From Nice we can sail west along the stunning Cote d'Azure visiting places like Cannes, St. Tropez and the beautiful islands of Îles d’Hyeres. Cannes sits in a beautiful bay and is famous for its many festivals. St Tropez, once a isolated fishing village, is now a popular spot with the rich and famous but still manages to retain its Provencal charm outside the crowded summer months. The Iles d’Hyeres are four small but steep sided islands near Toulon. They have a colourful past from Greek and Roman colonisation to a base for pirates. They are now a nature reserve and a popular spot for the French due to the beautiful island walks and turquoise waters. Spring and autumn are a perfect time to visit outside the busy summer months. There is good diving along this coast where underwater photography competitions are held annually.
Alternatively we can sail east from Nice towards glamorous Monaco and the Italian Riviera. Monaco needs no introduction with it's famous casino, formula one race through the narrow streets, beautiful gardens, opulent palaces and stylish boutiques. It's definitely worth a stop! We then reach the Italian Riviera where there are many fantastic places to explore such as the lovely town of San Remo. San Remo is famous for it's flowers and the deep blue sea. It lies in a wide inlet between Capo Nero and Capo Verde. The old town has perched houses, steep streets, colourful flowerbeds and little squares.
A third option from Nice is Corsica. Corsica is a 100 mile crossing from the mainland so this trip needs at least 10 days to fully enjoy. Corsica is renown for its unique landscape - hidden coves, stunning waterfalls, sea-swept coastline, spiky outcrops and plunging canyons. Corsica also hosts the Scandola Nature Reserve that can be taken as an additional day-trip. The west coast of Corsica offers spectacular underwater landscapes - fantastic for snorkelling and diving.