Sailing the French Riviera

saint tropez ramatuelle

I’ve made an art form out of pretending to know how to sail. Lately the limits of my talents were pushed to the edge when I actually had to think about winches and derricks and sails while stressing about which side was starboard and which port. Surprising even myself, I lived to tell the story!

sailing french riviera

Sailing in the open seas is a very uniquely rewarding experience. Once you learn your way around the boat and get used to the lingo, you’ll leave all stress behind and glide through the waters with incomparable freedom and a sense of adventure. It’s indescribably wonderful to look around and only see clear blue waters and skies. Add to that a nice wine and good company and you’ve got yourself a very happy day!

nice france marina

sailing french riviera

Sailing might not be the best way to get around. It’s not the fastest or the easiest way to get from A to B. That’s not the point of sailing. On a sailboat you concentrate more and the journey itself, enjoying every small moment to the max.

You can really feel the heave of the sea on a sailboat, jumping up and plummeting down with every wave. After a long day at sea you’re sure to rock back and forth even on dry land. Developing mystery bruises all over your body is a given, though probably you won’t develop quite as many as I do if you take it easy with the wine…

saint-raphael french riviera

villefranche-sur-mer french riviera france

The French Riviera is full of exciting ports-of-call, with everything from large and lively cities to sleepy little villages just waiting to be discovered. My personal favorites along the coast include Villefranche-sur-mer, Nice, Antibes, Cannes, Saint-Raphaël, Saint-Tropez and the wonderful Île Sainte-Marguerite.

sailing cannes

cannes french riviera

The bustling coastline of Cannes seems entirely removed from the calm atmosphere at sea

cannes port french riviera

sailing french riviera

sailing french riviera chateau miraval

French wine is an integral part of sailing in the French Riviera

french riviera

sailing french riviera

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