As we are able to travel more freely, the prospect of hidden gems, tucked away from large crowds, is ever more appealing. Here are some of the best-hidden gems that can be found along the Mediterranean coastline and are perfect to incorporate into your charters this summer and beyond.
Aeolian Islands, Italy
Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000 for providing “an outstanding record of volcanic island-building and destruction, and ongoing volcanic phenomena”, the Aeolian Islands are perfect for exploring. It is possible to hike up volcanoes, treat yourself to a volcanic thermal bath or natural mud spa, or explore the rugged coastlines of the islands. One of the most amazing sights to see is the active volcano on the island of Stromboli which is known as the “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean”, thanks to its mesmerizing eruption and flow of lava that is visible every night.
La Maddalena, Sardinia
The archipelago of Maddalena is made up of 62 islands which makes it perfect for exploring. La Maddalena is the largest town of this archipelago and is only accessible by boat. The coastline features rugged caves and alcoves as well as stunning white-sand beaches with the recommendation of the “swimming pool bay” between Caprera and Maddalena which is renowned for its crystal clear waters. La Maddalena is a sophisticated town buzzing with activity, however, it is possible to find idyllic corners around the islands for peaceful relaxation.
View IRISHA. A beautiful yacht to explore the Italian coastline.
Situated along the French Riviera, Menton is a beautiful location to explore the streets lined with pastel-coloured houses. Thanks to its micro-climate, there are avenues and parks of citrus trees particularly lemon trees, which have become the symbol for this idyllic town. Some of the best views can be found from the Vieux Port de Menton where it is also possible to explore the restaurants serving freshly caught fish along the harbour front. The town is also renowned for its gardens containing sub-tropical plants with some of the most famous being Jardin Serre de la Madone and the Jardin botanique exotique de Menton.
View KHALILAH to see how this superyacht can transport you around the stunning French Riviera.
Neighbouring Santorini, this island boasts spectacular views of the rugged coastline. With plenty of alcoves and caves to explore, Folegandros is perfect for beach hopping. There are also the traditional Greek villages boasting beautiful white houses and blue shutters. The island has been described as “an untouched piece of true Greece” which makes it the perfect location to experience a traditional way of living. It is possible to walk through the streets of this island and see the works of the artists and seamstresses of the island who have produced beautiful pieces of artwork.
View CLOUDBREAK. With all the toys, this yacht allows you to truly explore all the caves and alcoves that the Greek islands have to offer.
Calella de Palafrugell, Spain
Found in the northern part of the Costa Brava, north of Barcelona, Calella de Palafrugell offers the tranquillity that other places along the Costa Brava may be missing. Some of the main attractions of this traditional fishing town are the hidden coves that can only be accessed via the Camino de Ronda hiking trail which runs along the cliffs and seafront of this area of Northern Spain. The cobbled streets are lined with tapas bars and are testament to the freshly caught fish.
View FIGURATI. Recently launched this summer, this yacht features a sleek Italian design and is perfect for exploring the Spanish fishing ports.
Our yachts that travel here:
Irisha, which accommodates ten guests, is an award-winning boat for its state-of-the-art design and cutting-edge technology. Cruising around Italy and Corsica, this yacht is perfect for exploring the volcanic Aeolian Islands and the Cinque Terre.
Cloudbreak is another one of our yachts that cruises around the Mediterranean allowing you to visit the rugged coastlines of Europe. The yacht is packed with plenty of water toys such as jet skis and water bobs. This boat gives you the perfect opportunity to explore all the caves that surround these beautiful islands.
Khalilah, with its stunning golden design, provides a great opportunity to explore the French Riviera. The striking contemporary look gives the impression of an exclusive boutique hotel on water.
Figurati accommodates up to 11 guests and was created in a partnership between the Ferretti Group and Officiana Italiana Design. The yacht features all the latest technology including a large jacuzzi and an incredible Plasma TV in the main saloon. Everything has been thought of to enhance the charter such as the peaceful book corner which provides a private place of serenity.