Cote d'Azur
The Mediterranean coast of France, particularly the stretch from Le Lavandou to Cap d’Antibes, is a premier destination for yacht charters. Renowned for its stunning azure waters, breathtaking coastal landscapes, and charming seaside towns, this region offers an idyllic sailing experience. The French Riviera, with its luxurious ports, historical landmarks, and world-class cuisine, is a paradise for sailors seeking both adventure and relaxation.
Sailing from one picturesque bay to another, you can explore pristine beaches, indulge in gourmet dining, and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the region. The favorable Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and mild winters, makes May, June, September, and October the best months to visit, as July and August can be overcrowded. The prevailing winds are generally from the west to northwest, and the famous Mistral wind can bring strong, dry northerly gusts, especially in spring and autumn.
Traveling along the Côte d'Azur by yacht is ideal, as it allows you to visit secluded spots and beautiful anchorages that are inaccessible by car or would take too long to reach due to traffic. The journey along this enchanting coastline promises unforgettable experiences, from the glamorous allure of Saint-Tropez to the tranquil beauty of Port Cros National Park.
Le Lavandou, the starting point of the journey, is a quaint seaside town known for its sandy beaches and vibrant marina. The nearest airport to Le Lavandou is Toulon-Hyères Airport, approximately 25 km away, making it a convenient starting point for the sailing adventure. The drive from the airport to Le Lavandou typically takes about 30 minutes. This accessibility, combined with the town’s charm, makes Le Lavandou an excellent gateway to exploring the French Riviera.

The total length of the route is about 150 nautical miles.
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Day 7, Friday: Port Cros - Le Lavandou
Return to Le Lavandou from Port Cros. Along the way, enjoy the scenic views of the Îles d'Hyères. Make a final stop for a swim at Plage de la Baie d’Alicastre. Back in Le Lavandou, take a leisurely stroll through the town and dine at La Pignato, offering exceptional Provençal cuisine.

Discuss a variety of new route plans with the crew and savor the memories of your journey along the Côte d'Azur—a region known for its sunshine, delightful cuisine, simple pleasures, and stunning beaches.
12 nm, about 2 h
Yacht check-in day. If you’re ready for early yacht check-in, depart from Le Lavandou the same day and enjoy the first leg sail towards Porquerolles Island. Along the way, you’ll pass the beautiful Cap Bénat with its picturesque cliffs and pine forests.

Upon arrival at Porquerolles Island, explore the charming village with its local markets and cafes. Visit Plage Notre Dame, one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, and cycle through the island’s scenic trails.

Enjoy dinner at Le Fly Deck, known for its creative, home-cooked cuisine made with local produce, or dine at Poisson Ivre, a charming restaurant nestled under the trees near the vineyard Domaine de la Courtade - Vins de l'île de Porquerolles.
Day 1, Saturday: Saturday: Le Lavandou - Porquerolles Island
12 nm, about 2 h
Recommended docking spot:
Port de Porquerolles (770 berths, fuel)
Porquerolles mooring field
La Courtade anchorage
Day 2, Sunday: Porquerolles Island - Île du Levant
Sail from Porquerolles Island to Île du Levant. Leaving behind the picturesque Fort Sainte-Agathe, take a dip in the calm and clear waters of Baie de l’Alicastre.

Île du Levant is known for its naturist community and stunning nature reserve. Walk through the lush paths of Domaine des Arbousiers and enjoy a meal at La Palmeraie.
10 nm, about 1.5 h
Day 3, Monday: Île du Levant - Saint-Tropez
25 nm, about 4 h
Navigate from Île du Levant to the glamorous town of Saint-Tropez. Along the route, you can see the rugged beauty of the Cap Camarat and Cap Taillat. Stop for swimming and lunch here or enjoy the turquoise waters of Plage de Pampelonne, a popular spot for yachts anchorage. Saint-Tropez, though small, is perfect for exploring on foot in a day. This chic and posh coastal town, brimming with expensive cars and yachts, is filled with restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and art shops. Visit the historic Citadel and dine at Le Girelier, a renowned seafood restaurant on the waterfront.
Recommended docking spot:
L'Ayguade du Levant (33 berths)
L'Ayguade anchorage
Recommended docking spot:
Port de Saint-Tropez (734 berths, fuel)
Marina de Cogolin (1400 berths, fuel)
Port-Grimaud (1000 berths, fuel)
Day 4, Tuesday: Saint-Tropez - Cap d’Antibes
Sail from Saint-Tropez to Cap d’Antibes, passing by the Corniche d’Or, which offers exceptional panoramas on the creeks. Then, go along the coast of the scenic Estérel Massif with its dramatic red cliffs. This area is a Marine Protected Zone established to safeguard marine mammals. It's well-known for its variety of dolphins and whales, so make sure to watch for these magnificent creatures.

Cap d’Antibes offers a mix of luxury and natural beauty. Visit the famous Picasso Museum and walk along the Cap d’Antibes coastal path - Arbre Sentier de Tire-Poil. Enjoy dinner at fine-dining Restaurant Bacon, renowned for its seasonal dishes and seafood in a stylish setting overlooking the sea.
30 nm, about 5 h
Recommended docking spot:
Port Vauban (1500 berths, fuel)
Port Gallice (436 berths, fuel)
Day 6, Thursday: Saint-Raphaël - Port Cros
Depart from Cap d’Antibes towards Saint-Raphaël. The route takes you along the beautiful Côte d'Azur, passing by the stunning Calanques de l'Estérel with opportunities to swim in the clear waters near Île des Vieilles - Magnificent anchorage at natural swimming pool.

Saint-Raphaël is known for its beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife. The town has been a beloved summer destination for centuries, boasting numerous beaches. As one of the oldest resorts, its history dates back to the time of the ancient Romans. Visit the historic Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire and enjoy a meal at La Table, upmarket seafood plates & platters in an airy venue with art & a terrace overlooking the harbor.
Sail from Saint-Raphaël to the serene Port Cros, passing by. Stop for a refreshing swim in the clear waters of Plage du Salines.

Port Cros is a national park and offers fantastic hiking trails and snorkeling spots. Dine at Agrume Port-Cros or stock up on provisions beforehand and enjoy a romantic dinner on your yacht.
Day 5, Wednesday: Cap d’Antibes - Saint-Raphaël
35 nm, about 5.8 h
20 nm, about 3.5 h
Recommended docking spot:
Port Cros Marina (50 berths)
Anse de la Fausse Monnaie mooring field
Recommended docking spot:
Vieux Port de Saint-Raphaël (278 berths, fuel)
Port Santa Lucia (1630 berths, fuel)
Remember that docking in Ports and Marinas requires making a reservation with confirmation in advance, especially in a high season.

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