Sailing in the Côte d'Azur means sailing along a white granite coast that dips into clear waters, sprinkled with parasol pines, bougainvillea and mimosas. This postcard image pairs fantastically well with the colourful ports and jet-setting destinations such as Saint Tropez or Monte Carlo, the most renowned coastal destinations in the world.
Our boat rental bases in Fréjus and Cannes will give you the opportunity to discover all the mountainous areas of the Côte d'Azur from the magnificent Cap Ferrat to the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. Relatively protected from the Mistral, this zone offers peaceful sailing.
Sail between Cap Ferrat and the Gulf of Saint-Tropez
Cap Ferrat is one of the most beautiful sites of the French Riviera and certainly its best mooring. It overlooks the lovely Villefranche harbour and the old Nice port with its beautiful 19th Century façades.
A bit more to the West, you shouldn't miss the rocky headland of the Antibes Cape. An then, the La Napoule Gulf invites you to discover Cannes of course, and its old port with the overlooking dynamic Suquet district. 1 kilometre from the headland of la Croisette, you will arrive on the Lérins Islands with its well-preserved and typical Mediterranean landscape. There are many moorings inside the gulf for your sailing boat. Dozens of little creeks with crystal clear water, in a setting of red rocks bordered by pine trees are just waiting to be revealed to amateur yachtsmen.
Faults, caves and jagged reliefs with red reflections form the most beautiful cape of the Côte d'Azur: the Estérel massif. You can get there from the base in Fréjus. Take the opportunity to visit this beautiful city and discover its Roman vestiges. Between Fréjus and Saint-Raphaël, the rugged landscapes change into a long stretch of sand and pebble beach, with other smaller beaches separated by rocks in front of gently rolling green hills.
Sail your boat or catamaran to Saint-Tropez and visit its old centre with colourful houses, old port and citadel overlooking the sea. But during the summer, don't hesitate to choose moorings outside of the famous village to avoid the crowd.
In the bay of Saint-Tropez, you can shelter from the mistral, particularly in the bay of Canoubiers, opposites its famous villas. In high-season, the procession of luxury yachts, each one more magnificent than the last is an amazing sight - but be careful of the backwash! Saint-Tropez is also home to the mythical "Voiles de Saint-Tropez" sailing regatta at the beginning of October. It is an ideal week to rent a boat if you like traditional yachts and the lively atmosphere of one of the largest regattas in the world. It's also an opportunity to make the summer last just a little longer. However, make sure that you reserve your place in the port in advance as it gets very busy during the regatta. Port-Grimaud or Cogolin are ideal ports to act as a base during the "Voiles" regatta.
Further to the West, other sailing zones on the Côte d'Azur are waiting to be discovered when you rent your boat. Up to Cap Sicié, the Iles d'Or, the magnificent Lavandou beach, the Cavalaire bay and the Great Harbour in Toulon are essential places to stop and see. Next is the La Ciotat harbour with the Cassis port and finally the Mediterranean creeks right up to the Marseille harbour.
The Iles d'Or are made up of the Porquerolles, Port-Cros and Ile du Levant. A lot of lovely surprises await visitors here. Porquerolles, the western-most island, is the biggest. Just 7 km and 3 km wide, it has 54 km of market footpaths. Not only is it a beautiful place to moor your boat, it also has many opportunities for walking or cycling including direct access to heavenly beaches, bathed in deep blue waters. A few hours of adventure will lead you to Port-Cros, the smallest of the three islands. Its mountainous landscape is covered entirely by forests and it is surrounded by islands and islets, including Bagaud to the west. Port-Cros, like its neighbours, is an actively-protected nature reserve. Here you will discover stunning natural heritage, both on land and at sea. It is a perfect base for renting a boat if you want to discover these islands from the port of Hyères.
Finally, by renting a boat in Languedoc-Roussillon, you can sail to Spain - the Costa Brava is just a few miles away. If you fancy a slightly longer crossing, head to the Balearic Islands. Languedoc-Roussillon extends from Marseille to Cerbère on the Spanish border, where the two cultures blend beautifully.
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