With the arrival of the Med Season, Superyachts and their crew will soon be kick-starting the summer. AYSS Yacht Supports network of Superyacht agents has been supporting Captains and Crew across the med for some time. And to follow on from their previous article on why the Canary Islands and the Azores are a perfect Mid-Atlantic stop in 2022, they’re you and your guests a list of the top activities in France and Italy for the upcoming charter season.

Cannes, France

Cannes, located on the French Riviera, is one of those notorious Superyacht locations that will never get old. What was once a small fishing town, has now become renowned for hosting the most prestigious film festival in the world.  Although it is much smaller than Nice, there is more to Cannes than just film, with La Croisette promenade featuring 5-star hotels and boutiques, this small town has made a name for itself over the years and has become one of the most glamorous cities in France. Nevertheless, there is something for everyone beyond the glitz and glamour.

Cannes, France

3 Activities for captains, crew, and guests in Cannes:

1. Visit the Old Town, Le Suquet, to get a peek into the history of Cannes.

Cannes has a long and interesting history that can be explored. Start your way at Le Suquet and walk up to Place de la Caste to see the 16th-century church Notre-Dam d’Espérance. At the summit of Le Suquet is the Musée de la Castre. Located in the ruins of a medieval castle, this museum is rich in history with archaeological and ethnographic collections. As well as, the captivating collection of antiques and artifacts, the museum has a panoramic view of the city, not to be missed.

2. Take a private ferry to Île Sainte-Marguerite

Only a 15-minute ferry ride away is the biggest island off the coast of Cannes,  a natural beauty home to secluded beaches and forests. Take the Eucalyptus Walk from North to South across the island for plenty of marked trails to explore. Surrounded by crystal clear waters, eucalyptus, and Aleppo pine trees it is the perfect day trip.

3. Visit Marché Forville

Whether you want to shop for a special dinner or simply grab a bite to eat, Marché Forville is a great place to do some shopping, with its fresh produce, scented flower stalls, and fresh fish. It opens daily from 8 am to 12:30 pm and is one of the most popular places with unlimited choices.

Marseille, France

France’s largest port town, Marseille is the oldest city in France and is known to be one of the most relaxed cities. Marseille is a perfectly positioned superyacht destination between the hotspots like Ibiza, St. Tropez, and the Balearic islands. It is the perfect mix of old and new with cobbled streets, sea views, and a multitude of cultures and communities to immerse yourself in. It is made for getting lost and discovering why this port city is called “the city of a hundred neighbourhoods”.

Mareille, France -Top Activities In France and Italy - AYSS

3 Activities for captains, crew, and guests in Marseille:

1. Hike at Calanques National Park

Enjoy a beautiful four-hour hike with an extensive array of trails at Parc National des Calanques. On reaching the crest, you will have an incredible view of the coastline and the water. It offers stunning landscapes and access to a number of rocky coves located between Marseille and Cassis. During the hikes, there is the opportunity to stop and swim in magical ocean inlets. There is something for everyone with a variety of trails available for cyclists, hikers, and runners.

2. Experience a Full-Day wine tour at Aix en Provence

This day excursion tour from Aix-en-Provence combines amazing wine tasting with beautiful countryside views. An amazing experience for anyone visiting Marseille. Between vineyard trips and boutique hotels, wine experts will guide you through tastes and a renaissance-style castle in Lourmarin.

3. Visit the Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée

The museum, dedicated to Mediterranean culture, was the greatest success of the city’s year as a European Capital of Culture. With amazing exhibitions, video installations, and photos with work from Joan Miró and Ai Weiwei, it is a must-visit on your trip.

Sanremo, Italy

A famous seaside town on the Italian Riveria, renowned for its casino and its annual Italian song festival. Sanremo is popular for its beaches, boating, and the old town of La Pigna. The Portosole port at Sanremo is one of the largest and most prestigious ports in the Mediterranean. With the production of flowers and olive oil right at your fingertips you can explore narrow streets and wind up a hill to a lovely sanctuary and gardens with sea views.

Sanremo, Italy - AYSS Yacht Support - Top activities in France and Italy

3 Activities for captains, crew, and guests in Sanremo:

1. Rent a bike and cycle along the Riviera

Enjoy a scenic route across the Riviera with stunning views passing small towns and mountains at the Pista Ciclabile Area 24 biking trail. From mountain tunnels to views across the coastline, this route across a former railway line is a must-do.

2. Make your own dinner with a pizza-making class

Learn to make authentic Italian pizza and get the full Italian experience with a 3-hour class learning to make the perfect dough. Discover all the flavours of your toppings and enjoy cheese and wine tastings with stunning views of the city on a picturesque terrace.

3. Spend the day in the old town, La Pigna

Stroll the narrow streets and witness the labyrinth of the old town with its cobblestoned alleyways.  Set on a hilltop, this medieval town is scaled like a pine cone hence the name La Pigna. Visit the beautiful gardens at the highest point and take advantage of the panoramic views of Sanremo from the old town to the new.

Superyacht Services For France & Italy:


Although Marseille is not as known as other tourist destinations for yachts ATL Mediterranee has been offering a full range of 1st quality services. Located next to the port in Marseille, ATL Mediterranee has developed a full service to yachts calling at Marseille port for guests, captain, and crew.

Services include:

  • Port Clearance
  • Customs Assisting
  • Berthing
  • Deliveries on board for incoming spare parts
  • Full medical assistance


Located on La Croisette in Cannes, with a complete range of services, CSS Cannes provides first-class assistance to yachts, only a walking distance away from Old Port. The team there are experts with the best information regarding all the events planned in the port of Cannes including Mipim and the Film Festival.

Services include:

  • Berth arrangments
  • Port Concierge
  • Harbour Authorities Assistance
  • Bunkering
  • International shipments


Portosole offers access to superyachts up to 90m. ALL SERVICES, with its team of 30, has its offices inside the port, between the A and B piers. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week the company provides services and full assistance on all Mediterranean ports for captains and their crew hassle-free yachting.

Services include:

  • Bunkering
  • Car and Van rentals
  • Banking assistance
  • Port booking
  • Technicians and emergency repairs
  • Shipyard and refit consultancy

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