Climate - The Côte d'Azur has a Mediterranean climate, with sunny, hot, dry summers and mild winters. Temperatures are moderated by the Mediterranean and in summer the maximum rarely exceeds 30°C. Strong winds such as the Mistral, a cold dry wind from the northwest or from the east, are another characteristic, particularly in the winter. See the following link for detailed information on the weather of the French Riviera complete with monthly averages for air and sea temperatures, sunshine hours and UV Index
Charter Season - The main season generally runs from April to the end of October. Operators have varying charges throughout the year with pricing peaking for 2/3 weeks in August. July and August are the hottest months, tend to have lighter winds and many places are very crowded with holiday makers. April - June and September-October have a lot of plus points, the temperatures are more comfortable, those sailing are likely to getter better winds, it is not as expensive and while ashore you will avoid crowds of August.
How to Get There - The French Riviera is served by several international airports. Click on the following link for airlines and carriers operating out of French Riviera airports. We recommend skyscanner.net for finding flights and comparing prices.
Airport Transfer - Where necessary we can normally arrange a transfer from the airport directly to your boat. You will be asked whether you require this service at time of booking
Provisioning - Most operators offer this service. You can pre-order with us and your shopping with then be delivered to the boat prior to embarkation
Experience & Qualifications - Skippers of bareboats are not required to hold a sailing license under French law. Most operators like the skipper of the charter boat to have some expeience. You may be asked for a resume of your sailing history prior to booking. If you have any doubts as to whether you have the necessary experience please do not hesitate to contact us
Visa Requirements - Italy are part of the European Union. See the following link for EU Visa Regulations
Time Difference - GMT+1. And another hour for Central European Summer Time between late March and late October
Currency - France uses the Euro as its currency. All major credit cards are widely accepted and you will have no trouble obtaining money from an extensive network of ATMs
Language - French. Some English is spoken
Electricity - 220V
Cusine - The local cusine is the result of the warm, dry Mediterranean climate. Basic ingredients are olives and olive oil, garlic, sardines, rockfish, sea urchins and octopus, lamb and goat, chickpeas and local fruits. The great majority of the wines produced in Provence are rosés. The most characteristic grape is mourvèdre, used most famously in the red wines of Bandol. Cassis is the only area in Provence known for its white wines.
Terms & Conditions -These vary depending on the individual boat. Normally a deposit is required at the time of booking with the balance due 6 weeks before the date of your charter. Please contact us if you require further information.
Suggested Itineraries & Routes - Click the following link for a selection of suggested yacht charter itineraries on the French Riviera
Marinas - Detailed reports and information on Marinas, Harbours and Anchorages in French Riviera area can be found in our Cruising Guide
Get a quote for your French Riviera yacht charter here. Or contact us by email