Spring Events on the French Riviera

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view of monaco from above
Monaco - the place to be in spring.
view of monaco from above
Monaco – the place to be in spring.

It is time for the Northern hemisphere to wake up from its slumber. The Christmas hangover should have passed by now; the month of January has been and gone and spring is on the way. As the weather starts to improve, it is time once again, to look forward to a season filled with events and glamorous parties on the French Riviera. The South of France is the place to see and be seen, and Navis Yacht Charter can help you make an impressive entrance to any of the events on the Cote d’Azur this spring aboard your luxury yacht of choice.

The first important date in the calendar is the Rolex Tennis Masters in Monaco, beginning on the 12th April and often seen as the warm up event for the all-important Roland Garros Grand Slam in May-June. The event is sure to be special this year, as it celebrates its 100th Anniversary, and will reunite some of the world’s best players in one of the world’s glitziest locations. Packages for the event include exclusive lunches with great seats on centre court. Last year, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray were among the stars competing on the clay courts.

Moving swiftly into May, there are two of the most important dates of the year. Firstly, the Cannes film festival transforms the infamous town on the Cote d’Azur, with celebrities from the film world coming together to put on quite the show, promoting their latest films and attending incredible parties. Cannes can be seen as a competition in more than one sense. Primarily it is, of course, a film festival where several prizes are allocated in various categories. However the stars regularly compete amongst with each other to see who can make the most impressive entrance. Many arrive on a luxury boat charter from the Mediterranean Sea and anchor in Cannes, while others prefer to enter from the sky, taking either a private jet or helicopter. Last, but certainly not least, there are those who arrive in a supercar, of which there are always an impressive array around festival time. This year, the festival opens on the 14th May and lasts nearly two weeks before closing on the 25th.

Secondly, on the same day that the Cannes film festival ends, another sporting event takes centre stage, as the Monaco Grand Prix is in town. The main event takes place on Sunday 25th May, with various qualifying rounds and classic car events taking place the day before. The famous streets of the principality are converted into a racetrack, in has been called the ‘undisputed jewel in the crown’ of the Formula 1 season.

If the long winter months have been giving you the blues, this list certainly should be a welcome reprieve and best of all, all of these events are just around the corner. If you are looking to stay in the region for all of the events, follow this link to find a variety of luxury accommodation rentals in the area.