Each summer there is an outstanding array of Mediterranean luxury yacht charters to choose from for motor yachts and sailing yachts alike; however there is nothing quite as unique as the blend of culture, events and natural scenery that one can expect on a Cote d’Azur superyacht charter.
Known in English as the French Riviera, the Cote d’ Azur is a stretch of coastline along the southeast of France which comprises Monaco, Nice and Cannes down to Toulon or even Cassis, as there is no official definition of the territory. The towns along the Cote d’ Azur have developed a reputation since the 19th Century as a summering spot for the rich and famous, creating a well-established tourism industry for boutiques and high-end luxury goods.
Along with Cannes, Monaco is one of the most famous destinations along the French Riviera for luxury yacht charterers. The summer season is marked in May with the Monaco Grand Prix and closes with the Monaco Yacht Show in September, however the city never rests and there is plenty to see and do: Casino Monte Carlo, the Oceanographic Museum, lavish spas, bars, galleries and gardens make for interesting days out at both ends of the budget.
Nice lies close to the border between France and Italy and was once a part of the latter, which is still reflected in the historic sites and customs of the region.
Filled with architectural wonders from Nice’s ‘Belle Epoch’ visitors could as easily while away the hours taking in the buildings as shopping in the bespoke boutiques at Galeries Lafayette. Discover the medieval quarter with its narrow alleyways and traditional markets, or gaze upon the artistry of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, a visual delight outside that discloses an ornate icon wall coloured in gold within. The Notre-Dame d’Nice may come second place to the Notre-Dame d’Paris but its interiors are ornately detailed in the Gothic style of the mid-19th Century and well worth the trip.
The Cannes Film Festival is, unsurprisingly, the busiest time of the year for yacht charters along the Cote d’ Azur and if you intend on docking at one of the marinas during the event – which usually takes place in May – it is essential to secure your place months in advance.
As a centre of modern culture, Cannes holds events throughout the year and each month has a different offering, hosting the International Games Festival in February, the International Fireworks Festival in July and an International Dance Festival in November.
For perfect relaxation after a long day on foot, head to Les Thermes Marins de Cannes for a massage that will unknot every muscle in your body before invigorating Brazil nut oils give your skin a new lease of life.
Yachts will have no issues with mooring in Antibes and the largest marina offers over 2,000 berths and is able to accommodate superyachts over 100 metres.
Antibes has a roaring social scene and an eclectic mix of theatre shows and live music performances year-round, although the summer months of July and August are the height of the tourist season and when the city takes out all the stops.
Those looking to take life at a gentler pace will find plenty of routes to stroll through the city and gardens open to the public are scattered throughout the urban landscape. The curious might also want to visit the historical sites and there is a museum dedicated to one of France’s most recognisable concoctions: Absinthe.
As Nice has a museum honouring Matisse, so does Picasso have his own display at the castle Château Grimaldi in Antibes. The gallery is one of the largest collections of his work, featuring almost 200 pieces which include ceramics, lithographs and tapestries.
To find out more about destinations and superyachts in the Cote d’Azur, contact Charterworld Luxury Yacht Charters and secure your preferred dates.