Top 5 Yacht Charter Bases in France
When sailing in France, you might want to use some of the best yacht charter bases in the country.
Port Vauban Marina Antibes
Yacht charter base Port Vauban is located in the town of Antibes. This is the largest yacht charter base in Europe and often hosts some of the worlds largest private yachts. The harbor has more than 100 berths for yachts over 23-meter in length. Some berths even accommodate yachts up to 165 m yachts that is why the port has its own private Heli-pad. The annual Antibes Yacht Show is held here.
Antibes is close to the resorts of Cannes, Nice and Frejus and provides all the entertainment that a visiting yacht could require. Antibes along its modern part has the old town. This is by far the best part of this town with the old winding streets while the long, arched wall along the port makes a nice walk by the sea. There are plenty of little streets for exploring lined with restaurants of all types and lots of shops. The current port was created in the early 1970's with places for 99 professional fishing boats. These can be found at the western edge of the port, near the arched gateway leading into the old town of Antibes.
La Roche Bernard Marina
La Roche Bernard marina is set in the lovely setting of the La Villane River. It provides good shelter and has excellent facilities. The charter base is spread over two sites with the Vistors Pontoon in between with 56 visitor berths. The Vieux Port, the old Port, is used mainly by resident yachts. The port office is at the foot of pontoon "X". The Port Neuf is beyond the visitors pontoon "A".
The marina has a small boatyard and a limited amount of hard standing. There are also swinging moorings, but are mainly for local boats.
The town is close. It has a large supermarket and DIY store, lots of local shops and good bars and restaurants. A tourist Information Office is close the Town Hall.
Port Des Minimes La Rochelle
Port des Minimes marina in La Rochelle is a huge marina featuring modern facilities and good shelter. Of the 3,300 berths on 48 piers, 300 are reserved for visitors. This yacht charter base has a boatyard, 3 travel lifts (max 50T), 1 x 30T cranes and 2 x 2.5 T cranes.
La Rochelle is the capital of the Charente-Maritime department. It still has its past architecture and charm that make it one of the most picturesque cities on the Atlantic coast. One of the cities main features is the picturesque "Vieux Port" ("Old Harbour"), which is located at the heart of the city. There is a ferry taxi to the Old Port plus Bicycle and bus connections. Other attractions include a large aquarium, and a small botanical garden (the Jardin des plantes de La Rochelle).
The city offers great shopping and plenty of supermarkets. There are also local markets and stores selling regional products.
Port de Chantereyne Marina Cherbourg
Cherbourg is an ancient naval city. The huge Port du Plaisance Chantereyne Marina has perfect protection and shelter. One of the reasons of the popularity of this yacht charter base is that it has held the European Blue Flag since 2002.
The city is the second largest in the Basse-Normandie region. For most visitors te city is just a transit post as they disembark the ferries to other parts of France. The ferries connect to Poole, Southampton and Rosslare. There is also an airport, the Cherbourg-Maupertus, about 11 kilometres away which connects with Orly West and Jersey.
Cherbourg is a good base for excursions to the castles of the northern Cotentin. Also try to visit the Emmanuel Liais Gardens with more than five hundred varieties of plants.
Port de Cannes Marina
Port du Cannes Marina is one of the marinas to be seen in. Cannes hosts a world famous film festival during which it is virtually impossible to find a berth here.
The charter base has 24 hour security and CCTV. It offers repair facilities and hard standing though space is at a premium. A ferry service commutes to the island of Corsica The marina is part of the CCI Nice de Cote d'Azur group.
If you want to add glamour to your sailing holidays in France sail into cannes, a glamorous and expensive seaside town. Every May, the town become the venue for the Cannes Film Festival. Cannes is famous for its nightlife, casinos and high end restaurants. Its main sight is the Le Suquet, with its cobbled streets and breathtaking views. If you are not up to sightseeing jou can just sit at street side tables and watch people strolling up and down the lovely marina.