The South of France is the embodiment of style, sophistication, and yachting. Its vibrant towns of Nice, Cannes, Saint Tropez, and Monaco, are ideal for all who love to spend their holidays in luxury with the international jet set crowd and celebrities. Whilst its secluded beaches only accessible by boat offer a luxurious peaceful getaway for those who simply want to relax. All in all, the South of France offers something for everyone when it comes to yachting.
The South of France conjures up images of stylish seaside holidays, complete with private beach clubs, upscale boutique shopping, and fancy gourmet dining. This description fits the Côte d'Azur, filled with glitzy towns like Nice, Cannes, Monaco, and Saint-Tropez, but this is just one aspect of the South of France.
St. Tropez, South of France
St. Tropez is one of the South of France’s most notorious towns. Famous for its luxurious beach clubs and home to the world-famous Pampelonne Beach, St. Tropez is a picturesque city where you are sure to rub shoulders with celebrities and jet-setters. At nightfall, make your way to Club 55 for their famous parties, or dine at a 3-Star Michelin restaurant La Vague d’Or.
Today, this alluring beach resort still seduces visitors with its picturesque port (Vieux Port) and quaint historic town center (La Ponche), luxuriant Mediterranean scenery, and pristine sandy beaches. Tourists can hike the Sentier du Littoral, a seaside trail with superb views of the scenery.
To soak up the ambiance of Saint-Tropez, visitors should spend time at the Place des Lices. At this central town square shaded by leafy plane trees, outdoor café terraces provide the perfect vantage point to take in the everyday scenes of men playing pétanque (a traditional Provençal game similar to bocce ball) and women shopping at the open-air produce market (on Tuesday and Saturday mornings).
Charter a yacht and cruise to the South of France’s idyllic islands of Île de Porquerolles and Île de Port-Cros full of natural splendors, sparkling blue waters, and golden sand beaches. Snorkel at the Île de Porquerolles which is surrounded by an underwater reserve with protected marine life, or explore the L’île vineyard at Port Cross. As the day ends, make your way to the Michelin-starred restaurant, L’Oliver to taste South of France’s authentic Mediterranean dishes.
Cannes, South of France
Intrinsic the experience of yachting in the South of France is to spend the day in Cannes strolling the shops along la Croisette, past the sandy beaches, glamorous boutiques, and palatial hotels. Visit the allées des Étoiles – Cannes’ walk of fame. Dine at the Michelin-starred La Palme d’Or at the Hotel Martinez, and then make your way for drinks at the Baoli. Make sure to reserve well in advance during the Film Festival or Cannes Lions.
Spend the day and rent a boat exploring the South of France’s peninsula’s coast and anchor in the bay of Juan-Les-Pins. Sail to the Bay of Antibes and swim in the clear waters, or take a stroll down the historic 16th Century town from which you will be able to oversee the megayachts at Port Vauban Marina, or visit the Picasso Museum. To end your day, make your way to Les Pêcheurs, described as “a little corner of paradise”.
With a turquoise blue coastline, Nice is the South of France’s retreat for the European elite. Drop anchor and stroll down the Promenade des Anglais and enjoy a coffee in one of the many cafes. Visit the Musée Matisse and the Castle of Nice, from which you will have picturesque coastline views. As the day ends, sail to the peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to dine at the impressive Le Cap restaurant for a memorable sunset.
Spend the day sailing picturesque Cap Ferrat and the Rade de Villefranche-sur-Mer, a succession of secluded bays and calm seas. Take the tender ashore for a private picnic and then head to Paloma Beach. In the evening, enjoy a stunning South of France sunset view from the terrace of the Restaurant des Rois overlooking the Mediterranean for a perfect end to your day.
The Captivating Seaside City - State of Monaco
Just a 30-minute train ride from Nice, Monaco draws fashionable crowds to its high-profile yacht shows, the annual Formula One Monaco Grand Prix car race, and the Opening Gala at the Opera House.
As you sail to Monaco, South of France’s embodiment of luxury and elegance, stop for lunch at Cap Estel restaurant set inside a gated mansion for breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. Indulge in Monaco’s glamour and choose from the plethora of 3-Star Michelin Restaurants, walk along the world-famous Port Hercules super yacht marina, and try your luck at the Monte Carlo Casino.
If you are still looking for further inspiration on possible tours, you can check out:
- Arthaud Yachting
- Charter World
- Yacht Charter Fleet
Yachting in the South of France will prove to be an experience not to be missed and will make for lifelong memories for you and your guests. Enjoy this stunning part of the world as it was meant to be seen - by the water.
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