Sailing in Cannes : How to spend a perfect day

23 July 2018

Sailing in Cannes : How to spend a perfect day

Going to the “Alpes Maritimes” area is generally a synonym for sun, white sandy beaches and farniente – but you know how to spend a more remarkable day? Being on a boat. Indeed, this area is incredibly famous to anyone lookin for a perfect place to sail in France.

Samboat prepared a tailor-made itinerary for a day starting from and finishing at Mandelieu-La-Napoule. You can expect secret harbours, magical islands and crystal clear water.


A one day itinerary starting from Mandelieu-La-Napoule in the Cannes area

In the Morning


From Mandelieu-La-Napoule, head over to Cannes. While sailing along the coast, prepare your camera. Indeed, with the early sunlight, the landscape is incredible: several shades of green and blue in addition to being alone (or with a rare few boats) on the water will make your photos amazing.

A boat sailing in Cannes bay

As your journey goes on, Cannes starts to come closer and closer. The city famous for its movie festival is a perfect place for a little exploration and a break. Luxury hotels are numerous and are worth the visit. While you are here, why not stopping for a delightful ice cream too?

Once you are done visiting Cannes for a bit, set sail to Marguerite Island, the biggest of the Lerin’s islands.

At noontime

Boat itinerary around Sainte Marguerite Islands

Since the ancient time, Marguerite Island has been a true cultural hub. The most famous stories and legends of this island are without any doubt link to Fort Royale. Long story short, this is where one of the most famous inmates was incarcerated: The man with the iron mask.

If this story doesn’t hook up enough to take your lunch break on the island, maybe the untouched beaches and numerous cove will.

On the map above, every beaches and cove are not indicated. Instead, we selected to ones we prefer and we are sure you will too.

When sailing around this island, be careful. The water is only 2 to 3 meters deep – we advise you to stay alert.

La Pointe du Dragon (literally, the dragon’s tip) is for sure, the wildest one. Bonus: it also has to clearest water from the entire island.

And if by any mistake, you forgot your lunch, worry not! Moore in a safe and calm area and order a delivery pizza. Thanks to Didier and Laurance, who transformed their Catamaran Nautitech 48 in a floating pizza place, you can have your hot and steamy pizza delivered to your boat.

To order your pizza or to get any information, just head over to their website

End of the day

boat itinerary around the Saint Ferreol Island

It’s already mid-afternoon, and the sun starts its final curve. It is time to set sail to Saint-Honorat Island – Island which belongs for centuries to Cistercian’s Monk.

On this island, lies one of the most well-kept secrets of the Cannes area: an 8.5-hectare vineyard. Not your classical vineyard thought. This one has been cultivated the old way to produce one of the greatest wine that Michelin starred chefs buy without any hesitation.


A port and vineyard in St Honorat

Of course, Saint-Honorat has a lot to offer and will make your mooring worth it. The particularity of Saint-Honorat’s beaches makes you feel on the other side of the world, in a remote place -even being a few miles away from the mainland.

Saint-Pierre cove is special in its own way – it has a sandbank, which makes it perfect for a quick stop. Very famous, hence popular during summer time for its beauty, it is advised to go there at the end of the afternoon to avoid the crowd.

Finally, you can estimate a time of 1 hour before returning to your starting point at Mandelieu-La-Napoule, which give you enough time to enjoy your day on the sea around the Lerins Islands.