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Destination of the month: spectacular sailing in the South of France

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Elizabeth Kelly

From the rugged and unspoilt islands, inlets and white sandy beaches nestled off the Cote d’Azur, to the cosmopolitan charm of Cannes, St Tropez and Monte Carlo, the south of France is any yachtsman or woman’s summer paradise. Envied for its versatility and vibrancy, there is little that this distinguished destination cannot offer its guests. Whether it’s the crystal clear waters, fresh and flavoursome French cuisine, or authentic allure of this historic region, the South of France remains the ultimate and unrivalled charter haven.

With Nice airport a stone's throw from the port of St-Laurent-Du-Var, the marina is a popular yet peaceful destination to kick off your South of France charter experience, with leafy palm trees and quaint cafes lining the promenade. Cushioned by Cannes, Monaco and Antibes, the list of destinations in reach from this port is seemingly endless.

Monaco is a quite simply a must. Only a short and scenic cruise from St-Laurent, the opulence and extravagance that oozes from the casinos, spas and Michelin star restaurants of Monte Carlo is tangible. As the playground of the rich and famous, with more Ferrari’s per square mile than any other city worldwide, this destination is the ultimate stopover for a little slice of luxury.

Together with Port D’Hercules there are multiple places to moor up in the bay and water taxis available to take guests ashore to enjoy all the Monaco has to offer. For great gastronomical experiences, there are over six Michelin star restaurants to chose from, with the haute cuisine promising to please.

Away from the palatial plush of Monte Carlo, the picturesque bay of Villefranche is the ideal destination for a lazy French lunch en route to the rustic and cultural escape of Antibes, nestled just further down the coastline.

With an imposing medieval fortress guarding the deep blues hues of the Mediterranean, Antibes is the comprised of three charming parts. The historic old town has bustling with brilliant bistros, using only the freshest produce from the region. Equally the idyllic peninsula of Cap d’Antibes and the bustling Juan-les-Pins have everything to offer, from authentic French cooking classes to scenic hikes overlooking the bay. Antibes is not a destination to miss whilst in the South of France.

Neighboring Antibes is Cannes, the cultural cap of the French Riviera. Boasting the famous international film festival, music festivals and entertainment throughout the summer months, Cannes is a creative and captivating city. From the buzz of the big city to the serenity and seclusion of Ile Sainte-Marguerite, two small islands are situated just a short sail off the coast of Cannes, offering a peaceful and charming escape in an oasis of sandy beaches and sparkling seas.

Cruising further down the Cote d’Azur, St Tropez with its famous clock tower, classic cobbled streets and collection of designer boutiques will come into view. The old town holds a sophisticated and timeless charm and it is easy to see how the scenic surroundings have provided inspiration for so many artists across the years. By night, the town comes alive and as the heat strips away to a cool and velvety summer evening, the music starts and the parties roll on until sunrise, keeping guests coming back for more year after year.

Sailing your own charter yacht really is the best way to experience the sumptuous stretch of Mediterranean coastline. With yachts available for charter this summer season, contact Super Sail Yachts here for enquiries and further information on the bespoke itineraries and sailing options available across the South of France this summer.

Super Sail Yachts[no-lb]

9-11 Vittoria Street
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