The Côte d'Azur is a world-leading luxury yacht destination. Seductive and sunkissed, the coastline stretches from Cassis to Italy, offering refined gastronomy, vibrant resorts and sandy beaches. With a yacht charter with a skipper, you can fully indulge in a luxurious itinerary sailing the Mediterranean over a week. Whether you want the glitz and glamour of Cannes and Nice, or you want secluded beaches like those on the blissful island of Porquerolles or the rustic town of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, a yacht rental leaves the decisions up to you.
France has countless sailing destinations to pick from, from super challenging (like the Bay of Biscay on France's Atlantic Coast) to relaxing and opulent (like the French Riviera or Corsica). First-timers are best exploring the Mediterranean Coast, with options to sail either east to the Riviera or west to coastal Provence. Whichever you choose depends on your taste. The east offers spectacular sailing amid sumptuous cities and affluent resorts, while the west offers more seclusion with multi-coloured fishing towns and quiet coves. There are lots of hidden gems in Provence with fewer crowds too, including Collioure and the Calanques National Park. Meanwhile, Menton, Antibes, Èze and Grasse should all be on your itinerary if you're heading east.
There's nothing quite more exhilarating than circumnavigating an island to experience everything it has to offer. Luckily, France has its fair share of Mediterranean islands which can be incorporated into your coastal itinerary. Porquerolles, Port Cros, Frioul, Île d’Hyères and Île de Levant are among the most picturesque when sailing east of bustling Marseilles. Near Cannes, the quiet Îles de Lérins are often secluded at night, offering ideal anchorages for a romantic evening under the stars.
Yachts are mainly rented in France during the high season in summer. The months of July, August and September will be ideal to enjoy the sun and the festive atmosphere enjoyed by France during the summer. Yacht charter in June and October is also an ideal time to embrace pleasant temperatures off the Mediterranean Sea. A tip to remember it that there is less tourist affluence at this time. If what you are looking for is tranquillity aboard your yacht, this period will be ideal.
If you are travelling from abroad, you can reach many French airports with ease. Among them are, Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Paris, Marseille Provence airport, Nice-Côte d'Azur airport and Napoléon Bonaparte airport in Ajaccio.
If you are travelling within French territory, the best option is to use the high-speed train network.