The nicest anchorages along the Côte d’Azur

In the summer, the French Riviera is a popular destination, as it has some of the best anchorages and the finest beaches and sea. We have developed a list of the best spots to take your boat for the day, as there are so many alternatives.

Plage Mala

Mala Plage is the most beautiful beach in Cap d’Ail and one of the most gorgeous on the Riviera. On the western side of this beautiful expanse of white sand and pebbles are steeply climbing cliffs, while on the eastern side lies the verdant Cap Mala. Due to the vast distance between ports, the water is constantly pristine. The Cote d’Azur is at its finest when you are resting in this semicircle of Mediterranean foliage and gazing out at the clear, flowing lake. If you combine the natural surroundings with two outstanding private beach restaurants while anchored aboard a Saxodor 320 GTO, you may not want to leave.


On the French Riviera, Villefranche-sur-Mer must be visited. This seaside town is stunning in every direction, from the old town to the azure sea to the verdant hills in the distance. The beauty lies in the details, such as the staircase constructed of cobblestones, the colorfully painted buildings with shutters, and the flower pots suspended from the ceiling. Even though Villefranche is not very large, its size and shape are ideal.

You may simply wish to relax, enjoy the beaches, dine in a café or one of the many excellent restaurants, and take in the breathtaking scenery and lively environment. Alternatively, you may like to appreciate the French way of life, gastronomy, and wine, shop in the local markets, or take in the scenery from a Cat Tender 45 anchored in a green harbor.

Cannes Islands

Sainte-Marguerite is a must-see location on the French Riviera, with its crystal-clear waters and regal fortress. There are numerous reasons to spend an entire day there, but for those who like to see both islands in a single day, a half-day may be plenty.

The larger of the two islands, Sainte-Marguerite, may be reached within a few hours. This island on the French Riviera, which is bordered by crystal-clear waters and rivers of fine pebbles and flat rocks, is a popular site for swimming throughout the summer. The beaches along the Maison Forestière in the south of the island are the most authentic and offer the greatest views of the Esterel, despite their summertime popularity. The Carbonel Creeks are more remote and located further east, where you may unwind away from the summer tourist crowds. Nonetheless, if you want to be even more exclusive, an Okean 55 anchored off the islands is the way to go. Favor the months of June and September to fully appreciate this location’s advantages.

By Kason Sage