The coastlines of Europe boast some of the most idyllic holiday destinations in the world. However, as soon as imposing tourists break the peace and the cobbled streets get too crowded for comfort, SmartYacht’s luxurious alternative to conventional vacations – a shared yacht ownership arrangement – becomes all the more alluring. Oceans away from the daily grind, yacht owners can drop their anchors in the quietest coves and unwind on pristine Mediterranean waters.
For holiday-makers who are drawn to rich cultures, lavishness and, most importantly, fine weather for most of the year, the French Riviera has long provided yachting enthusiasts with a diverse range of opulent destinations. Those looking for a tranquil pace and family-friendly vibes are drawn to picturesque towns such as Villefranche-sur-Mer or Beaulieu-sur-Mer. From your yacht it is easy to hop between these villages and bask on quaint beaches, taking in the delectable fresh cuisine, which is served amid melodic local chatter. Nature enthusiasts are also able to moor their yachts near the Parc forestier du Mont-Boron and take in views of the Cote D’Azur, which span for miles. Alternatively, voyageurs in search of a good time have plenty of hotspots to explore, from the glittering lights of Cannes and Saint Tropez to the regal shores of the Principality of Monaco. Wherever the destination, the French Riviera will ensure that your sun-tan stays topped up for longer.
A few hours across the Mediterranean, the island of Mallorca plays host to sun-chasing yachts all year round, as temperatures rarely drop below double digits. On the east coast of the island, the sheltered Cala D’Or Marina offers a wide selection of tasteful bars and restaurants. Alternatively, yacht co-owners can enjoy the views of whitewashed Spanish villas dotted around the hilly Balearic island landscape, from the comfort of their professionally catered luxury vessels, for a fraction of the price.
The third coveted yachting destination is located on the eastern most reaches of European coastline, where the Mediterranean merges into the Adriatic Sea. Nautical travellers have easy access to Croatia’s most scenic coastal cities, where the merrymaking continues long after the end of the official summer season. The walled city of Dubrovnik is steeped in history, as the beautiful fortress protected residents from the crusades to the more recent civil war during the breakup of Yugoslavia (as well as providing a spectacular set for the popular HBO show, Game of Thrones). If this isn’t enough, the surrounding seashore is dotted with natural caves and deserted islands – all waiting to be explored. A short journey up the coast lays the happening island of Hvar. Here, holidaymakers can soak in the sunset from the celebrity haunt, Hula Hula bar, or let their sun-kissed tresses loose on Carpe Diem – a club that occupies a whole island of its own, giving the age-old institution of Ibiza nightlife a run for its money.
One thing is certain across all three fashionable Mediterranean destinations: your summer fun is sure to extend well into the latter part of the year with a trip to one of these fantastic destinations. SmartYacht’s yacht co-ownership options facilitate the luxury of exploring a different bay every day, without ever having to repack a suitcase, at a fraction of the price!