A Boat Share the Ideal way to Discover Islands off the French Riviera

Written by Mellissa Wheeler on Thursday, 25 July 2013.

For those looking for something new whilst on their yacht co-ownership


Yacht Custom Line 97One of the joys of taking out a boat share on the French Riviera is the chance it allows you to discover some of the islands lying off the beautiful yet often busy coastline.

For within a short sail of the coast are two small archipelagos of almost deserted islands which make the perfect destination for those looking to totally unwind on board a luxury boat reserved through our yacht co-ownership scheme.

The first collection of islands is the Iles de Lérins, situated off the town of Cannes, in the Baie de Cannes. Comprising of four islands, the Iles de Lérins makes the ideal day sail on a boat share based in the festival town.


The two largest islands are called Ile de Saint-Honorat, and Ile de Sainte-Marguerite, where The Main in the Iron Mark was held captive for a period of time.

So close to the hustle and bustle of Cannes yet a million miles away in terms of development and commercialism, the islands and the waters provide the perfect idyll for those looking for some R&R. Uninhabited apart from a group of monks who live in a monastery on the Ile de Saint-Honorat, the islands have a handful of excellent restaurants which are very popular in the summer months.

The second archipelago will suit those who are looking to go slightly further afield on their yacht co-ownership holiday.  The Iles d’Hyères is a group of islands lying in the Gulf of Hyères, just beyond Saint Tropez.

The largest of the four islands is Porquerolles, a dramatic land mass with cliffs on one side and beautiful beaches on the other where you will also find a port and small village.

Next to it is Port Cros which is largely made up of the Port Cros National Park, a nature reserve and bird refuge which is closed to the public. The park also includes the small island of Bagaud, which is completely inaccessible.

The final island, Ile du Levant, is home to a military base with is also off limits to visitors. However, tourists are welcome to visit the village of Heliopolis, on the south-west corner of the island – but only if they wear as few clothes as possible.

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Mellissa Wheeler

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