The French Mediterranean is one of the world's most popular charter destinations, for many well-deserved reasons. The French Riviera is known for its mild climate, stunning landscape, with each town offering everything from tranquil islands to glamorous destinations including St Tropez,Monaco and Cannes.
Walk in the footsteps of Hollywood movie stars along the palm-lined Cannes Croisette, dine at glamorous beach clubs in St Tropez alongside numerous celebrities, stroll along the Promenade des Anglais and hit the famous Monaco casino… there’s plenty of action to be had! If you’re looking for quiet yachting, explore beautiful areas such as the Porquerolles or Lerins Islands, the Esterel Cliffs and picturesque seaside towns such as Villefranche and Eze-sur-Mer.
To begin your cruise along the French Riviera, we would recommend flying to Nice Côte d’Azur airport. Due to Nice's central location on the French Riviera, your charter start point is just around the corner, and we can arrange a transfer for you from the airport to your yacht.
Below are some of the finest destinations we chose for your attention:
Known worldwide for the Cannes Film Festival, the city of Cannes offers the glitz lifestyle that the industry seeks! The Croisette, which runs the length of the Bay of Cannes, connecting the old and new ports, is lined by a long sandy beach on one side, and numerous designer shops on the other.
Drop anchor in the bay during your Cannes yacht charter, where you can see clear views all the way to the Alps, and also take a trip to the islands. Stop for lunch at one of the many beach restaurants, whether Baôli Beach or the Carlton, then dance the night away at Gotha in Palm Beach.
Explore the old town of Le Suquet, with its lively winding streets and plethora of restaurants and bars. Climb up the the clock tower and church for stunning views over the whole of Cannes, the Alps and the Riviera!
A Cannes St Tropez yacht charter is definitely a must! St Tropez gained its fame as one of the chicest resorts in the world in the 1930s when it became a top jet-setter destination in the Mediterranean. Today it remains a playground for the rich and famous, offering both the famous Pampelonne Beach and the quaint old port town. Pampelonne Beach offers dozens of beach clubs, including the world famous Club 55 St Tropez and Nikki Beach. Enjoy long lunches with your feet in the sand and a glass of rosé never too far away.
The town offers a port brimming with Mangustas and classic yachts, a broad array of cuisine, from simple cafes to 3 Michelin starred restaurants and numerous shops from exclusive labels to touristy souvenir shops. However, it can be tricky to reach in the summer months with the road in becoming very busy, so the best way to reach the town is by yacht!
Monaco is synonymous with style, money, gambling and Formula 1 and deservedly so. It is also home to many of the world’s largest and most amazing yachts! Monaco is a stunningly beautiful principality with the Grimaldi Palace perched high upon its rock overlooking the Mediterranean, completed by an impressive mountainous backdrop and majestic architecture. A Monaco yacht charter is definitely worth a stop on any itinerary.
Antibes, Cap d'Antibes & Juan les Pins
An ancient Greek and Roman fortified town, Antibes is now a bustling port town and yachting hotspot. You will recognize the landmarks of the chateau in the Old Town, housing the Picasso Museum, and le Fort Carré, which overlooks the large Port Vauban. Explore the winding streets where you will find bars and restaurants aplenty to appease your appetite! Antibes is a fantastic central point for day charters, because of its almost central location along the Côte d'Azur.
The adjacent town of Juan-les-Pins is a typical French seaside resort, offering sandy beaches and a good night life - it's always worth a visit to Pam Pam for a fun cocktail in the Brazilian inspired bar!
Nice is both a very popular yachting destination, as well as the main entry point to the French Riviera because of the Nice/Cote d'Azur airport. It is a fairly large town, with approximately 400K inhabitants, but also retains its old world charm in the beautiful Old Port and the Old Town with excellent markets. From the Promenade des Anglais, the long boardwalk curving along the entire waterfront, you still get a feeling for its early 1900s splendor with the beautiful architecture. You will find all kinds of restaurants and activities in Nice, so come and explore for yourself.
The "Iles de Lérins" are two islands that lie only a stone's throw away from Cannes. Ile Sainte-Marguerite is the larger island, covered by a pine and eucalyptus forest. The island has a few cafes and restaurants, including La Guérite, and you can also visit the cell where the Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned. Cruising south you will find Ile Saint-Honorat, which is known for its Cisterian abbey where the monks still produce local wines. The passage between the islands is a popular anchor point for many of the yachts of the region, known for its amazing Caribbean blue waters.
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is the most famous of the 'Caps' in the French Riviera, and home to exclusive villas as well as the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat and the Rothschild Villa with its incredible gardens that you can explore.
This stunning peninsula features a picturesque port, and has a delightful stone path that allows you to hike the entire peninsula by the sea. There's a small beach near the port, and Paloma Beach restaurant further around, but most of the coastline is ragged rock.
A strikingly beautiful port between Nice and Monaco, Villefranche-Sur-Mer set in to cliffs that rise steeply from the water. The medieval port has the requisite red roofs, vaulted passages over cobblestone streets, and a distinctive church steeple. The bay is great if you want to spend some time playing in the water!