French Riviera (Côte d’Azur) is one of the world’s most sought after destinations for yacht charters – the world’s finest cuisine, mild climate and glamorous nightlife make it one of the most unique yacht charter places in the world. The fashionable French Riviera is a playground for film stars and royalty who have long graced its shores and endorse its reputation for glamour. ANTIBES is the major center for yacht charters along the South of France coastline. A short distance away lies CANNES, well known for the Cannes Film Festival. Further down the coast you will find ST. TROPEZ , one of the most the most sophisticated places to “see and also to be seen” in the French Riviera. MONTE CARLO lies to the north – it offers fabulous nightlife of gambling and glamour. Monte Carlo is also home of many glamorous events, as well as to the renowned Monaco Grand Prix.
Antibes is a well known resort town in the French Riviera located between Cannes and Nice. Antibes was a Greek fortified town named Antipolis in the 5th century BC, and later a Roman town, and always an active port for trading along the Mediterranean. Today it is an attractive and active town and a most stop for most yacht charters. The most notable landmark is the chateau in the Old Town, housing the Picasso Museum.
Cannes is one of the best-known cities of the French Riviera, a busy tourist and yacht charter destination and host of the annual Cannes Film Festival. The city of Cannes is centered around the old port, with the central part quite compact. The famous “Croisette” is the boulevard and the beach that extends around the bay to the east of the port, in the protected “Rade de Cannes”. The closest thing to an “old town” is “Le Suquet” overlooking the west end of the port. The 12th-century Tour de Mt. Chevalier, ramparts and 12th-16th-century church Notre-Dame-de-l’Espérence give a touch of medieval flavor to the city. The Le Suquet area has narrow streets climbing up and around the hill, with a fine view from the top. Cannes also boasts miles of sandy beaches along the Golfe de la Napoule or along “La Croisette” in the Rade de Cannes, making it an attractive and glamourous stop for yacht charters in the French Riviera.
Monaco is the world’s most densely populated sovereign country, and the world’s smallest French-speaking country. Monaco is squeezed into 1.95 sq km, making it the world’s second smallest country, after the Vatican. An average person takes only 56 minutes to walk across the width of the country. Monaco is the name of the country as well as the name of its capital city. Monaco attracts as many as 1.5 million visitors a year and is famous for its beaches and casinos, especially world-famous Monte Carlo. It also hosts many of the world’s largest and most amazing yachts. Many luxury yacht charters start in Monaco and continue along the French Riviera. Since 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix has been held annually in the streets of Monaco. It is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world.
Nice is a major tourist center and a leading resort on the French Riviera (Côte d’Azur). It is both a very popular yacht charter destination, as well as the main entry point to the French Riviera because of the Nice – Cote d’Azur airport. Nice itself is an attraction: the rich blue-green sea, diverse shopping, splendid dining and lovely art-deco façades. But there are several spots that a tourist simply must see, such as the Cours Saleya Flower Market, the Matisse Museum, ancient Roman ruins, the Russian Cathedral and more.
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is one of the pearls of the French Riviera – its tranquillity and warm climate make it a favorite holiday and yacht charter destination amongst European aristocracy and international millionaires.This stunning peninsula features a picturesque port, and has a delightful stone path that allows you to hike the entire peninsula by the sea.
Villefranche-sur-Mer is located about 6 km (4 miles) east of the city of Nice, and 10 km (6 miles) south west of Monaco. The bay of Villefranche is one of the deepest natural harbors of any port in the Mediterranean Sea and provides safe anchorage for large yachts, reaching depths of 95 m (320 ft) between the Cape of Nice and Cap Ferrat. Overlooking the hills and luxurious residences, Villefranche is one of the most exclusive spots on the French Riviera. Villefranche-Sur-Mer is attractive to yacht charter guests because of the seaside with long sandy beaches, terrace cafés and restaurants, and the very nice old town, vieille ville.
Italy has so much coastline it is hard to choose a favorite region.
The Amalfi Coast
The coastline of Amalfi stretches from Salerno to Sorrento. These are the areas where unique beauty is seen. The towns located on the hillside are truly astounding as it displays the architecture as well as the engineering created by the Italians. There are also buildings and terrace houses built in the steep areas of the cliff which overlooks the coastline. Most southern Italian charters begin in Naples, about a day’s sail from the Amalfi region. South of Naples, the Amalfi coastline is a place of rare and incredible Italian beauty. It is, however, isolated from the mainland by mountains, making it one of the most famous yet hard-to-reach seaside destinations in Italy. Approaching from the sea has to be the most sensible, and awe-inspiring, option. The coast is a veritable treasure chest with a brimful of history and traditions: from the incredible archaeological site of Pompeii to the fascinating island of Capri. It is also an area is dominated by volcanic activity with craters still rumbling deep below the surface of the earth; after all, it was the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius which destroyed and buried the ancient city of Pompeii nearly 2000 years ago. Positano has a typical Moorish style with white houses solidly anchored in tiers to the rock face and the sinuous roads full of shops that seem to cling to the mountain. The structure of the town is very original; the small houses, all huddling on top of each other, so characteristic of Positano, form the subject of endless photos. The vibrant colours, the white of the buildings, form a perfect canvas for the bright flowers which decorate the houses, and the small artisans’ shops with their multihued cloths, present the visitor with a vista which is almost difficult to believe. Then there is the smell of the leather used for making sandals, and the restaurants specialising in fish dishes, and the bustle of everyday life. This coastline is scattered with small clusters of islands which are steeped in volcanic history and activity. North West of Capri there is a wonderful archipelago presenting a perfect cruising area. The Pontine Islands, rich in riolitic lava, tufaceous rocks from their volcanic origin, are made up of Ponza, Palmarola, Zannone, Ventotene, Santo Stefano, and the small island of Gavi and the solitary rock of la Botte. They are an extraordinary group of islands in the Tyrrhenian sea because of the variety of their coastlines, the colours of the rocks, the attractive villages and the small ports in pure Mediterranean style. Their spectacular and bright colours give the islands a particular charm and a coastline perfect to explore by boat with a wide variety of small coves, bays or inlets to explore. The coastline appears particularly wild and solitary and as such is the perfect cruising ground for a summer yacht charter.
Sicily is part of another island group, the Aeolian Islands – more commonly known as the Lipari Islands. They have a very strong volcanic influence, with Stromboli erupting around every hour. This archipelago comprises some seventeen islands, only seven of which are inhabited. It is possible to clamber up the volcanic sulphur rock slopes on the island of Vulcano and visit the still active Cran Cratere. If cruising past Stromboli at night you can experience the impressive sights of the red-hot lava glowing and throwing red hot debris high up above the crater, at first glance reminiscent of a firework display.
The island of Sardinia has a language all its own that is not understood by mainland Italians. Stunning coastlines, excellent fishing, beautiful beaches and rugged mountains combine to make this a very special place.
Another place in Italy that you should not miss is the Portofino. It is a small town where the streets are made from cobble stones. If you are located at the top of Portofino’s hill, you will see the breathtaking views of the Portofino’s coastline and the harbour. If you want to get a view of how the world of yachting works, you may seat at any of the portside cafes in Portofino. This is also an excellent place where you can see beautiful people or simply unwind.