CRUISE THE HIDDEN GEMS OF FRANCE AND ITALY THIS SUMMER
WHERE TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE IN FRANCE AND ITALY
Explore the best of southern France, Corsica and Sardinia on board your charter yacht. A luxurious place to soak up the best of Mediterranean culture while social distancing.
Saint Tropez, France
Pampelonne Bay, Cap Camarat and La Bastide Blanche
Anchor at Pampelonne Bay, where you can enjoy the beaches from afar or take a tender to the shore to grab a cocktail at one of the chic bars. For somewhere a little more remote, the protected region and coastline of Cap Camarat is studded with picturesque coves and quiet beaches. Looking for a place to try out some watersports? Set sail to La Bastide Blanche, with its crystalline waters it’s the perfect area to try out your charter yacht’s toys. If you’re more inclined to spend the day lounging in the sun, you won’t be disturbed in this peaceful bay.
Iles du Levant and Port Cros
Iles du Levant (or Le Levant) is a small island near Toulon. Drop anchor nearby or take a tender from the shore to explore this barely inhabited island. This area often sees scuba divers exploring the seabeds for local fish. Hop over to the nearby island of Port Cros, which mainly comprises a national park and nature preserve. No cars are allowed here, so this is a tranquil place to take a leisurely stroll or rent a bike. If you’re looking for a delicious meal, make sure to visit the best lobster restaurant Le Mas des Langoustiers.
Theoule sur Mer
Set sail to Theoule sur Mer and drop anchor at nearby Cap du Dramont to admire the outstanding scenery, with its red rocks and bold cliff faces.
Ile des Embiez and Ile de Bendor
Île des Embiez has seven beaches, a stunning pine forest with nature trails and a vineyard. This island, as well as the nearby Île de Bendor, were both owned by the prominent French industrialist Paul Ricard. Here, there is a private dock that can accommodate yachts up to 100’/ 30m.
Set sail to Cassis, a stunning small French town known for its famous vineyards and picturesque sea port. This is also an ideal place to explore The Calanques, the natural rock formations between Cassis and Marseilles. Sail in the tiny islets between the limestone cliffs that make up this beautiful national park.
Anchorages throughout The French Riviera
An area known for its beautiful sailing waters, yachting history, and charming seaside towns, the French Riviera has several famous anchorages to explore. In front of the boutique Hotel du Cap is a cove home to Cap d’Antibes. Beaulieu near Paloma Beach and Villefranche are truly idyllic yachting spots to explore. St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat has a beautiful harbor and Cap d’Ail is just moments away from the glamour of Monaco.
Calvi is a stunning area of northern Corsica, known for its stunning crescent shaped bay. Drop anchor here and explore the beautiful cobbled streets and Mediterranean cuisine. Set sail to the stunning Scandola Nature Reserve, a short cruise away on the west coast of Corsica. This area is a national park famous for its rock formations and plethora of seabirds, including Cormorants and Eagles. Drop anchor at Cape Girolata for a day spent on the water, and enjoy a leisurely lunch at French restaurant Le Bel Ombra.
Heading to the southern side of the island, Bonifacio is a striking harbour town. Guests can head to the shore to play a game at the Sperone Golf course. Anchor overnight in Murtoli Bay, and enjoy a dinner at Murtoli Restaurant, while taking in the beautiful ocean views and deserted beaches. Nearby Campomoro Bay is an ideal spot to drop anchor and spend the day playing with water toys, and is a peaceful area to spend the night.
Anchorages in southern Corsica
Porto Vecchio, Ile du Toro, Golfe de Sant Amanza, Plage de Balistra, Isola Mortorio and Palombaggia ( 5NM from Porto Vecchio)
The second largest island in the Mediterranean, Sardinia has a plethora of spaces to explore on board a yacht, while maintaining a social distance. La Maddalena is a national park that boasts some of the best beaches in Sardinia. Guests can drop anchor in its turquoise waters and explore the nature reserves on this archipelago. The nearby Poltu Quatu is a hotspot for Mediterranean sailing, with luxury hotels and delicious restaurants to try, this is a great place to anchor overnight.