For many well-deserved reasons the French and Italian Riviera is one of the world's most visited yacht charter destinations. The region offers endless possibilities when planning your mega yacht charter cruise. Take a stroll down the Cannes Croisette like a movie star, soak up some sun on the beaches of St Tropez along side the rich and famous, walk through the colorful markets of Nice and try your luck at the world famous Monaco Casino, or if your looking for something a bit more laid back, you can relax on a quiet island like the Porquerollesor or Lerins Islands, or visit the Esterel Cliffs and the beautiful seaside towns of Villefranche and Eze-sur-Mer. Whatever your mood may be the French and Italian Riviera is the perfect place for your next luxury yacht charter vacation.
Located between the French and Italian Rivieras Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco, is the second smallest independent state in the world (after the Vatican). For a country measuring less than one square mile in size, Monaco has a huge reputation for glitz and glamour attracting people from the rich and royal to anyone just looking to get a taste of the high life. Shop at designer boutiques, dine on gourmet cuisine, and spend the night in the swanky Monte Carlo hotels.
Monaco has two main ports, Port Hercule and Port of Fontvieille, both are large and well-equipped to handle many different sized vessels. Port Hercule is the larger of the two and can handle up to 500 vessels, it is also an exceptionally beautiful port and host to some very large and equally beautiful charter yachts. Many tourists often take take a moment to relax and have a drink by the water as they admire the fantastic super yachts coming and going from the port, one of which could be yours.
Check out Monaco-Ville, also known as “le rocher” or “the rock.” Constructed on the site of a 13th century Genovese fortress, the towers of which are still present and well-preserved, Monaco-Ville has preserved its medieval village roots despite being centered in the City of Monaco, the most densely populated urban center in the world. It is made up almost entirely of pedestrian streets and passageways and most previous century houses still remain. While there be sure to take a tour of The Palais Princier (Prince's Palace), explore the Monaco Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium, and visit the Monaco Cathedral, three extrordinary attractions the promise not to disappoint.
Visit Monte Carlo and test your luck at the world famous Monte Carlo Casino. With a strict suite and tie dress code and off limits to locals, a visit to the Monte Carlo Casino is like a James Bond movie come to life. The Casino itself is an amazing work of architecture, elegantly and elaborately decorated, one does not have to enjoy gambling to enjoy the casino.
Monte Carlo's streets are home to the famous Formula 1 Grand Prix, one of Europe's premier social highlights of the year. The sound of roaring engines, smoking tires and determined drivers makes the Monaco Grand Prix one of the most exciting races in the world. Monte Carlo is also host to world championship boxing bouts, the European Poker Tour Grand Final and the World Backgammon Championship as well as fashion shows and many other events that make Monte Carlo a perfect stop on your mega motor yacht charter vacation.
Portofino is an Italian fishing village, and upmarket resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity visitors. Surrounded by pine trees and olive groves, Portofino retains the charm of the original fishing village despite its jet-set reputation.
According to Pliny the Elder, an author and commander in early Roman empire, Portofino was founded by the Romans and named Portus Delphini, or Port of the Dolphin, because of the large number of dolphins that inhabited the Tigullian Gulf.
A popular Portofino attraction is the Statue of Christ of the Abyss, a 2.5 meter tall statue of Jesus put underwater on August 29, 1954 in the small bay at a depth of 17 metres. This statue was placed to protect fishermen and scuba divers and in memory of Duilio Marcante.
St. Tropez is known today for its famous and extremely wealthy summertime guests. It has been called the "playground to the rich and famous", and most assuredly known for the iconic Brigitte Bardot the official face of Marianne to represent the liberty of France and for its role in the liberation of southern France during World War II.
Some of the best beaches can be found at Plage de la Bouillabaisse, Plage des Graniers and Plage des Jumeaux, which also offer beach-side playgrounds if you have kids. Plage de Pampellone is three miles of beautiful beaches, bars and places to stop for food.
Don't feel like going to the beach? Experience an authentic French meal in a cozy cafe overlooking the harbor and take in the people and culture that surrounds you. Roam around the open-air markets in search of hidden antique treasures, treat yourself to a little something from the upscale boutiques, or take home a taste of Tropez and get a quality bottle of olive oil or wine from Provence.
From small fishing village to one of the top social hubs of Europe, Cannes is now a glamorous seaside town and popular yacht chater destination famous for its luxury shops, restaurants, and hotels. Cannes is by far most famous for the annual Cannes Film Festival each May, when the city plays host the who's who of the film industry. During the festival, fans can see actors, celebrities, and directors up close and in person on the famous steps of the Palais des Festivals on the La Croisette.
Cannes may feel like it caters exclusively to the high rollers with its nightlife, casinos and high end restaurants, but Cannes does have alternatives for those not looking to break the bank. Visit narrow winding streets of Old town and take in the view from the top of the old castle ruins. Sit at street side tables and enjoy the favoured hobby of people watching up and down the La Croisette or watch out for spectacular fireworks displays at night along the beach.
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