The Cote d’Azur, commonly known in English as the Cote d’Azur, is the Mediterranean coast of southeastern France. It also includes the sovereign state of Monaco. It has no officially recognized borders, but it is believed to extend from the French city of Menton or the Italian border to the east to Saint-Tropez, Yer or even Cassis in the west.
The French Riviera is a large area for yachting and cruises with several marinas along the coast. The climate, cuisine and sophistication of the French River make it one of the most popular hunting spots in the world. According to the Economic Development Agency of the Cote d’Azur, the Cote d’Azur is home to 50% of the world’s fleet of superyachts each year, with 90% of all superyachts visiting the coast of the region at least once in their lives. Monaco, Antibes, Cannes and St Tropez are popular ports for these megayachts.
The French Riviera stretches for 560 miles of coastline and is home to sandy and pebble beaches. Nice is the largest city in the region, where the airport “Nice Cote d’Azur” is located. Popular hunting spots and coastal cities from west to east include; Cassis, La Siota, Bandol, Sanari-sur-Mer, Six-Fur-le-Beach, Toulon, Yer, Il d’Yer – Porquerol, Port Cro and Ile du Levan, Le Lavender, Cavalier-sur-Mer, Saint-Tropez, Saint-Maxime, Frejus, Saint-Rafael, Le Adret de l’Esterel, Teul-sur-Mer, Mandelier and La Popul Cannes, Bay – Joan, Joan-le-Pen, Antibes, Villeneuve-Loube, Can-sur-Mer, Saint Laurent du Var, Nice, Wilfranche-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferra, Tanneron, Beaulieu-sur- Mer, Eez, Cap d’Ai, Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Monte Carlo, Boquer
What you need – Experience and qualification – For charterers without a crew, a captain must have an ICC certificate or its equivalent.
Rental season – The rental season on the French Riviera usually runs from April to the end of October. July and August are the hottest months, usually the lightest winds and the largest crowds. It is also a high season for yacht rentals. Another good time to rent a yacht is on both sides of the high season, from April to May and from September to October, the temperature is more comfortable and there is no such overcrowding that can be felt in July and August.
The history of the region – the Cote d’Azur has been inhabited since prehistoric times. In the 7th century BC, Greek sailors began to visit and build trading posts along the French Riviera. Roman cities, monuments and amphitheatres were built along the French Riviera, and there are still many left, such as the amphitheatre and thermal baths of Simier over Nice, the amphitheatre, the Roman walls, etc. Remains in Freges. The fall of the Western Roman Empire in the first half of the 5th century was followed by the Provencal invasions of the Visigoths, the Burgundy and the Ostgods. Then there was a long period of wars, which in turn led to further invasions of Saracens and Normans in the 9th century. Provence maintained its formal independence until 1480 and became part of France in 1486.
Until the end of the 18th century, the region that later became the Cote d’Azur was an isolated and poor region, best known for fishing, olive groves and the production of perfume flowers (produced in Grasse). A new phase began when, in the late 18th century, the coast became a trendy resort for the British upper class.
Weather – The French Riviera has a Mediterranean climate with sunny, hot and dry summers and mild winters. Temperatures mitigated by Mediterranean frosty days are rare in winter, and in summer the maximum temperature rarely exceeds 30 degrees C. Strong winds such as Mistral, dry and cold winds from the northwest or east are another characteristic, especially in winter.
Time Difference – UTC
Access – Nice Cote d’Azur – nearest airport. It is the third busiest airport in France and is used by many airlines operating year-round and seasonal flights. Major carriers include; Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air Berlin, Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, EasyJet, KLM, Lufthansa, Ryanair and SAS Scandinavian Airlines. The TGV Sud Est train can take you from Paris to Nice in 5.5 hours.
Currency – euro
French. English is widespread
Food and drink. Provencal cuisine is the result of a hot and dry Mediterranean climate. The main ingredients are olives and olive oil, garlic, sardines, sea bass, sea urchin and octopus, lamb and goat, chickpeas and local fruits.
French. English is widespread
Food and drink – Provencal dishes are the result of a hot and dry Mediterranean climate. The main ingredients are olives and olive oil, garlic, sardines, sea bass, sea urchin and octopus, lamb and goat, chickpeas and local fruits. The vast majority of wines produced in Provence are pink. The most characteristic grape variety is Murvedr, better known as bandol’s red wines. Cassis is the only region of Provence known for its white wines.
Recommended week-long itinerary – Antibes – Lerin Islands – La Popul – Cannes – Nice – Monaco – Antibes
Day 1 – Boarding a boat on Antibes to Port Woban, the largest marina in Europe. Visitation; The Napoleon Maritime Museum, located in a 17th-century fortress and stone tower, presents a collection of Napoleonic memorabilia, paintings and ship models; Exflora Park is a five-acre garden open to the public. In addition to the large olive grove, there are Mediterranean gardens of different styles. Fountains and ponds run along the terrace and form a 500-meter-long pond; Garup Lighthouse offers one of the most beautiful views of the region from its high hill. To get there, you need to climb the Chemin de Calvaire from Plage de la Salis by about a kilometre. It was a nice half-day walk.
Day 2 – Antibes – Lerin Islands – 7 miles. First, head west towards Cap d’Antibes. After a short voyage, drop anchor for lunch at Anse de la Garup or at the end of the cape, on an anse de arjan, protected from the west wind. In the afternoon, head to the Lerin Islands opposite Cannes. On the largest island of St. Marguerite there are beautiful coves worth visiting, as well as a fortress and museum. There is a lovely walk around Saint Honorat island with a 4th century monastery. At night, depending on the direction of the wind, anchor between the two islands and make sure that there are no reefs around these islands.
Day 3 – Lerin Islands – La Napul – 5 miles. Go down the Gulf of Nabul towards the port of La Popul. It is known for the Chateau de la Nabo, a fortified 14th century castle on the edge of the port.