The Côte d´Azur – the azure coast – identifies a certain section of the French Mediterranean coast. It is part of the Provence-Alpes region as well as the Principality of Monaco. Well-known places on the Côte d´Azur are: Saint-Tropez, Antibes, Cannes, Nice and Monaco. The peaks of the Maritime Alps and the “Massif des Maures” soar in the hinterland of the coast that is also known as the “French Riviera”.
Moderate winds, numerous moorings, the most varied landscapes and guaranteed sunshine make the Côte d’Azur appealing in many a way. It is a privileged sailing area with a variety of harbours, towns, villages and islands. The Cote d’Azur is charter territory that is suitable for every sailor. The advantage for sailing beginners is that the harbours are situated closely together. In this way the length of the cruise can be adapted to the skipper’s skills and less ardent water sports enthusiasts are also well catered for, as there is also a lot to visit and view on land.
The attractiveness of the town is based on the special quality of life, the mild climate and naturally the beaches. It enjoys a privileged location directly on the Mediterranean with protective mountains to the rear. The hinterland is an eldorado for hikers.
The town of Cannes has its own flair. The building where the world-famous film festivals take place in May is to be found in the area of the old town harbour. Go ashore to shop in the perfumeries, at the jewellers and of course at the “haute couture” shops. Illes des Lerins, Ille Margarite and St. Honorat are off the coast of Cannes.
Antibes has one of the largest European marinas. In contrast to Nice where there is only one shingle beach, you will find several swimming bays with fine sand in Antibes just a few minutes on foot from the old town. Cap d’Antibes, the offshore peninsula (only approx. 20 minutes on foot from the town centre) boasts small bays and the village of Garoupe with its lighthouse that can be seen over a long distance.
The career of the diva Brigitte Bardot began in the small town of Saint-Tropez on the Côte d´Azur with only 7,000 inhabitants. A certain playboy image has stuck to the town since then that certainly attracts a lot of tourists to the Côte d´Azur.
Situated on a steep rock, it offers a superb view of the Mediterranean and the Alps. The principality has two sides: one is the elegant flair of the casino and the marina and the other the historical riches of the town.
Corsica is one of the most beautiful and varied islands in the Mediterranean and does not carry the byname of “Ile de Beauté” – “Island of Beauty” for nothing. Corsica owes its special appeal to the huge variety of landscapes: beautiful sandy beaches and lonely bays alternate with craggy cliffs and bizarre rock formations. Lonely hills that are overgrown by macchia and elevated plains give way to high alpine mountain regions. And feral domestic pigs cavort in the chestnut, olive and cork oak copses.
Even in midsummer it is not difficult to find small, peaceful bays with few bathers. The water temperatures are typical of the Mediterranean and pleasant: the sea is still 20° C in October and invites you to take a swim.