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Yacht Charter France – The Mediterranean at its Best

yacht charter FranceThe fact that France is the home of one of the most famous stretches of coastline in the Mediterranean, the Cote d’Azur, should be enough to tell you about its yacht charter potential. But the fact of the matter is that France has a lot more to offer to sailing holidaymakers: wonderful weather, a laidback lifestyle, exquisite cuisine and a great natural setting.

Yacht charter France is the most popular destination in the world, and has been so for over 20 years now. That means millions of tourists travel here every year to experience what the French call “joie de vivre” or, in laymen terms, a love for life.

Most of the tourists head to the popular destinations such as the capital of Paris, or the scenic Alps but the thing you simply have to see while in France is the Cote d’Azur. It runs from the town of Menton near the Italian border to the town of Hyeres in western France. Its history starts with the 18th century when the upper classes of British and Russian society turned into their playground. That air of exclusivity has stuck and for many year resorts like Saint Tropez, Monte Carlo and Cannes were seen as congregations for the rich and famous.

Today, there are other cities that attract interest, like Marseille, Nice or Hyeres which are less glamorous but equally appealing, giving you a cheaper alternative. If the Riviera gets too crowded for you in the summer months, there are alternatives to this, further out from the French coast in the Mediterranean waters, like the island of Corsica with its rugged beauty and cities like Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi or Propriano.

Yacht charter in France is a popular activity, and that’s why there are a lot of yachts here in the summer months. The local legislation is thus pretty clear on some issues. First off, there are two types of sailing being issued in France: one for sailing on inland waters such as rivers or canals, and the other for open waters. If your boat has an engine output higher than 6 horsepower, you’ll need a sailing license (locally known as a Carte du Mer), a coastal license (le Permis Mer Cotier) or a deep see license (le Permis Mer Hauturier) depending on where you’re going to be sailing your pleasure craft.

If you’re just chartering a yacht in France, then the company you’re hiring from will issue you a temporary license (Carte Plaisance) which is valid only for a predetermined period of time. If someone else on board wants to take a try at sailing, there’s the Junior option on the Carte Plaisance which is usually given to young skippers between 14 and 16 years of age.

As far as immigration goes, there are a few things one must do before entering yacht charter France. EU nationals together with American and Australian citizens don’t need a visa for traveling into France, but they do need a valid passport. For stays longer than 90 days you’ll need to apply for a temporary-stay visa.