Not far from Italy and just as welcoming, the Côte d’Azur possesses all the right ingredients for the perfect holiday: crystal clear sea, white beaches, good food, lively cities with buzzing night life, villages perched on high and showcased art and archaeology.
With a varied itinerary of exciting activities the French Riviera is the ideal destination for charter yachts. The only choice you will need to make for this unforgettable experience is whether to cruise on a motor yacht, a sailing yacht or a catamaran. Menton, Montecarlo Monaco, Antibes, Cannes, Nice, Saint-Paul de Vence, Saint-Tropez and the Hyères Islands await, and will leave you speechless.
Cannes is most famous for its International Film Festival, but the city is a holiday destination all year round. Here you can take in the majestic atmosphere of ancient buildings, trendy restaurants, colossal yachts and a VIP style that seems to envelop all who visit.
The long beaches, clear sea, shopping streets, the Palais de Festival, the Croisette, the celebrity catwalk Allée des Étoiles de cinéma and the path with the VIP handprints are the main attractions of the city. So too are the Îles de Lérins , just a few kilometres from the coast.
Nice is a lively and sparkling city that can satisfy your every need. It boasts a relaxed climate typical of seaside resorts, and offers pleasant beaches, crystal clear water and an energetic social life with its many cafes, restaurants and night clubs. The city is rich in art museums, archaeological ruins and has a beautiful historic centre with picturesque markets, mediaeval alleyways, antique shops and lively festivals and cultural events.
The old centre of Nice is the historic heart of the city, with its tangle of colourful streets full of life, and ancient palaces. The Jewish ghetto of Rue Bénoit Buinico and baroque churches are remarkable, and the markets and shops with locally sourced products great to browse. There are many clubs too, if you are looking for an entertaining evening and lively nightlife. Perched on a 92-metre-high rocky outcrop and reached by a lift, the Parc du Château dominates the city and offers a breathtaking view. Not to be missed is a walk along the Promenade des Anglais: the most famous promenade on the French Riviera. Its unique atmosphere arises from the style of the stunning urban buildings, arcades and squares which overlook the bay. Observe it from your yacht at anchor, especially beautiful when it is lit up just as the sun is setting.
Between skyscrapers drawing a truly modern skyline, the elevators lead to the top of the fortress, and lush gardens. With its tidy streets surrounded by luxurious buildings, the Principality of Monaco is like a handkerchief of perfection and elegance, and reaches the peak of notoriety when the Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place in the city’s streets.
La Rocher is the old city, set on the fortress overlooking the main city. You can visit the Cathedral of Monaco: here are buried all the royals of the Monegasque dynasty, including the unforgettable Grace Kelly. The Palais Princier, the residence of the reigning Prince Albert, is one of the main attractions of the city both for the changing of the guard and for the chance to visit the royal apartments.
For those who love the depths of the sea, exploring the Musée Océanographique with its ninety tanks and four hundred and fifty Mediterranean species, is a necessity.
Saint Tropez has a vivid social life frequented by VIPs and enlivened by party evenings in the countless bars and restaurants in the port and town centre. But Saint-Tropez is also a beautiful town by day, with pastel colors that fade from pink to orange then to bright red framing the romantic harbour with its gently swaying boats and picturesque squares. There you can see the locals playing petanque (bowls) in the shade of the plane trees and visit the lively markets. Take a stroll to La Ponche, the old fishing district that still retains its old-fashioned charm or climb up to the top of the citadel to admire the stunning panorama. Of course with your charter yacht you can also throw anchor along the beautiful beaches that surround the city.
Whoever likes a holiday with clear, crystalline sea and loves nature cannot miss the Islands of Hyères, a corner of paradise unrestricted by the typically strict visitor rules. The most famous and best equipped is the island of Porquerolles. Unforgettable for its colours and its natural habitat, it can be explored by bike, on foot along the many marked trails or on underwater excursions to admire what lies on the seabed. While Le Levant, a military site is not accessible, Port-Cros, on the other hand, is a wonderful and appealing nature park that can be visited only on foot.