The South of France oozes style and you will not be disappointed by the melting pot of glittering azure sea, lively towns and island hideaways. There is no better way to visit than by private yacht.
The most famous town in the South of France and still unspoilt and beautiful. Amazingly, despite the high end designer fashion boutiques and popularity of St. Tropez the town retains its french village ambience. At the port, Quai Jean Jaures, are the most expensive restaurants and bars. It’s worth climbing the hill to the 16th century Citadel which was transformed into a museum in 2013. The views are spectacular.
Porquerolles Island 12.54km²
Pretty white sand beaches surrounded with Eucalyptus and Pine trees. Building is mostly forbidden so the island remains untouched. It’s a beautiful place to anchor up and relax.
Cannes is known for its film festival, but outside of this event the sparkle continues throughout the year with beautiful promenades and exquisite boutiques. Somehow the Cannes public relations machine has created the illusion only movie legends,billionaires and at the very least, beautiful and glamorous people live in this town. The bay is glorious and there are sandy beaches but go there to enjoy the sparkle.
St. Jean Cap Ferrat
This little seaside town is between Nice and Monaco and is the perfect place to stop. There are some excellent walking trails and beaches with at the heart of the town traditional bars and restaurants.
Another go-there-to-be-seen place. Have lunch in one of the quayside restaurants and enjoy the ambience and if you have time take in some of the sights:
The Palace – daily changing of the guard is at 11.55 am. The outside is imposing, but not the ornate building you would expect. Inside is a different story with grand columns and lavish gilt decor. Have a look at the nearby St. Martin gardens and inside Monaco’s cathedral are the tombs of Prince Rainer and Princess Grace.
Surprisingly, this is a superb museum and well worth a visit for all members of the family. The museum includes an extensive aquarium which includes a shark pool and an outdoor space for tortoises and turtles.
The Casino, Monte Carlo
Go and explore. It’s lavish outside and inside. Perfectly manicured exotic gardens with pristine terraces and inside, huge columns interspersed with enormous paintings and statues. Money is evident everywhere, but the surprise is the vast number of slot machines. Find the new Salle Blanche for some sophisticated gambling.
Nice is a sophisticated city. Cultural events and places to visit are plentiful, but if you’ve only allocated a day or so, like most large cities, the best thing to do is to put your tourist hat on and get on the open-topped tourist bus. It’s a great way of getting a taste of the city and your ticket allows you to hop-on and hop-off.
Promenade des Anglais – the promenade extends almost 5 miles round the Bay of Angels. It is a magnet for walkers and joggers.
Old Town (Vieux Nice) – before foreign aristocrats arrived in Nice this area was all that existed. It’s a maze of tiny streets of richly colored buildings selling clothes, art and the like. Go there and enjoy the hustle and bustle. The Cours Saleya is next to the Old Town and is the famous food and flower market. Surrounded by old buildings with exquisite restaurants it is a delightful way to spend an afternoon.
Nice has many galleries but if you are only going to one then make your way to the Matisse Museum on Cimiez Hill. Matisse lived in Nice from 1917 until his death in 1954, and here in this 17th-century villa on top of the hill has been arranged a selection of his work across his whole life. However much of an art novice you are his work cannot fail to make an impression.
Palais Massena – this museum tells the story of Nice from Napoleon through to the mid-20th century.
Les Voiles de St. Tropez – September
St.Tropez’s late summer regatta attracts 300 plus yachts. lesvoilesdesaint-tropez.fr
St. Tropez Dragon Championships – October
International regatta for Dragon-class yachts.
Monaco Yacht Show – September
It’s an exhibition of glamour. One-off superyachts built by the most prestigious shipyards and new launches abound.
Cannes Fireworks – Throughout the summer
Fantastic fireworks hosted by different countries. Great to watch from the sea.
Cannes – Nuits Musicales du Suquet
Classical music in the old town.
Cannes – Plages Electroniques – August
Europe’s biggest beach party. A must do or an event to avoid, it’s up to you!
Cannes Yachting Festival – September
Yachts for the super rich displayed in a beautiful location. The festival is followed by the Regattes Royales.