One of the most famous resorts, the French Riviera, is a must-see destination for those who explore the South of France for the first time as well as for those who come here regularly.
A fishing village, now recognized as a glamorous and buzzing place thanks to Bridgette Bardot. St. Tropez offers everything from the amazing sandy beaches to legendary restaurants and luxurious boutiques.
Iconic Club 55 located on the Plage de Pampelonne in Ramatuelle is the oldest beach club of St. Tropez established in the 50s. It still attracts the most fashionable public and major celebrities offering them the unique lunch experience. Another great spot for spending a day is Nikki beach which is perhaps the most famous beach club in the area. It has an amazing lounge area, a swimming pool right by the bar and a nice Mediterranean restaurant. This exotic place hosts the trendiest public and world-class DJs is perfect for young people and party-lovers. If you would like to enjoy St.Tropez clubbing, Les Caves du Roy at Hotel Byblos will probably be the best choice. Don’t forget to dress up if you go there!
Cannes is a city which name is synonymous to luxury and exclusivity. It is located in the heart of Cote d’Azur and is a true summer paradise where the visitors can enjoy the best of the French south. Legendary Cannes Film Festival is not the only thing that makes this place so special. Dozens of luxurious shops representing the world-famous brands, Michelin restaurants and 5 star hotels attract celebrities and millionaires from all over the world throughout the year.
Whether you prefer to dine in the iconic Palme d’Or on Boulevard de la Croisette, in a cozy restaurant hidden somewhere in the streets of the old town or in chic l’Oasis just out of Cannes. Whether after you’d like to spend a hot night in Baoli Club or enjoy a pleasant walk in the picturesque Old Port.
There are plenty of amazing private sandy beaches in Cannes, some of them are great for the daytime parties, but if you prefer a more peaceful ambience, it is better to go off the bay. Isles des Lerins located about half-mile away from Cannes is the best choice for a getaway from the crowd of busy Cannes. St. Honorat, famous for the Cistercian monastery is a peaceful island where no motor vehicles are allowed in order to preserve the untouched nature of the place. The biggest island called St. Marguerite is known for the Fort Royale, the prison where the famous Man in the Iron Mask was held in 17th century. If you would like to enjoy a quality meal or just rest on a quiet beach, La Guerite will be a good choice.
Antibes is located between Cannes and Nice and is one of the oldest and the most picturesque places of the French Riviera. Its old town will impress anyone with its lovely cozy streets and the amazing sea-views.
The Port of Antibes, or so-called Billionaire’s Quay, is the largest port of Europe, berthing the best yachts of the world. While most of the marinas in the area accept yachts of 60 meters maximum, Port Vauban is designed for the yachts up to 160 meters. Cap d’Antibes, separating the town of Antibes from Juan le Pins is a 4-mile-long peninsula known for the number of the prestigious estates owned by the wealthiest people of the world. In earlier days, people like Claude Monet, Ernest Hemingway or F. Scott Fitzgerald were staying there searching for rest and inspiration. Today, the most well-known place of Cap d’Antibes is the Hotel Eden Roc where all the celebrities stay during the major events in Cote d’Azur.
Antibes is full of contrasts, if you prefer something less glamourous and more entertaining, you should definitely visit the annual Jazz Festival held in Juan les Pins every July or attend the horse racing events in Cagnes-sur-Mer. If you are interested in sightseeing in Antibes, there is a Musée Picasso in Chateau Grimaldi and a grand Fort Carre, which looks even more majestic from the sky. Let Engel & Völkers Yachting arrange a helicopter tour for a view to remember!
Nice & Villefranche
Nice is the heart of the French Riviera and a must-see of the coast. Getting lost in the streets of the old town and going up the Castle Hill to see the breath taking panorama of Nice is something you should do if you anchored by the coast of this magnificent city. The busy Cours Saleya with its markets and tiny shops, famous promenade des Anglais, where the famous Nergesco Hotel is located - these are some of the legendary streets to explore.
If you are searching for the cultural inspiration, Nice will welcome you to the Musée Marc Chagall or Musée Matisse. In case if you want to go further and buy a piece of art, there is no better place than St. Paul-de-Vence – a beautiful medieval fortified village, that has been a home to many world-famous artists. Today, it is full of amazing galleries with the price range from affordable to millions of euros.
Villefranche, a little colourful town next to Nice will interest those who want to get away from buzzling Nice. Besides, you’ve probably heard of the famous Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (a peninsula just next to Villefranche) where the most expensive estates of the French Riviera are located. A great place to have dinner over there is a gourmet restaurant in the hotel La voile d’Or. Among restaurants in Nice La Reserve de Nice is quite impressive because of the very interesting location and unbelievable view.
The Principality of Monaco is a prosperous independent sovereign state situated on the French Riviera and famous for one of the most important Formula 1 Races of the world – the Monaco Grand Prix. This magic place of luxury and beauty can be called utopic: there is no crime,no poverty and no social problems. Instead, it is full of glamour, wealth and perfection.
It’s no surprise that Monaco is one of the most popular ports for the world’s largest yachts. A famous Yacht Show held there every year is an interesting event for those who want to choose an option for both purchase and charter.
Monaco gained a reputation of gambling paradise thanks to the Monte Carlo Casino - a gorgeous nineteenth century building right in the center of the city. In the evenings it is surrounded by the most beautiful and expensive cars of the world, who’s owners try their luck in one of the most splendid casinos ever. Just next to the Casino there is a magnificent 5-star Hotel de Paris with its gourmet restaurant Le Louis XV and the American bar, where visitors can enjoy the live jazz entertainment every night. After having a luxurious apero over there choosing a place to continue the night will not be a problem. World-famous Buddha-Bar or hot clubs like Jimmy’z or Twiga are the perfect places to have fun throughout the night.