33 Boats to rent in Bandol
Nestled between Marseille and Toulon lies a small town with a pretty marina perfect for exploration of the South of France. Perhaps most renowned for wine, the area is one of extreme natural beauty, exquisite coastal havens, and palm-tree lined promenade. If you want to explore the French Riviera without having to pay the extortionate mooring prices in the likes of Cannes, then chartering a yacht here could be the perfect holiday for you. With ample shopping, dining, and sailing opportunities, this is an extremely popular destination that offers an abundance of coves and moorings to explore.
Sailing Tips for Bandol
Sailing in the South of France always proves popular due to the fantastic weather conditions for which the region is so famed – and Bandol is no exception. Enjoy the superb sunshine which dominates the town from March to October, with temperatures touching 30°C in the high season of July and August. If you want to avoid a crowded marina, then the so-called “shoulder months” could be preferable for a yacht charter, especially in autumn when sea temperatures are more moderate – perfect for a swim! The gentle breezes make sailing to locations from Bandol a pleasant experience, however there can at times be a slightly gustier south westerly wind occurring.
Unmissable Sailing Spots
Bandol is in a prime location a sailing holiday in the South of France, located just east of Marseille, and home to some fantastic stretches of coastline. Below are some stops you can make during your yacht charter cruise:
1. Top up your tan in Renecros Beach
A short sail away from the marina lies a stunning golden beach which is adored by the residents of Bandol and those who holiday here. The silky sandy shoreline is a perfect sunbathing spot, whilst the calm and alluring waters are ideal to cool off in the warm Mediterranean sun. Due to the sheltered cove, the slow crashing of waves provides a tranquil haven where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings. Although the cove itself does not allow yachts in, its proximity to Bandol means you can make a quick stop here to avail of the great beach.
2. Wine Tasting
Would it really be a trip to Bandol without a sampling of some of France’s most famous wines? Although not quite on the coast, it is an essential destination during any yacht charter holiday due to the picturesque setting and glorious display of wine. The vineyards display a luscious green landscape planted in a carefully laid-out manner which adds to the dignity of the wine. Visit a winehouse to sample the best of what Bandol has to offer.
3. Sail to Embiez
Fancy an escape to a completely natural playground? Embiez provides the raw French countryside that provides a contrast to the town of Bandol and is a perfect sailing destination for those looking to be at one with nature. A kaleidoscope of colours converge with flowers and other plants dominating the island. An environmentally conscious island means you will not be surrounded by cars, buses, or other modes of transport – walking is the best way to discover the island. It also has exceptional swimming and diving spots, a truly heavenly stop during your sailing holiday from Bandol.
On the other hand, if the tranquility of Bandol is not exciting enough for you, do not hesitate to follow the coastline towards the second largest city in France. The journey provides gorgeous views of the French Riviera. Once you have docked your yacht in the marina, you will be surrounded by fantastic cultural spaces, exquisite dining establishments, and fascinating historical landmarks. This city is a lively and invigorating destination, with La Friche being a culmination of everything that makes Marseille so unique – a mélange of cultures coming together to display the best things they have to offer. Marseille is an ideal day trip – or longer – from Bandol.
Dining in Bandol
Although not the largest destination along the French Riviera, Bandol does not skimp on high quality food establishments. The most revered restaurant is surprisingly a Japanese and Asian spot which combines the freshest local produce with a signature Asian flavour. More traditional French food can be found in Du Cote de Chez Swan, whilst if you are looking for a decadent dining experience during your sailing holiday, then L’Esperance could be the place for you. There is no fear of anyone going hungry in Bandol thanks to these superb establishments!
How to get to Bandol
Bandol’s closest airports are found in Toulon-Hyères and Marseille-Provence Airport. This means that most major international destinations will offer services to either airport, with frequency increasing in the summer months. If you are flying domestically, you may choose to avail of Le Castellet airport which is much closer, but indeed, much smaller. Bus networks are extensive and connect Bandol to many other French towns. By train, it is possible to reach the town as the station is located conveniently close to the marina, making reaching your chartered yacht a much easier experience.
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