With 1460 islands in the Mediterranean Sea, it comes as no surprise that there are some incredible, lesser-known islands to which to take your yacht. The sense of adventure that arises from sailing into these hidden gems, combined with the comforts of your yacht, makes this kind of holiday the perfect escape.
First up is Formentera, which is the smaller island near Ibiza that has gained a reputation for the perfect antidote to all those parties. Lesser known is Es Palmada, which is a tiny island to the North of Formentera. In fact, they are so close that a sand bar connects them. It’s important to avoid sailing between the islands, or anchoring in the Posidmia grass, which is protected. However, anchoring alongside the white sand beaches in the crystal clear waters will ensure you can enjoy the peace and quiet of this beautiful place.
Cavallo, near Corsica, is a private island that has kept secretive about its many famous visitors since the seventies. With intense discretion, the inhabitants may admit that Catherine Deneuve and Alicia Keys have visited. The island is only a mile and a quarter long and doesn’t have any cars; in fact, it has often been dubbed the ‘New Mustique’ for its quiet decadence. It simply has a couple of restaurants and a marina, in which it is easy to anchor your yacht. Or, you can enjoy one of the ten beaches on this tiny island.
If a little more activity and history appeals, then Symi near Rhodes would be a great place to take your yacht. Even Homer wrote that it possessed 8 good harbours at that time. With steep, rising homes on the hills and an amphitheatre ambiance of Neoclassical mansions, Symi is extremely picturesque and interesting to visit. Good seafood restaurants, interesting little boutiques and fascinating facts abound in this lively little island.
Somewhere between Gozo and Malta is the small idyllic island of Comino. It’s possible to anchor in a sheltered inlet, called the Blue Lagoon, and enjoy the white sands and shimmering aquamarine scene. There aren’t any cars on Comino but there is one historical building to visit, called Torre de Santa Maria.
Finally, the island of Vis, in Croatia, managed to avoid the tourist trap by being a naval base from 1944 to 1989. As well as a good choice of places to anchor your yacht on the island, thanks to the rich waters around the island, and the fertile land, there is wonderful local fish, homegrown wine and olives to enjoy.
Of course, there are hundreds of other little islands that are waiting to be explored in the Mediterranean. It’s simply a matter of setting sail and being a little adventurous.
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