Sailing in the South of France means style, luxury and flawless landscapes. Home to gorgeous countryside, swanky marinas, ritzy towns and azure waters, the French Riviera and its surroundings are an exquisite destination for a catamaran charter. Towns like Cannes and St. Tropez are hotspots for sailors, with harbours like La Vieux Port de Marseille boasting moorings for up to 3000 boats! If you’re looking for a relaxing charter holiday, more about soaking up the lifestyle than rushing round World Heritage sites, drinking cocktails on the harbour-front, and fine dining… this is the place for you!
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The wealthy and famous gather in the Riviera each Summer, and cities such as Cannes, Monaco and St. Tropez have become known for their A-list crowds and superyachts. As a result, the marinas are next to none, equipped with state-of-the-art mooring and facilities, so it really is a dream to sail in the South of France and live the luxury life. A place where boating is synonymous with style and elegance, a catamaran charter here will be a deluxe experience whilst you mingle with the crème de la crème under the heat of the Mediterranean sun!
Vacationers from all over France and Europe head to the South of France to spend their summer days lounging on golden sands. So, a catamaran charter here means you get the privacy of a boat, not overcrowded with tourists, but as and when you wish, you can drop anchor at one of the gorgeous beaches and soak up some sun. The most famous beach in the Riviera is Pampelonne Beach in Saint Tropez. Famed after it was the filming location for Roger Vadim’s movie, ‘And God Created the Woman”, starring Brigitte Bardot. The beach is a long, sandy strip where people from all backgrounds bronze and bathe themselves; families, locals and celebrities! If you charter a catamaran from the base in Saint Raphaël, make sure you pay a visit to Plage de la Baumette, where a rugged coastline and crystalline turquoise waters make for a beautiful beach.
A region cloaked in fields of lavender and ancient olive groves, once you’re out of the harbourside towns, some say it’s like walking through an impressionist canvas. This heavenly setting attracted artists such as Picasso, Chagall and Cezanne to paint here, inspired by the lush landscapes. Start your catamaran charter in Marseille and navigate south round the coast until you reach Calanques National Park, where breathtaking, limestone cliffs tower over translucent aqua waters. It will be unlike anything else you see on your charter holiday, so pack a camera and set sail! The South of France is also home to various stunning towns and villages, not just natural wonders. You can rent a catamaran from Port Grimaud, known as the ‘Venice of the Provence, where yacht-filled canals weave around colourful houses. It’s a unique, man-made settlement, and definitely worth a visit during your boat charter.
The South of France is a hotspot for sailors, not just because of the glitz and glamour, but because the conditions make navigation a dream! The best time for your catamaran charter is between the months of May and September, as winds are calm (10-20 knots) and waters are peaceful. Thanks to a Mediterranean climate, hot, dry weather is the norm in the summer months, so hop on board your catamaran, and kick back with a glass of wine in hand and soak up some sun!
Home to the famous Cannes Film Festival, the city is a celebrity playground; chic and drowning in wealth and sophistication. The promenade, ‘La Croisette’ is home to countless couture stores, Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton to name a few, boasting some of the South of France’s most exclusive shopping opportunities, as well as fine restaurants and palace hotels. Take a hike up Suquet Hill, where atop lies the Musée de la Castre, where local treasures such as art, musical instruments and artefacts are on display. If you go to the top of the tower, you will get what will likely be the best views of your whole catamaran charter! Keep an eye out for the Allée des Etoiles de Cinema, (Cannes version of the Hollywood walk of fame) which includes names such as Meryl Streep, Paul McCartney and Tim Burton. You’ll be spoilt for choice of excellent restaurants, but if you’re a seafood lover, head to La Potinière, where you’ll fine the freshest seafood in the region – an old favourite of Spanish painter, Picasso.
The South of France is well connected via various transport links. With international airports in Nice and Marseille, it’s simple to reach your catamaran charter base! Airport-marina transfers can be organized for you if needed (at an additional cost), just inform your GlobeSailor advisor.
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