Two of the most popular destinations for yacht share clients are the Mediterranean islands of Sardinia and Corsica, often explored one after the other during a luxury charter of a lifetime.
Lying barely 10 miles apart, the two islands offer distinct, unique holiday experiences, with one being Italian and the other, French, for a start.
The islands also have hugely contrasting coastlines, interiors and ambiances, with a yacht share charter incorporating both Sardinia and Corsica ensuring you experience the best of both worlds.
But where do you start when planning a yacht charter in an area so diverse? We at Smart Yacht, leading shared yacht ownership company in the Mediterranean, have put together some pointers to help you decide
• The Italian island is 270km long and boasts more than 1840km of coastline with beaches for every taste. It’s hard to handpick the best beaches on the island, but one of our favourites is Baia Chia on the south coast, which is famous for its arc-shaped sand dunes.
• It’s a great destination for clients with a passion for water sports. Meanwhile those who enjoy serious sailing should make sure they visit the Costa Smeralda and Maddalena archipelago.
• Sardinia has a mountainous interior which boasts geology even older than that on mainland Italy and offers the chance to do some stunning hiking with spectacular views.
• Famed as being the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, Corsica is 183km long and boasts more than 1,000km of some of the most stunning coastlines in the world.
• Many of the best beaches are found on the south-east coast, near the resort town and Gulf of Porto Vecchio. Favourite spots to anchor are the famous Plage de Palombaggia and Plage de Santa Giulia, both turquoise bays fringed with kilometres of white sand.
• Another region to explore while on a shared yacht ownership charter is the south-west coast of the island, where the coastline is more rugged, with beaches set into the craggy coastline.
• The interior of Corsica is dominated by a range of mountains which run the length of the island and which this year was the chosen location for the start of the 100th Tour de France.