Fair weather sailors turn away. For here are our suggestions of where to head in the Med when the days get shorter, the temperatures drop away a bit and you find yourself – alone.
If it sounds appealing, then read on. The favourite time of year for many who live on the Mediterranean coast is September and October, when the weather is still relatively warm yet there is no one to clutter up the beaches, or indeed the marinas.
The majority of superyachts will have made their way to the Caribbean after the end of the Mediterranean yacht shows such as Monaco and Cannes, with relatively few remaining to enjoy the solitude, and occasional storm.
So where should you seek out if you have decided to go on holidays on your fractionally owned yacht in the autumn months? Here our five of our favourite off-season destinations in the Med:
Try and bag a berth in Monaco at any other time of year, and you’ll have your work cut out. But off-season you have more of a chance to rent a berth in Port Hercules and should one be available, we recommend you take it. Where better to base yourselves that at the foot of the ‘Rock’ in this stunning sovereign state where everything you wish to visit is all within easy walking distance: The Casino de Monte-Carlo, the designer shops in the Carre d’Or, the Prince’s Palais in Monaco-Ville and numerous gourmet restaurants.
- Portosole, San Remo
A few hours sail away along the Italian Riviera is the picturesque Portosole, in San Remo. This quiet yet wonderfully equipped marina will seem a million miles away from Monaco, despite its physical proximity, and it’s a relaxing place to pull down the hatches and take stock for a few days.
- Palma, Mallorca
If you are a real sun worshipper then we suggest you head to the Balearic Island of Mallorca for your off-season sailing adventure. There is a big yachting scene in Palma all year round, and so this is also the place to come to if the idea of sailing in solitude fills you with fear. There are great restaurants and bars open throughout the winter months, as well as some beautiful scenery for those, at times, bracing sales.
Another hugely popular port with the sailing fraternity is Antibes, on the French Riviera. The port, Europe’s largest, offers good protections from any inclement weather and the town of Antibes is one of our favourites in the South of France. Visit the Matisse Museum, in the ramparts of the Old Town, before enjoying a Full English Breakfast at the Blue Lady pub.