Supercharge the action on your next yacht charter
Luxury cars and superyachts have long been positioned side by side at the pinnacles of technology and craftsmanship. If your wanderlust is only satisfied with a generous side helping of speed, YACHTZOO picks out the top five superyacht-meets-car experiences. From attending world-class events to jumping in an Aston Martin DB5 and exploring Montenegro, there is something for every car connoisseur.
The Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix is held each year at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The track was built over 25 years ago for the Olympic Games and marked the return of Formula 1 to its European heartland, on the doorstep of the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona.
Formula 1 enthusiasts can berth in the comfortable and convenient setting of OneOcean Port Vell, with its stunning yacht club featuring a restaurant, gym and spa, before heading out to enjoy the thrill of the racing. To celebrate its proximity to the epicentre of European F1, the marina organises an exciting mixture of live music, cocktails, fast cars and food, bringing the party straight to your passerelle.
PEBBLE BEACH, US
Every August, 200 of the most prized collector cars in the world congregate on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links in the United States. Established in 1950, the Pebble Beach Automotive Week, culminating in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, has developed into the most revered and respected collector car competitions in the world.
As a links course, Pebble Beach’s connection to the sea is unmistakable and the event is ideally positioned next to Monterey, one of the few natural all-weather ports of refuge on the Californian coast. Enjoying this exclusive event from the comfort of a yacht is one of the most unforgettable experiences a car enthusiast can have, no matter what their age or automobile predilection.
MONTE CARLO, MONACO
With premium seats for both the Monaco Historic Grand Prix and the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix in high demand, watching the action from the deck of a superyacht berthed in Port Hercule guarantees an ideal view and an incredible atmosphere.
Arguably the world’s most glamorous sporting event, the notoriously demanding course, peppered with numerous elevation shifts and tight corners, is guaranteed to sate the appetite of every car aficionado.
These events, perfectly placed on the Riviera, also benefit from their position just hours away from the cruising hot spots of St Tropez, St Jean Cap Ferrat and Cannes.
Using a berth at Porto Montenegro as a base for a road trip to Dubrovnik and beyond is a wonderful way to experience coastal roads packed with stunning scenery and spectacular landscapes, all with the knowledge that your yacht is only a tender journey away.
These roads aren’t for the faint-hearted, with twists and turns to challenge even the most confident driver. For those wishing to stay closer to their Porto Montenegro base, the 120km round trip around the Bay of Kotor looping back to the Savina Monastery showcases some of the most breathtaking vistas of the Montenegrin coast.
Photo: Porto Montenegro
BAY OF NAPLES, ITALY
Dominated by the formidable presence of Mount Vesuvius, the 200km round trip between Marina di Stabia and Salerno is one of Italy’s top road trips. Circling the Parco Regionale dei Monti Lattari, and snaking along the stunning coastal roads, this white-knuckle drive is challenging and rewarding in equal parts.
A perfect day trip, offering car enthusiasts a break from the pleasures of cruising the Amalfi coast, can be ideally interspersed with city tours of the chic Positano or the bohemian Ravello.
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