When it comes to Mediterranean charter destinations, one of the most popularitineraries is sailing the azure waters of Sardinia, off the coast of Italy.
The second largest island in the Mediterranean is the summer hotspot and some of the world’s largest yachts can be found in and around Porto Cervo each July and August.
Boasting a spectacular natural landscape which is best discovered by sea, it’s easy to see why Sardinia is such a yachting magnet. Similar to neighbouring Corsica (at its closestpoint only 12 kilometres separate the two), Sardinia is in many ways the perfect charter destination, offering an undiscovered coastline dotted with hidden coves, sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and windswept rock formations. It really is one of the most picturesque settings imaginable.
This is only enhanced by the superb food and wine available to be enjoyed, as well as the sophisticated nightlife which must be experienced at least once in a lifetime.
Many charters start in the north, particularly in Porto Cervo, along the famed Costa Smerelda. This sparkling stretch of ‘emerald coastline’, a mere 20 kilometres in length, was purchased by Aga Khan in the 1970’s, who had the foresight to develop the area intoa veritable playground for the rich and famous.
Now nightspots such as Flavio Briatore’s Billionaire Club in Porto Cervo have earned the Costa Smerelda a reputation for being home to some of the most exclusive clubs in the world.
You’ll soon realise that Porto Cervo offers a dazzling array of distractions, from luxury boutiques to golf and spa resorts and, of course, a wonderful beach. Head to the terrace of Restaurant Il Pescatore when it’s time to sit back and enjoy a meal with a view.
Close by is another yachting hotspot, Cala di Volpe, one of Sardinia’s best bays. But it is also one of the islands most popular as well, especially since the luxurious Hotel Cala di Volpe is found here.
Escaping the crowds of the Costa Smerelda is easy, however. We’d recommend cruising south, towards the uninhabited Tavolara and Molara Islands, a designated nature reserve. Settings for diving and snorkelling don’t come much better than this.
At the south of the island you’ll find Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia. Wander through the streets of the old town to soak up the traditions and culture of the island. Here’s your chance to treat you or your loved ones to a luxury spa package at Thermae del Forte and enjoy a meal of freshly caught fish at one of the charming local restaurants.
For many, however, the highlight of any Sardinia charter is La Maddalena Archipelago, in the north-east corner of the island. Explore over 50 islands and islets, each offering asetting more spectacular than the last. Once you’ve experienced a day exploring the turquoise seas and the long white sandy beaches of the various cala’s (bay), you will never want to leave!
To plan your own Sardinia VIP charter experience don’t hesitate to contact the MySea charter team.
by Chrissie Mcclatchie.