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Guide To Sailing In Toulon

On a Toulon yacht charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore much of French Riviera and Côte dAzur within an easy sail. Whatever you want from a French Riviera yacht charter, from its high society fun to beautiful coastline, a Toulon sailing holiday is going to be an unforgettable experience.

Toulon's Naval Base, the largest in France, has contributed to a lot of the city's history. In summer you can take a guided boat tour of the naval base but it is largely off limits to tourists. The military history side indeed, is much of the reason that you and your fellow charter guests may wish to visit Toulon. In the Old Town you will find the Arsenal of Toulon, originally opened in 1680 by King Henry IV and amongst other things, home to the National Museum of the Navy here.

The Quai Kronstadt is another place to visit for those who love old ships. In the old port, it is home to a number of square riggers, some of which you and your friends can go sailing aboard for an afternoon or longer.

As well as meandering the streets of the old town, you should head into the newer side where you can take a cable car up to Mont Faron with its exquisite views of the Mediterranean coastline, as well as ancient fortifications.

As you set sail from Toulon you may well want to pause at the isle of St Mandrier sur Mer, which is connected to the French mainland with a manmade causeway yet protects the extensive bay with its topography. Used for different reasons from military to fishing over thousands of years, St Mandrier sur Mer is now a delightful resort and worthy of a visit on your shakedown sail out of Toulon.

Toulon though is not wholly a tourism destination thanks to its other focuses. On your Toulon yacht charter you can explore the coast, east to Saint Tropez or west via La Ciotat to Marseille. Read on to find out more!

Explore Toulon By Renting A Yacht

So, having boarded your sailing yacht or motor yacht private yacht charter in Toulon, where could you go?

Heading east towards Monaco you will encounter many of the major resorts of the French Riviera. Saint Tropez is a few hours to the east where you can see the superyachts of the rich and famous, and perhaps an ambitious starlet or two networking or topping up their tans! Port Cros, an islet offshore, is where many of those involved in the high energy lifestyle of Saint Tropez go to chill out thanks to its beaches and wildlife.

Beyond St Tropez is the city of Cannes, famous for its film festival and a year round holiday resort thanks to its great climate and sandy beaches. Just 5km offshore from Cannes are the Lérins islands, islands that are both beautiful to look at from afar and a seriously good place to chill out after the unrelenting buzz of the mainland. St Marguerite is the largest of the four, but doesn't have any hotels. This means that if you're on a day charter this will mean heading home for the evening, or on a longer charter holiday, you stay aboard your charter yacht. Ile St Honorat is smaller than St Marguerite, but is owned by a Cistercian Monastery. You can visit, perhaps buying their famous wines and liqueurs from the monastery shop...

Antibes with its luxury yacht harbour may be great place to stop and after another relaxing resort - St Jean Cap Ferrat you have Monaco.

Heading west from Toulon you will end up in the merchant port of Marseille with its riot of cultures and excellent old town. Before, do drop the hook at La Ciotat that complemented its larger ports to the east and west with shipbuilding until the turn of the 20th Century. This is a bygone era but some of the yards have turned to luxury yacht repair as an industry. You'll hope not to have to visit on your corporate charter unless of course it is to enjoy the calanque and beaches that have helped to revive La Ciotat in recent years!

**How To Get To** **Toulon**

Did you know it takes almost as much time by train from London to Toulon as it does by air? You can jump on the Eurostar at St Pancras for Gare du Nord in Paris, hop on the metro to Gare du Lyon and take a fast train on to Toulon.

If the bureaucracy and baggage limits aren't such a bother, Heathrow and Gatwick both have flights to Marseille where you take a train on to Toulon. Excluding airline security and bureaucracy it takes around an hour less - with the trouble of flying, maybe a bit longer!

Marinas In Toulon

Toulon Darse

A large marina capable of taking large superyachts, Toulon Darse Marina has charter companies and boat owners working into it that offer super yachts, luxury yacht charter, corporate charter, catamaran, motor yacht and monohull sailing yacht charter yachts on a bareboat, skippered charter or private yacht charter basis. You can day charter or do a boat rental for a week or more as your budget and time allows.

Berth Characteristics:

615 berths

Max Length 55m (180 Feet)

Max Draught 8m (26 Feet)

List of additional services: Shore power, water, showers, WC, changing rooms, fuel, ATM, bar, restaurant, shipyard, waste and waste water collection.

Toulon Darse Nord

This mid-sized marina has charter companies and boat owners working into it that offer luxury yacht charter of different boat type including, catamaran, motor yacht and monohull sailing yachts on a bareboat or skippered charter basis. You can enjoy a day charter yacht rental or a longer sailing holiday from here.

Berth Characteristics:

367 berths

Max Length 40m (131 Feet)

Max Draught 8m (26 Feet)

List of additional services: Shore power, water, showers, WC, changing rooms, fuel, ATM, bar, restaurant, shipyard, waste and waste water collection.

Port Pin Rolland

Port Pin Rolland marina has charter companies and boat owners working into it that offer luxury yacht charter of different boat type including, catamaran, motor yacht and monohull sailing yacht charter boats on a bareboat or skippered charter basis. You can enjoy a day charter yacht rental or a longer sailing holiday from here.

Berth Characteristics:

350 berths

Max Length 20m (66 Feet)

Max Draught 3m (10 Feet)

List of additional services: Shore power, water, showers, WC, changing rooms, fuel, ATM, bar, restaurant, shipyard, waste and waste water collection.

Suggested Sailing Routes From Toulon

On your bespoke yacht charter or bareboat charter you can explore popular destinations along the French Riviera or Italian Riviera - or both - in a two week sailing holiday. Let's explore the possibilities you have on your luxury charteryacht with two itineraries below:

7 Days - French Riviera: Doable on a bareboat charter or skippered charter sailing vacation, this trip heads as far east down the Mediterranean coastline to Antibes. On your trip you should spend time ashore at the Iles d'Hyères and nearby islands, as well as Saint Tropez, Port Cros and Cannes, on the way to the mid point of Antibes. Come back pausing at the Lerins Islands and Fréjus on the way back to the charter base.

14 Days Balearic Islands: Perhaps better done as a private yacht charter or corporate charter, this is a trip west along the French and Spanish coasts, enjoying port towns and cities such as Marseille, Montpelier, Roses, L'Escala and of course the big city of Barcelona before perhaps enjoying the fashionable buzz of nearby Sitges. From here, head off the coast to Ibiza Town and then on to Palma de Mallorca for another night of fun. Explore the islands for a few days then return to the Spanish coast and coast-hop east up the Mediterranean Sea back to Toulon.

Best Times To Hire A Yacht In Toulon

The sailing season in Toulon is best from May to October. The major party towns heat up to full frenzy in June to August, and so do the prices. It is very much down to what you want from a sailing holiday in the region. If partying all night is on the cards, the top DJs will hit the region in that time and you will have quite a memorable time. If the quiet life is what you seek, then do try to get out during term time - the sea is still warm in September and October too.

Sailing Weather In Toulon

The Mistral tends to build from September and eases away in May, though this can blow fiercely for several days at a time even in midsummer.

The NE breeze common to coastal Mediterranean France never really gets above 17 knots or so so there will be some boisterous sailing but never more than is fun. You will see more precipitation towards the beginning and end of the sailing season (May and October) but the temperatures rarely stray below 15-17 degrees during those times. In the height of summer (July/August) it isn't as hot as southern Europe, though you will see the odd few days in the 30+ C range. For Northern Europeans and those from other cooler climes this makes for fantastic sailing!

FAQs:

What should I consider when hiring a Yacht or Boat?

The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.

**What are the Marinas in Toulon?**

There are three major marinas in Toulon, notably Toulon Darse (651 berths for vessels up to 55m), Toulon Darse Nord (367 berths for vessels up to 40m) and Port Pin Rolland that has 350 berths for vessels up to 20m LOA.

When are the best times to hire a boat in Toulon?

The high season is in July and August. Things get expensive and restaurants competitive. The city and sailingdestinations nearby tend to relax a bit, become more friendly and cheaper outside of the peak season.

Do you have to pay a deposit when hiring a Yacht in Toulon?

You will typically pay 50% up front on booking the yacht hire and the balance on arrival. You will either pay a security deposit with your credit card on departure or can get insurance covering damage in advance. In some cases (such as the recent Covid situation) charter companies may be more flexible but this depends on the individual charter companies themselves.

What happens if my Yacht breaks down?

If you are at sea and in danger, call MAYDAY on VHF Ch16 or ring the coast guard on your phone if you have reception. If you have a mechanical fault and can make it to or are on a mooring you will be able to phone a help line number given by the boat charter company.

What should I think of before I hire a Yacht or Boat in Toulon?

You should consider do you have the experience to handle the yacht charter or boat hire before you book and where do you want to go along with what the weather will be like. Bring warm weather and cool weather clothing if it looks like the weather can be cool as well as warm and remember at sea it can be cool on most evenings.

What Qualifications Do I need to hire a boat or yacht?

If you want to sail without a skipper then you will need relevant qualifications like RYA Day Skipper/International Certificate of Competence (ICC)/ASA 104 Bareboat certificate or the US Sailing Certificate. For small 'day boats' or if you choose to have a skippered on board your yacht charter you typically don't require licences.