As the Mediterranean yacht charter hot spots start to buzz with activity, it’s time to book your summer vacations. The incredible array of Mediterranean yacht charter destinations is a feast for any cruising lover. From Croatia’s dramatic Dalmatian Coast to enjoying the beats of Ibiza and the Balearic Islands to relaxing along the sparkling and glamorous French Riviera, the Mediterranean is a treasure trove of wondrous charter destinations.
In early summer the quaint alleyways, sandy beaches and seaside restaurants of Italy’s Gulf of Naples and the Amalfi Coast are seemingly peaceful, accompanied by the warm Mediterranean sunshine.
Naples is the perfect embarkation point for your Amalfi Coast luxury yacht charter vacation. One of Italy’s most bustling and atmospheric cities, be sure to catch a glimpse of civilizations past by visiting the ruins of Pompeii, one of the wonders of the world. A busy yachting center, the crew will be able to stock up on all your charter preferences here before setting sail into the Gulf of Naples.
A yacht charter should never involve too much cruising, and at a mere 20 kilometers from Naples, the volcanic island of Ischia makes an ideal first stop. Renowned for its hot springs, relax and unwind while you soak in the warm thermal waters of the island’s many luxury thermal spas, a guaranteed highlight of any vacation.
From Ischia, it’s an easy crossing over the Gulf of Naples to Capri, another famous Mediterranean island. Picturesque Capri has captivated artists and authors with its mythical charm and numerous natural treasures for centuries. As your yacht drops anchor in Marina Grande, disembark and spend some time wandering the town of Capri itself and enjoy an aperitif in La Piazetta, the famous square located in the heart of Capri’s historic center. Ask for a glass of island wine, from the Capri DOC. Red wine fans will enjoy Capri Rosso, made from the local variety Piedirosso, whilst those who prefer a refreshing and fruity glass of white will find the Falanghina and Greco Bianco varieties used in a Capri Bianco more to their tastes.
For the water babies amongst us, don’t miss the Blue Grotto, a sea cave off the coast of Capri. Sunlight, which enters the cave from below the surface, illuminates the grotto in an incredible blue reflection. This cave has enjoyed significance in the region since Roman times.
No trip to this corner of Italy is complete without visiting the UNESCO World Heritage listed Amalfi Coast. This serenely beautiful stretch of coastline is dotted with traditional fishing villages which appear to cling on to the steep slopes which plunge into the sea below. There’s no doubt about it, the Amalfi Coast is best explored by yacht. Take your time discovering evocative towns such as Positano and Amalfi and witness first hand why these seaside villages have captivated travelers, artists and Hollywood for centuries. During your yacht vacation on the Amalfi Coast, ask your crew to organize a visit to mountaintop Ravello, famous for it’s its vast panoramic views and two very beautiful gardens in Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo. Catch the sunset sipping on the local specialty, Limoncello, before sitting down to enjoy a meal at one of the coastline’s many gourmet restaurants, and then get some sleep to ready yourself to do it all again tomorrow.
The Gulf of Naples and the Amalfi Coast truly are the ultimate early summer Mediterranean yacht charter destination.