Arguably the jewel of the northern Mediterranean Sea, the Riviera is blessed with one of the most pleasant climates on Earth. From the luxurious comfort of your Moorings Crewed Yacht, watch as the tall peaks of the Alps rise skyward not far from the coast and block the cold northerly winds of winter. The French Riviera runs from Hèyers to Menton in southwestern France, and surrounds the tiny country of Monaco. Beyond the Italian Riviera extends to La Spezia in northwest Italy. Aside from Nice, the other best-known destinations on the French Riviera are Cannes and St. Tropez in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of France. Beautiful beaches, picturesque harbors, and historic towns line the shores, with the glorious scenery of the Alps in the immediate background. A typical Nice Crewed Yacht charter covers the waters from Monaco to just southwest of Cannes, embracing some of the most exclusive harbors and beautiful bays on the coast. The entire region is paradise, offering the best of all pleasures in a Nice sailing vacation.
Season: This charter destination is open from June - November.
A Nice Crewed Yacht vacation is a cruise through a northern Mediterranean paradise on the French Riviera. Passages between harbors, bays, and islands are short, providing plenty of time to enjoy all the pleasures of sailing as well as sojourns ashore to explore, savor the local cuisine, and sit idly with a cocktail at a café to soak in the wonders of France’s southwestern coast. Wind directions vary throughout the year. Winds are usually gentle, though during a winter mistral they can be quite strong. In spring, fall, and winter, winds typically blow from the west through to the north. East winds are common in any month. The beauty and unique character of these waters lures vacationers to return time after time for more adventures. Average temperatures during the primary cruising season (May through October) range between 68°F and 73°F (20°C to 23°C).
A Nice Crewed Yacht Charter is a blend of the chic, the historic, and the beautiful. Your professional crew will create a customized journey that includes ports of call known throughout the sailing world as some of the best, places like Monaco, Nice, and Cannes. The off-lying islands are both scenic and intriguing for their castles, forts, and monasteries. Pristine white-sand beaches ideal for snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing, upscale restaurants and boutiques, sightseeing tours, and, most of all, the exquisite sailing in balmy winds make a Nice sailing vacation an unforgettable adventure.
A Nice Crewed Yacht Charter on the French Riviera is rewarding for many reasons. Of course, the superlative sailing along a magnificent coast lures most sailors to the northern Mediterranean Sea, but there is more than that to the experience and the adventure. The European charm of the old ports, the narrow winding streets, the small public squares lined with cafés and shops, the call of merchants in open-air markets, the colorful buildings and red-tiled roofs, it’s all part of the unique cultural ambience of the south of France. The Old Town of Nice minutes from the Moorings base in the harbor is a fine example of what a Nice sailing vacation has in the offing. Sauntering through the colorful Cours Saleya market with its vast array of fragrant flowers brings a bit of the French countryside to the edge of the shimmering blue sea.
Located off Cannes, St. Marguerite and St. Honorat offer sailors a chance to savor two of the more picturesque islands on the French Riviera. While St. Marguerite can be enjoyed for Fort Royal, an imposing castle that faces the mainland, its quieter neighbor to the south is known for the serenity one feels when walking the promenade along the shores of this long-time enclave of Cistercian monks. Established in 410 A.D., no less a personage than the fabled St. Patrick of Ireland trained at the bishop’s seminary there. Today, parts of the monastery are open to the public. The ambience is subdued and beautiful, with pine and eucalyptus trees lining the walking path by the sea. From the anchorage between both islands it isn’t difficult to imagine the Îles des Lérins as they were centuries ago.
Part of the joy of a Nice Crewed Yacht vacation is the opportunity to venture into beautiful bays to delight in the white-sand beaches, among the best in the world. Cap d’Antibes, home to palatial villas and luxury hotels, is also known for its bays, Anse de la Garoupe and Anse de l’Argent Faux. The beaches off Anse de la Garoupe are particularly scenic, with a sweeping view of the surrounding waters. Swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, and relaxing aboard in the cockpit with a cool drink is the essence of sailing in the French Riviera. It’s all about becoming immersed in the culture, the chic and the laid-back, seemingly an inseparable combination.
Monaco is famous for its gleaming casino in Monte-Carlo, its nightlife, its high fashion, and the spectacular beauty of the waterfront. But aside from the glitter and the chic there’s a scientific side to Monaco no sailor visiting this small country should miss. The Oceanographic Museum & Aquarium is one of the most impressive in the region, featuring a world-class aquarium dedicated to highlighting the Mediterranean and tropical marine ecosystem. Sailors can peer into the mammoth tanks and view an undersea world impossible to experience in a natural setting. There are more than 4,000 species of fish and 200 families of invertebrates. Kids and adults alike will marvel at the enormous Shark Lagoon.