The glamour queens, Côte d’Azur and Italian Riviera are the quintessential Mediterranean playgrounds, to epitomize luxury leisure during a large yacht vacation.
The remarkable beauty of the hills and land’s edge, the scent of the plant life, the mimosa blossoms and scents, yet the impossibly blue water after which the coast is named, the Côte d’Azur remains undeniably captivating. The chance to see the works of innumerable artists seduced by the land and light also justifies the trip: Cocteau in Menton and Villefranche, Matisse & Chagall in Nice and Vence, Léger in Biot, Picasso in Antibes and Vallauris, and collections of Fauvists and Impressionists at St-Tropez and Hauts-de-Cagnes. Attractions remain most notably in the legacies of the artists who stayed here: Picasso, Léger, Matisse, Renoir and Chagall.
The white and hot-pinked coloured villas with iron balconies, edging the blue horizon, the evening air perfurmed with jasmine and mimosa, the parasol pines that silhouette against sunsets of ripe apricot and gold, will let a scent not to forget. Medieval stone villages on rocky hills, dozens of hill towns virtually untouched, are the remark of history in a modern life. In an uninterrupted glorious landscape the Riviera extends to Italy in tremendous similarities with the French coast. The nearly tropical climate, the azure waters, the indigo sky. Palms lined along the streets, megabuck hotels, speeding sports cars, limousines, helicopters, ocean liners yachts moored at each resort. In a certainly colourful canvas of medieval towns, celebrity-studded beaches and brand boutiques, strong nightlife, amazing nature blessed in colours and scents, fashionable and picturesque coastline, the many faces of the Riviera unfold.
And Corsica? Matisse claimed that Corsica was the island that first inspired his love of colours, and it’s easy to see why. Emerald waves lap copper-coloured rocks, golden beaches stretch beneath dramatic white cliffs, and pastel sunsets replace cornflower-blue skies. The island of superlatives,a mountain jewel set in the middle of the Mediterranean
Cross to the St. Florent before Calvi, head to Gargeze. Further south, you will see the “calanches” of Piana, amazing giant granite sculptures that change from orange to red according to the time of day.On leaving the calanches, explore the charming village of Piana that overlooks the gulf with Monte Cinto forming a backdrop with its frequently snow-capped peaks. Visit the Genoese watchtower of Porto that houses a small museum on this particular type of edifice and also the aquarium of Porto that displays under water flora and fauna. Taste brocciu canelloni (brocciu is a locally produced cheese), the marron glacé of Evisa. Steam to Ajaccio and southern to Bonifacio and Lavezzi Isles. End to Porto Vecchio with the supreme bays and gorgeous landscapes.