Sail the Mediterranean Sea, characterised by some of the most fascinating beaches in the world, sanctuaries often accessible only by boat. These places offer breathtaking experiences, in hidden gems surrounded by the unspoiled beauty of the sea. In this article, we will explore some of the most enchanting beaches in the Mediterranean, exclusively accessible by boat.
Rocky landscapes, decrepit roads and paths, as well as a desire to preserve natural beauty make these beaches unreachable from the mainland. Such logistical challenges help to keep these charming beaches inaccessible.
Rosa dei Budelli beach – Sardinia
Maddalena Archipelago National Park homes the picturesque Rosa dei Budelli beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. It is most famous for the coral pink colour of the sand of the shoreline, deriving from a pink micro-organism, Miniacina miniacea, whose shells are broken down by water and wind action. Access by land has been restricted to preserve the environmental integrity of the area and protect the beach from damage caused by crowds of visitors. Sail in La Maddalena and discover this Italian gem on your next yacht charter holiday!
Or perhaps visit the beach on a catamaran cruise, like the one tested by our team a few months ago!
Chiaia di Luna – Ponza
Chiaia di Luna is the most infamous beach in Ponza. Its name derives from its half-moon shape. Its main feature is its fine pebbles that emerge among its majestic white tuff cliffs, standing at almost 100 metres high. Currently, it is only possible to admire it from a boat due to several landslides on the access path, which is closed for safety reasons.
To visit Ponza, we recommend a yacht charter departing from the base of Marina di Nettuno.
Punta Crena – Finale Ligure
Punta Crena is a small bay located in Varigotti, in the zone of Finale Ligure.
It is the ideal place for those looking for privacy; it is one of the least crowded seaside resorts of the Riviera di Ponente, in Liguria. Reserved and isolated, it can only be reached by sea: it is in fact immensely popular with naturists. Access by land is limited due to the cliffs and the lack of decent paths or roads leading directly to the beach. Steep cliffs overlook the majestic and transparent sea, creating fascinating backdrops.
Islands of Lavezzi
The paradisiacal Lavezzi Islands, located between Corsica and Sardinia, are distinguishable by beautiful bays with white sandy beaches and granite formations. This natural paradise offers breathtaking scenery with its cliffs, clear waters and a variety of unique flora and fauna. The Lavezzi Islands are a protected nature reserve, which guarantees an authentic experience while preserving natural beauty. With your yacht charter in Corsica, you can explore secluded coves, snorkel in crystal-clear waters, and enjoy tranquility away from the daily hustle and bustle. The Lavezzi Islands also tell a fascinating story, with the marine cemetery on Lavezzi Island depicting historical events of the past. A trip here is an immersion in untouched nature and history, creating unforgettable moments in natural surroundings in the Mediterranean. It is hard not to be tempted by sailing in Corsica!
Cala Macarelleta – Menorca
Situated among cliffs and surrounded by transparent waters, Cala Macarelleta is an enchanting small bay of natural beauty. The golden sand and turquoise sea create a dreamlike setting. It is only accessible by sea because of cliffs and a lack of connecting roads.
Espalmador – Formentera
Espalmador is an idyllic island near Formentera, in the Balearic Islands. This tranquil haven is characterised by beaches of fine white sand, turquoise waters, and unspoiled nature. The island offers a perfect escape from everyday life. You can relax on the beach, take long walks along the pristine shores, and immerse yourself in the transparent water. The wealth of marine life makes the island an idyllic location for snorkeling. Espalmador is an authentic paradise, where tranquility and natural beauty come together, creating an unforgettable experience for those seeking peace and serenity in a hidden gem on the Balearic Islands.
Beach of Navagio – Zante
Also called Wreck Beach, it is one of the most famous places in Greece, it has even been named among the most beautiful beaches in the world. Its fame originated from the 1980 sinking of a ship loaded with smuggled cigarettes. To this day, you can admire the mysterious and rusty shipwreck on the beach, surrounded by spectacular grey cliffs. The beach is only accessible by boat, and its isolated location contributes to its unique charm.
Why not charter a yacht in Zante and discover this beautiful beach by boat?
Lalaria Beach – Skiathos
Nestled in the Aegean Sea, Skiathos has a lot to offer, especially for those travelling by boat. Sail Skiathos island, teeming with sheltered bays with pebbled or sandy beaches. Lalaria beach is known for its distinctive white pebbles and spectacular rock formations; the “Gate of Rock” of Lalaria is a large natural rock formation that rises from the sea. This rock has a particular architectural form, and some visitors notice a resemblance to an arch or gate, hence the name.
Access by land is usually limited due to the steep cliffs surrounding it and the lack of reliable roads leading directly to the beach.
Galesnjak Beach, also known as “The Island of Love”, is a hidden gem in the Croatian Adriatic. Its unique heart shape has made this beach an iconic destination for nature lovers, and those seeking a romantic corner. The island offers an unparalleled experience with its crystal-clear waters and golden sand, lending itself to an intimate and relaxing atmosphere. Accessible only by sea, Galesnjak Beach is perfect for a romantic getaway, or a quiet day immersed in the natural beauty of the Adriatic.
Which beach will you explore next summer?