By Barbara Stork Landeweer, IYC
The French Riviera is one of the most sought after cruising destinations in the world during the spring and summer months: you have the best of it all–culture, beautiful coastlines, history and fine cuisine. Dine in some of the best restaurants; even the small café’s have tasty fresh food and the most delicious fine French wines are available. My favorite is Domaine Ott Rose. Whether dining or sipping, it all tastes better along the Cote d ‘Azure.
Each town in the South of France has something special to offer. You’ll find high-end boutiques, haute couture, discos and “happening” lunch spots everywhere. “Must sees” include Saint Tropez with a visit to the famous Pampelonne Beach, and a trip up to the ancient village of Eze (1400 feet above sea level) with its breathtaking views of St. Jean-Cap Ferrat is not to be missed. Some of the most famous ports of call are within close proximity: Monaco, Antibes, Nice and Cannes—where the rich and famous can be seen during the celebrated Cannes Film Festival and on just ‘ordinary days’.
Taking a leisurely cruise over to the Porquerolles takes you away from all the sophisticated activité: you can anchor, take a swim in the ocean and enjoy water toys, relax and read a book on your luxury yacht.
The beautiful IYC Charter Yacht, Harbour Island (2011 180’ Newcastle), is available all summer in the spectacular French Mediterranean from 425,000 Euro per week plus expenses.