Cities on the Mediterranean Sea – Yachting & Charter Guide

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The Mediterranean Sea is home to over 20 countries, and more than 15 major cities. From European, to African and Asian influences, there is a wide variety of places, people, and cultures to experience here. Let’s explore the cities along the Mediterranean Sea.

What cities are in the Mediterranean? 

The Mediterranean Sea is home to a number of cities along its 28,600-mile-long coastline. Some of the largest cities include: 

  • Alexandria, Egypt 
  • Algiers, Algeria 
  • Antalya, Türkiye 
  • Athens, Greece 
  • Barcelona, Spain 
  • Beirut, Lebanon 
  • Cannes, France 
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia 
  • Florence, Italy 
  • Istanbul, Türkiye 
  • Izmir, Türkiye 
  • Marseille, France 
  • Mersin, Türkiye 
  • Monaco 
  • Naples, France 
  • Nice, France 
  • Palma de Mallorca, Spain 
  • Rome, Italy 
  • Tangier, Morocco 
  • Tel Aviv, Israel 
  • Thassaloniki, Greece 
  • Tripoli, Libya 
  • Tunis, Tunisia 
  • Valencia, Spain 
  • Valletta, Malta 
  • Venice, Italy 
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How many sunken cities are in the Mediterranean?  

The Mediterranean Sea has some fantastic diving sites for the snorkelers in your group. Whether you want to see coral, brightly colored fish, sunken ships or even sunken cities – you’ll find it all in the Mediterranean Sea. Some of the most famous sunken cities in the Mediterranean Sea are: 

  • Thonis-Heracleion, Egypt 
  • Baiae, Bay of Naples 
  • Pheia, Greece 
  • Helike, Greece 
  • Pavlopetri, Greece 
  • Olous, Crete 
  • Atlit Yam, Israel 

There are many tour companies that will take you to these dive sites. Or, if you are on your luxury yacht charter near these locations, your captain and crew can help make it happen. You won’t want to miss those sunken cities found beneath the water’s surface! 

What are the largest cities in the Mediterranean? 

The largest cities in the Mediterranean with a population of at least three million people include: 

  • Alexandria, Egypt 
  • Barcelona, Spain 
  • Algiers, Algeria 
  • Rome, Italy 
  • Tel Aviv, Israel  
  • Athens, Greece 
  • Izmir, Turkey 
  • Tripoli, Libya

What are the top Mediterranean cities to visit? 

With so many cities on the Mediterranean Sea to visit, you’ll want to be sure to plan your time accordingly. Luckily, on a luxury yacht charter, you can often visit a number of cities in close proximity to each other.

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A few of our top Mediterranean cities to book a luxury yacht charter include: 

  • Amalfi Coast, Italy – Technically a few different cities can be found along the Amalfi Coast, but they are all well within cruising distance of each other. Dotted with coastal towns and cities each offering something a little different, the Amalfi Coast is for lovers, historians, beach goers and city buffs.  
  • Barcelona, Spain – For those that like the hustle and bustle of city life, but also want to enjoy lounging on the beach, Barcelona was made for you. Historical architecture, tapas, gourmet dining, cultural museums and events, city side beaches and some of the best nightlife on the Mediterranean can be found in Barcelona. 
  • Bay of Kotor, Montenegro – A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Bay of Kotor features stunning vista of high mountainside cliffs tumbling into the lakeside, quaint Medieval towns and plenty of bays to visit while in town. 
  • Crete, Greece – While the Greek islands have long been visited by the superyacht set, Crete in particular needs a mention. Cobblestone streets lead to tiny bistros with fresh seafood, more beaches than you’ll be able to visit, and the famous Elafonissi pink sand beach. As with all stops in Greece, expect excellent food, temperate climates, rocky cliffs with sandy beaches and the warmth and hospitality of the Greek locals. 
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia – Another UNESCO World Heritage site, Dubrovnik may be most famously known today for its Game of Thrones tours, as it is its ancient architecture. Jutting out with its walled cities into the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is a popular tourist destination but if you pull into port on your tender, you can easily take in the sights and escape to the privacy and intimacy of your luxury yacht charter. 
  • Monaco, Principality of Monaco – Long lauded as the superyacht capital of the Mediterranean Sea, Monaco is the place to truly experience the luxury and opulence of the region. Whether you visit for the famous Monaco Grand Prix, or want to visit during the Monaco Yacht Show, there are plenty of events year round, not to mention some fantastic shopping and gambling at the Casino de Monte Carlo.  

What are the famous Mediterranean cities? 

We’ve already touched on some of the most famous Mediterranean cities. These are the locations that are very popular for tourists, so they can be a little busy. If you want to visit some of the famous cities on the Mediterranean Sea like Barcelona, Rome, Dubrovnik, Monaco and Santorini, you can always book on the shoulder seasons when the tourist season hasn’t fully kicked off. Keep in mind traveling on your own private yacht will also give you access to these locations, with a quiet and relaxing yacht to escape to when you’ve had enough of the crowds. 

What are the ancient cities in the Mediterranean? 

Perhaps the most famous ancient cities in the Mediterranean are those found in Italy and Greece thanks to the ancient Greek and Roman empires. If you’re a history buff, you’ll want to include Athens, Crete, Dubrovnik, Istanbul, Rome, and Tunis on your historical tour of the Mediterranean. 

What is the oldest city in the Eastern Mediterranean? 

The oldest cities in the Mediterranean Sea are Aleppo and Damascus in Syria. These cities can trace their roots back to 5,000 and 3,000 BC respectively.

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What Italian cities are in the Mediterranean Sea? 

The boot shaped country of Italy benefits from a coastline along the Mediterranean Sea that wraps around three of her four sides. If booking a luxury yacht charter around Italy, be sure to pull into port in Rome, Venice, Naples, Genoa, Caligari (Sardinia), Sicily, Trieste, and Livorno. 

What Spanish cities are in the Mediterranean Sea? 

Many choose Spain as a starting point to see the Mediterranean Sea. Step on your yacht in Barcelona and enjoy visiting some of Spain’s most popular cities on the Mediterranean Sea. Aside from the glitz and glamor of Barcelona, you can visit Malaga, Alicante Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza and Marbella.

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What Turkish cities are in the Mediterranean Sea? 

The Turkish Coast has been attracting yacht lovers to her shores for a number of years and it’s easy to see why. Turquoise colored waters, white sand beaches, ancient ruins and a melting pot of people, cultures, and foods can all be found along the coast of Türkiye. Some of the cities not to be missed here include Antalya, Fethiye, Izmir, Kas, Marmaris and Mersin.

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What cities are on the Mediterranean coast of France? 

France is where the yachting industry likes to flock every year for a number of yacht shows, international sporting events, and even film festivals. It’s an excellent jumping off point for visiting neighboring Mediterranean cities or simply lazily cruising from one French port to the next. Some of the most popular cities on the Mediterranean coast of France include Antibes, Cannes, La Ciotat, Marseille, Nice, Saint Tropez and Toulon. *Monaco is left out of this list since it is its own independent Principality.

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Yacht Charter & Yachts for Sale Guides

  • Mediterranean Sea Yachting & Charter Guide: We’ve only just begun to touch on the Mediterranean cities and sights you’ll discover. For a complete overview of the region, explore more in YATCO’s Mediterranean Sea Boating and Yachting Guide
  • Private Yacht Charter Guide: Learn more about what’s included in a private yacht charter with YATCO’s Private Yacht Charter Guide. From costs to destinations, we have you covered.  
  • Charter Yacht Provisioning Guide: You’ll likely come across the term “provisioning” a lot when you are booking a private yacht charter. Advanced Food and Provisioning Allowance is the money you pay that goes toward your food and drinks while onboard. This is on top of the base price to rent the yacht that you might see advertised on yacht charter websites. Read more about it in YATCO’s Charter Yacht Provisioning Guide.   
  • Luxury Yacht Charter Turkey Guide: Turkey began to emerge as a luxury yacht charter destination a few years ago and it only continues to grow in popularity. Thanks to an extensive coastline, excellent superyacht marinas and facilities, and many historical gems to discover, learn more in our Luxury Yacht Charter Turkey Guide.  
  • Yacht Charter Management Guide: What is a yacht charter management company and why are they important? When you book a luxury yacht rental, you will likely work with a charter yacht broker, and then be introduced to the yacht charter management company. This is the team that makes sure the charter business of the yacht runs well and smoothly for all. Read more in YATCO’s Yacht Charter Management Guide.   
  • Yacht Charter Vacations Guide: With access to remote locations, a private chef, your attentive crew, and more water toys than you ever dreamed of, a yacht charter vacation is unlike any other trip you’ve taken. Learn about the ins and outs of a Yacht Charter Vacation in our Guide.  
  • Luxury Yacht Charter Guide: From what time of year is best to visit which destinations, to what costs are included, YATCO wants to make it easier than ever to book your private yacht charter. Explore our Luxury Yacht Charter guide for more information.  
  • Yacht Charter Cost Guide: One of the biggest questions asked when it comes to yacht charters is – what’s included, and can I get an all-inclusive price? You will notice that yachts will always be listed with a “base price” for charter, with additional extras charged on top of this. However, your charter broker will work with you to get an all-inclusive price based on all of those extras before you sign a contract. We’ve explained everything in our Yacht Charter Cost Guide.   
  • Yacht Tender & Toys Guide: For many, one of the big perks of booking a luxury yacht charter is the fact you get access to a number of fun water toys! Whether you are a thrill seeker looking to be towed behind the tender on waterskis, zipping around on the jetski, or prefer a quieter pastime like stand-up paddle boarding to an isolated beach, there are toys for everyone in group onboard. Learn more in YATCO’s Yacht Tender and Toys Guide.   
  • Best Restaurants in Capri Guide: We know you may want to stay on board every night and enjoy another gourmet meal cooked by your private chef. However, some people do enjoy getting onto land for a meal or two during their yacht charter. A very popular cruising destination is Italy and the isle of Capri. We’ve created a Guide to the Best Restaurants in Capri so you don’t have to waste time searching for the best places to dine while in town.  
  • Liveaboard Boat Buying Guide: Maybe you’ve chartered a yacht and it’s planted a bug that you want to purchase your own yacht now. Or maybe you want to take it even further and live onboard permanently. Is that even possible, you wonder? It is, and we created YATCO’s Liveaboard Boat Buying Guide to help you make the transition.  
  • Ocean Going Yacht Buying Guide: As we discuss the possibilities of chartering luxury yachts – you might be wondering if you can cross the ocean with a yacht? The short answer is yes, of course you can! You just want to be sure you buy a yacht the right size to be able to handle the crossing. YATCO created an Ocean Going Yachting Buying Guide to help you make this decision.  
  • Mega Yacht Buying Guide: Mega yachts are vessels that are at least 79ft and up, with most people agreeing they start around 100ft. These opulent vessels usually have multiple decks, stunning designs, ample staterooms and a wide selection of toys. Discover more in our Mega Yacht Buying Guide.   
  • Explorer Yacht Buying Guide: As yachting continues to gain in popularity, so too do the destinations people can go with their yachts. Explorer or expedition yachts have become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to their boundary pushing designs and capabilities. 

With over 20 major cities to choose from, booking a yacht charter to take in cities on the Mediterranean Sea is an excellent way to discover ancient sights, stunning beaches and cultural wonders. To start planning, explore our guides above, or ask questions in our YATCO AI chat bot and we’d be happy to start the process for you. 

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