A Foodie’s guide to Mediterranean sailing

by | Jun 27, 2023

Sailing in the Mediterranean offers the perfect culinary adventure for food lovers. Whether you are seeking traditional regional cuisine, fresh seafood, or fabulously seasoned grilled dishes, the Mediterranean has a vast array of must-visit restaurants nestled along its picturesque coastline. This article will explore several outstanding restaurants that promise to deliver an unforgettable dining experience as you embark on a remarkable sailing journey across this breathtaking region.

Lacroma Restaurant, Lokrum Island, Croatia

Reachable only by boat, if you ever find yourself sailing in Croatia and wanting a memorable dining experience, Lokrum Island is a must-visit destination. It provides a tranquil setting, ideal for admiring the beauty of the Adriatic Sea. After arriving in style at this beautiful spot, enjoy a delicious meal at Lacroma Restaurant. With flavourful dishes and an elegant ambiance, Lacroma Restaurant certainly provides the perfect combination for an unforgettable meal. Explore a diverse menu, that allows you to indulge in local delicacies or international favourites, all prepared by expert chefs using exquisite ingredients. Lacroma restaurant caters to all preferences and should not be missed.

Kiki’s, Mykonos, Greece

If you seek grilled specialties and a laid-back dining experience, treat yourself to a mouthwatering meal at Kiki’s that won’t fail to impress. Tucked away in Mykonos, Greece, this rustic open-air restaurant provides an idyllic setting to bask in the Meditteranean sun. Relax with the sea breeze whilst savoring flawlessly cooked fresh seafood and meats. You will be left with fond memories of cosy atmosphere and friendly staff, which add tenfold to the experience by ensuring you feel like a cherished guest. Be aware that Agios Sostis has only a small beach and so you will need to dock your yacht charter offshore and arrive at Kiki’s by tender. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely walk from Ornos Bay Marina which is fairly close by.

For other bars and restaurants in Mykonos, check out this blog article.

Il Pellicano, Porto Ercole, Italy

It is no secret that Italy offers some of the world’s most iconic and desirable cuisine. Hidden upon a hill, surrounded by flourishing Mediterranean gardens and gazing upon the azure Tyrrhenian Sea, you will find Il Pellicano.  This Michelin-star restaurant in the charming town of Porto Ercole delights food lovers with an ever-changing menu that showcases the very best Tuscan produce. Only a short distance away, conveniently lies Cala Galera Marina, offering a picturesque location to dock your yacht charter. This world-class and delightful destination deserves a visit.

Maritim Marina Bay Resort, Vlore, Albania

Albania offers many amazing destinations for boating enthusiasts and food lovers alike. One such destination is Maritim Marina Bay Resort, located in the city of Vlore. Being a large resort, there are several restaurants and bars to choose from. For instance, you can enjoy fresh fish dishes with a panoramic view of the sea at the Tangerine restaurant or delight in barbeque gourmet at Bato’s Iliran’s steak house. Situated by the shores of the Adriatic, the resort benefits from a picturesque private beach. This destination, therefore, offers the perfect spot to relax after eating, before exploring local historic sites or sailing back out to sea. 

Restaurant Villa Ephrussi de Rotschild, French Riviera

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, a true testament to the grandeur of the Belle Epoque era, is an extraordinary estate that can be found on the French Riviera. It is possible to arrive by boat at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild since the villa has direct access to the Mediterranean Sea. Take a stroll through the magnificent gardens and feel as though you are stepping into paradise. Savour classic French cuisine in an awe-inspiring tea room/restaurant overlooking the picturesque Bay of Villefranche. Simply, visit Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild to discover the delights of French culinary excellence in a glorious setting.

Latitud 39, Port Andratx, Spain

If Spanish Tapas takes your fancy, dock in Port Andratx Marina and visit the fantastic waterfront restaurant, Latitude 39. The recently opened restaurant fuses minimalist decor with food flavoured to the fullest. Enjoy iconic dishes such as paella, made with local seafood, or popular tapas that meet all expectations. Latitude 39 provides the perfect spot for a slow lunch with friends or family, or a romantic dinner with someone special. The Vibrant and picturesque marina paired with glorious food will certainly not disappoint.

Akana Hotel Cennet Koyu,  Bodrum, Turkey

Located on the unspoiled Cennet Bay, which can only be reached by boat, Akana Hotel Cennet Koyu is home to one of the most beautiful hidden restaurants in Turkey. Positioned by the stunning Aegean Sea, this culinary treasure offers a perfect blend of modern character and traditional Mediterranean cuisine. From perfectly seasoned seafood to creative vegetarian options, the menu is a masterpiece that showcases the very best of Turkish gastronomy. Coupled with applaudable service and jaw-dropping sea views, Akana Restaurant promises a meal to remember.

Malta, Naar RestoBar

Naar Restobar is located in Balluta Bay’s most vibrant spot, in Portomaso Marina in St. Julian’s, Malta. Visitors can dock their boats with ease at the Marina and access Naar Restobar for an energising escape from sailing. I recommend visiting for brunch between 11 am-1 pm on a Saturday or Sunday, to enjoy a delicious meal accompanied by unlimited cocktails and live acoustic guitar. However, if a bottomless brunch is not for you, savor an array of international cuisine, including but not limited to Mexican, Italian, and Spanish-style dishes. 

Nobu, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Suppose you’re a sushi fan, Nobu Monte Carlo, although on the pricier side, deserves a visit. Here you will find a sophisticated atmosphere and remarkable Japanese cuisine, in one of the most prestigious destinations in the world. Esteemed for its exceptional flavours and creative takes on traditional sushi, Nobu offers a premium culinary experience. Make a glamorous arrival to this stylish city, by docking in Monte Carlo Bay, and take pleasure in a night of luxury you will not soon forget. 

Adriatic, Herceg – Novi, Monténégro

When sailing in Montenegro, Adriatic promises an unforgettable dining experience. Marina Herceg Novi is but a short distance away, offering berths for yacht charters. Nestled in the enchanting town of Rose, relish in an outdoor culinary delight, with views of a secluded beach and the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. This is a restaurant to visit when you wish to savor the view and indulge in conversation, as the friendly staff operates at a leisurely pace and make you feel at home. Here you can enjoy fresh seafood specialties, including impeccably grilled calamari, for reasonable prices.

Undoubtedly, experiencing one of these must-visit restaurants will add an extra layer of pleasure to your sailing journey in the Mediterranean. Whether you decide to indulge in authentic Mediterranean cuisine with panoramic coastal views, fresh seafood by tranquil shores, or international favourites, the culinary joys of the Mediterranean will remain part of your beloved sailing memories forever. 

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