Sailing Holidays on the French Riviera
Explore the glamorous coast of the French Riviera on your next sailing holiday and enjoy the chic lifestyle.
Enjoy great sailing, glamorous resorts, sandy beaches and gastronomic delights on a yacht charter holiday in the South of France. The French Riviera offers such a legendary mix of warm blue seas, superb sandy beaches and vibrant resorts and gives the South of France a special charm to sailors. Sailing your own charter yacht really is the best way to visit this beautiful stretch of Mediterranean coastline.
The qualities of light and scented landscapes that have attracted so many artists, combined with warm velvety nights, are all ingredients of the intangible, eternal appeal of the French Riviera. On a sailing holiday you can discover unspoilt islands, rugged inlets, sandy beaches - side by side with the large cosmopolitan resorts of Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo. And don't miss out on St. Tropez with its famous clock tower, picturesque cobbled streets and collection of designer boutiques.
Sailing areas in the South of France
Start your yacht charter holiday from the marina at Bormes les Mimosas, close to the beautiful Iles d’Hyere, preserved as a marine park. This delightful Provencal village takes its name from the abundant mimosa plants that grow in the hillside surrounding the village. It's a great starting place to explore the Iles d’Hyeres. Sail east or west along this unspoilt part of the French coast where the sheltered coastline makes a great sailing holiday with beautiful beaches, plenty of anchorages and the chic resorts of St Tropez and Port Grimaud. Cheap daily flights to Toulon and flexible yacht charter durations make Bormes ideal for a long weekend break.
You can also start your yacht charter from the marina at Golfe Juan, close to Antibes, or your catamaran charter from St Raphael, near Frejus and St Tropez. Both locations are convenient for Nice airport and give easy access to the stylish Riviera.
DAY 1 : Embark at Bormes les Mimosas. There are shops and a supermarket nearby and a market on Saturdays. This delightful Provencal village takes its name from the abundant mimosa plants that grow in the hillside surrounding the village. A great starting place to explore the Iles d’Hyeres.
DAY 2 : Port de Poquerolles (20nm) is the largest of the Iles d’Hyeres this island is designated a Nature Reserve and the waters around the island protected as a marine reserve, so the snorkelling is great. Hire bicycles to explore the botanical trails across the wild interior of this island. Port de Porquerolles is the main harbour and offers good shelter and a wide range of restaurants.
DAY 3 : Sail east to St Tropez (25nm) one of the best known ports along the coast. Relax in one the many waterfront cafes where you can soak up the atmosphere and view the megayachts of the rich and famous. Moor in a visitor’s berth or anchor just outside the harbour. Marina de Cogolins across the bay also has overnight berths.
DAY 4 : Explore the canals of Port Grimaud (5nm). The village is built around a series of canals which can be explored by dinghy. Arched bridges across the canals have made the village inaccessible in places to cars so there is a lovely sense of tranquillity. Overnight on the yacht quay here or across the bay at St Maxime.
DAY 5 : Sail west to Cavalaire (17nm), formerly a small fishing harbour, but now a popular summer resort due to the long sandy beach stretching round the bay. Excellent marina and a wide choice of restaurants and bars.
DAY 6 : le de Port-Cros (15nm) is the highest of the Iles d’Hyeres, also a Nature Reserve with an excellent snorkelling trail. There are many restaurants around the harbour Avoid the day-trippers by visiting during the week.
DAY 7 : Back to Bormes les Mimosas (15nm)
Winds are generally light on the French Riviera Force 2-3 but a strong north-westerly mistral wind blows in July and August, normally for 1-2 days. Experience level 2
Yacht charter on French Riviera
Yacht charters from Bormes can start and finish any day of the week, giving you total flexibility over your holiday dates. Charters from Golfe Juan & St Raphael start and finish on Saturdays only.
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Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.
If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.
FLIGHTS TO NICE:
Daily flights to Nice from most UK airports. Transfer time to Golfe Juan 30 mins, to St Raphael 45 mins.
FLIGHTS TO TOULON:
Ryanair have flights to Toulon from Liverpool & Stansted. Transfer time to Bormes les Mimosas 20 mins.