The French Riviera oozes glamour and wealth in all sides. This privileged part of the Mediterranean coastline stretching between France and Italy is the capital city of the super yachts and mega yachts and is well known for its chic and picturesque coastal towns. This area is also famed around the globe for its fragrances. If you are looking for a glamorous yachting holidays, the French Riviera is your place.
Antibes The resort town of Antibes has one of the biggest yachting ports in Europe. Explore the beautiful corners and streets of the Old Town, where you will find one of the most colourful Provencal markets. Make sure not to miss the Picasso Museum, housed in the Château Grimaldi castle, where the artist himself stayed and worked for six months in 1946.
Cannes Cannes is best known for the annual film festival that bears its name. When you’ve had your fill of glamorous designer shops and wide, sandy beaches, you can take a stroll through streets of majestic 19th century villas, built to show off the wealth and standing of their owners. Also visit the nearby St Marguerite Island, where the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask (who inspired the famous novel) was held captive for 11 years. His cell now houses the Museum of the Sea, where you will find recovered remains of shipwrecks dating all the way back to the 1st century BCE.
Monaco The Principality of Monaco is a city state that has been ruled by the Grimaldi royal family since medieval times. Luxury yachts fill the port and sports cars roar among the towering skyscrapers that surround the legendary Monte Carlo Casino. The Principality is home to the renowned Monaco Grand Prix that takes place in May every year. That’s the perfect excuse to charter a yacht and sail over for a visit.
Nice Nice is the capital of the French Riviera and another of its jewels. This vacation resort is also the fifth-largest city in France, where you will find plenty of culture and entertainment for all tastes. There are also many impressive museums and archeological sites to visit. And, with a bit of planning, you can time your yachting trip to coincide with one of the many festivals that are held along the year, such as the Carnaval de Nice or the Nice Jazz Festival . Wander through the colourful markets of the old town and take a nice walk along the Promenade des Anglais. Avenue Jean Medecin is another fantastic place for shopping. Also be sure to visit the Castell Hill, to enjoy the magnificent view over Nice, the old town and the port.
Saint-Tropez Lo que en su día fue un pintoresco pueblo de pescadores es hoy una ciudad muy exclusiva que ha sabido mantener todo su encanto. Es un destino priviligiado que eligen por igua estrellas de cine como los miembros de la realeza europea. Es una delicia pasear por sus calles empedradas, disfrutar de sus numerososs cafés y pastelerías, así como cenar en alguno de sus restaurantes y disfrutar de la deliciosa gastronomía francesa.
Ajacio is Corsica's main city and a favourite with artists looking for the best spot from where to paint its beautiful port. A stone pillar with two portraits of Napoleon Bonaparte reminds visitors that this is where the future ‘Emperor of the French’ was born on 15 August 1769, shortly after the French conquered Corsica from the Genovese. More than four centuries of Italian rule have indeed left their mark on Ajacio. You will still find the Italian influence in some street names, as well as in the local cuisine that is nevertheless predominantly French. The ancient and unique fortress town of Bonifacio is located in the South of Corsica. The old town, with its narrow streets and historic buildings built by the Genovese, is a most fascinating place to wander around. Bonifacio boasts a busy marina with impressive yachts, chic bars and restaurants. The tranquil azure waters of Souther Corsica are perfect to be explored by boat, some of them are only accessible by boat such as Belvedera Calanca.