Boat trips are always a great opportunity to enjoy the sunshine and the splendour of the surrounding landscape that you might otherwise not have noticed. The most important thing is to choose which destinations you want to sail to. Here are some ideas to inspire you.
1/ The Lérins Islands
This archipelago, off the French Riviera city coastline, is a peaceful oasis that is the ultimate for relaxing. Its botanical abundance combines with the mysterious aura of this green universe, left by times gone by, emerges up out of the Mediterranean. Sainte-Marguerite Island is home to a 152-hectare forest and is an absolute must-see. Visitors come here to enjoy its well-marked trails and to see the birds that populate the island. The Batéguier salt water pond is perfect for spending some time lazing around and relaxing.
Don’t leave the archipelago without a visit to the Fort Royal where the famous Man in the Iron Mask was held prisoner. The monument also houses the Musée de la Mer (Museum of the Sea) which has a range of amazing exhibits on display. As you pass by Saint-Honorat Island, you can take the opportunity to explore its fortified monastery which spreads out into the Mediterranean. The shipyard established in around 122 BC is another gem in the Lérins Islands. Your trip will guide you through history, nature and tradition and of course, all under the heat of the French Riviera sun.
2 / The bay of Cannes
Cannes started out its life as a modest little fishing village. This destination has continually been developed to become, what is known today as one of the favourite locations for the international jet set. Made famous by its festival, Cannes is full of luxurious shops and buildings that cannot be found anywhere else. The Palais des Festivals is a must see as it is a key city landmark.
Take a stroll through le Suquet district to get a real understanding of the city with its bustling markets and Provençal houses. There’s no lack of things to see. Moving slightly away from the bay of Cannes and la Croisette, you can explore the Villa Soligny and the Villa Excelsior, among other old buildings still bearing traces of their original splendour. Vallombrosa Chateau, built with pink quartz-like rock, is also charming to visit. Through the alleys of La Liberté, you will find the bandstand which adds character to the city.
3 / A boat trip to Saint Tropez
Saint Tropez is a popular destination with celebrities and should be included in your Mediterranean break. It is particularly pleasant to take a walk around the port as the sun comes up. This is a chance for you to see the fishermen going out to sea in high spirits before enjoying your breakfast along the seafront. Then head to the Musée de l’Annonciade to indulge yourself in the master pieces on display and afterwards, make your way over to the Citadelle.
The view from this enchanting place will take your breath away. Don’t miss the Musée de la Gendarmerie et du Cinéma and the butterfly house, which houses around 20,000 different species.
There is so much to see on a yacht trip around the French Riviera. Jump ashore from time to time so you can enjoy the captivating atmosphere of the various cities along your route.
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