SPRING-SUMMER 2010I sea&iI49aboardashoreThe serene Ligurian Sea is the perfect antidote to a hedonistic charter along the Côte d'Azur.Cruise from the port of St Tropez along theglamorous French Riviera before turning to idyllicPortofino and the vertiginous Italian RivieraByMiriam Cainfrance & italyThe stretch of coastline between St Tropez and Portofino has it all - shimmering light,southern heat and northern elegance. Made famous by the movie and rock 'n' roll glitteratiof the 1950s, the Côte d'Azur exudes an eternal glamour that captivates all who cruise there.Yet for all their silver-screen fame, the towns and villages strung between beaches andmountains have never lost their quaint allure.Sun-drenched sands The Riviera is all about glamorous beaches, and the Provençal coastline is arguably the mostfashionable seaside resort of all time. From Pampelonne Beach near St Tropez and the Porquerollesislands to the sandy coves around St Jean Cap Ferrat and Juan Les Pins, the beaches string togetherlike a dot-to-dot of iconic hotspots. The best thing is, while you have the glitziest ports known toman at your manicured fingertips, you likewise have tranquil islands that seem a million miles frombustling St Tropez. Known as the Golden Isles, the Iles d'Hyères and Ile de Porquerolles have small bays borderedby heather, scented myrtle and pine trees. Surrounded by a marine reserve, the waters are teemingwith fish - don your flippers and snorkel as these are well worth a day's exploration. When youwant to return to the jet-set throng, simply set a course for Nikki Beach or Club 55 on the livelyPampelonne Beach. Life at Pampelonne rarely starts before midday, so as the morning sun gathers heat enjoy a fewhours of water sports and peace before hitting the most hedonistic strip of sand on the Côte?
50Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2010Previous page:Vernazza's port areaAbove right, clockwise from top left: fishing boats dot the Mediterranean coastline; St Tropez; the famous Santiero Azzurro path winds its way along the Cinque Terre; the Cannes Carlton Hotel Port GrimaudMonacoNiceGenoaAntibesCannesMentonPortofinoPortovenereMonterosso Al MareVernazzaCornigliaManarolaRomaggioreSt. Jean Cap FerratVillefrancheCagnesILES DE LERINSSt. RaphaelSte. MaximeSt. TropezFRANCEITALYPampelonne BeachCap CamaratILE DE LEVANTILE DE PORT CROSSToulonHyèresILES D' HYÈRESILE DE PORQUEROLLESVentimigliaSanremoAndoraSavonaFinale LigureAlbengaImperiaLa SpeziaITINERARYDAY 1St Tropez to Pampelonne to St Tropez DAY 2St Tropez to Iles d'Hyères (20nm)DAY 3Iles d'Hyères to Cannes (52nm) DAY 4Cannes to Cap d'Antibes (7nm)DAY 5Cap d'Antibes to Villefranche to St Jean Cap Ferrat (17nm) DAY 6St Jean Cap Ferrat to Monaco (28nm) DAY 7Monaco to Portofino (90nm)DAY 8, 9 & 10Portofino - Cinque Terre - Portofinod'Azur. Further along the coastline, follow the locals to Paloma Beach in the beautiful, exclusiveBaie des Fourmis, St Jean Cap Ferrat, or La Garoupe on Cap d'Antibes.Palm-shaded streetsCool sophistication oozes from the ancient towns that line the coast. Charming boutiques anddesigner shops nestle in narrow streets that come alive with the glamorous bars and restaurantsthat have long defined the area. Stroll around the boutiques of the stylish Croisette in Cannesbefore dinner at the Michelin two-star restaurant Le Palme d'Or at the Hotel Martinez, followedby a late night at Le Palais -the summer hot spot of the Riviera. For those looking for a quieternightcap, try the lounge bar at Le Loft. Further along the coast, Monaco is one of the mostglamorous capitals in the world. Roll the die and try your luck at the ornate casinos, and dineat Yoshi at the Hotel Metropole (Joël Robuchon's first Japanese restaurant), before checking outlive session musicians at Monaco's Sass Café, or dancing into the early morning at the new BlackLegend club. Pit-stop gemsThe medieval Provençal villages of Eze and Grasse are a must on any cruise, purely for their dramaticlocations perched on the hills behind the fashionable seaside resorts. And then there's the cobbledstreets of Antibes' old town that house an impressive Picasso collection in the Musée Picasso -the artist is said to have been inspired by the sunlight here. Further along the coast, anchor inthe spectacular natural harbour of Villefranche-sur-Mer to see the exquisite villa Ephrussi deRothschild. Cruise around a few of the headlands to Monaco, then venture to the Grimaldi royalpalace in the old town of Monaco, which enjoys a spectacular vantage point with views over theprincipality and beyond.Turning ItalianAn overnight cruise along the Italian coastline brings you to the pocket-sized harbour of Portofino.Italians love the good life, and nowhere is this more evident than in the harbourside of this enchantingvillage. This Ligurian hideaway was first discovered by the jet set when the Duke and Duchess ofWindsor signed the visitors' book at the Hotel Splendido in the early 1950s while visiting Rex?