Three of the largest islands in the Mediterranean are perfect for visiting by yacht. For Sardinia and Sicily, both in Italy, yacht charter is an ideal way to explore at leisure. Despite its Italian-sounding town and street names, Corsica is France’s very own Ile de Beauté, famed for its mountainous landscape and varied coastline.
For discovering Corsica and Italy, yacht charter is ideal
Discover the Ile de Beauté by Corsica yacht charter
Boasting one thousand kilometres of France’s most varied coastline, a Corsica yacht charter promises idyllic scenery. As well as stunning beaches, its unspoilt countryside is made up of charming mountainside villages, lakes and magnificent hiking trails, the most famous of which is the GR20.
At 200km long, the GR20 follows the mountain range from Calenzana in the North to Conca in the South. A highlight is the Restonica river valley and gorge, surrounded by verdant oak and pine forests, with accessible river pools for welcome refreshing dips.
Most easily accessed by yacht charter, Corsica highlights include the northern ‘thumb’ of Cap Corse and its beautiful Monte Stello mountain, the Lavezzi Islands in the south towards Sardinia, and the UNESCO-listed Calanques de Piana, dramatic rock formations that lie between the cities of Ajaccio and Calvi.
Explore Sardinia’s Emerald Coast by Italy yacht charter
With nearly 2,000km of coastline, sandy beaches and a mountainous interior, Sardinia is perfect to explore during an Italy yacht charter.
Highlights include the Costa Smeralda, or Emerald Coast, so-named for its clean, green waters, and its lovely towns of Porto Cervo, Santa Teresa di Gallura and Baia Sardinia. Further south, Porto Rotondo overlooks the wide Gulf of Cugnana, and is full of bustling piazzas.
During a Sardinia yacht charter, keen scuba-divers should visit the Maddalena Archipelago and its ‘seven sister’ islands, where Rosa beach on Budelli Island is named after the pink hues of the corals and shells found there.
At the capital Cagliari and its lagoon, visitors flock to admire colonies of flamingos, and to visit the nearby UNESCO-listed Barumini complex of mysterious Bronze Age nuraghi ruins.
Enjoy historic Sicily by Italy yacht charter
The biggest island in Italy, yacht charter is a fantastic way to discover Sicily, an island rich in history and archaeology, which is also home to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest volcano.
Highlights include the capital Palermo, a melting pot of cultures and street markets, and Taormina’s famous Greek Theatre and beautiful Isola Bella beach. Noto is the capital of Sicilian Baroque, with many stunning churches and palaces.
Anyone fascinated by archaeology should visit Syracuse and its linked island Ortigia, while Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples form the world’s largest archaeological park.
If you have time to go island-hopping during your yacht charter, Sicily boasts many beautiful islands off its shores, including the seven Aeolian Islands, with their dreamy beaches and two active volcanoes, and the Aegadian islands, where rocky coves are surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters.
To visit all these islands in Italy, yacht charter is by far the easiest way, while if you’d prefer to visit beautiful Corsica, yacht charter gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace.