10 of the Best Mediterranean Beaches to Visit this Summer

10 of the Best Mediterranean Beaches to Visit this Summer

The cruising grounds of the Caribbean are renowned for tropical islands, palm dotted sands and warm rippling waters but the variation in settings and locations that beaches in the Mediterranean have to offer is unsurpassed. Here’s 10 of the best beaches to visit on your luxury yacht vacation this summer.

Simos Beach, Elafonisos

Simos Beach, Elafonisos, Greece
Set against the glorious backdrop of Greek Peloponnese islands, the breath taking Simos Beach in Elafonisos is regularly listed amongst the best beaches in the world, and for good reason. It consists of two beautiful bays - Megalos (Large) Simos and Mikros (Small) Simo – divided by a smaller stretch of sand. Dotted with gleaming white sand dunes, the beach is lapped by the clearest Mediterranean waters that are perfect for swimming and watersports.

Calypso Cave, Malta
Ramla I-Hamra Bay, Gozo, Malta

Ramla I-Hamra Bay, Gozo, Malta
Hidden away at the bottom of a fertile valley on the historical island of Gozo is a curve of soft titian-tinted sands is backed by a rugged outcrop of bamboo and tamarisk-strewn dunes, enclosed by twin rocky headlands. Ramla l-Hamra Bay (Red Beach) is the largest beach on the island and one of the most unspoilt and beautiful in Malta, watched over by a statue of the Virgin Mary which stands majestically in the middle of the Bay. Don’t forget to explore the famous Calypso Cave located on the cliffs on the western corner of the beach.

Praia do Telheiro, Algarve, Portugal

Praia do Telheiro, Algarve, Portugal
This surfer’s paradise is situated on the western tip of the Algarve, close the charming coastal town of Sagres. Backed by orange cliffs, this rugged bay is exposed to the powerful Atlantic Ocean which makes it perfect for catching waves. The isolated nature of the golden-sand beach ensures only a handful of visitors even in the height of summer, perfect for some privacy and relaxation aboard your luxury superyacht. Step ashore for a few hours and you will also discover Portugal’s agricultural heartland and the wild terrains of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park.

Rodas Beach, Las Islas Cíes, Galicia, Spain
Beach Picnic

Rodas Beach, Las Islas Cíes, Galicia, Spain
Known to locals as “Galician Caribbean”, the popular yachting destination of the Cíes Islands off the north coast of Spain are a breath-taking collection of heavenly beaches lapped by sparkling waters, encompassed by the scents of surrounding pine trees. Expanding more than 1,300 yards (1,200m) between Monteagudo and the Faro islands, Rodas Beach is the largest and arguably the most picturesque in the archipelago and a perfect place to take in the uninterrupted views of the coastline.

Myrtos beach, Kefalonia, Greece

Myrtos beach, Kefalonia, Greece
Flanked by the Agia Dynati and Kalon Oros mountains, the mile-and-a-half long arc of limestone pebbles that forms Myrtos beach is one of the most captivating in the East Mediterranean. Gracing many a guide book, the view from above is truly spectacular, where the green of the mountain flora meets the bright white of the pebbles which in turn are lapped by fantastic turquoise. This is a great place to stop and watch the sunset with a cocktail during a charter itinerary of the Ionian Islands.

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