Typical Week at Adventure Sports St.Tropez
A guide to activities during a week of Watersports Activity Holidays France
Our preferred arrival day for week long holidays. Fly in to Nice ( or Toulon ) and enjoy a picturesque transfer through the mountains and forests of the Esterel and down to the beautiful Cote d’Azur from St. Raphael to St.Tropez. On arrival you are shown the local amenities and where our boats are in Marines de Cogolin. Then briefed on meeting times and places and taken to your apartments. Depending on arrival times you may be able to have a moules marinares lunch at the local beach restaurant, followed by a relaxing afternoon on the beach or by the pool. In the evening, when everyone has arrived, we have a meal together at one of the many local restaurants, usually Azura Plage (on the beach), so you can meet the rest of the group and enjoy the view of the gulf at night.
Meet at the boats at 8.00 am (or later if you prefer) for Waterskiing and Wakeboarding. Two boats leave the beautiful, tranquil marina to catch the early morning flat water in the Gulf. Training skis, ideal conditions and excellent tuition ensure a good success rate and smiles all round. After returning from skiing, we go by boat for a nice brunch in the sun, at a little place on the Marina. (They even do a French version of eggs and bacon!). There is a mini market next door so it’s a good opportunity to grab a few basic provisions.You now have a couple of hours relaxing on the beach or by the pool before we meet again at 2 o’clock. The afternoon activity is Kayaking around Port Grimaud (a bit like Venice). After a briefing we kayak up the river then enter the labyrinth of canals that form the beautiful Port Grimaud. This is followed by a game of Volleyball on the beach and a well earned drink at the beach bar. After Kayaking back to the Marina, you have time to get ready for an evening together at one of the several local marina restaurants. They cater for all tastes and budgets. What a lovely first day!
St.Tropez day! Meet early at the boats again, for your Waterskii or Wakeboard sessions. It’s warm and sunny as usual. Some like to try wakeboarding while others prefer to improve their new found Waterskiing skills. A quick change and off to St.Tropez to visit the market and sample the glamour. After a wild powerboat ride across the gulf, it’s pretty special to arrive at the waterfront in St.Tropez by boat among the £20 million motor yachts. The market yields some good bargains and we know where the cheap bars are so it won’t stretch your budget. Back at the boat by 2.00 for the return trip to the marina and another wild boat ride. We then set off to visit the beautiful Gorge behind the unique hilltop village of Grimaud. Down a steep path to the Gorge where we may see turtles, wild tortoise and other rare creatures. As well as traversing the ancient Pont de Fes you can demonstrate your basic climbing skills on elementary bouldering before a hike up the hillside to see the old mill and the medieval castle. After all that hard work we stop for an ice cream and drink in the most picturesque of Provencal villages. The way back to the marina provides a good opportunity for your main provisions shopping trip to the Geant hypermarket. It’s often decided to purchase crevettes, gambas and cheeses etc. for a meal to be cooked in the apartment and eaten together with french bread and local wine. The evening is usually rounded off with a relaxing chat or guitar and sing song session on the terrace which concludes another lovely day.
We meet as usual for our 3rd Waterski and Wakeboard session and breakfast as you now look forward to it. Some head straight for the beach or pool and after a lunch at the apartments we reconvene at 2.00 for the afternoon activity. If it’s cool we may opt for a mountain bike ride up through the hills and forests to Gassin, claimed to be the most beautiful village in France. The bikers, equipped and briefed, leave the marina on tracks through country side and vineyards, up through the beautiful woods, taking in the smell of mimosa, pine and wild herbs. Once we reach Gassin we are rewarded with fantastic views down to the Gulf and to the Alps Maritime beyond. The other end of the village has magnificent views to the Isles of the Porquerolles. We relax in a lovely hilltop cafe overlooking the gulf, and after exploring the provencal village we prepare for the incredible ride back down to the marina. If it is hot then Jetskiing may be the afternoons activity in which case we meet by the boats for a briefing. Complete beginners are accompanied by an experienced rider, and soon gain the confidence to jetski around the Gulf of St.Tropez. The sea is warm and the spray welcome. Port Grimaud is thought to be an ideal venue for an evening meal as there is a wide choice of restaurants and a lively atmosphere. We complete another magical day by taking you there by boat .
Beach Day! We have a Mistral wind in the Gulf so with our local knowledge, we load up and take a short ride in the minibus to a beautiful, sheltered beach. There is fantastic swimming, snorkelling, sunbathing, walking and cliff diving/jumping activities available. A great place to spend the day with friends. You can Coasteer from L’Escalet to Cap taillat the route is across rocks and around small bays with crystal clear waters. The weather is hot so it is not unusual to stop and swim in a cove. Along the route we are treated to magnificent scenery. After returning to the beach you can enjoy the excellent lunch facilities, then relax or swim/snorkel as much as you like. Paddle boarding is an afternoon option. We have booked a large table at Monroe’s for this evening. The live band is one of our favourites and we can even go by boat. The food is great and the drinks are cheap as we just make happy hour. The music is great you have to get up and dance. The night boat-ride home?……Awesome
After a late night you are pleased to have a later start. Today we are going on a Coastal Safari taking the powerboat, anchoring at beautiful coves for snorkelling, diving off the boat, picnic lunch, plenty of sunbathing and sipping wine. It is a wonderful way to wind down the week. We’ll visit St Maxine for a baguette lunch and a look around as well as swimming, diving and snorkelling at anchor. The more energetic can kneeboard and rock jump. Plus of course, don’t forget the lovely return trip to the marina. The group decide that tonight is the big night in St.Tropez, going to a nightclub after a meal. Dressed up and looking great we drive you to one of many fabulous restaurants. Matt has booked the Caves du Roy, one of the most exclusive nightclubs in the world! The place is full of atmosphere and beautiful people. This day is a great favourite with our clients.
Is for you to choose either relax by the pool, on the beach or do something active like tennis, scuba diving or windsurfing. A ferry leaves frequently, from the marina to St Tropez if you want to see more of this salubrious place and they have a market again on Saturdays. It is your last night here so we plan to have a meal together on the marina as it is local. You can even visit the local Fun Fair beforehand if you wish. There are just so many options and it’s all so very inspirational. It depends on how much energy you have, what friends you make and how much you want to achieve. We are just pleased to help.
Sunday is very sad ……….. You go home…
NOTES : This is a typical week that takes place most of the time but it does rely upon the weather. The suitability of the operating area depends largely on wind speed and direction of which we have no control but do have a number of contingencies. We will always give you the best we can and fortunately the weather is nearly always warm and sunny.
The Geant hypermarket is closed on Sundays and very busy on Mondays. There is a mini market on the marina for immediate provisions