The Mediterranean is arguably the most famous cruising destination for luxury yacht charter in the world. And it’s hardly surprising.
The area boasts a stunning coastline, picturesque ports, and some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Here is our guide to the region’s top five beaches, which we recommend you stop at on your Mediterranean yacht charter.
1. Pampelonne Beach: This is the main beach of Saint-Tropez and arguably the best known in France. Here, over a distance of six kilometres and 67 hectares, are a staggering 27 private and public beaches, which can easily be accessed from your luxury yacht charter.
There is something here for everyone: trendy clubs with resident DJs, exclusive restaurants serving the best seafood and champagne, and beaches designated for families. Some of the public beaches are also reserves for nudists, although we do advise you wear clothes for the journey from your luxury yacht charter.
2. Plage de l’Escalet: For those people that prefer to stay away from the masses, there is the stunning Plage de l’Escalet, a small beach hidden away to the west of Pampelonne. Situated on the south side of Cap Camarat, the small half-sand, half-pebble beach is secluded and quiet, and is the perfect place to visit for a chilled day on your Mediterranean yacht charter.
3. Plage des Fourmis: Fourmis in French mean ants, but don’t be put off by the name. It is thought that it gained this name after black boulders were spotted in the sea close by. This sandy beach in Beaulieu-sur-Mer is a gentle saunter from the centre of town. The crescent shaped beach is also sheltered from any winds which can whistle along the coast in the summertime, so it’s a great place to throw anchor on your luxury yacht charter. From the sand, you can marvel at the magnificent Villa Kerylos, a striking replica of an ancient Greek Athenian mansion built on a promontory at the end of the bay for Theodore Reinach.
4. Eze Plage: For a real treat on your Mediterranean yacht charter head to Eze Beach, in the small village of Eze-sur-Mer. The pebbly beach is secluded and sheltered, and there are a number of great restaurants so it’s an ideal spot in which to anchor and take the tender to shore. Spoil yourself at the Anguna private beach, where you can lounge on sumptious sofas.
5. Plage Mala: Plage Mala, on Cap d’Ail, is a hidden gem which can only be reached by climbing down steep steps from the town centre. An alternative is to access the beach by luxury yacht charter. There is a fantastic restaurant here called La Réserve de Mala.