The Best Boat Hires in Provence, France
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What to know about hiring a boat in Provence, France
Considered one of the top yacht destinations in the world, Provence and the Azure Coast is a boat enthusiasts paradise. Hundreds of beautiful yachts sit in maintained marinas around the different cities of the region. They are quite the sight to marvel at. Provence is undoubtedly a holiday destination that you must enjoy from the water for at least a part of your stay.
Hiring a powerboat or sailing yacht is one of the best ways to enjoy all that Provence has to offer. Embarking on a chartered motor boat trip for a day will give you gorgeous vistas of the French Riviera. Private charters will give you a romantic, personalized look at some of the best spots around Provence. Hire a sailboat and enjoy the waters of Provence by wind power.
A more economical boating option is group boat tours, and there are many offerings in Provence. Group boat trips are also available. This is a fantastic option for meeting other travelers. There are both full and half-day options are available, depending on how much time you like to spend on the water.
Due to the large stretch of coastline around Provence, it’s a great region to experience water sports. Canoeing and kayaking are popular choices. Hire a kayak or go on a guided tour. Hire a stand-up paddle board in Provence and explore the coastline and beaches. The calm water along the coast that makes for a great paddling adventure. The crystal clear waters of Provence make for great snorkeling, but be aware that you won’t find colorful, tropical fish species. There are some coral formations to admire and explore and the visibility makes it a pleasant experience.
A new water sport that has taken the French Riviera by storm is Flyboarding. If you’re looking for major thrills, consider giving it a try! Many celebrities and yacht-dwellers try out this sport in the waters around Provence. Paddleboards, kiteboards, parasailing, waterskiing, and wakeboarding other popular options for sporty tourists looking to get a good adrenaline rush.
Due to licensing regulations in the French Riviera, jet-skiing is not as popular for thrill seekers in Provence. The closest operator is not actually in Provence, and you need to ride with someone who already has their license.
Top boat hires and water experiences in Provence
Boating Events in Provence
In Saint Tropez, a seaside city of Provence, a boating event that takes place over the course of a week is the Les Voiles de Saint Tropez. It’s a beautiful event showcasing hundreds of gorgeous sailboats that compete for different titles and prizes.
Other Things To Do
If you don’t want to spend your entire holiday in Provence on a boat, there are plenty of things to do on land. Hiring a car is the best way to explore the gorgeous wineries and landscapes of this region of France. There are many historical sites to visit. A favorite among travelers is the Pont du Gard ancient Roman Aqueduct. If you’re a foodie, Provence is a perfect destination for you. Enjoy the best of French cuisine in restaurants around Provence. Some of the top restaurants include L’Artegal, Une Table au Soleil, Entre Vigne & Garrigue Restaurant, and Le Moutardier du Pape Restaurant. For shopping, be sure to spend time at some markets in the different towns of Provence.
Marinas in Provence
There are many marinas located in the towns and villages of Provence. Some of the top restaurants include Port St Louis du Rhone, Port Napoleon, Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, Martigues, Carry le Rouet, Marseille Vieux Port, Puerto de Cassis GTC, and Port de la Ciotat.
Provence is a gorgeous region in the south of France. It’s known for beautiful beaches, lavender fields, and unbelievable restaurants. There are many charming cities throughout Provence to visit, all about ten minutes apart by car. The most popular towns are on the coast, also known as the French Riviera.
The best time of year to visit Provence is early to mid-fall when the temperatures are still warm but the summer holiday crowds have dispersed. The temperature during this time is in the mid-70s. The prices will be much more reasonable in September & October than during the summer months of June through August. Bonus - you won’t have to fight for a spot to lay out your beach towel.
Spring is also a good time to visit, as flowers are in full bloom, making the city appear very lush. Winter is a cold season and sees less desirable weather, but it has the most inexpensive hotel rates.
There are several major cities to visit when going to Provence. You can take a flight to Marseille or Nice, or take a train to one of the smaller cities in Provence. If you plan on visiting during the peak summer seasons, booking a hotel reservation far in advance is crucial. Prices will spike during this time and many accommodation options get completely booked up.
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GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.
Raphael was a great host for our family of 5 (and dog). He made us feel very welcome on his boat and customised the itinerary to suit our needs. He found us quiet spots to visit les Iles de Lerins. good spots for swimming and was knowledgeable about the area.
Amazing location for the trip. You leave from Vieux Port in Cannes, a great way to depart Cannes. We had a wonderful trip up the coast, went snorkelling between the islands and sailed around the islands home. Raphaël is a great captain and host. Very nice and easy going. Great memory of a day at sea. Strongly recommended and great value.
FABULOUS crew and boat. My family had a great day on the boat and viewing the Cinque Terre. The crew was extremely flexible in allowing us to stop and swim and return to the shore with my elderly parents and then allowed the rest of us to still enjoy the afternoon on the boat!! Highly recommended!!!
Really responsive and flexible. Communication was awesome. Itinerary was perfect for a half day charter. Requests for food and drinks were handled flawlessly with reasonable cost. It was a perfect day and we would highly recommend!
Overall, great experience. Could be better if the captain spoke English. Please consider the following: i) Take all snacks and wine on board; ii) Fuel is
A perfect day with a groupe of friends on the water wirh music, drinks, food. The skipper was cool , professional and knew good spots for swimming.