample the mouth-watering dishes such as simple yet delicious seafood and succulent wild boar.
For those looking to delve into the underwater world to discover the thriving aquatic life beneath the waves, visit the astounding archipelago of La Maddalena. This cluster of 60 islands and islets offers some of the very best snorkelling and diving opportunities for those keen to immerse themselves into water sport adventures. Porto Pollo is an excellent location for kite and windsurfing and with wild reefs and consistent winds, experienced surfers can let loose and enjoy the throes of exhilaration on the water whilst non-surfers can soak up the sun on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
The Italian Riviera
EXPERIENCE ITALIAN STYLE AMONGST A COVE OF RICHES
Exuding a more laid-back ambience than the French Riviera, its rugged coastline is speckled with hilltop villages winding between the chalky cliffs and seaside towns painted in a beautiful palette of pastels. The tiny and sublimely elegant fishing village of Portofino has long attracted the yacht set to its picturesque harbour and collection of exclusive designer boutiques and fantastic restaurants carved into the steep rock face. Relaxing amongst the colour splashed architecture of the beautiful piazza in an Italian café is the perfect way to start your luxury yacht charter vacation in style.
The five miraculously unspoilt villages of Cinque Terre perch on the craggy cliff-tops surrounded by the rolling hillsides of olive groves and grape vines and together make up the UNESCO protected national park. Take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful collection of gardens along panoramic footpaths looking out over the Ligurian Sea before sampling some local wine as the sun sets from the deck of your yacht. A must-see location in any luxury yacht charter of the Italian Riviera is the former maritime republic of Genoa. Its curios landscape rises up from the Ligurian coast, packed densely into the hillsides the tall, narrow buildings are painted in vibrant reds, oranges and yellows.
Curving west from Genoa to the French border is the Riviera di Ponente which boasts some of the longest stretches of golden sands along the coast. Beautiful beaches as well as historical towns and exclusive resorts are on offer along this fabulous ribbon of coastline, from the famous San Remo to the 4km long white sands of Alassio. Enjoy snorkelling, kayaking and windsurfing on the calm waters or just sit back with a cocktail against the backdrop of pine-covered headlands and tiny coves. South east of Genoa lies the Riviera di Levante, home to the most elite Italian resort towns including the fabulous Santa Margherita and Portofino. The Ligurian Riviera is ultimately a beautiful region and makes for the perfect place to escape and relax on an exclusive and luxurious luxury yacht charter vacation.