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The yachting hotspots of the world
Even though the flexibility of the yachting life has a strong appeal and tempts you to never stay in one place for long, there are still popular hotspots around the world that yachties love to return to. We will keep introducing you to some of these yachting hotspots and inform you about the most beautiful bays, the best restaurants and other exclusive tips.
Côte d’ Azur
For decades, the Cote d’ Azur in the south of France has been one of the most popular destinations for yacht owners and charter guests. The diversity and large number of beautiful harbours, combined with excellent ambience and a high quality of life attract numerous connoisseurs to the region every year. We present here the list of the most beautiful cities, ports & hotspots along the French Riviera.
In the northern part of the Cote d’ Azur lies the mini-state of Monaco. The country, which covers only 202 hectares, is the second smallest independent state in the world – with the highest millionaire density in the world at the same time. Monaco is internationally known for the annual Formula 1 race in the Monte Carlo district, which attracts numerous visitors every year.
If you are not travelling by boat or prefer to stay on land, the Principality offers excellent options. The world-famous Hôtel de Paris, dating back to 1864, the Hotel Metropole in the Carré d’Or district, and the Hermitage with its 7000 m² wellness area. Those in the mood for a fun night out are in for a treat at the Jimmy’z or Twiga.
The central point of the Principality is worth a visit – around the “Camembert” you will find, among other sights, the magnificent Opera House, the aforementioned Hôtel de Paris and the Casino of Monte Carlo. Probably the most famous casino in the world, it was created by the Grimaldis in 1863 and has served as a backdrop for numerous films, such as the Bond films “Goldeneye”, “Never Say Never” and most recently “Casino Royale”. Parts of “Oceans Twelve” were also filmed here.
The port of Monaco offers everything the yacht lover’s heart desires. The best-known place to go is the Monaco Yacht-Club, which invites you to an aperitif or refined dinner among peers.
When exploring, the Cap Ferrat peninsula a little further west is worth a visit, with its charming and idyllic harbours of Beaulieu sur Mer (the African Queen serves a delicious beef tartare avec french fries) and the Port de Saint-Jean-Cap Ferrat.
Another highlight is Europe’s largest exhibition of large yachts on the water: the Monaco Yacht Show. As every year, we will be there and would be delighted if you stopped by!
Monaco Yacht Show 2021
We continue westwards to Antibes. Here you will encounter the “Billionaires Quay”, which stretches 650 metres into the sea and offers visitors a view of some spectacular ships. The Quay offers 19 berths for superyachts up to 90 metres and two further berths for mega yachts from 150 to 165 metres.
The old town is surrounded by mighty fortification walls, above which rises the star-shaped Fort Carré. A visit is worthwhile, as from here you can enjoy an excellent view of the yachts in the Port Vauban harbour.
Not far from Antibes lies the picturesque town of Mougins, known as Pablo Picasso’s long-time residence and exuding an irresistible charm. Here you can experience the pure flair of Provence while leisurely strolling through the old town. A visit to the Picasso Museum is highly recommended and if you fancy a relaxing day by the pool, you’ll find everything your heart desires at the unbeatable Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc .
When you return to your ship in the evening, the full beauty of Antibes is revealed. When the old town is illuminated and the mountains rise majestically behind the town, you experience the Côte d’Azur once again in a truly exceptional way.
We cruise on to Cannes. This unique, stunning city lives the savoir vivre of the Côte d’Azur like no other, with many charming restaurants, markets and beach bars. The Cannes Film Festival attracts audiences and stars from all over the world each year, adding an international flair to the city. Stroll along the promenade “La Croisette” and enjoy a cool glass of champagne on the terrace of the Carlton Hotel.
If you love freshly caught seafood, then you should definitely visit the restaurant Astoux & Brun. Chef Davide welcomes you personally at the entrance. You can’t make a reservation here, but usually you don’t have to wait long – and it’s guaranteed to be worth it!
Cannes Yachting Festival 2021
The leading event in the yachting world has been held in the port of Cannes since 1977: the Cannes Yachting Festival. Visit us at the Vieux Port and experience the presentation of new boats and the party in the harbour in a casual atmosphere. If you would like to meet us, feel free to use our calendar tool:
4. St. Tropez
Probably the most popular hotspot for yachties is only 20 nautical miles away from Cannes: the legendary St. Tropez.
Originally an old fishing village, it not only enchants its guests with the old town consisting of colourful houses, but also invites you to take a walk along the quay wall, where you can marvel at numerous yachts of different sizes.
From extensive shopping followed by a coffee at Dior Des Lices to a visit to the weekly market or a round of petanque on the market square – the heart of St. Tropez offers enormous diversity, maximum relaxation and the pure flair of the Côte d’Azur.
An absolute must is a visit to the Hotel Sube, whose entrance is hidden in a passage. Even the staircase is filled with time-honoured charm, the dark wood bar and the art on the walls are reminiscent of the golden days of St. Tropez.
If you get a seat on the balcony, you can watch the spectacle of the arriving yachts in the afternoon with a glass of rosé.
The perfect beach and party area can be found on the snow-white beach of Pampelone, which offers various beach clubs and bars for every sun worshipper or party animal.
If you prefer something a bit calmer, we recommend the famous Club 55, where you can enjoy fresh fish and rosé with sand under your feet and beneath pine trees.
Pure Variety – The French Riviera
The Côte d’Azur has much more to offer. In the hinterland, the picturesque landscapes of Provence await the visitor, with endless lavender fields and sleepy villages. There are also numerous smaller, secluded bays along the coast that are well worth exploring.
It is with good reason that the French Riviera is considered one of the most exclusive and at the same time most sought-after places in the world. Having your own ship complements this experience by allowing maximum freedom. Whether with your own ship or as a charter – experience the Côte d’Azur at its best.
If you would like more tips, please contact us. We know the area very well and will be pleased to advise you.
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