Sailing vacation in France

Best places and routes to sail in region. Weather, trade winds and important details for perfect sailing holidays in France.

Sailing trip in France

France is a country that has long been one of the main tourist centers in Europe. France attracts tourists with its history, famous sights, nature, cuisine, and customs. Its only disadvantage is the price, but it can be fixed as well by booking an accommodation in advance.

Sailing season
June - August
Travel season
May - September
Marinas in this location
Boats in this location

Main facts about region

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Sailing trip in France

It’s complicated to visit all the popular places such as Cote d’Azur, Saint-Tropez, Riviera, Cannes and the legendary Nice. However, it’s possible on a yacht tour. The Mediterranean extends to the Spanish borders in the west and the Italian borders in the east, so it opens up a huge selection of yachting routes.

Must-know about yachting in France

If your plan to attend some events during your yacht cruise along the French coast, consider these ones:

  • Cannes Film Festival. This legendary film festival takes place annually in May. Visiting Cannes at this time means plunging into the fascinating world of cinema and even meeting your favorite stars in the city.

Sailing regattas in Marseille. Even if you are into sailing just to relax and have fun, such regattas will add some adrenaline into your life.

France - Yacht Charter Sailica
France - Yacht Charter Sailica

France can offer an abundance of yacht routes options

  • The Cote d’Azur has many cozy ports and coves, as well as 300 kilometers of coastline with landscapes that change up like in a kaleidoscope. Hire a yacht to see large cities with cafes and shops or small villages that look like pictures from a book.
  • Riviera is great for the beginners in yachting. There are many marinas, convenient ports, and other yachtsmen who will help you if needed.
  • Make sure to put Nice in your itinerary. Here you can visit the legendary quay of millionaires, the museums of Marc Chagall and Picasso, the archeological museum, the huge children’s park Marineland and many other places that you need to see at least once in your life.
  • Mysterious Corsica. Traveling in Corsica is suitable for those who are looking for privacy or quiet rest with loved ones. Unique nature, rocky beaches, unforgettable landscapes — what else do one need for a perfect yacht trip in France?
  • The legendary Croisette in Cannes is fascinating with its cozy restaurants that offer true French wines and stunning French cuisine.

Available yachts in the region

1050 €
per week
33 ft
Built in
1069 €
per week
29 ft
Built in
1190 €
per week
59 ft
Built in

Nearest Airports

Paris Charles de Gaulle CDG
Paris Orly ORY
Aéroport de Nice NCE

Yachting season and weather in France

Spring: a good time to travel on a yacht off the coast of France. The temperature in March: during the day + 12 ° C, at night + 3 ° C, in April during the day + 15 ° C, at night + 6 ° C, in May: during the day + 19 ° C, at night + 9 ° C. Sometimes it rains.


Summer: the most popular time for sailing. The average temperature is kept at + 22-27 ° C. In the north of the country a little cooler: from + 20 ° C to + 25 ° C. In July-August there is practically no rainfall, the same can be said about strong gusty winds.


Autumn: in September the temperature is on average + 24 ° C. October is much colder, damp and often rains, the average temperature is + 12 ° C. November can bring frosts, but on average it is + 6 ° C until the end of the month.


Sailing is developed in the south of the country. The yachting season lasts from late spring to early autumn. Warm winds blow at this time, water temperature — up to 24 degrees. Precipitation falls from January to April.

Water temperature in sailing season +20...+24 °
Air temperature in sailing season +22...+27 °
Wind speed in sailing season 15 - 25 knots

Winds in France

The main winds on the Mediterranean coast of France are the Mistral and Scirocco.


Mistral is a strong, cold, northwest wind. This wind blows from southern France to the Gulf of Lyon. Yachtsmen can meet Mistral in the spring. In early March, its speed can reach 60-80 knots. In April, it hardly blows.


Scirocco — wind from the Arabian and North African deserts. Direction — south, southeast or east (sometimes southwest). Cirocco can be found at any time of the year, but most often in spring and autumn. This wind can blow for several days in a row. In March or November, its speed can reach a record of 50-60 knots.

Weather forecast for yachting in France

Marina's employees report the forecast for the next day every day. Port services receive regular forecasts. This is the most reliable source of information. You can also find out the forecast and storm warnings on the sites:

  • — marine weather forecast for the coast of the Mediterranean countries
  • — marine weather forecast for the coast of France
  • Marine Weather Guide — marine weather guide from METEO France
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