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Wine, charming Middle age castles and towns, drowning in blossoming flowers, magnificent seafood, jolly embankment cafés, energizing nightlife and spicy Provençal air attracts cruisers from all over the world to the Mediterranean French coast. Steady summer winds bringing the smell of lavender fields, multiple fishing harbors and perfectly equipped marinas makes cruising around French coast one of the most relaxing and refreshing sailing adventures that you can imagine.
Mediterranean France has three maritime regions – Provence Alpes Côtes d'Azur (the posh and expensive French Riviera), more easy-going Languedoc-Roussillon with its’ unfathomable cultural treasures and splendid Corsica with cherished memory of the Napoleon, mountainous secluded bays, deserted beaches and fantastic food. If you want to see the summer escapades of rich and famous – go to Côtes d'Azur and sail around fantastic mountainous harbor of the Riviera. Corsica will bring you the taste of unspoiled nature, unique wines and piquant mix of Spanish, Italian and French cuisine and Languedoc-Roussillon will open the door to fantastic treasures of Medieval culture of France.
While cruising around Gulf de Lyon it is worthwhile to make forays into the mainland to see innumerable treasures of the French history. Staying a day or two in a closed bay on Corsica will give you a long deserved calm and peace, visit to a small seaside tavern in some obscure place on the fringes of Camargue called like Le-Grau-du-Roi will stuff your belly with the most delicious seafood on earth splashed with a fancy Rosè. But before going to sea, check your boat properly – gusts of Mistral blowing form North can be sudden and powerful even in the midst of the bright sunny day. Also some areas east of Marseille has constant powerful winds blowing from the mountains above. Passage around this areas must be taken care of in a most serious fashion.