You really must see the Mediterranean from ‘la mer’, the elegant stone structures speckle the shore like carefully crafted pebbles. The water temperature varies substantially in the seasons so May to September will be the most pleasant for a flying leap in off your yacht. And yes, you can hire a yacht for less than a kings ransom.
A decadent Dufour 425 will set you back €850 (Euro) for the day from Day-Charter.fr, 3 cabins, 2 steering wheels and a cockpit shade so you don’t scorch your skin under the French sun. Comfortably welcoming up to 11 guests your tariff includes the boat, insurance, a skipper, fuel for 3 hours cruising (you can also use the sails), soft drinks and towels. If you ask your captain nicely he might even whip up a salade Nicoise or other fanciful French fare for you and your crew.