The Côte d’Azur’s top spots for anchoring

The French Rivieria is a popular summer destination, with some of the nicest sites to anchor and the most exquisite beaches and sea. With so many possibilities, we’ve put up a list of the best places to take your boat for the day.

Plage Mala

Mala Plage is the best beach in Cap d’Ail and one of the most beautiful on the Riviera. The luxuriant Cap Mala lies on the eastern end of this beautiful stretch of white sand and pebbles, while sharply ascending cliffs lie on the western side. The ocean is constantly clean due to the distance between harbors. When you’re sitting in this semicircle of Mediterranean flora, staring out over the flowing, translucent lake, the Cote d’Azur is at its best. If you mix the natural surroundings with two superb private beach restaurants while anchored on a Saxodor 320 GTO, you might not want to go.


Villefranche-sur-Mer is a must-see on the French Riviera. This beach town is stunning from the old town to the deep blue sea to the lush green hills in the behind. The beauty is undeniably in the details, such as the cobblestone staircases, the brightly painted buildings with shutters, and the hanging flower pots. Villefranche, despite its small size and shape, is ideal.

You might just want to relax, enjoy the beaches, sit in a café or one of the many excellent restaurants, and take in the stunning scenery and lively atmosphere. Alternatively, you could enjoy the French way of life, food, and wine, go shopping in the local markets, or take in the scenery from a Cat Tender 45 anchored in a verdant harbor.

Cannes Islands

From its crystal-clear waters to its regal fort, Sainte-Marguerite is a must-see on the French Riviera. There are numerous reasons to spend a day there, but if you want to explore both islands in one day, a half-day may suffice.

Sainte-Marguerite, the larger of the two islands, may be reached in a few hours. Throughout the summer, this island on the French Riviera is a renowned swimming destination, surrounded by crystal-clear waters and rivers of fine pebbles and flat rocks. The beaches along the Maison Forestière in the south of the island are the most authentic and offer the greatest views of the Esterel, albeit they suffer from overcrowding during the summer. The Carbonel Creeks are more remote and further east, where you may unwind away from the summer crowds. If you want to be even more exclusive, anchoring off the islands aboard an Okean 55 is the way to go. To truly enjoy the delights of this wild region, visit between June and September.

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