Often called the Côte d’Azur (Azure Coast) for the beautiful blue-hued waters along the coastline of the South of France, the French Riviera is one of best known and much loved sailing destinations in the Mediterranean.
Stretching from Hyères (in the southwest) to Nice (at the northeast end), there are miles of clear-blue water, secluded offshore islands, gorgeous beaches ringed with exotic palms, and abundant anchorages that offer novice as well as experienced sailors a first-class sailing holiday.
• Explore the Îles d’Or (also called Îles d’Hyères), or the golden islands. Condé Nast dubbed these three offshore islands — Porquerolles, Port Cros and Le Levant — “the last frontier” of the French Riviera.
• Along the coast to the east is Cap Taillat. This lovely cape is home to unique flowers and plants, 80 species of birds, and Hermann’s tortoise — a great place to hike and camp.
• At the other end of the spectrum is tony St. Tropez, with its famous clock tower, picturesque cobblestone streets and chic designer boutiques.
• Cannes offers more than just its film festival. Known for its super yachts, casinos and jet-setting visitors, just offshore are the lovely Lérins Islands. On the largest, Sainte-Marguerite, you’ll find a 17th century fort and a botany trail. Saint-Honorat has a monastery and chapel ruins, where St. Patrick ostensibly studied in the 5th century.
Wherever you venture along the French Riviera, you’re certain to find great sailing, magnificent beaches, gourmet dining and unmatched shopping intermingled with some of the best natural, cultural and historical sites in Europe.
The island of Corsica lies southeast of the French mainland in the Mediterranean Sea. In addition to 200 stunning beaches, lush nature reserves and cool mountain retreats, the coastline is punctured by steep fjord-like crevasses that were formed during the last Ice Age.
In addition to its wild, natural beauty, Corsica has a rich history stretching back to the time of ancient Greece. The childhood home of Napoleon Bonaparte in the capital city of Ajaccio is open to the public. Corsicans speak their own unique language — more Italian than French after centuries of being ruled by the Italian city-state of Genoa.
In addition to sea fishing, there is also fishing for local trout. Swimming, diving and paragliding are among the many activities you can enjoy on the island the Greeks called “Kalliste” — the Beautiful Island.