Sailing superyacht Parsifal III charters new waters on Below Deck Sailing Yacht season 4 with old and returning crew members. Charter guests took in stunning views while sailing on the open Ionian sea. Previous BDSY seasons included sailing off the coasts of Greece (season 1), Croatia (season 2), and Spain (season 3). Below Deck Sailing Yacht season 4 filming locations include not only Italy’s giant island of Sardinia, but also France’s Mediterranean island of Corsica, where Napoleon Bonaparte, the French emperor, grew up.
Captain Glenn Shephard has a lot of experience sailing these unchartered waters for most viewers.
“My first time coming to Sardinia was when I got my first taste of yachting, which was way back in 1984. It’s got white sandy beaches, endless anchorages, beautiful turquoise water. I love it. It’s really, really special,” Captain Glenn said in the first episode of BDSY season 4.
We’ll have to wait and see if the returning crew, Chief Engineer Colin MacRae, First Officer Gary King, and Chief Stewardess Daisy Kelliher were up for the challenge of sailing the rough waters around Sardinia. Let’s take a closer look at where Below Deck Sailing Yacht season 4 filmed, including restaurants, the marina, sailing locations, beach picnic spots, and more.
All Below Deck Sailing Yacht Season 4 Filming Locations: The Marina In Portisco, Sardinia
For the first charter, saleswoman and primary Stephanie Seutter and other charter guests didn’t get to to go sailing and spent most of their trip aboard Parsifal III anchored at IGY Marina in Portisco, Sardinia. Parsifal III called the IGY Marina in Portisco, Italy, its home base throughout Below Deck Sailing Yacht season 4.
Portisco is a little village located in the Sardinian province of Olbia-Tempio. The harbor around the marina offers snorkeling, swimming, cafes, bars, spectacular dining, stunning beaches, and picturesque views. Portisco offers some noteworthy sight-seeing landmarks, including the Monte Altura Fortress, Sa Testa Sacred Well, the historical church Stella Maris, the National Park of la Maddalena Archipelago (a group of islands and islets for sailing, snorkeling, swimming and watching islands), and much more.
Restaurants & Bars Where Below Deck Sailing Yacht Season 4 Filmed
The tiny town of Portisco doesn’t offer much in the way of nightlife, so the BDSY season 4 crew have to take cabs to Olbia, a small coastal city nearby, to drink and eat. In episode four they traveled to the Sardinian city of 60,000 to dine at the pizzeria restaurant “Trocadero Restorante Pizzeria” after charter two. The first night out eating the crew, minus a Covid-sick Gary, ate at Matt’s in the marina at Portisco. Matt’s restaurant serves seafood, Italian meat, pizzas, and gorgeous views. We’ll update the other dining and bar areas the gang visits in Sardinia, Italy, as the season progresses.
Below Deck Sailing Yacht Filming Locations: Parsifal III & The Ionian Sea
Sailing Yacht Parsifal III is a fair bit smaller than the motor yachts employed for other Below Deck franchises. All four seasons of BDSY filmed on Parsifal III, which is only 54 meters long and can accommodate up to 12 guests (unless you have a camera crew aboard for filming a reality TV show). The luxury boat offers a jacuzzi, outdoor bar, deck jacuzzi, home theater, a SeaDoo, Jet-Ski, and a bunch of other water toys.
The sailing yacht sailed off the coast of Sardinia in the Ionian Sea, which includes the deepest part of the Mediterranean Sea. On the second charter, the ship sailed to Grande Pevero, Sardinia, which is located in the Gulf of Pevero. The area offer stunning beaches and a panoramic view of the Li Nibani islands. The easy anchorage in the bay makes it a hot-spot for nautical tourists.
BDSY Season 4 Locations: Corsica, France
Although not included in the final cut, American Idol season 1 runner-up Justin Guarini, primary Kim Walsh Phillips and the other charter guests sailed to Corsica, according to Bravo. However, cutting a charter down to two 45-minute episodes means a lot of each trip gets cut out, so none of the time in Corsica was included on the trip.
Apparently a ferry trip from Sardinia to Corsica, nicknamed the island of beauty, only takes one hour, so it’s no problem for Captain Glenn to sail charters to the French territory with a rich history and mountainous terrain. Viewers will have to wait and see if BDSY season 4’s filming locations include parts of Corsica, too.