One week onboard a sailing yacht with captain in Cote d´Azur – Baie des Anges

Baie des Anges is the whole gulf that starts from the western end of the inlet of Villefranche sur Mer and ends at Cap d’Antibes, a beautiful stretch of sea that is part of the cetacean sanctuary. While sailing in this beautiful bay, it is not uncommon to spot dolphins, whales and other cetaceans, a wonderful sight.
In today’s article we will explore the stretch of coast between the mouth of the Var river and Villeneuve Lubet, famous for the sail-shaped houses of the complex called Marina Baie des Anges.
In this stretch of sea the water often takes on very particular colors due to the continuous flow of fresh water from the Var river which, mixing with the sea water, produces a surprising visual effect on the color of the water.
Sailing from Nice to the west, past the Nice – Cote d’Azur international airport, we find the port of Saint Laurent du Var, a private marina equipped with all services. Due to the seabed that reaches a maximum depth of 3 meters, not all our boats can access it; Nabab, our spearhead, cannot access it with its 3.5 meter draft.
This port is very convenient for embarking guests who reach us by plane.
If guests have booked a sailing holiday with skipper aboard Nababbo, our beautiful 65 ‘Vallicelli of 20 meters, they will find Captain Francesco waiting for them in port who will accompany them on board with the tender.
Francesco knows this area perfectly because since he was a child he kept his laser (a small drift with incredible performance) in a sailing club on the beach of Saint Laurent du Var. This has allowed him over the years to get to know the specific winds and currents better. of the area.
Continuing the navigation, you pass in front of Cagnes sur Mer, famous for its racecourse, one of the most important in France.
On the heights above Cagnes, perched on the top of a hill, we find the medieval village of Saint Paul de Vence, a romantic village famous all over the world for its beauty, for its shops and for the countless artists’ studios located in its alleys. . In this village, absolutely worth visiting, we also find the small chapel of the rosary painted by Matisse. For art lovers it is also nice to visit the Maeght foundation which houses a magnificent collection of works by Matisse, Chagalle, Mirò and many others.
Continuing with the bow facing west, you reach Villeneuve Lubet, famous for Marina Baie des Anges. This architectural complex, designed by André Minangoy in the 1970s, includes a private port equipped with all services among the imposing sail-shaped buildings.
In the next article we will deal in depth with the city of Antibes, another pearl of the Côte d’Azur where our skippers love to accompany the guests of our boats.
Good wind!