From the Balearics honey-hued beaches to 16th-century Valletta, Malta's capital, the Western Mediterranean is a sunsplashed arc of isolated retreats and natural charm. The French Rivieras annual showstoppers include the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix. Yet equally alluring is a sunrise swim along St Tropezs Plage de Pampelonne, a private recline on Ile de Porquerolles ice-white sands or a sundowner on the exclusive Cap d'Antibes.
ISLANDS & ARTISTS
The regions largest islands come in quick succession. Iconic artist Matisse was smitten by Corsica's mahogany cliffs. South of here, Sardinia's chic Costa Smeralda beckons. And then theres Sicily. Its volcanic Aeolian Archipelago is favoured by Italy's fashion elite, from Giorgio Armani to Dolce and Gabbana.
"My favorite anchorage is Golfe de Roccapina, north west of Bonifacio. A must to arrive early morning when it's calm and anchor in the clearest water in the Western Med. A perfect stop over between the Cote D'Azur and Costa Smeralda! When anchored, look south to see the lion shaped mountain top, kids love it. "