The Top 5 Hidden Gems Of The Mediterranean

The anticipated Mediterranean summer season is finally here! This region is known for its picturesque towns, rich culture and history, culinary cuisines, and endless opportunities to explore the landscapes and waters. While popular hotspots like the French Riviera are great to explore, they often face the pressures of overtourism. 

At Boatbookings, we appreciate the boating community’s impact on particular destinations. With our selection of greener crewed charter catamarans, there are some incredible off-the-beaten-track Mediterranean locations to escape the crowds and minimize your impact this summer.

Here are our top five:

1. Aeolian Islands, Sicily 
While most boats flock to the famous Amalfi Coast, Italy and its islands offer a more unique and peaceful cruising experience. Nestled along the northern coast of Sicily are the Aeolian Islands. This volcanic archipelago boasts dramatic landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and great island-hopping adventures. Explore the rugged terrain of Stromboli or anchor at Salina, known for its lush vineyards and eco-friendly wine production. 

2. Mljet, Croatia 
One of Croatia’s national parks, Mljet is a hidden Mediterranean summer gem offering secluded beaches, lush forests, and a chance to disconnect from the summer hustle and bustle. Sailing along the island’s pristine and sandy coastline, there are plenty of opportunities to spend the night anchored in a secluded cove with no one else around. As Croatia’s greenest island, you can explore the park’s many hiking trails. In the north are the saltwater bays, the Great and Small Lakes, ideal for swimming in these calm waters. 

3. Hydra, Greece 
The Greek Islands have become a popular yacht charter destination, and for good reason. However, some islands are overrun by tourism, so why not visit one of the lesser-known islands this summer? Hydra is located within the Saronic Island chain and is only accessible by boat, and as it’s car-free, most transport is done on foot or by donkey. Wandering through the idyllic port town, you can enjoy the laid-back vibe. Just a short hop from Athens, this is the perfect island to add to any Greek yacht charter itinerary. 

4. Formentera, Balearic Islands 
Often overshadowed by its larger and livelier neighbor, Ibiza, Formentera is well worth a visit when cruising the Balearic Islands. It is the smallest of these islands, and some say the prettiest, with its relaxed atmosphere. For those seeking a quieter and more sustainable catamaran charter, Formentera delivers with its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. 

5. Gozo, Malta 
While Malta is a popular tourist destination, its smaller sister island, Gozo, remains relatively untouched. The rugged island boasts world-famous dive sites, rocky shores, and ancient cities steeped in history, including UNESCO sites. The idyllic island is a stone’s throw from Malta but boasts a more tranquil charter experience. Whether you explore the prehistoric ruins, hike the rugged cliffs, or dive into the clear waters, there is plenty to do without leaving an impact. 

By exploring more off-the-beaten-track locations and supporting sustainable tourism initiatives, you can explore the Mediterranean’s hidden gems while minimizing your impact. Contact one of the Boatbookings team today to learn more about our greener crewed charter catamaran options and availability for the rest of the summer. 

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