From the legendary status conferred on Saint Tropez through to the glamorous hub that is Cannes, the Riviera is the go-to coastline for designer shopping, clubbing and relaxing in some of the world’s most spectacular locations.
While taking in the sights and sounds of the area’s most iconic spots – perhaps a cocktail at the historic Grand-Hotel du Cap Ferrat or a grand crème coffee and some fascinating people watching at Saint Tropez’s chic café Sénéquier – there is also the chance to check out some of the quieter coves and gloriously unspoilt isles, which while slightly more under the radar are no less beautiful than their better known counterparts.
The Riviera also plays host to a stellar line up of glittering social events throughout the year, meaning your trip could include an unforgettable glimpse of the stars on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival or the high energy buzz of Monaco’s F1 Grand Prix from the comfort of your superyacht deck in the harbour.
Tennis fans can also relish the opportunity to witness some of the finest players on the circuit compete at the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters Championship, while an enviable line up of world-famous DJs play at Cannes’ Palais des Festivals in August.
Alternatively, why not simply soak up the tranquility and beauty of the quietly lapping azure waters of the Mediterranean, with nothing more than a leisurely snorkel or swim to occupy your mind. Whatever sort of charter you are after, the options are endless.
Your charter kicks off in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, a favourite haunt of royalty as well as Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Known as one of the pearls of the Riviera, this former fishing village lies on its own peninsula between Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Villefranche-sur-Mer, and is renowned for lush vegetation and dramatically rocky beaches.
Cannes is the next stop, where you can wander along the celebrated Croisette, home to the world’s leading designer brands, or step back in time exploring Le Suquet, the beautiful old town with its winding cobbled streets and charming traditional bistros.
A place that needs no introduction, sail overnight and anchor in Saint Tropez, where distinctive mustard and ochre coloured architecture beautifully frame your entry into this most iconic of ports. Enjoy the carefree boho beach elegance of the charming Cabane Bambou before heading back on board to discover quaint Le Lavandou just along the coastline. Some of the region’s finest rosé wines are produced nearby, including Chateau Léoube, Minuty and Domaine Ott.
Onwards to the old fortified town of Bandol in the Var department, one of Provence’s most internationally-recognised wine regions as well as one of its most authentic holiday destinations. The crystal-clear waters and interesting marine life make this a superb spot for diving and snorkelling too, so be sure to get out in the water.
Cassis gave its name to the sweet dark red blackcurrant liqueur produced here (which makes a mean Kir Royal) and is your next charter stop. Overlooked by the centuries old Chateau de Cassis, it’s best known for its pebbly beaches, turquoise waters and narrow calanque inlets surrounded by dramatic limestone cliffs. Here you’ll find some fantastic photo opportunities.
Ile des Embiez
Discover delightful Ile des Embiez – a picture-perfect paradise of rocky coves and the sandy Plage des Salins as well as a natural haven for maritime flora, fauna and marine life – before heading off to Pampelonne Beach, Saint Tropez’s most famous stretch of sand. Home to celebrity beach haunts such as Club 55 – which played a cameo role in Brigitte Bardot’s movie And God Created Woman – and hedonistic Nikki Beach, enjoy one last frolic on the fine white sands before bidding au revoir to your yacht back in Saint Tropez.
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