French riviera on the luxury side
A French Riviera yacht charter is a location like no other for conjuring up images of the glitz and glam of Cannes, Monaco and Saint Tropez, mixed with the beauty Nice, Antibes and Bay of Villefranche, it is not difficult to see why this strip of coastline has been among the most popular charter destinations since the inception of the industry in the 50’s.
However, there are many more places to explore in the surrounding areas, which are best accessed by super yacht: between the towns of Cannes and Saint Tropez are some very beautiful and secluded creeks (“calanques” in French), most of which are known only by locals and exclusively accessible by sea. We have selected 8 of the best, to invite you to discover another side to the French Riviera this summer season during your next superyacht charter on board ASTRA, available along the area for your own pleasure.
Creek of Maupas – Le Trayas
Located at the base of the Esterel hills, close to Le Trayas (15 nautical miles from Cannes) the creek of Maupas is situated in 20 meters of beautiful red pebbles. Uncrowded and secluded, it offers a fabulous and unique setting for anchorages. The underwater world is full of dense and colorful waterlife, perfect for diving enthusiasts.
Creek of Saint Barthelemy – Saint Raphaël
Nestled exactly in the middle of Cannes and St Tropez (20nm equivalent distance from this creek to each town), the creek of St Barthelemy (Saint-Raphaël) is located at the foot of the Rocher de Saint Barthélémy, in the Esterel mountains, on the Corniche d’Or. This cove is strewn with red stones and has stunning turquoise clear waters, absolutely unique for this part of the coast. Perfect for exploring the seabed is a natural marine reserve that has a remarkable biodiversity.
Calanques des Anglais – Agay
The Calanque des Anglais is located at the exit of Agay, in the direction of Théoule-sur-mer (approx. 15nm from Cannes by the sea). Consisting of three coves, this calanque remains a small secluded place with fantastic red cliffs bordering each beach.
Creek of La Tripe – Bormes-Les-Mimosas
Located in the municipality of Bormes-les-Mimosas (about 35nm from Saint Tropez), the Creek of La Tripe is one of the less well-known coves of those others surrounding her, but she is certainly one of the most beautiful. Access is via the coastal path from the beach of Favière, or ideally, by the sea. It has a beautiful sandy cove is only known by those few initiated in the region of Treste, allowing for an uncrowded and beautiful sport to spend a summer’s day. The creek has three beaches, of which access is an adventure in itself, with dangerous and long passages: not for the faint hearted!
La Grande Calanque – Bormes-Les-Mimosas
La Grande Calanque is located between Cap Blanc and Cap Benat in Bormes-les –Mimosas (approx. 35nm from St Tropez) . It is accessible only by a long and difficult path of the coast from the sandy beach of Le Pradet, and therefore access by sea is strongly recommended. Again, uncrowded, this creek is an idyllic and very pleasant place to relax away from the crowds of tourists who gather on all other Var beaches.
Creek of Bregançonnet – Porquerolles island
Certainly one of the most beautiful, the Creek of Bregançonnet is located southwest of the island of Porquerolles (about 25nm from Saint- Tropez) . It offers a wild edge of pine forest which is absolutely remarkable and fills the air with beautiful aromas. Its beach is quiet and relaxing and has a mixture of sand and gravel. It is also a renowned spot for diving in West Mediterranean. Access is from the port of Porquerolles, from the Lobster track (or Piste du Langoustier, in French).
Creek of Salins – Porquerolles island
The creek of Salins is located south of the island of Porquerolles. Difficult to access, be patient and take a hike on the island to get to this little corner of paradise. An ideal place for diving, access is also best done by boat.
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