Weekend & Weekly Charter – Riviera di Ponente (WEST), Riviera di Levante (EAST) & the French Riviera
On board of your sail or motor yacht you will enjoy the fascinating route and the unique points which the Italian and French Riviera have to offer, including culinaric highlights of the italian and french cuisine.
The French Riviera „Côte d’Azur“ and the adjacent Italian Riviera „Ligurian Riviera“ are world-famous for their picturesque sun-drenched beaches and the mountainous backdrop. Once a string of fishing villages, the area transformed into a glamorous playground for the rich and famous and also became a favorite spot among artists, craftsmen, vintners and gastronomes. It is the perfect destination for travelers in search of extraordinary food and wine combined with fascinating history and culture, where the Alps meet the Mediterranean, where the climate is moderate nearly year-round and where warm sunny days are cooled by sea breezes in the evenings.
The Italian side is known to have two Rivieras, the Riviera di Ponente between San Remo and Genova and the Riviera di Levante between Genova and Cinque Terre. 3 countries, Northern Italy, Monaco and France have many different and wonderful landscapes to offer, from the crystal blue waters of the Cote D’Azur, to the hills of Provence, there is plenty to see and do, or you can just relax on board of your yacht.
Riviera di Levante (EAST) Riviera di Ponente (WEST)
Bordighera also called “ la Perla del Ponente Ligure“ and it is the city of palms. Bordighera offers a lot to its visitors: Spotless sea, excellent restaurants of every price range but especially the breathtaking sunsets during the winter. The place is best known for its old town and exotic gardens and for the neighbouring villages, Sasso and Borghetto San Nicolò that preserve their own historic centres but are now part of Bordighera itself. The promenade along the seafront is two kilometre long, the longest in Liguria and has lots of plants and trees along parts of its length. The pebble beach in Bordighera has received the Blue Flag award for cleanliness and facilities 16 times. Once visited it is easy to understand why it is said that the famous artist Claude Monet, who lived in this Italian Riviera city, fell madly in love!
Seborga is a unique place to breathe an atmosphere of yesterdays, a real little world with its traditions. It is ideally located, always sunny and with large mountains behind. The towns historical center is rich in history and churches that represent real small architectural jewels such as the parish church of St. Martin and its splendid baroque façade. Another reason to visit Seborga is definitely the beautiful view on Monte Carlo from a very unique perspective and its surrounding nature. In fact, it has a deeply rural soul linked to its land rich in olive trees that surround the principality.
Dolceacqua is located in the hinterland of Bordighera and beloved by Prince Albert of Monaco. The village is a few kilometres inland from the Mediterranean coast, in the Nervia valley at the western end of Liguria and very close to the border with France. A visit to Dolceacqua immerses you in ancient atmospheres thanks to the extraordinary medieval village dominated by the Doria castle. Its beautiful botanical gardens and its old Romanesque bridge enriches the surrounding scenery, made of ancient constructions and nature, creating fairy-tale glimpses. Dolceacqua is also known for the olives which are grown in abundance in the region, the locally grown flowers and a decent red wine called „Rossese“, produced from grapes grown in the surrounding hills. The famous painter Monet, deeply fascinated by the Italian Riviera scenery, found in the town the subjects for many of his paintings.
Apricale is a small Charming medieval village that reserves a few surprises to its visitors, a quiet and suggestive Italian Riviera town for an extraordinary trip. Already its name, which means „exposed to the sun“, makes us understand its main characteristic: Thanks to its strategic position, when kissed by the sun, it creates beautiful effects of colors and reflections really breathtaking. Most of the sights of interest are on or very close to the square in the centre of the village, although of course you will also want to follow the main street along the ridge to enjoy more views and to appreciate the medieval character of this beautful place. The main square is often a place of events and demonstrations related to local traditions while, Castello della Lucertola and the Teatro della Tosse are the main attractions related to the culture and history that make, even today, Apricale the city most loved by the artists. Inside the castle there is the history museum of Apricale, where the famous 1267 Apricalesi Statutes are preserved, considered the oldest in the Liguria area. The prettiest village in the region, with the best restaurants, most lively atmosphere and sunniest piazza. One of 7 villages in Italy with ‚most beautiful‘ status.
Triora is definitely the ideal place for lovers of mystery history and ancient roots, the city has been the scene of pages of history even rather dark and obscure. Triora, in fact, in 1500 was the scene of a witch hunt that led to the inquisition of as many as 20 women accused of witchcraft and having, with their own magical arts, caused famines. The centuries-old village of Triora is at the foot of the Trono Mountain, overlooking the Argentina valley, where it preserves almost intact its medieval appearance. In the heart of the village you will enjoy exploring the ancient alleys, arched passages and steep pathways of what is claimed to be one of the oldest villages in Liguria. Walking through the alleys of the village in the province of Imperia, it is clear that the place has something mysterious. In the maze of narrow streets, passing under a bow and another among the slate houses, a magical, macabre, charm amidst the atmosphere of the Witchland, Salem Italiana, Triora. Many details in the village, between the sacred and the profane, tell ancient stories of faith and paganism.
Sanremo as one of the largest and most populated cities of Western Liguria in the province of Imperia, offers its visitors many entertainment and attractions as well as luxury hotels, the casino and fashion shops. All the ingredients for exclusive and fun holidays. The capital of Italian music, where every year the famous Italian song festival is held. But most of all it is widely appreciated for its wonderful and typical Mediterranean landscape in the surroundings, made up of deep blue sea and steep cliffs behind it. Sanremo is also known as the City of Flowers thanks to its beautiful variety of carnations, roses and other flowers which makes it a fantastic sight for the eyes. This is possible thanks to its mild climate all year round, due to a privileged geographic position which allows the perfect conditions for growing these rare species. In this way in fact, the temperatures allow the growing of tropical plants in the luxuriant botanical gardens which are largely widespread on all the „Riviera of the Flowers“. Sanremo also has a more historical and ancient soul: The Pigna, the ancient village of the city that was used for defensive purposes. Another thing to try is the typical Italian Riviera cuisine, thanks to the many restaurants where you can taste local foods like the famous red prawns.
Alassio is a pearl set in the Western Riviera, besides being known as the land of sun, of sea, of entertainment and sport, famous for its beaches, its sea, but also its nightlife and its shopping. The town is particularly noted for being encircled by natural beauty which makes it an ideal resort on the ligurian gulf. Alessio was born as a fishing village, over the years it has become an exclusive destination for those looking for fun and relaxation, surrounded by trees and plants, by the flowers of its gardens, by splendid villas on the lower hillside and characterized by its almost four kilometres of the finest quarz and calcareous sand, sloping gently into the sea with hardly any incline. Wide space also to the history with its churches and the Saracen Tower Bastion which from the sixteenth century dominates from the high village. In short, Alassio is the perfect destination for a holiday made of relaxation, sea and fun.
Noli is a small resort with sandy beaches, an impressive castle and defensive walls on the hill above the town and the medieval towers that dominate the historic centre. The village is listed among the ‚most beautiful villages in Italy‘, 30 km from Savona, where nature, the sea and the white sanded beaches are the protagonists. What makes the town so fascinating is the fact that it is a fishing village with a deep tradition linked to the maritime republics. Its many naturalistic paths like the „Pilgrim’s path“ and its coves that surround the coast. Furthermore, the sea of Noli is particularly suitable for scuba diving. The sea beds more than 35 metres deep are rich only in fish, seahorses, squid, angler fish and small lobsters. The clarity of the water allows also underwater filming.
Monaco might be the world’s second-smallest country, only the Vatican is smaller, and surrounded by France, although the Italian Riviera lies a few kilometres farther east, town walk will take around 2 hours. Monaco is captivating in its spectacular seascapes, bright sunshine, neatness and a good mixture of urban and resort town in one. A magnet for high-rollers and hedonists since the early 20th century and home to the annual Formula One Grand Prix. A special charm is mirrored by the many gardens and parks. Their diverse atmosphere is inviting you for a contemplative, inspirational walk to enjoy this carefully created beauty and serenity. Discover the old town through the narrow alleyways from the middle ages which lead to the picturesque Place Saint Nicolas and Placette Bosio, the Chapel of Mercy, Palais de Justice and the Cathedral, a Roman-Byzantine style building built in 1875. One more highlight is the Oceanographic institute dedicated to marine sciences, the museum houses the most significant coral reef in the world in its all new shark lagoon, 400 cubic metres of water with hammerhead sharks and majestic stingrays swimming in front of a coral reef populated with a multitude of tropical fish and living corals. In front of the Oceanographic museum on the Avenue St Martin, catch the „Azur Express“ tourist trains. These small trains decorated in the national colours take their passengers on a daily tour with commentary during which you will discover the Port, Monte-Carlo and its palaces, the famous casino and to tour the many museums, the lush and exotic gardens and the historic monuments. Monaco is also an ideal home base for exploring surrounding towns in the south of France, such as Eze, La Turbie or Beaulieu-sur-Mer.
Nice is the capital of the French Riviera and one of the most recognized and liveliest cities on the Côte d’Azur, it acts as a magnet attracting people from all over the world. Take a walk on the Promenade des Anglais and spend time wandering the historic Old Town, then head to Castle Hill for impressive views overlooking the city, harbor and the mountains. Art enthusiasts will appreciate the Chagall and Matisse museums and of course, there’s no limit to the luxury shopping, nightlife and world-class dining. Just a short distance from Nice, Eze is not to be missed. This quaint, cobblestone street-filled village is perched overlooking a cliff thousands of feet above the Mediterranean.
Villefranche-Sur-Mer is a small beach resort and residential town on the French Riviera. The colorful harbor of this picturesque village, with its brilliant coral hues and gold-toned buildings, is one of the most beautiful Niçoise fishing villages on the French Riviera. The deep water harbour is home to Mediterranean cruise boats, whose tenders routinely disgorge several thousand passengers on organised trips to nearby Eze Village and Monaco. It sports excellent restaurants and a coarse sandy beach much favored over Nice’s stony bay. With the majestic curve of its shoreline, its 16th-century Citadel and colourful façades, this beautiful town also became a favorite venue for painters and artists.
Saint-Paul de Vence is a perfectly preserved medieval village perched on a hillside several kilometers from the Mediterranean. The village is built on top of a small elliptical hill and is surrounded by a high wall. The village lies a few kilometers from the sea, but you can see the coast between Cagnes-sur-Mer and Antibes. To the north-west you can see the snow-capped peaks of the Maritime Alps. It is worth seeing this artistic mecca on the French Riviera, home of countless galleries and studios. The village has also hosted world cinema stars, including Greta Garbo, Sophia Loren and Catherine Deneuve. The artists usually spent the night in a hotel and restaurant called the Colombe d’Or, which is located in front of the walls of the old town.
Antibes the Mediterranean resort in the Alpes-Maritimes is surrounded by fortified walls overlooking the sea. Bright sky, azure sea and dazzling sunshine 300 days per year. Visitors can stroll through the streets of the historic old town, then peruse the daily Marche Provencal. Antibes is home to one of the longest coastlines in France, spanning 25km. As well as the many sandy beaches, hidden creeks lie in the woodland of Cap d’Antibes and the town has five harbours including Port Vauban, the biggest yachting harbour in Europe. This charming town was also once home to Napoleon Bonaparte and hosts a wide variety of annual events including the sailing regatta Voiles d’Antibes, the Antibes Yacht Show and the famous Jazz à Juan festival in mid-July, which began in 1960 making it the longest running jazz festival in Europe.
St-Tropez till the beginning of 20th century was a military stronghold and fishing village, after the war it became an internationally known seaside resort, renowned principally because of the influx of artists of the French New Wave in cinema and the Yé-yé movement in music. It later became a resort for the European and American jet set and tourists. The „village“ itself is easily walked and enjoyed, the waterfront is crowded with cafes and shops with „elite“ offerings. A block or two inland, through narrow streets and alleys, you’ll find fewer stores and cafes, quaint and interesting studios and a few historical structures. The town’s central square place you a step back in time and if you wake up early enough, you can catch the fishmongers at the daily fish market. The must see and just a quick daytrip from St-Tropez you can enjoy Port Grimaud, very young – created in the 1960s by French architect François Spoerry, who has adopted the Venetian channel system, thus is sometimes nicknamed as the „French Venice“. However, its coast boasts the fishermen houses, very characteristic to iconic Saint Tropez.
Menton, situated near the Italian border, 17 miles northeast of Nice and 6 miles northeast of Monte Carlo, this picturesque town sits against the backdrop of the Alpes Maritimes mountains. Menton is known for its subtropical microclimate and impressive gardens, such as the Fontana Rosa Garden and Maria Serena Villa Garden. There is sunshine 331 days of the year plus a perfect microclimate and no mosquitoes. You have the Alpes Maritimes mountains behind you and the Mediterranean in front, plus inspiring Italian architecture and French cuisine. You can ski in the mountains in the morning and swim in the Mediterranean in the evening.
Cannes, first know as a fishing village and now a glamorous and expensive seaside town considered to be a world famous resort. Its moment to shine arrives in May as the venue for the Cannes Film Festival, entertaining the rich and famous. During the festival, fans can see actors and celebrities up close on the famous steps of the Palais des Festivals at the end of La Croisette. Although its nightlife, casinos and high end restaurants give Cannes a feel of exclusivity. Check out the beauty and architecture of Le Suquet o soak in the local essence, sights and spectacular views of the coastline. Then, head one block north to Rue d’Antibes for an afternoon of shopping at the variety of boutiques.
Sainte-Maxime is a favorite vacation spot among families between Provence and French Riviera, the town is a true haven of peace between Mediterranean wild shores and Provençal authentic traditions protected from the winds by the Maures Mountains. The place is lauded for its endlessly beautiful Mediterranean beaches, turquoise waters, plethora of water sports activities, including scuba diving (there are at least 60 dive sites to explore), jet skiing and parasailing. And To take your adventures to the next level, head to the Pelagos Sanctuary to learn about preservation efforts of local mammals like bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales.
Fréjus is a large, sprawling town founded by Julius Caesar in 49 B.C. This ancient city, located between Sainte-Maxine and Cannes, is a must-see for its impressive Roman ruins. The original port has long since silted up and the Roman remains have fallen into a fairly poor state of disrepair.