The Monaco Yacht Show is considered one of the highlights of the yachting calendar, offering the ideal way to explore some of the best yachts for sale and charter and meet with industry experts. Held in Monaco, considered the epicentre of yachting in the Mediterranean, boating enthusiasts are perfectly positioned to reach some of the world’s finest cruising destinations. Post-show, why not enjoy an elegant Mediterranean cruise exploring some of the Mediterranean’s best ports of call? Here are some of the best destinations within easy reach of the Monaco Yacht Show.
Saint Jean-Cap Ferrat
The elegant French Riviera destination of Saint Jean-Cap Ferrat is within striking distance of the Principality of Monaco. This refined peninsula offers the ideal spot to drop anchor and enjoy the warm Mediterranean sunshine. A stunning marina sits at the heart of St Jean-Cap Ferrat, offering a wide range of eateries and boutiques to browse.
For sun-seekers, there are plenty of pretty beaches to explore, including the iconic beach club Paloma Beach, boasting sunbeds, parasols, and exquisite local cuisine. Of course, the surrounding azure blue waters are ideal for making the most of your yacht’s tenders and toys.
One of the highlights of Saint Jean-Cap Ferrat is Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, a spectacular Belle Epoque mansion set amidst stunning gardens. Visitors can explore the villa’s beautifully furnished rooms boasting fine art and porcelain and stroll the gardens featuring varied landscapes and styles.
Cruise along France’s southern coastline to the elegant city of Cannes. This popular superyacht destination offers a superb selection of luxury offerings, including designer boutiques, award-winning restaurants, lavish resorts and spas, and beautiful white sandy beaches with exclusive beach clubs.
A stroll along Cannes’ beautiful Croisette is a must – a tree-lined waterfront promenade flanked by designer shops, eateries, and lavish hotels. The old quarter, Le Suquet, is another must-see, boasting cobbled-stoned streets and local boutiques. Originally an ancient Roman settlement sitting above the city, this stunning area feels like stepping back in time.
Located just off the coast of Cannes is the uninhabited Ile Saint-Marguerite, the largest of the Lerins Islands. For those seeking peace and tranquillity, the Lerins Islands are a must.
Saint-Marguerite is an outstanding natural heritage, boasting 150 hectares of forests filled with eucalyptus and Aleppo pine trees. The island also features a large pond home to several migratory birds. There are ample trails that meander through the island, providing a great way to explore the interior and the native flora and fauna. There are also a couple of restaurants, and the Museum of the Sea, located in the old Fort Royal Prison.
No guide to the best destinations within reach of Monaco would be complete without mentioning St Tropez, regarded as the jewel in the French Riviera’s crown. Set sail to Vieux Port considered the heart of St Tropez. The port is filled with chic cafes, superyachts, fishing boats, and colourful houses.
The beaches in St Tropez are legendary. Tahiti beach and Pampelonne are amongst the most famous and are home to some of the world’s most iconic and exclusive beach clubs. Perfect for lounging, people watching and enjoying delectable cuisine with your toes in the sand.
Make sure you leave time to visit the Citadel, built in the 17th century and now home to the naval museum, housed in the dungeons.
If you are visiting the Monaco Yacht Show and would like to explore some of the best Mediterranean cruising destinations aboard a yacht charter, then contact a luxury yacht broker.