Visiting the Mediterranean (West)
Where Europe and Africa come face to face, the West Mediterranean has a rich and colourful history. The countries that line the West Mediterranean coast are also home to some of the world’s premier coastal tourism hotspots. Set sail and discover hidden gems in the Balearics, seek out a more traditional way of life in the villages of Corsica or travel the jaw-dropping coastline from Naples to Amalfi.
One thing’s for sure, you won’t be short of options on your charter yacht holiday to the West Mediterranean. Whether you want to experience the glitz and glamour of St Tropez, fiesta and flamenco in Spain or the laid-back life in Italy’s sleepy villages, this beautiful region will deliver all that you wish for.
The West Mediterranean comprises the countries to the west of the Mediterranean Sea and spans an area of over 630,000 square miles. The Mediterranean Sea lies between the continents of Eurasia and Africa and is almost entirely enclosed by land. (Europe to the north, Africa to the south and Asia to the east.) It is also connected to the Atlantic Ocean via the Strait of Gibraltar.
The West Mediterranean climate sees hot, dry summers, with temperatures ranging from 20˚C to the mid-30s. Winters are typically mild, wet and windy. This region holds a large variety of flora and fauna. Spain has many types of forest and exclusive fauna, due to its position between Africa and Europe. While Italy has the highest levels of faunal diversity in Europe, with some 57,000 species recorded.
Celebrity-spotting on the French Riviera: Seen by some as a victim of its own success, the South of France still ranks as one of Europe’s top sailing destinations. Sail from stylish St Tropez to Cannes, then on to Nice and wind up at every millionaire’s favourite, Monaco!
Almeria, Spain: From mountain hikes in Los Vélez, to kitesurfing in the fun resort of Mojácar or exploring the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata-Níjar, this area should have its place on your Spanish itinerary.
The Amalfi Coast, Italy: Whilst it might not be Italy’s best-kept secret, the Amalfi Coast more than lives up to the hype. Fill up on pizza in Naples then sail down to Amalfi and on to Capri. Awash with sunny shores, picturesque villages and mind-blowing scenery, this will be a trip you never forget.
Bonifacio, Corsica: For history-lovers, this ancient fortress town (and major port) is an essential stop. In the old city, you’ll discover medieval houses and chapels aplenty. The quayside, by contrast, is home to a host of bars and restaurants.
Barcelona: Spain wouldn’t be Spain without this vibrant seaside city. Barcelona has something for everyone: from amazing art and architecture to top-class cuisine and nightlife. Anchor up at one of its many marinas, and enjoy!
Sailing Sicily, Italy: Undeniably beautiful and positioned right in the heart of the Med, Sicily attracts visitors from around the world. From amazing food to fascinating architecture – don’t miss this beguiling island.
The West Mediterranean offers an enticing destination for your charter yacht holiday. With an abundance of beautiful coastal destinations, this region is ideal for exploring by boat. From colourful villages that hug the cliffs to glorious beaches, mountains and fascinating cities – the possibilities are endless.
So, don’t delay, contact Allonautilus to book your charter yacht holiday to the Western Mediterranean today.