Top 10 Luxury Europe Yacht Charter Destinations

With thousands of islands and thousands of miles of coastline, through 44 countries, on a luxury Europe yacht charter, there is a perfect destination for everyone.

Top 10 Luxury Europe Yacht Charter Destinations

A luxury Europe yacht charter is perfect for everyone with 44 countries to discover, although some are not surrounded by seas or oceans there are still plenty of luxury Europe yacht charter destinations. The major seas in Europe include the Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, English Channel, bays of the Mediterranean, Baltic Sea, the Barents Sea, and many more. 

The Mediterranean Sea is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations with over 1/3 of the world’s tourists visiting the Mediterranean and the 23 countries it borders. No matter which country you visit the deep blue ocean and Mediterranean climate make the perfect luxury Europe yacht charter destination. With over 3,300 islands a length of 2,500 miles (4,000km) and an area of 965,000 square miles (2.5 million km), the Mediterranean is bordered by countries in southern Europe, North Africa, and Asia.

On a luxury Europe yacht charter, all 30 countries in Europe which have a sea border are different, it is one of the most culturally diverse sea regions in the world, with a large number of different languages spoken, a variety of coastline landscapes, and diverse traditional cultures located throughout.

Sailing on a luxury Europe yacht charter has a country for everyone from beginner sailing areas to advanced long stretches of open ocean for professional sailors. The water temperature depending on the geographic location and location in Europe, which make it an ideal sea for swimming, snorkelling, and discovering the underwater world, with a variety of marine life as well as the land which surrounds it, which is great for a luxury Europe yacht charter.

1. Spain

Historic sites, beautiful beaches, wine, sangria, and paella, the Spanish coastline has it all.

The Spanish Coastline. The Spanish Mediterranean coastline is unique with wonderful historic cities as well as a large number of islands. The Spanish coastal areas of the Costa Blanca (200km), Costa del Sol, Costa de Almeria (217km), Costa Brava (60km), Costa Daurada, Costa Tropical, and Costa Calida (250km). These are all long stretches of Spanish Mediterranean coastline which are perfect places to visit on a luxury Europe yacht charter. Spain also has a large number of cities and ports located on its North Atlantic Ocean and Bay of Biscay coastlines. Spain also has a number of islands located in the Mediterranean Sea including the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands.

Often Overlooked. Spain is often overlooked as a yacht charter destination but it shouldn’t be. The coastline is home to a large number of historic cities and ports (Marbella, Cartagena, Malaga, Alicante, Valencia, Bilbao, San Sebastian, and Barcelona) with unique and wonderful places to explore, sites to see, and not forgetting the sangria and paella on a luxury Europe yacht charter.

2. Sardinia

Sardinia has beautiful white coloured beaches filled with traditional villages and harbors.

Sardinia. Sardinia is a beautiful Italian island and a large island in the Mediterranean. With over 1,100 miles of rugged Mediterranean coastline filled with traditional villages and charming harbours, it is an idyllic luxury Europe yacht charter destination. Sardinia is the perfect place for sailors of all abilities.

Sailing in Sardinia. There is no better way to discover the real Sardinia than sailing; the most beautiful beaches and bays of the Costa Smeralda wait for you to explore them. Either you prefer a flotilla or a bareboat charter, Sardinia is great for every type of luxury Europe yacht charter, to discover the hidden beauties of the island.

3. Turkey

Idyllic beaches, secluded anchorages, and quaint fishing villages.

Luxury Europe Yacht Charter. The Turkish Riviera is a 1,000 mile stretch of coastline, with green mountains, crystal clear waters, historic sites, and superb beaches. From diving in Antalya, the archaeological site of Ephesus, the vibrant city of Fethiye, Ölüdeniz lagoon, and the medieval castle, and underwater museum in Bodrum. There are plenty of must-visit sites to see on a luxury Europe yacht charter plus great sailing conditions, warm weather, world-class diving, and snorkelling.

4. Amalfi Coast

Beautifully coloured houses located within a UNESCO heritage site surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea.

The Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi Coast is a 50 kilometre stretch of southern Italy’s Mediterranean coast. The area was given UNESCO heritage recognition thanks to its historic landmarks, beautiful houses and it’s place in history. The Amalfi Coast and its heritage status have attracted visitors from all over the world to its colourful houses, with the colours of majolica domes, bougainvillea, carnations pergolas, and whitewashed houses.

Picturesque Landscapes. The Amalfi Coast isn’t all about beautifully coloured houses and hilltops, it is also a great place to begin a luxury Europe yacht charter with lots of surrounding places to discover;

  • Salerno (a beautiful town with narrow streets and medieval churches)
  • Sorrento (coves, cliffs, inlets, and spectacular views of the Bay of Naples)
  • Procida (a small island with lemon groves and pastel-coloured houses)
  • Ischia (a small island often referred to as the ‘island of eternal youth’ with mud baths and thermal mineral reserves)
  • Capri (considered ‘one of the most beautiful places on earth’, with a rocky and rugged coastline, modern boutiques, and Blue Grotto Cave)
  • Salerno (filled with historic sites and great food options)
  • Naples (a picturesque town with museums, churches, and the birthplace of pizza and spaghetti, along with the Mount Vesuvius volcano)
  • Positano (a fishing hamlet with colourful staircases and whitewashed houses)
  • Pompeii (one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world, along with Roman towns, baths, and temples)

5. French Riviera

One of the most famous stretches of the Mediterranean coastline with world-class cuisine, high-end bars, and boutique shops.

Luxury Europe Yacht Charter. The French Riviera is an area of coastline in the South of France that stretches 560 miles from the Italian border to Saint Tropez. The French Riviera is one of the world’s most luxurious sailing destinations, filled with history, culture, colourful buildings, turquoise oceans, sandy beaches, and vibrant resort towns.

World Famous Locations. The French Riviera is also a great destination for a luxury Europe yacht charter, with the unspoiled coastline, good anchorages many of which are considered romantic. The French Riviera is made up of national parks, the towns, and cities, Antibes, Cannes, Monaco, Marseille, St Tropez, and Île de Porquerolles in the Hyères collection of islands. All these locations are the perfect place for a luxury Europe yacht charter, with beaches, islands, delicious restaurants, and picturesque locations.

Places to Visit. Monaco, Antibes, and Cannes are famous hubs for superyachts, with high-end 5-star marinas and world-class events such as the Cannes Film Festival and the Formula One Race to watch or experience on a luxury Europe yacht charter.

6. Croatia

One of Europe's favorite yacht charter destinations for the last 5 years.

Croatia Sailing. Croatia has quickly become a go-to luxury Europe yacht charter destination, with over 1,000 islands, a large coastline as well as natural wonders, historical sites, clear waters, perfect sunsets, and is filled with ample possibilities. Sailing in Croatia can take you to Mljet Island National Park to hike or bike, a 12th-century Benedictine monastery St Mary in Dubrovnik, Hvar’s stylish medieval architecture or Korcula’s incredible hospitality.

Luxury Europe Yacht Charter. Croatia has something for everyone, with idyllic sailing conditions, warm waters and weather as well as islands and beaches to relax on. The major problem with visiting Croatia is deciding what itinerary you want to take on a luxury Europe yacht charter.

7. Balearic Islands

A great place to stop for calamari and a dip in Porto Katsiki.

The Balearic Islands. One of the best places for a luxury Europe yacht charter is in the Balearic Islands, with the islands of Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, and Formentera. Each island has its own unique and wonderful sites to see and experiences to be had.

Mallorca. As the largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca is the perfect spot and is one of the best places to sail in the summer. Mallorca’s landscape is diverse and with over 340 miles of coastline, it features some of the most beautiful beaches and coves in the world.

Ibiza. Ibiza is another one of the best places to go on a luxury Europe yacht charter as it is an island with many personalities. It is one of the few places in the world where visitors’ can find top-notch nightclubs amidst extraordinary natural beauty, and deep-rooted local tradition, Ibiza should be on everyone’s radar. Appointed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, Ibiza Town Port, Dalt Vila, is a wonderfully preserved centre of Ibizan history and heritage.

8. Greece

Greece is the perfect sailing destination for all abilities.

Sailing in the Ionian.  The Ionian is made up of a collection of seven islands, Kerkyra (Corfu), Paxos, Lefkada, Ithaca, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, and Cythera. These islands all offer great marinas to stay overnight, beautiful anchorages, and unique experiences to have. The Ionian is also bordered by mainland Greece which equally has some great small villages, traditional towns, and bays to discover on a great luxury Europe yacht charter.

The Cyclades. The Cyclades are home to some of the most photographed and famous islands. The Cyclades are laid out in a circle, making it easy to go from one to another on a luxury Europe yacht charter. Made up of 2,200 individual islands, which only 25 islands are populated. Here you’ll find classic Greek culture, rich history, and gorgeous scenery. Whitewashed buildings are in abundance against the stunning deep blue sea and delicious Mediterranean food to try on a luxury Europe yacht charter.

Places to Visit in Greece. Some of the must-visit islands on a luxury Europe yacht charter are the following;

  • Zakynthos Island – With the famous Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach) and Zakynthos Marine Park.
  • Corfu – With Corfu Town, the Old Fortress, the New Fortress, and Angelokastro Castle to explore.
  • Mykonos – The islands perfect whitewashed architecture, with the Old Port Harbour and Aghia Anna Bay beach.
  • Paros – White sand beaches, ancient monuments, and small Greek villages.
  • Sifnos – Beachfront towns with cobbled streets.
  • Folegandros – An adventure-lovers paradise with plenty of hikes and adventures.
  • Santorini – The most famous island with whitewashed buildings and blue roofs.
  • Kefalonia – Some great places to explore are Melissani Cave and De Bosset Bridge. Temple Cave (Fisxardo), and Blue Canyon Lake (Lassi) are great diving spots.

9. Malta

One of the most picturesque islands on a luxury Europe yacht charter.

Malta. On a luxury Europe yacht charter, you can discover an island off the coast of Sicily, in the Mediterranean, 80km (50miles) off the coast of southern Italy and 284km (176miles) off the coast of Tunisia. Malta is filled with history, culture, colourful buildings, turquoise oceans, sandy beaches, and vibrant resort towns. Malta and its surrounding islands of Gozo and Comino have been long forgotten as tourist or sailing destinations, with many sailors and visitors choosing other nearby popular areas instead. With coastal and port cities to explore, high-class hotels and restaurants as well as great beaches to be explored Malta has something for everyone.

Great Sailing Destination. Malta is also a great destination for a luxury Europe yacht charter, with the unspoiled coastline, good anchorages many of which are remote and secluded. Malta is made up of beautiful coastal towns, villages, some of the best beaches in the world, coves, turquoise waters, and historic cities. All these locations are the perfect stop on sailing the Mediterranean getaway, with beaches, islands, delicious restaurants, and picturesque locations.

10. Sweden

No shortage of destinations with over 220,000 islands.

Sweden. Sweden might not be the first destination you think of when thinking about luxury Europe yacht charters, but it should be considered. Sweden isn’t just snowy and a winter destination, it has over 220,000 islands to explore, many of which are uninhabited. Sweden is a great yacht charter destination with hiking, swimming, diving, and other outdoor sports.

Luxury Europe Yacht Charter. Sweden has thousands of beautiful islands within reach of its cities such as Stockholm, which has white sand beaches, coves, and pine tree-covered shorelines, perfect for a luxury Europe yacht charter.

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