Yachting Around the Mediterranean: 7 Extraordinary Marinas
The pristine, clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea offer some of the finest yachting opportunities in the world. From Monaco to Ibiza to Dubrovnik, the Mediterranean is a playground where the elite go to be seen by the wealthy and not the paparazzi.
Whether showing off their latest custom super yacht, on a trip looking at prime property, sunbathing on their luxury motor yacht, or simply blowing off steam on vacation, the Mediterranean is a top yachting destination for the wealthy, famous, and, perhaps, infamous.
Naturally, the area boasts some of the world’s most beautiful, exclusive, state-of-the-art marinas. Here’s a geographically diverse look at some of the best facilities around the gorgeous Mediterranean.
Marina Grande, Capri
One of the most expensive marinas in the world, Marina Grande on the island of Capri is also one of the most picturesque, nestled among magnificent cliffs and quaint, colorful buildings. The marina features 300 berths and can accommodate super yachts up to 60 meters (197 feet). The surrounding luxury hotels and restaurants boast some of the most breathtaking views in the world.
Port Adriano, Mallorca, Spain
Port Adriano is the perfect gateway to exploring Mallorca’s beautiful coast. This Philippe Starck-designed marina is very super-yacht-friendly, featuring 488 moorings for vessels between 6-80 meters (20-262 feet). It’s an ideal spot for the young and trendy as well as for families with young children, with plenty of water activities, luxury shopping, art galleries, boutiques, nautical shops, and even performances by A-list performers such as Tom Jones and George Benson. The five-star Pure Salt Port Adriano hotel offers exquisite accommodations.
Ibiza Magna, Ibiza
Located on the southeast side of Ibiza, one of the Balearic Islands, Ibiza Magna is an exclusive, prestigious tourist port perfectly located right in the city center of Dalt Vila and is ideal for super yachts – it features 85 berths for yachts up to 60 meters (197 feet) in length and 10-meter (33 feet) drafts.
There’s plenty to indulge in, including exploring Ibiza’s remarkable beaches, enjoying the contemporary art and archeological museums, and strolling the historic streets of Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Marina Miraggio, Greece
In addition to its stunning beauty and perfect location on the southwestern side of the Kassandra peninsula near Halkidiki, Marina Miraggio is one of Greece’s most technologically advanced marine projects. Already, it’s been awarded with the Golden Greek Hospitality Award 2017 and the European Union’s Blue Flag 2017 and 2018. Marina Miraggio can accommodate 81 yachts up to 40 meters (131 feet) and also has one of the longest quays in Greece at 110 meters (361 feet).
ACI Marina Dubrovnik, Croatia
This award-winning marina is located in Dalmatia, one of the four historical regions of Croatia, set among the beautifully rugged Dinaric Mountains in the foothills of Srd hill. Situated at a UNESCO World Heritage Site 3.5 miles from the center of Dubrovnik, this marina is famous for its cleanliness and has been awarded the Blue Flag 15 years in a row for its perfectly clean sea. ACI Marina Dubrovnik features 380 berths and 140 dry berths and can accommodate mega yachts up to 60 meters (197 feet) long. The coastal area of the Dubrovnik region, including the islands of Korčula, Mljet, Lastovo, and the Elaphite archipelago, and the Pelješac peninsula, makes it an ideal starting point for a boating adventure unlike any other.
Port de Saint Tropez, France
A legendary location deserves a legendary marina. Located in the illustrious French Riviera, Port de Saint Tropez is one of the most famous marinas in the world. The marina features 734 moorings divided between two basins spread over more than 22 acres in the heart of the village – prime Riviera real estate. This celebrity-rich destination offers luxury shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs, while still managing to maintain its charm and social and cultural diversity. Port de Saint Tropez can accommodate super yachts up to 70 meters (230 feet); if needed, bigger yachts can anchor farther out to sea. Experience the magnificent Pampelonne beach and experience the iconic nightlife.
Karpaz Gate Marina, Karpaz
To the northeast of North Cyprus lies Karpaz, known as the ‘Panhandle’, or Karpas Peninsula. Here you’ll find one of the most unspoiled places anywhere in the whole of the Mediterranean region as well as the award-winning Karpaz Gate Marina, one of the more recent to be built in the Mediterranean. It features-state-of-the-art docks and is perfect for enjoying the sights and sounds of North Cyprus’ coastline and exploring the less traveled areas of the East Mediterranean. Winner of The Yacht Harbour Association’s (TYHA) International Marina of the Year award in 2017 (and runner up in 2018 and 2019), Karpaz Gate Marina was the first international standard marina in North Cyprus and the only marina on the island with the highest Five Gold Anchor rating.
You won’t go wrong with any of these marinas and each provides unique opportunities to explore the myriad wonderous destinations of the Mediterranean. Just be sure to book well in advance or risk missing out. These places typically fill up fast, particularly during their respective high seasons.