Take a yacht charter in France along the ‘Cote d’Azur’ or ‘Golden Coast’ and visit the once-sleepy fishing villages that dot the coastline that now ooze glamour. Long before the red carpets and international society arrived, the world’s most famous artists were here, drawn by the unique colors and light of the region. Visitors are still reminded of this while watching a rosy pink sunset from a harbour front cafe or from the bow of their own luxury yacht charter in France. Visit the focal points along the French Rivera before sailing into the smallest principality in the world Monaco. Those that take a Monaco yacht charter should take the time to visit the palace and explore the surrounding streets on top of the rock that looks over the harbour. A tour of Monte Carlo is also highly recommended, and of course the world famous casino.
Why Go: Gorgeous light, chic waterfront cafe, the patina of glamour.
When to Go: May (particularly for the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix), June, July, August and September.
Essential Ports: Cannes, Nice, Monaco, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, Villefranche, Beaulieu sur mer, Eze, Antibes, Juan les Pins, and St. Tropez.
Essential Experiences: The medieval streets Mougin, the galleries of Fondation Maeght just outside of the old town walls of St Paul de Vence, a drive along the Grand Corniche at sunset, or play your hand at the Belle Epoche Casino de Monte-Carlo.
Local Favourites: Lunch at le Club 55 followed by one of Alexandre Micka’s tarte Tropeziennes in St Tropez. Clubbing at the VIP Room, seafood at La Mer Germaine in Villefranche.