Despite being next door neighbours, the French and Italian Rivieras are culturally miles apart and many yachts choose an itinerary that takes in both – providing a fascinating opportunity to compare the two.
The French island of Corsica is one of the most special destinations in the Mediterranean. Dramatic rock formations provide a backdrop to, and in some cases hide, numerous port towns. Calvi, Bonifacio, Ajaccio . . . these and countless other smaller ports all have their own typically french character – and not surprisingly, all offer a tempting mix of local wines, cheeses and fish dishes which can be enjoyed surrounded by the stunning scenery.
A short cruise from Corsica is the Italian island of Sardinia. But despite being such close neighbours, the two islands could hardly be more different. Where Corsica is quietly French, Sardinia is loudly and proudly Italian and has become one of the must-do summertime stop-overs on the jet-set merry-go-round.
Offering everything one would expect of an exclusive Mediterranean charter destination, the world renowned Costa Smerelda or “Emerald Coast” boasts some of the best anchorages in the Mediterranean. The summer season sees Porto Cervo full of luxury yachts and, should one fancy mixing with the rich and the famous, is unquestionably the place to be.
Fashionable beaches, hotels, shops and night-spots might be what Sardinia is best known for, but venture slightly inland and you’ll find a timeless and un-spoilt world of medieval villages, and a pace of life remarkably unaffected by the glitz and glamour of the coast.
60m Benetti. 12 guests. 16 crew. W Med., Naples, Sicily, Corsica, Sardinia, Balearics, Greece, Turkey, Croatia. From 350,000 Euros pw.
76' (23.2m) CNB Bordeaux. Built 2016. 6 guests. 3 crew. West Mediterranean. From €23,000 pw. All inclusive.
82ft Swan sailing yacht. 7 guests. 4 crew. East & West Mediterranean, Caribbean. From $35,000 pw.
100ft Tecnomar motor yacht. 10 guests. 6 crew. Greece, East Mediterranean. From 42,000 Euros pw.
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197ft Abeking & Rasmussen. 12 guests. 12 crew. East & West Mediterranean, Caribbean. From $546,000 pw.
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141ft Holland Jachtbouw sailing yacht. 8 guests. 6 crew. West Med. Naples, Sicily, Corsica, Sardinia, Spain, Balearics.
146ft Feadship. 12 guests. 9 crew. East & West Mediterranean. From $225,000 pw.
60m CMN. 12 guests. 14 crew. South East Asia, Indian Ocean, East & West Mediterranean. From $435,000 pw.