Lanzarote Superyacht Destination landscape

Why Lanzarote has become a popular superyacht destination

Year round sunshine, exotic landscapes and exhilarating water sports conditions are not the only reasons to visit this newly popular superyacht destination.

The Canary Island of Lanzarote is perfectly placed en route from Europe to the Caribbean and is the closest land to the Atlantic crossing. Three luxury marinas and the Tourism board on the island have partnered to form Lanzarote Superyacht Destination having extended their superyacht services and shipyard facilities to accommodate superyachts up to 110 metres.

Lanzarote Superyacht Destination Marina Rubicón
Marina Rubicón

Long and short term berthing is available and the experienced shipyard can accept extensive refits and repairs, meaning the island is already earning a solid reputation within the yachting community.

Always a popular destination for the sailing community who like to take a break and source provisions before sailing to America or the Caribbean, Lanzarote is celebrated for the near perfect year round climate and water sports conditions as well as having excellent tax benefits.  

Lanzarote Superyacht Destination Marina Lanzarote
Marina Lanzarote

Three established luxury marinas each with its own personality and selection of world-class restaurants, bars and international stores provide a total of 1368 berths and 34 convenient superyacht berths.

The recently upgraded shipyard now has hoisting facilities that include a giant 820-tonne travel lift, over 20,000m² of yard area, two deep keel pits and a range of specialist services.

Lanzarote Superyacht Destination Marina Caleros
Marina Caleros

In 2015 Lanzarote was the first destination to receive Biosphere Responsible Tourism certification as a fully sustainable destination. The eco-friendly culture is ingrained into daily life on the island. You will be offered sustainable alternatives to most throw away items, provisioning can be done with minimal packaging, and for those yachts staying a while for a refit or repair, there is no better place to research and find materials that sit well with your own green policies.

Lanzarote has a gentle and temperate year-round climate, protected from major weather systems, making access for yachts easy throughout the year. The small amount of annual rainfall brings a welcome advantage for completing external painting or lengthy varnishing jobs, and offers ideal conditions for experiencing some of the curated superyacht island experiences now available.

Visiting the unique national parks full of extinct volcanoes should be high on your to do list, as well as enjoying some of the best windsurfing and kitesurfing conditions in the world. Perhaps shopping at Dolce and Gabbana or Gucci without leaving the marina is more your bag, or having your own private tour of the most unusual vineyards you will ever have the pleasure of visiting.

Lanzarote Superyacht Destination Papagayo beach
Papagayo beach

The foodies amongst you will find Spanish and South American dishes intertwined with traditional berber recipes and elegant Mediterranean flavours.

Bib Gourmand restaurants blend world cuisine with traditional favourites that focus on locally sourced, organic ingredients and deliver simple dishes that are all about the taste and less about the ceremony.

The local white wine is truly outstanding and really must be tasted. The volcanic soil brings a uniquely fertile taste and the island has a number of hugely successful vineyards. The local cheeses compliment this wonderfully and are a delicacy in their own right. Delicious craft beers are a recent development with several emerging breweries creating beers each with their own personalities.

We could go on… and on. Find out more about this delightful and welcoming superyacht destination on their new website www.lanzarotesuperyacht.com or email info@lanzarotesuperyacht.com for further information and bookings.

This wonderful destination will be hosting a celebration during Monaco Yacht Show at booth DS1 just inside the entrance closest to Rascasse. Please join the team and share their famously delicious Lanzarote wines and cheese, complimented with music played by world class DJs. The celebration starts at 17:00 on Thursday 26th September. See you there!

Tunisia view sea mountains

Exploring Tunisia as a Superyacht Destination

Superyachts have been flocking back to the wonderfully exotic Tunisia after the over-cautious travel ban was lifted last year. We were very privileged to be invited for a tour by the Tunisian Ministry of Tourism and are happy to share the beauty of this northern African, French/British speaking country which is a mere 90 minute sail from Sardinia.

view over Sidi Bou said, Tunisia

Tunisia is blessed with several superyacht marinas, including Port Yasmine near Hammamet, Bizerte and Port Marina de Gammarth. They have been a popular destination, welcoming the Mediterrranean superyacht community for many years due to excellent quality duty free fuel, customs and immigration departments who make any paperwork as easy as possible, and as a provisioning stop to take advantage of Tunisia’s world class fresh local produce.

As well as the advantages of being a non-EU country so close to the Mediterranean, Tunisia is a hub of history and culture and makes a fantastic destination for owners and charter guests keen to explore outside the usual yacht spots. French is Tunisia’s second language and all residents are taught French from a very early age, as well as English in more recent years so there won’t be a language barrier with anyone you meet.

Street in Tunisia

Tunisia has a rich cultural heritage having been settled in by the Moors and the Romans. Carthage and its world famous ruins are breathtaking and only 30 minutes or so from popular Hammammet in the north. Hammammet also has fantastic shopping in both traditional souks and new, very modern shopping malls with lots of brands names you know and love.

view of ruins at carthage, Tunisia

The Bardo museum houses rich displays of Tunisian history within the walls of Husseinite palace, as well as an additional contemporary building added on to increase exhibition space. As well as Roman sarcophaguses, Punic jewels and precious cargo from a Roman ship wreck, the museum is home to the largest collection of mosaics in the world. These mosaics are astounding and must be seen in person to fully appreciate the sheer magnitude of work that went into these masterpieces.

Bardo Museum Mosaic

Sidi Bou Said is also very much worthy of a visit. This is the picture perfect, idyllic village you‘ll see in many depictions of Tunisia. Built on a hill over looking a lovely small leisure marina with stunning mountain ranges in view across the bay, this is the place to experience the Tunisian picture you probably have in your mind. Full of boutique restaurants you will be spoiled for choice and we definitely recommend visiting Café Sidi Chebaane for the best views, a great mint tea, and pastries to die for.

Beautiful top view of seaside and cafe terrace in Sidi Bou Said. Tunisia, North Africa

Moving south we start to find places made famous in some very recognizable TV and films. Monty Python’s Life of Brian was filmed in Monastir, in and around a Ribat (castle) that was also a monastery at one point. Whether you are a fan or not, we highly recommend a visit to this beautiful place.

Slightly further south, you will find El Djem and its huge and very well maintained amphitheatre. Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 the amphitheatre continues to be a cultural centre with theatre, opera and a range of classical and modern music performed there. The Romans seem to know a lot about building practical and beautiful structures and the ambiance and sound quality in this epic architecture are exquisite.

the Roman Amphitheatre of El Jem Tunisia

A little further south again and its back to film sets from one of the most famous films of all time. Located at a place called Tozeur  you will find the film set for parts of the very first, original Star Wars: A New Hope, and the fictional Tatooine is also named after the real life city Tataouine in Tunisia. Tataouine also appeared in The X-Files – in the end of the The X-Files movie as Foum Tataouine, making this a double movie buff destination!

Town featured in Starwars in the Sahara Desert, Tunisia

While you are in the southern part of the country, at the start of the Sahara desert, you can experience all sorts of desert activities. Night camping, camel riding trips and 4×4 motor cross days are very popular and usually come with a team of local residents who will cook you traditional Tunisian cuisine in stone earth ovens, or you can bring your own provisions if you prefer.

Camel caravan going through the sand dunes in the Sahara Desert, Morocco.

The sublime team at Yacht Services Tunisia are the best superyacht contacts you could have in this area. Founders Kim and Duncan sailed into Tunisia 12 years ago and never left. They know every corner of Tunisian life and can take care of everything you could possible need during your visit. They also have great taste in wine and food so be sure to take advantage of their recommendations.

YS Tunisia have offices in Port Yasmine, Bizerte and Marina Gammarth, have excellent relationships with customs and immigration and can deal with all the paperwork before you even arrive. Then they can arrange for bunkering, provisioning and organise the most fantastic trips to some of Tunisia’s famous places.

Rows of colourful spices piled high in the Tunisian Souk

We particularly like the YS Tunisia ‘Follow Me’ program for yachts that wish to experience everything Tunisia has to offer. They meet you in the northern tip of Tunisia usually in Bizerte, and then follow your yacht along the coast line meeting up with you along the way to take you and your guests on cultural trips, picturesque viewpoints, shopping in the souks, and out to experience the delectable Tunisian foods at the very best restaurants. The same team follows you for the entire trip and is on call to help with anything you might need at a moments notice.

We can’t finish without mentioning the taste sensations on offer. Tunisia doesn’t import very much food at all and are almost self-sufficient. Most foods, herbs and spices are freshly and organically grown in their rich soils. They have excellent, I mean really excellent olive oil and their beef, lamb and chicken is also free range and chemical free. Tunisia is named after the Tuna run and the Med’s finest tuna skirt the coast and end up on the plates of locals and visitors alike.

Le Pirate Restaurant Sidi Bou Said Marina

We love that almost every coastal restaurant has its own little fishing team. Rather than commercial fishermen bringing in the catch of the day, each restaurant goes out in a little boat sand catches the fish they will need. The seas are clean and well stocked throughout Tunisia, and we enjoyed some of the finest fresh fish we have ever tasted. Yacht chefs regularly come and stock up their freezers with meat and fish and save an absolute fortune whilst buying some of the best produce in the world.

We hope you add Tunisia back into your travel itinerates for 2018 and for anything you need at all, we recommend you contact Kim and Duncan at Yacht Services Tunisia by emailing info@ys-tunisia.com, calling +216 98364875 or visiting their website ys-tunisia.com.

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Superyacht Destination Porto Mirabello in La Spezia – Visit Liguria and Tuscany

Porto Mirabello nestles in the Gulf of Poets, Liguria between San Remo and Viareggio and is the perfect location for private and charter yachts up to 130 metres in the Mediterranean who wish to experience the magic of Italy.

This area of outstanding natural beauty is named the Gulf of Poets because of the host of famous poets who have been inspired by the scenery including Mary Shelly and Byron. Just minutes away from Tuscany, its world famous landscapes, history and influence on high culture, Porto Mirabello is the ideal new destination for yacht owners and guests. Centre for high-fashion Forte Dei Marmi (often called the St Tropez of Italy) is also just a 45 minute drive away.

Linked by a foot bridge to La Spezia, Porto Mirabello is surrounded by forests, streams, hills and valleys, and close to plenty of charming medieval villages to explore including iconic Porto Venere which is just two nautical miles away.

PORTO VENERE close to Porto Mirabello

Porto Venere comprises of three villages, Fezzano, Le Grazie and Porto Venere, and three islands, Palmeria, Tino and Tinetto. Along with Cinque Terre, UNESCO declared the area a world heritage site in 1997. Porto Venere is a typical Ligurian village clinging to the coast. A place to get lost in, while appreciating the beautiful architecture of Doria Castle. Located on a rocky outcrop, the fortress was built in the 14th century and played an important role in the history of the Republic of Genoa. From the castle you can enjoy incredible views of the sea and the ancient church of San Pietro.

You will enter the historical centre of Porto Venere through the Borgo Gate that was built in 1113, while the nearby tower was built in 1161. Walking through the streets of the city centre it often feels as if you had travelled back in time. Like all Cinque Terre, the area should not only be admired but also tasted! The food is simple yet rich in flavour, as are the wines. A favourite local wine Sciacchetra has a golden yellow colour with amber hues, and is made from grapes left to dry in the September sun.

VERNAZZA Cinque Terra near Porto Mirabello

Cinque Terre is made up of five charming villages – Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Each village is made up of beautifully coloured, hillside buildings hugging the coast and there are mountain and coastal trails to trek to visit each fishing village.

Each village has a personality of it’s own and is famed for a particular local product from lemons and honey, to exquisite extra virgin olive oil and anchovies! There are 120km of trails through Cinque Terre, so make sure you allow enough time to explore!

Also close by is the village of Tellaro, an ancient fishing village that can be reached by descending the sea paths along the natural terraces. Tellaro was recently declared the most charming village in Italy.

If you are looking to head out of Porto Mirabello for the day, visit the marina’s Concierge who will make all of the arrangements for a variety of experiences in and around La Spezia. Water based activities include kayaking, rafting, canoeing stream jumping, canyoning and river trekking. There is also plenty of mountain biking, tennis, paintballing and orienteering to do on land. The Concierge promise to make sure no crew or guest has a chance of being bored in this unique part of Italy.

Take an exhilarating spin around the Maranello track in a supercar of your choice or go horse riding surrounded by exquisite views. There is also a superb golf course nearby for those who are looking to have a more leisurely experience. www.portomirabello.it/en/concierge/sports/

Apuan Alps marble cave

The Apuan Alps in Tuscany are close by and definitely worth a trip. You will find white marble caves in the mountains and can take a jeep tour to learn more about the famous Carrara marble, which was used to create Michelangelo’s David and the Pantheon in Rome. Visit the Apuan Alps Park and explore the Antro del Corchia Cave in the ‘Empty Mountain’, one of Europe’s biggest cave systems, with nearly 2km of walkways and bridges inside the mountain.

Don’t miss the chance to discover nearby Pietrasanta, often called ‘Little Athens’ with its cosy historical city centre, full of art galleries and an open air museum. Botero, Mitoraj, Folon, Moore, Nall and many other artists from all over the world choose Pietrasanta as a place to create their masterpieces. Relaxing in the main ‘piazzetta’ is a must.

Staying on the coast, you’ll find the beach area of Lido di Camaiore with sandy beaches, great shops and a relaxed atmosphere. A short drive from the beach and you will reach the historical city centre of Camaiore, with this beautiful Abbey and fantastic restaurants in the neighbourhood.

There is a bounty of sights to see, along with a plethora of cultural and sporting activities to do whilst you are moored in Porto Mirabello. Milan is just a 45 minutes helicopter ride away and the marina is perfectly placed as a home port in the Mediterranean for those who also wish to enjoy Monte Carlo, Corsica, Elba Island, Capri, the Amalfi coast, or wonderful Porto Cervo in Sardinia.

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You can also find out what our friends over at Charter World have to say about beautiful Porto Mirabello here.