Nice: The French Riviera on a luxury Yacht charter

Setting sail to these sun-kissed shores

French Riviera luxury yacht charter. Famous for its glamour and beauty, the French Riviera is one of the most popular luxury yacht charter destinations. Located on the Mediterranean coastline, the Riviera’s superb climate, cuisine, and elegance have attracted holiday-goers from all over the world. An average of 90% of all the super yachts in the world will visit the Riviera at least once.

Superb climate, cuisine and elegance has attracted holiday-goers from all over the world

Location

Nice is positioned in the southeast corner of France and is the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department. It is the perfect starting point for a luxury yacht charter. Nice Cote d’Azur airport offers regular, international flights and superb transport links. Nice is one of the most easily accessible locations on the French Riviera. Therefore, it is a fantastic options for those who cannot wait to get on the water.

Energy and elegance

The city of Nice is vibrant with a unique fusion of classically chic Riviera lifestyle and metropolitan buzz. The enchanting Old Town with its meandering streets, cobbled squares and charming eateries lies in stark contrast to the wide avenues and boulevards lined with department stores and the nearby beautiful beaches.

Ranging from culinary finesse at Michelin starred restaurants to no-frills, simplistic local cuisine at atmospheric restaurants

French Riviera Cuisine

Nice also takes pride in having some of the finest restaurants on the French Riviera. Ranging from culinary finesse at Michelin starred restaurants to no-frills, simplistic local cuisine at atmospheric restaurants, Nice has developed a strong ‘foodie’ reputation. Enjoy fine-dining with views of the Port and the Baie des Anges at La Reserve de Nice, or at the two Michelin starred Provence-inspired restaurant, Le Chantecler. For a French classic, Le Marlin is a popular restaurant serving locally sourced, fresh seafood. Arguably, it makes the best Moules Frites in Nice. L’Ane Rouge is another gourmet restaurant which offers cookery classes where you select ingredients from local markets before a cookery class and wine tasting with chef Michel Devillers. Nice comes alive at night with all its lively bars and clubs.

We have a blog dedicated to local cuisine, thought out to compliment your French Riviera luxury yacht charter.

French Riviera Culture

Nice offers something for everyone. Strolling along the famous Promenade des Anglais, admiring the unbeatable views of the Old Town from Castle Hill or watching the sunset on the Baie des Anges. It is a city full of art and culture. Nice has the most museums in France, after Paris. The Musée Matisse, home to many of the works of Henri Matisse, set in a 17th century villa, is particularly popular amongst art lovers. So is the French national museum, the Musée Marc Chagall, and the Musée d’art moderne et d’art contemporain (MAMAC) which boasts an impressive collection of modern American and European art with works from Andy Warhol and David Tremlett. One of the best features of the MAMAC is the roof terrace which has striking panoramic views of the city, is simply unmissable.

The Mediterranean climate makes Nice a fantastic holiday destination with temperatures averaging 25 degrees Celsius

Summer sun

Nice is a great place to visit all year round. The reliable Mediterranean climate makes Nice a fantastic holiday destination warm evening ensure al fresco dining watching super sunsets.

There is still plenty going on in Nice outside of the summer season. The world-famous Nice Carnival, held in February and March every year, is a great exhibition and promises to be entertaining for all ages. The Nice Jazz Festival, held annually in July, is another internationally recognised event and draws in some of the most talented musicians and bands every year. Last year’s stellar line-up featured Aloe Blacc, Jack Johnson and Gregory Porter.

Every February, the small town Menton plays host to the very popular Menton Lemon Festival. This unique festival involves large processions of dancers and bands and huge sculptures and floats made from citrus fruit. This carnival atmosphere attracts hundreds of thousands every year. In May, Cannes welcomes the internationally recognised Cannes Film Festival, drawing in some of the biggest movie stars and celebrities. Equally, the Monaco Grand Prix motor race is held annually in May on the streets of Monaco.

Nice is the ideal starting point for a yacht charter due to its easy access to the French Riviera and the surrounding areas.

Adventure on your luxury yacht charter

Nice is  the ideal starting point for a luxury yacht charter due to its easy access to surrounding areas.

French Riviera West

Venture west from Nice to admire some of the world’s largest superyachts in Port Vauban, Antibes. Enjoy wandering the Old Town, its local markets and artisan shops. The charm of Cannes’ elegant Croissette, sandy beaches, and luxe shopping. The Lérins Islands off the coast of Cannes offer a retreat of calm and natural beauty. The Monastery on Ile Saint-Honorat, which still has an active monk community, and the ancient fortifications found on nearby Ile Sainte-Marguerite offer an interesting cultural insight. It is also home to the fortress where the Man in the Iron Mask was held during the 17th Century. Further along the coastline, you will find the celebrity hotspot – St. Tropez. The famous Pampelonne Beach is great to drop anchor and experience the iconic beach clubs like Club 55 and Bagatelle.

French Riviera East

Heading east, Villefranche sur Mer and Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat give you a real taste of the grandeur of the French Riviera. The charming hill top town of Eze, is only a short distance further East, 427m above sea level. Eze is described as the “eagle’s nest” thanks to the far-stretching views of the Mediterranean Sea. Go further east to discover the glitz and glamour of Monaco. Home to the infamous Monte-Carlo casino, lavish hotels and every kind of gourmet restaurant. Monaco is like no other. Next, you will find Menton, bordering the principality of Monaco and Italy. This picturesque town is overstated in comparison to Monaco. Yet, it contains the beauty of the French Riviera because of its idyllic gardens and colourful buildings.

Chartering in Nice also enables you to enjoy the Italian Riviera with access to beautiful coastal towns such as Portofino.

Here is an example of a French Riviera luxury yacht charter itinerary. This is only an example, yours will be made to accommodate your every need.

A real taste of the elegance of the French Riviera.

Yacht chartering in Nice is undoubtedly the best way to enjoy all that the French Riviera and the surrounding area has to offer. Nice’s vibrant  feel, combined with its Mediterranean climate and superb accessibility, makes it one of the best yacht charter destinations in Europe. A fantastic way to enjoy exclusive luxury, a peaceful getaway and an amazing adventure with your family and friends. Yacht chartering in Nice will create memories that will be treasured for years to come and at 212 Yachts, we are proud to be an integral part of this. With years of expertise, local knowledge and plenty of strong relationships in the area, we are well equipped to secure the perfect yacht charter for you.

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Lewis Smith

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Lewis is the Fleet Manager at 212 Yachts. He is originally from the UK. He previously worked on superyachts and traveled the world extensively by yacht. He has excellent knowledge of super yacht destinations, on and off the beaten track and what can be achieved on a yacht charter. His knowledge of boats and the maintenance required, ensures he applies the highest standards to the boat charter fleet he manages on the French Riviera. This means that you’ll always have a great day out with 212 Yachts. Lewis has previously lived in Cape Town and now lives in the South of France with his Wife and dog Leo. He loves organising smooth charters and nothing brings 'me more joy than seeing the smiles on clients faces after an amazing experience on the water'. His core value that aligns perfectly with the company is to always make that extra degree of difference, "this is how we make sure you’ll be beaming from ear to ear when you’ve experienced a 212 Charter! I hope that we can welcome you on board soon and provide you with an unforgettable experience. If you are looking for any assistance for your next charter, or you’re overwhelmed looking into your first charter, no matter how big or small, please ask for me when you get in touch."