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Make summer last longer on the Côte d'Azur

The Côte d’Azur is a golden thread of glamour, sunshine and superlatives on France’s Mediterranean coast – and the perfect antidote to those end-of-summer blues.

©CRT Côte d’Azur France - Aurélien Buttin

Glittering on France’s Mediterranean coast, Nice-Côte d’Azur France is just a short flight from the UK and has everything you need for a sumptuous sun-soaked getaway, plus a calendar of exciting events throughout the summer and autumn. Nice makes a great base for exploring the wider area, from the towns of Cannes and Antibes to medieval hilltop villages such as Grasse. Take advantage of the many seasonal offers from sport and activities to art and culture. No need for a car – the local trains and buses are excellent, and the food and drink alone are reason enough to book your flights!

Nice, capital of the Côte d’Azur 

©OTM Nice Côte d’Azur

A two-hour flight from the UK, Nice is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, boasting an elegant palm trees seafront looking out across the sparkling turquoise Baie des Anges with its pebbly beach. Book a guided tour of the old town (‘Vieux Nice’) with its warren of blushing ochre buildings. Browse the vibrant food and flower market on the Cours Saleya, before stopping for a traditional salade Niçoise at a bistro. 


©Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes - Photo Kelagopian

Glamorous Cannes, 30km west of Nice, owes much of its renown to its annual Film Festival, and is home to a wealth of tempting designer boutiques and rooftop bars. But to soak up the soul of Cannes, you need to climb up the sloping alleys of Le Suquet to discover the old town – and enjoy the dazzling view across the bay from the top of its square tower. There’s also a slower pace out on the Lérins islands, accessible for day trips by boat from the port.


©Nomade, Vieille Ville Antibes

Antibes Juan-les-Pins, the hidden gem of the Côte d’Azur, is the quintessential destination to enjoy serenity, luxury and art de vivre. Old Antibes is a magnet for tourism but remains an authentic town known for its exceptional quality of life, craftsmen, fine food and museum dedicated to Picasso.

Not to mention the beauty of Cap d’Antibes, a green lung just 20 minutes from Nice Airport, where sport lovers gather to run or enjoy yoga, cycling and paddleboarding.

In Juan-les-Pins, it’s all about the sandy beaches, nightlife, and the oldest European jazz festival which takes place during the second fortnight of July. 



©B Vergely

Towards the Italian border you’ll find Monaco, a principality of many faces, where everything is possible. It’s home to many festivals and international sporting events, a variety of museums, world-class hotels, exclusive shopping, sumptuous cuisine and a vibrant nightlife scene. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, a city break or a revitalising experience, Monaco is for you.

Culture and sports

©CRT Côte d’Azur France – Isabelle Fabre

The hilltop village of Grasse is considered the world capital of perfume, home to the International Perfume Museum, which brings the origins and history of perfume-making to life. At the Parfumerie Fragonard you can visit a laboratory and distillery, maceration and filtering studios, enfleurage rooms, and artisan packaging and soapmaking workshops.

The Côte d’Azur is also a haven for sporty visitors, with sailing, surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding and scuba at centres all along the coast. Look out for the ‘Accueil Sportifs’ organisations, which provide coaching and services tailor-made for each individual. Running enthusiasts are encouraged to sign up for the Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes Marathon on 3 November.

Find out more about Côte d’Azur, France.



Terms and conditions:
Nice from £34.99 one way pp, two flying.
T&Cs: 8,060 seats from London (Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Southend) for travel to 28.03.20. Correct at 09.07.2019.