Discover the very best in facilities and hospitality whilst visiting these prestigious superyacht marinas when cruising through the sun-kissed Mediterranean
Article by Chris Clifford
Discover the very best in facilities and hospitality whilst visiting these prestigious superyacht marinas when cruising through the sun-kissed Mediterranean
Yalikavak Marina is located in Bodrum, Turkey and was voted the 2022 World’s Best Superyacht Marina, as well as the 2020-2021 International Marina of the Year, and the 2018- 2019 World’s Best Superyacht Marina and it holds the British Yacht Harbor Association’s (TYHA) 5 Gold Anchors rating. Yalikavak Marina is Turkey’s first high capacity superyacht marina ranked among the top 10 marinas in the world with its 5 Gold Anchor Platinum rating while operating under the Blue Flag and Clean Marina Certificate in recognition of its commitment to sustainability and environmental protection. Yalikavak Marina offers first class services for yachts of up to 140m LOA.
IGY Málaga Marina
Located in the heart of the vibrant city of Málaga, offering new facilities and a wide range of services to cater to the needs of yacht owners and crew, IGY Málaga Marina is an ideal destination for both short and long-term stays. Málaga is a prime location for exploring the stunning coast of southern Spain. It makes for the ideal first stop to prepare for the coming season or to prepare for the Atlantic crossing post season. IGY Málaga Marina is not just a place to dock your yacht; it’s a destination in itself. The marina is surrounded by a lively and diverse city that offers visitors a unique blend of culture, history, and entertainment. From exploring the historic centre to experiencing the vibrant nightlife, there’s always something to do in Málaga.
One of Turkey’s safest natural marinas with a large manoeuvre area and deep drafts, D-Marin Göcek features smooth sandy beaches and hundreds of stunning Aegean islands an arm’s reach away. The marina has a berthing capacity of 380 and can cater for superyachts up to 70m. There is a dry capacity of 150 and, 18,000 sqm dry dock area, a travel life (75t) and a winter shed for repairs if required. Technical services on site include; paint, engine maintenance and repair, electric (up to 800 amps), lathing and metalwork, ventilation, bilge control, air conditioning, battery control and charging, general cleaning works plus water purification systems (Reverse Osmosis).
And the all important environmental cleaning services include; water circulation system in the harbour, waste water collection facility, solid waste collection station and waste engine oil collecting station. As a destination the marina is near close to Ölüdeniz an area filled with ancient landmarks dating back to the first millennium B.C.
Waterfront Marina Genoa
With full facilities for crew including padeland tennis courts, a 5-a-side pitch, equipped gym, barbecue area and chill-out zone, Waterfront Marina is the perfect home away from home for superyacht captains and crew. An intimate marina with 26 berths for superyachts up to 120m LOA well protected by a double seawall located right in the heart of Genoa, just a few minutes walk from the city’s historical centre. Berthing offers fresh and waste water discharge at each berth and electrical outlets up to 1,000 amps at 400 Volts, as well as tender and toy storage and warehouse facilities, all located just 500m from one of the world’s leading refit and repair facilities, Amico & Co.
D-Marin Tribunj is one of the new marinas on the Croatian coast, located in the heart of the Dalmatian town known for its maritime tradition, from where you can reach many natural beauties and the entire Adriatic archipelago. Besides a total capacity of 220 moorings and 50 dry berths, D-Marin Tribunj has a fully equipped boatyard, fuel station, boat technical service, restaurant and accommodation facilities. Plus, anti- fouling, GRP repairs, together with being a Volvo Penta service, electrical works and an as an official Seakeeper Gyro Stabiliser service centre, they can offer many repairs services. As a destination the Krka National Park is close by, a piece of paradise on earth, as the National Park is usually described, an area of exceptional natural beauty, including many preserved mostly un-altered ecosystems. Skradinski buk, Roški Slap and the island of Visovac are some of the most attractive parts of the park.a
IGY Sète Marina
A hidden gem nestled in the South of France, the Mediterranean port city of Sète promises that authentic French charm without the tourist crowds of Saint Tropez or Nice. Known at the ‘Little Venice’ of the Languedoc thanks to its maze of canals, IGY Sète Marina is a premier destination for yachts and superyachts. Boasting a total of 10 berths for yachts up to 180 metres, IGY Sète Marina features state-of- the-art crew facilities and also offers a range of services to enhance your boating experience. The marina can assist with the import and export of yachts and for yachts needing to carry out repairs or maintenance, the marina’s proximity to the commercial port of Sète affords easy access to a range of contractors and skilled labour, while the marina itself has wide quays and is well equipped to deal with cranes and has containers for temporary storage. www.igymarinas.com/marinas/igy-sete-marina
Marina Port Mahón
Port Mahón is surrounded by history and nature inthe heart of Menorca and is designed to receive yachts from 25m to 60m in length, Marina Port Mahón, the new marina in the IPM-IMG Group family, is the perfect berthing spot for exploring Menorca, an ecosystem of unparalleled beauty. It boasts 30 exclusive berths located between Punta de Cala Figuera and Punta del Rellotge, with user friendly and practical facilities in a haven of peace and quiet. The Med’s largest natural harbour, Marina Port Mahón stands at the mouth of the fairway that leads to Mahon, overlooking the seafront promenade. What’s more, the marina offers a guest only concierge service at no additional cost, providing everything needed during a stay in Menorca.
Marina Port Vell
Marina Port Vell Barcelona is a world-class marina specialised in superyachts and perfectly positioned in the heart of Barcelona. Originally built during the 1992 Olympic Games, it has assumed a strategic industrial role for the city and provides a great boost to the Catalan coast. The facility has 74 berths and one of the longest piers in the world (400 m), which makes it an ideal destination for superyachts up to 190 metres in length. Marina Port Vell, is the only marina in the world with the capacity to host superyachts up to 190 metres in length in the middle of a large city. The marina has recently been appointed as the Preferred Marina for superyachts visiting for the 37th America’s Cup in 2024.
At Flisvos Marina, they invest in the comfort of the customer because that is what, ultimately, shapes the experience. Their strong reputation and high regard concerning the comfort of guests has resulted in a pillar of hospitality expected from Flisvos Marina’s nautical community of sea lovers and yacht owners. Flisvos Marina has 310 berths, more than half of these berths have been designed to accommodate yachts larger than 30m in length. Flisvos Marina’s privacy and security measures are first class, with the staff carefully selected and trained to provide customers with the exclusive care, privacy and professional service they deserve.
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AS THE SEASON GETS UNDERWAY, MAKE SURE YOU AND YOUR GUESTS SPEND SOME TIME IN ONE OF THESE FABULOUS MEDITERRANEAN MARINAS
The Mid Harbour Marina offers more than 500 metres of deep-water berthing for superyachts in the relatively sheltered inner harbour. With enhanced infrastructure, easy access for support services and vehicles, and reduced berthing fees for longer stays, Gibraltar is a ‘must stop’ port between the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Gibraltar also offers a wide range of other services, including very competitive fuel prices, waste oil disposal, spare parts and logistics, maintenance, repairs and surveyors and with the support of excellent yachting agents, customs clearance and crew visas, arrangements can also be easily dealt with. Daily links to the UK from the local airport; excellent medical and dental facilities; superb restaurants, bars and entertainment locally also available.
Award-winning Karpaz Gate Marina in North Cyprus is highlighting its special status as a real yacht haven for boat owners. The 5 Gold Anchor-rated marina offers a sanctuary for sailors in the Mediterranean who are seeking to escape from bureaucracy and taxation issues. Idyllically located in an untouched corner of the Eastern Mediterranean, this North Cyprus haven provides a safe, peaceful, tax-free and hassle-free home at excellent berthing rates. Benefiting from the freedom of being outside the EU, yet geographically within its borders, Karpaz Gate Marina can streamline the official procedures of customs and immigration, while simplifying any necessary paperwork around visa issues and permit renewal. The marina is the first private Port of Entry in North Cyprus and can allow entry at any time of day or night with advanced notice and is flexible on duration of stay. The full-service 2017 TYHA International Marina of the Year features exceptional leisure facilities including a Beach Club with infinity pool, water sports centre, Hemingway’s resto-bar and private Gallery Club on the beautiful promenade area. It has one of the highest standard boatyard facilities in the region on site. The marina is service-orientated and community-minded, welcoming visitors with attractive short-term rates, and winter and annual berthing packages which include free anti-fouling.
Set in beautiful surroundings on the island of Sardinia, Costa Smeralda, Marina di Portisco is 20 minutes by car from Olbia airport. There are 589 moorings in total, accommodating everything from 4m to 90m maximum yacht length. It’s well known that Sardinia has some of the best beaches in the world. Cruising the myriad of bays, coves and islands of La Maddelena archipelago, for example, is a treat and for those looking to cruise further still, across the narrow Strait of Bonifacio you’ll reach the Island of Corsica and eventually the French Riviera and beyond. Close by car parking in the marina, courtesy car service available, friendly mooring assistance, fuel bunkering, waste collection, equipment hire, diving services, 24/7 security and CCTV surveillance, full wifi throughout, a weather station and English spoken by staff who are friendly and welcoming. These are the kind of services and benefits available at Marina di Portisco where a super-friendly ‘no job too small’ attitude pervades throughout! The marina Privilege Program is now a well established feature that rewards customer loyalty with a host of tangible and financial benefits.
Safe, comfortable, full of services all the year, a town with all you need to live a wonderful stay with your family even in the winter period, one of the biggest Italians mall just one minute away from your yacht, that’s just part of the welcome waiting for you at Marina di Olbia. If you are going to spent some days in Sardinia with your yacht visit Marina di Olbia and its dream team able to offer you a simple, pleasant and safe stay. If you are looking for the perfect place to stay with your yacht during the four seasons, Marina di Olbia is that place. Many shipyards around the area ready to serve your yacht for any needs, a town full of life all the time with schools, sport centre, entertainment and a quite and friendly way of life. Over that, the Marina is close to a shopping centre, the airport and ferries terminal, where 12 months per year people work to offer a complete variety of services for the citizens and the welcomed guests. Marina di Olbia is particularly safe thanks to its position inside the Golfo di Olbia, a big natural bay in one of the most beautiful area at sea of the world, just some kilometres away from the famous Costa Smeralda, but part of the town with all the year long residents. The high standard quality of the services inside the marina offered by MOYS personnel are organized for owners, families or crews, who stay just a night or a long period as permanent guests. Everything is organized to offer a perfect stay and MOYS personnel are ready to offer assistance for any needs. Shipyards and companies in the area guarantee the technical services 12 months per year, and the port is surrounded by a modern residence, perfectly integrated with the wonderful natural environment that hosts the Marina di Olbia.
Port Calanova, located in the bay of Palma, was inaugurated in 1976 by the Kings of Spain. At only just 5 km from the heart of the city, the marina prides itself on delivering a personalised service with a professional and attentive team that are on hand to help 24/7. It’s the perfect sheltered port all year-round: 172 berths for up to 25 m are available for all type of boats. In winter, its dry dock area as well as an esplanade of 3000 m2 can keep your boat out of the water whilst they furnish any service necessary, from cleaning, provisioning to repairs and maintenance. It is also an intimate and elegant marina offering a warm welcome to visitors who can take the opportunity to stay at the Calanova Sport Residence, try a wide range of water sports, and make the most of its two restaurants, gym, shops, terraces and indoor spaces and can play host to large celebrations or intimate dinners. Port Calanova have a clear goal, to adapt to the demands of users, who are looking for a modern marina, without losing the essence and prestige of a long history with a view to the future.
Sovren Marina opened in June 2017 and experienced a very busy first season with an array of very impressive boats lined up along the front of the UNESCO world heritage site, Dalt Vila. 2018 is expected to be even busier. Sovren acknowledged the shortage of superyacht berths in the in Ibiza and took hold of the unique opportunity. They only marina in Ibiza that can berth 16 yachts from 60-185m, plus their location right in front of Ibiza’s old town is stunning. Ibiza is acknowledged as the epicentre of the summer social scene. The island has matured from the hippy chic party island into a sophisticated destination that combines natural beauty with an eclectically vibrant lifestyle. Direct flights are available to most major European cities and the short flight to Barcelona opens up global connections. Private jets can land at the airport less than 15 minutes away. Apart from the well-documented allure of Ibiza, all four main Balearic islands are within easy reach.
Zea marina is located in Piraeus in Athens and it is one of the finest superyacht marinas in the Mediterranean. A port with great ancient history as it was a Naval base where the fleet of triremes was built. Ruins of the ancient walls of the base can still be found in the marina. The Naval Museum of Greece is also situated in Zea marina. The Marina, fully organized, offering modern facilities and services, was totally renovated for the 2004 Olympic Games. The total capacity is 670 berths, on both permanent and floating pontoons. Moorings are available for boats up to 150 meters long. Zea is one of the favourite marinas to crews as it is totally embraced by the city of Piraeus and there is an endless list of things you can do within walking distance from the marina. Shopping centres, cinemas restaurants, bars and all services related to yachts are in the immediate vicinity of the marina. Within the port, customers can find restaurants, bars, a swimming pool, a chandlery shop and the Port Police office. The marina operates all year round on a 24-hour basis. From the entrance of the harbour, boats are guided to their berth places and receive instructions and assistance from the marina’s staff.