SAILING THE COTE D'AZUR
The French Riviera (or Côte d'Azur) is the Mediterranean coast of southeastern France. It includes the famously glamorous beach resorts of Saint-Tropez and Cannes, as well as the independent micro-state of Monaco.
The whole of the French Mediterranean coast is plentifully supplied with beautiful marinas. The area divides naturally into three parts; the relatively low lying (and sometimes windy) coasts of the Golfe de Lion, the more craggy and attractive coastlines just east of Marseilles to Toulon, and the Côte d’Azur (French Riviera), where the super-rich display in summer. The coastline offers historical towns, an outdoor café culture, good wines and a superb cuisine.
The glittering coast known as the Cote d'Azur is one of the most glamorous destinations in the world. With pristine beachs and majestic mountains, where lush countryside meets chic seaside towns, all basking in Mediterranean summer sun.
Pampelonne Bay to Monaco
Toulon - Pampelonne Bay
Toulon is a gorgeous place to start your journey up the Cote d'Azur. Set off from the ancient naval base and sail up the coast to Pampelonne Beach. Once at Pampelonne beach, explore the four miles of stunning golden sands at your leisure. This spot is frequently noted to be the French Riviera’s answer to Ibiza. Induldge in lunch at the notorious Nikki Beach, the go-to hot spot for the true international jet-setter’s and celebrities. Fridays at Nikki Beach are particularly lively and parties that begin at lunch often continue long after dusk! Relax under the Mediterranean sun on oversized beds on the beachfront and as night falls, head back to the yacht for sunset cocktails and incomparable star-gazing.
Pampelonne Bay - St.Tropez
After a day in Pampelonne Bay, head a little further up the coast to the glamorous St. Tropez. Simply cruise around the peninsula from St. Tropez, enjoying all the yacht has to offer or once ashore enjoy the endless shopping opportunities. Long popular with artists, the town attracted the international "jet set" in the 1960s, and remains known for its beaches and nightlife. It is a must-see destination for its beauty, and Provencal atmosphere. Wander through the animated village, dropping into shops and galleries - and experience French cuisine at its finest.
St.Tropez - Cannes
After rising with the glorious Mediterranean sun, set sail up the coast to the glitzy fishing village of Cannes. Cannes, known as the “Pearl of the Riviera”, combines the notoriety of St. Tropez with the grandeur of Monaco, making it the confident centre of the Côte d’Azur. Its Boulevard de la Croisette curves along the coast and is lined with sandy beaches, upmarket boutiques and palatial hotels.
Cannes - Antibes
This short jaunt up the coast means that if Cannes has caught your attention, you can linger longer. Once you've had your fill, sail to Antibes, which is a glorious bastion of old-world glamour and is home to the notable Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc. Cap d'Antibes is a five mile limestone peninsula fringed by illustrious villas and Michelin-starred restaurants. Antibes itself is a historical town with an ancient walled harbor which is a haven for super yachts. Art lovers will find themselves exhilarated at the Picasso Museum, housed in the medieval Grimaldi Castle.
Antibes - Nice
As one of France’s largest and most visited cities, Nice is the hub of the Riviera. Famous for the Promenade des Anglais, the city stretches up into the hills. Several days can be spent exploring Nice, its Cornishes, galleries, markets and restaurants. Nice is a high-energy town and full of activity; once the home of celebrated artist Henri Matisse, his paintings are the subject of the Musee Matisse. Shop for famous Grasse perfumes on Rue St.Gaetan then detour to the inviting Avenue de Verdun for premier designers.
Nice - Monaco
Monaco is an oasis of wealth, notorious for its extravagance and glamour. Once you've dropped anchor, head to Les Thermes Marins or the Monte Carlo Thalasso for exclusive, avant-garde treatments. Stroll the Avenue des Beaux-Arts and fall in love with some innovative new designers or, for golf aficionados, play an opulent 18 holes at the Monte Carlo Golf Club. Port Hercule is one of the world’s most exclusive marinas, and is a viewing platform for the Monaco Grand Prix. At its heart is Monte Carlo, a name with global associations of affluence and allure, and home of the world’s most famous casino.