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The Best Beaches of the Western Mediterranean

25th Jun 2013

Many of the West Mediterranean beaches draw a crowd, but away from these well-known pockets of busy hot spots are some of the most beautiful scenic coves. From the black volcanic sands of the Lipari Islands to the white beaches of the Balearics, many of these stunning beaches are only accessible by yacht, making them wonderfully private.

With a fine selection of charter yachts available in the area this summer offering guests a little bit of something to suit everyone’s needs, Camper & Nicholsons are pleased to share their five top recommendations for best beaches in the Western Mediterranean, as featured in the Spring-Summer edition of the Sea+I magazine.

Santa Giulia, Corsica

“Just south of Porto Vecchio is Santa Giulia beach with its blue waters and soft white sand. It would be more at home in the Caribbean, although expect Mediterranean-sized crowds. Why not take advantage of the exceptional QM of London offer combining the 50m (163’8) superyacht and private jet?” comments Molly Browne, Charter Broker in London.

Sa Calobra, Mallorca, Balearics

Tina Montzka, Charter Broker in Antibes recommends: “the pebbled-beach of Sa Calobra, sitting between two huge cliff faces. Best approached from the sea on board a stunning yacht like the 40m (131’) Philanderer, it is a truly spectacular anchorage to be enjoyed as part of a relaxing charter.”

Pevero Beach, Sardinia

London Charter Broker, Molly Browne chooses: “Sardinia’s best-known beach, the sweeping Liscia Ruja. If you want soft, bright white sands, try Pevero. Isola di Mortorio and Portu Li Coggi are backed by smooth grey boulders – truly a spectacular sight to be enjoyed while cruising on board the elegant 49.82m (163’5) Mary Jean.”

Pampelonne Beach Côte d’Azur

“Why not enjoy a charter on board the 39.64m (130’) Lionshare and anchor off the well-known Pampelonne Beach near St Tropez. Though it can get crowded, this infamous stretch of glorious sand is impressive,” says Sussie Kidd, Charter Broker in Antibes.

Panarea, Lipari Islands, Italy

“The seven volvanic islands in the southern part of the Tyrrhenian Sea are uniquely beautiful and boast a wealth of history, wonderful swimming waters, stunning views, mountain and coastal paths galore, heavenly cuisine and the finest desert wine. The Aeolian Islands remain fairly unknown beyond Italy and are surprisingly unspoilt outside the peak month of August. Each of its islands has its own atmosphere, hospitality and charm. My favourite is Panarea. The smallest and the most fashionable of the seven islands, it attracts the international jet set during the summer. Drop anchor and spend the day bathing in turquoise water," says Captain Gianluca Orlando of the 35.1m (115'1) Aime Sea.

For more information on destinations and charter yachts available this summer 2013, please contact Camper & Nicholsons.

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