9 of the best beaches in the Mediterranean
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The Finca Cortesin Beach Club

Tranquil and uncrowded, a visit to the the Finca Cortesin Beach Club is a must when cruising up the Spanish coast from Gibraltar. Just a stone's throw from the 16th century Torre de la Sal, which is well worth a visit, the 6,000 square metre club boasts exclusivity, plentiful amenities and natural beauty. The crystal clear sea is great for summertime snorkelling and watersports, such as kitesurfing and windsurfing.

If you want a break from the salty ocean waves, enjoy a dip in the 35 metre turquoise infinity pool before stretching out on a pristine white lounger. Additionally, the open-sided restaurant and bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a sumptuous lunch in the shade, or even just a cocktail with friends out in the sunshine.

How to visit by yacht: Superyachts can either drop anchor off the beach club and tender to shore or yachts up to 80 metres can moor at Puerto Sotogrande, just a 20 minute drive away.

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Cala Pulcino
Sicily, Italy

Cala Pulcino is a tranquil, white sand cove with turquoise waters on the southern side of Lampedusa island. Best accessed from the water, it offers the perfect spot for a little peace and quiet.

The glass-like water makes for brilliant snorkelling while the beach itself offers stunning views out to sea. As one of the best picnic spots in the Mediterranean, you can enjoy a restful afternoon sipping fine Italian wines and enjoying a light beach lunch.

A visit to the nearby Isola dei Conigli is also a must. The island is protected as a number of loggerhead sea turtles use it as a nursery for their eggs.

How to visit by luxury yacht: The beautiful island of Lampedusa is located a little further out from the southwestern coast of Sicily, so save a few days of a longer itinerary exploring its surrounding islands and Malta.

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Elafonisi
Crete, Greece

Tucked into Crete’s most southwesterly corner lies Elafonisi. With its pink-tinged shores and warm turquoise waters, it's easy to see why this is one of the most popular beaches in Greece. The beach’s pinkish hues come from the thousands of broken shells and pieces of coral and each piece of sand is protected by Natura, an EU environmental programme.

Due to its outstanding beauty, the main Elafonisi beach can be busy during the summer months so if you want to escape the crowds head to the Elafonisi Islet, which lies just 200 metres from the main beach and offers a string of more secluded coves. The islet is only occasionally connected to the mainline but if you don’t mind getting your feet wet, it can still be reached by wading through the warm shallows waters. After a few hours lounging on the pink sands, it's worth the 20-minute hike to the islet’s highest point which offers stunning views over the beaches and crystal clear waters, set against the stark bareness of the Cretan mountains.

How to visit by luxury yacht: A stop off on Crete can easily be incorporated into a luxury charter discovering some of the best Greek islands. The island has good super yacht facilities, with the Agios Nikolaos Marina on the north-eastern side of the island accommodating yachts of up to 70 metres, while further west, the port of Chania has been known to host the likes of 162.5 metre Eclipse.

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Cala Luna
Sardinia, Italy

South of Cala Gonone in Sardinia lies the stunning Cala Luna beach offering pristine white sand backed by stunning limestone cliffs. Cala Luna, or “moon cove”, has long been popular with Italian families and its clear turquoise waters make it great for snorkelling.

One of the best beaches in Sardinia, it is only accessible by boat or a four kilometre hike making it quieter than some of the other popular beauty spots. If it is busy then simply anchor out and take in the magnificent view of the cliffs covered by blooming oleanders from the comfort of your superyacht.

How to visit by luxury yacht: You can easily visit Cala Luna on a private yacht or during a luxury yacht charter in Sardinia. South of the yachting hub of Porto Cervo, simply spend a couple of days slowly cruising your way down via Porto Rotondo.

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Cala Mitjaneta
Menorca, Spain

One of the most beautiful beaches in the Balearics, Cala Mitjaneta is a clear blue cove with high cliffs either side providing a dramatic backdrop. Located on the east side of Menorca the beach is less than 25 metres long and its protected location means there are rarely waves. Cala Mitjaneta is only accessible by boat or by foot but its location near the holiday resort of Cala d’Or means it can get busy during the peak summer months. There are no restaurants on the beach so make sure your crew prepare a picnic for you if you plan to spend the day taking in its natural beauty.

How to visit by luxury yacht: Taking in Cala Mitjaneta would work well with a longer itinerary exploring the Balearics. Make sure you also leave time to dsicover some of the remote coves the island has to offer as well as its capital Mahon.

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Navagio Beach
Zakynthos, Greece

Perhaps most people’s first thought when discussing the best beaches in the Mediterranean, Navagio Beach, sometimes known as Shipwreck Beach, is home to the skeletal remains of an old boat. The striking strip of sand is located in the north of Zakynthos and is only accessible by boat. You are best to visit early before the local tours start to bring tourists. Make sure you are wearing suitable suncream as there is no real shade on the beach.

How to visit by luxury yacht: Navagio Beach is well worth a visit if you are on a private yacht or enjoying a luxury yacht charter in Greece and the Greek Islands. If you are looking for inspiration don't miss our guide to a week in the Ionian islands.

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Ramla Bay
Gozo, Malta

Gozo's pristine Ramla Bay is the largest sandy bay on the small island. The wide beach has a golden-reddish sand and has remained remarkably unspoilt. A statue of the Virgin Mary was erected in the middle of the bay in 1881 to mark a shipwreck and still remains there today. The sea is shallow and normally calm, which is great if you have children with you, although be aware that there are some rocks on the shoreline.

How to visit by luxury yacht: If you want to visit Ramla Bay you will need to anchor out and then take a tender in. Gozo is so small that it is normally visited as part of a private cruise or luxury yacht charter in Malta. Alternatively why not spent a fortnight cruising from Malta to Italy taking in Gozo en route?

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Golden Beach
Karpaz, Cyprus

On the tip of undiscovered Northern Cyprus lies the famous 2.5km long Golden Beach. The beach is perfect for swimming and snorkelling and is often quieter than some of the other best beaches in the Mediterranean. If you want to add a bit of culture to your excursion then the historic Apostolos Andreas Monastery, which is one of the pilgrimage centres of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus, is nearby.

How to visit by luxury yacht: Golden Beach is a must-visit destination whether you are on a private yacht or enjoying a luxury yacht charter in Cyprus. The island has good superyacht facilities with Karpaz Gate Marina in the north able to accommodate yachts up to 55 metres and Limassol Marina further south able to accommodate yachts up to 115 metres and also offering an exciting array of shops and restaurants.

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Punta Molentis
Sardinia

Considered to be one of the most romantic beaches in the world Punta Molentis offers the perfect escape from the crowds of northern Sardinia. Its white sand beaches and shallow turquoise waters would give some of the best beaches in the Caribbean a run for their money. Approximately 350 metres long the beach is surrounded by steep cliffs with busy vegetation. Make sure you take the time to walk along some of the beach paths with are framed by scented plants.

How to visit by luxury yacht: The opposite end of the island to bustling Porto Cervo, Punta Molentis is still easy to visit. If you are looking for inspiration don’t miss our guide to a week discovering Sardinia by superyacht.

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