Whether you are a lover of all-things marinas or you are interested in learning more about the nautical world, we have curated this list to inspire your European summer travels.
From the world-renowned and picture perfect Marina di Portofino to Barcelona’s iconic Port Vell, these marinas are absolute musts when it comes to the best Europe has to offer.
Plus, our list has been created with your needs in mind; if you are planning to embark on a road trip or you are looking to wind around the coast, our chosen marinas are close enough for you to visit if you have the time to do so.
Note: Marina di Porto Cervo in Sardinia is not closely located but well worth visiting.
With idyllic turquoise waters and terracotta painted houses wrapping the hillside, Marina di Portofino is revered for its sheer beauty and spectacular nature.
From marvelling at the anchored yachts to enjoying Portofino for all it has to offer, a visit to this spectacular site will bring you far more than most marines.
Plus, the cuisine which this Southern area of Italy has to offer is enough reason in itself to visit the marina. What more could you ask for?
With almost 13,000 Google reviews and overall rating of 4.4, Port de Saint Tropez is an absolute marvel. Set against the sublime French architecture of Saint Tropez, this marine epitomises the beauty of the sun-drenched Mediterranean. With a capacity of 734 anchorages and an enviable selection of cafes and restaurants lining the shore, there’s plenty to do at this port beyond admiring the views.
Home to some of the world’s best superyachts including Dilbar, Port Vell is a hub for boat lovers, ocean goers and nautical fans. Plus, it’s location is just a minutes walk from Barcelona’s old town, the iconic Barceloneta beach and a wealth of restaurants serving up delicious Catalan cuisine.
If you’re planning to visit Port Vell, why not take advantage of the boat tours being offered? For a reasonable price, you can jump on a tour and see the yacht’s anchored at the port up close and personal.
Ah, Sardinia! An island of sheer natural beauty and a deeply fascinating culture which happens to be home to one of the world’s most beautiful marinas. Think terracotta houses, sparkling clear waters, lush hillsides and a wealth of spectacular yachts to match.
Whilst Sardinia is an island and will require you to fly or ferry in, it’s well worth the visit. Plus, Sardinia’s food culture is uniquely distinct and celebrates local produce including capers, lemons and pistachios.
We couldn’t have a list of the best marinas without celebrating the home of yachting itself; Monaco. Embodying all things luxury, Port Hercules boasts some of the world’s most lavish and loved yachts. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Monaco city, this port is also closely located to Nice and other French cities. If you have the time, it’s a great opportunity to hire a car and follow the coast to experience all Southern France has to offer.