Which Mediterranean destinations for a yacht charter in the shoulder season?


Our yachting experts have selected for you the best Mediterranean yacht charter destinations for the shoulder season. Follow the guide!

Whether you are looking to escape the cold weather, avoid the crowds or save some money on your yacht rental, we recommend you consider chartering a yacht in the low season. The yacht charter season in the Mediterranean runs from May to October and has its high season in the summer months of July and August. In both spring and autumn, Mediterranean yachting destinations enjoy long periods of sunshine and mild temperatures. The shoulder season is actually the best time of the year for families and friends looking for a relaxing yachting vacation in the Mediterranean. Charter fees are more easily negotiated, berths are easier to book (and so are fancy restaurants), coastal towns are deserted, anchorages are much quieter and you can enjoy idyllic sailing conditions. A yacht rental in the low season has indeed many benefits. 

Chartering a yacht in the Mediterranean in spring

In May and June, temperatures start to be nice, as do the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean which welcome the most daring swimmers. The coastal cities are not yet too busy, a boon for yacht charterers who like tranquillity. Enjoy the first rays of the spring sun during your Mediterranean yacht rental.
The village of Amalfi at nightfall
The old city of Dubrovnik and its ramparts seen from the sea
People relaxing and sunbathing on a white sandy beach in the Balearic islands
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Where to charter a yacht in May?

May is one of the most popular periods for a private yacht charter in the Mediterranean and in particular for a yacht charter in Croatia, a yacht charter in Italy or a yacht charter in the Balearic Islands. These cosmopolitan regions, with their rich and exciting heritage, offer attractions for nature and culture enthusiasts. May is more than ever an opportunity for a spring cruise. The weather is getting nice and the sun is warming the sea. For those who prefer tranquillity and serenity, May is the ideal month for a yacht rental in the Mediterranean.

Amalfi Coast yacht charter in May

A popular destination for yacht charterers, the Amalfi Coast is a year-round destination, but has a particularly favourable climate for a yacht rental in May. This is the ideal time to enjoy the beauty of the coast. The weather is really pleasant with temperatures around 23°C. The water starts to heat up and becomes good enough for you to start swimming in (around 20°C). The days are getting longer and the sunset around 7:45 p.m. allows you to fully enjoy the days on the yacht and these wonderful views far from the tourist crowds of the summer.

Croatia yacht charter in May

In May, Croatia experiences perfect conditions for sailing. Temperatures are enjoyable, ranging from 20°C to 25°C, and humidity is fairly low. It is a pleasant time to explore the Croatian coast and its dramatic landscapes. A Croatia yacht rental in May will allow you to discover the country’s varied landscapes between its magnificent islands and its museum cities such as Trogir or Dubrovnik. This intermediate season, far from the stifling heat of summer, is indeed the best time to visit the country's many cultural treasures.

Balearics yacht charter in May

May is a very pleasant month for a yacht rental in the Balearics. Less frequented, with nice temperatures, it is the ideal time to discover the Spanish islands and their incredible natural beauty aboard your charter yacht. Mallorca will please families with children. Ibiza, the party mecca, is still quiet but will suit those who are looking for a good holiday vibe and trendy places. Finally, Menorca is probably the most peaceful of the 3 islands. In addition to enjoying coves and anchorages by yourself, you can linger on land to explore without the crowds and stifling heat of summer. If the water is still a bit cold (expect around 19°C), there is plenty to keep you entertained from the amenities of your yacht to activities and exploring ashore.
The cliffs of Bonifacio at nightfall
Porto Cervo's marina with its luxury yachts moored
The port of Ibiza illuminated at night with its moored boats
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Where to charter a yacht in June?

June is one of the most delightful periods to capture the beautiful landscapes of Corsica, Sardinia and the Balearics. The mild climate offers a wide range of activities: excursions to Ile Rousse in Corsica, exploration of the Maddalena archipelago in Sardinia and the many recreational sites in the Balearics. If you feel like getting some sunshine just before the summer tourist invasion, it's time for a yacht rental in Corsica, a yacht rental in Sardinia or a yacht rental in the Balearic Islands!

Corsica yacht charter in June

Corsica and its sunny weather, welcomes yacht charterers for a relaxing yachting holiday from June onwards. With a temperature gauge averaging 25°C and a water temperature of about 22°C, the beauty island promises unforgettable cruises. Please note that temperatures may vary depending on the area. Just before the high season, you can enjoy all the perks of being a tourist on the island without the hassle. From fine sandy beaches to small isolated coves, from hiking in the mountains to experiencing the local gastronomy, Corsica has many possibilities for you to enjoy when renting a yacht in Corsica.

Sardinia yacht charter in June

The Italian island is full of small treasures and they are not limited to dreamy beaches. Located in the middle of the Mediterranean, Sardinia enjoys an ideal climate for both cultural and relaxing yacht vacations in June.  Temperatures rarely exceed 28°C, which makes the island's exploration very pleasant. In the water, the thermometer reads 22°C on average, ideal for first-time swimming and for using the water toys offered by your rental yacht. 

Ibiza yacht rental in June

June is one of the best periods for a yacht rental in Ibiza. Summer is well underway but it is not yet the high season and you will avoid the crowds of tourists on land (and on the water!). The small island of the Balearics wakes up from winter and the first parties can be enjoyed! The water temperature is close to 23°C so swimming is guaranteed. Enjoy a yacht rental in Ibiza in June to discover the island's laidback charm, its superb beaches and the stylish Ibiza beach clubs!

Chartering a yacht in the Mediterranean in late summer and autumn

It is autumn, the climate is mild, the trees are adorned with their orange and yellow colour. The beaches have fewer tourists, the climate is milder, it's time to enjoy it to the full, and the various yacht charter offers are a little cheaper than in high season. Breathe in the fresh air, embark on a yachting adventure, sail the waters of the Mediterranean and discover the tourist attractions without the crowd.
The sun sets on the peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in the south of France
The village of Oia on the island of Santorini with a beautiful sunset and pink reflections on the houses
The Ottoman Imperial Süleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, as seen at sunset
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Where to charter a yacht in September?

For many, the arrival of September marks the end of the holidays and the beginning of the joys and/or disappointments of the new school year, return to work and routine. For those who can escape and are looking to extend the summer, France, the Cyclades in Greece and Turkey are the 3 most popular locations for a memorable private yacht charter in September. A cruise in September gives you the opportunity to enjoy summer temperatures, warm seas and the same tourist attractions, all without the crowds!

French Riviera yacht charter in September

The first fortnight of September is the ideal time to charter a yacht on the French Riviera. You can enjoy summer temperatures and water at 22°C. If there are still many tourists at this time of year, it has nothing to do with July and August. The month of September comes with its lot of nautical events and in particular the Cannes Yachting Festival, the Monaco Yacht Show and Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez. Many of our clients take the opportunity to combine their attendance with a south of France yacht rental.

Cyclades yacht charter in September

After the craziness of August, the Cyclades regain their calm and become a safe playground for a September yacht charter in Greece. In September, yacht charterers will experience warm weather and moderate crowds, perfect to enjoy a cruise in complete tranquillity. The stress of the summer is over, the locals are relaxed and much more welcoming than in the busy summer months. The wind is relatively light, the water is warm (warmer than in the peak season!) so you can definitely enjoy swimming and the water-based activities of your boat. The only real downside is that the landscapes are often dry and arid after the heat of summer.

Turkey yacht charter in September

In September, head to Turkey for an unforgettable private yacht charter holiday. Dazzling azure seas, golden shores and verdant hills, the Turkish coast is truly magnificent. From spectacular nature to cultural heritage, from quaint villages to lively bazaars, a Turkish Riviera yacht charter holiday will surely provide a complete change of scenery. The month of September is the best month to sail the Turkish waters without melting under the very hot weather (40°C sometimes 45°C in August). The days are still warm - the nights are cooler and the sea temperature can be particularly warm in some places.
The Theatre of Taormina in Sicily, one of the best Mediterranean yacht charter destinations for the shoulder season
The picturesque port of Sitia in Crete, at sunset
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Where to charter a yacht in October?

From the coasts of Sicily to the sandy beaches of Crete, the Mediterranean offers you the most beautiful landscapes for your yacht holiday in October. Let yourself be carried away by the remains and heritage of these enchanting places. And yes, summer is not over in the Mediterranean! October is a very pleasant month to enjoy a cruise, swim and relax in complete tranquillity.

Sicily yacht charter in October

October is the best time to discover Sicily by boat, when the tourist season is finally over. The weather is more like spring, and even if it is a little cooler than August, you can still swim. In autumn, the south coast, near Syracuse, is undoubtedly the best place for a yacht rental in Sicily. In addition to the pleasant Mediterranean climate, Sicily is full of magnificent landscapes and its cultural heritage is one of the richest in the Mediterranean basin. Not to mention the hospitality of the inhabitants and the local gastronomy! For wine enthusiasts, note that October is the winemaking month in Sicily 😊

Crete yacht charter in October

Crete is the largest island in the Greek archipelago. Known in Greek mythology as the "Island of the Gods", Crete boasts beautiful beaches and splendid rocky landscapes surrounded by blue waters ideal for snorkelling. It is the perfect October yacht charter destination for those in search of beautiful days at anchor, historical landmarks and good food. Relax on the magnificent Cretan beaches, stroll the alleys of the old town of Heraklion, wander around the harbour and don’t forget to sip a drink in a café on Place Venizelou. Who knows, if this is a good year, you might even be able to swim during your yacht rental in Greece!

As you will have understood, by chartering a yacht in the shoulder season, you benefit from the best of both worlds: lower rates and tranquillity. Enjoy some of our favourite yacht charter destinations including France, Corsica, Croatia or Ibiza without the hustle and bustle of the high season. Contact Talamare today to enquire about low season availability and start planning your next yacht rental.