Côte d'Azur area for sailing - Sailing along the French Mediterranean coast

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Boats for rent in: Provence Alpes Cote d Azur

Provence Alpes Cote d Azur

The Côte d'Azur is a light sailing area, but very crowded. The best time to sail are the months May, June, September and October.

  • Beginner area
  • Excellent infrastructure
  • Many marinas
  • Mediterranean climate

The Côte d'Azur is a part of the French Mediterranean coast from Cassis (Bouches-du-Rhone) to Menton (on the Italian border). The coast is part of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur. The surrounding countryside is mountainous and dominated by the Maritime Alps and the Massif des Maures. In the east the Alps overlook the sea and the coastline contains high cliffs and rocky outcrops. The Western Côte d'Azur has a flat coastline with distinctive red rocks. Well-known coastal towns and Yachtcharter Côte d'Azur locations are Saint-Tropez, Antibes, Cannes, Nice, Monaco and Menton. Also located on the coast of these ports are the cities: Sanary-sur-Mer, Toulon, St Mandrier, Hyères, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Cogolin, Ste Maxime, Frejus, St Raphael, Villefranche, Beaulieu and Cavalaire-sur-Mer.

The French Mediterranean coast has a long history of sailing, and here you can find some of the best marinas in the world. The east coast is particularly striking and has many ports, marinas and anchorages. Between Menton and St. Tropez, a sailing distance of 50 nautical miles, you will find over 30 ports. The Côte d'Azur is a light sailing area where tides and currents have little effect and cause no major problems. There are ever-changing sand bars which are best avoided by keeping a distance. Apart from the arriving and berthing in the sometimes crowded marinas, there are no major navigational challenges. The French Mediterranean coast is an ideal sailing area for beginners and less experienced yacht charter crews.

Route Suggestion

The Côte d’Azur is a summer playground for yachtsmen. Artists and aristocrats have flocked to the azure coast since the nineteenth century. This route will take you to some of the best places in the area, from glamorous hotspots to tranquil islands off the coast. Antibes is a wonderful starting point for a sailing holiday in the French Riviera. It is an alluring city and an old haunt of Fitzgerald and Hemingway that visitors are bound to fall in love with. A walk through the cobbled streets to... more

Airports nearby Provence Alpes Cote d Azur

  • Côte D'Azur Airport to Antibes: 14,6 km, 21 minutes
  • Côte D'Azur Airport to Juan le Pins: 22,4 km, 26 minutes
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Climate & Weather in Provence Alpes Cote d Azur

On the French Mediterranean coast there is a pleasant Mediterranean climate with more than 300 sunny days a year. The best time to sail is during the months of May, June, September and October. Because of the weak winds and fine weather, the area is very popular and gets rather crowded in high season. The winds are predominantly caused by thermals and are gentle to moderate, usually coming from the northwest. However, sailors should not underestimate the Mistral. The Mistral wind blows mainly in winter, but can occasionally occur on the coast in the summer months. It affects the northeast of the plain of Languedoc and Provence to the east of Toulon, the east coast has a good protection formation. On the Côte d'Azur there is a simple rule: Good weather comes from the west, bad weather from the East.