Sail the South of France

Discover the South of France

While perceptions suggest a holiday on the French Riviera is expensive, with good planning that is not necessarily the case. Marina stays outside the main centres are very competitive with other destinations considered low-cost by comparison. Yes it is the South of France, and prices can reflect the tastes of rich and famous who travel there. But with forethought and good advice the value of a boating holiday on the Côte d'Azur may surprise you.

Besides the blue waters, sandy beaches and sunshine, a feature of France's Mediterranean coast is the collection of quaint villages with seaside frontages carefully retained as modern development has proceeded alongside. A hotel stay here can be pricey, so your boat gives you the best of both worlds. With easy access to the onshore delights by day, you can escape to your own, very cost-effective, floating hotel by night. In fact as you drop anchor or tie up along this coast, you become part of the vista those hotel-dwellers have come to look out on. Relax on board, look back at them, and smile.

On your charter, time spent sailing generally involves short coastal passages between the many must-see attractions. If your schedule allows, factor in plenty of shore time, because there are some places you'll find it hard to get away from. This stretch of charter territory runs 90 nautical miles from Toulon to Monaco. But it doesn't stop there. Go east to the Italian Riviera, or west to Marseilles and the Camargue.

The Cote d'Azur delivers a wondrous mix of all the pleasures in life, not least the sailing, invigorating in the warm Mediterranean breeze. Take time out on passage to recharge the senses between stimulating experiences ashore.

We have a wide range of high-quality boats available in bases at Port Pin Roland (Toulon), St Raphael and Golfe Juan (both near Cannes).

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