Most people who visit the glamorous Côte d'Azur will return, and with good reason. Better known as the French Riviera, this region in the south of France is a desirable holiday destination for many, favoured for its stunning stretch of coastline, sophisticated beach resorts, and jaw-dropping viewpoints. From days spent strolling around the Old Town to afternoons spent perusing art inside the Musee National Marc Chagall, the French Riviera has a varied landscape, with something to captivate every personality. Every summer, the Cannes Film Festival is hosted in the region, giving film buffs a great event to delve into. Step back in time at and get a true taste of France by strolling around Vieux Eze, hike for half a day around the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula, or admire coastal views along Promenade Le Corbusier on your trip to the French Riviera.
A commune in the south-east, Saint-Raphaël is big on tourism, sightseeing and attractions. There are an abundance of sights worth checking out in this region, which boasts a natural landscape that attracts those in search of something off the beaten track. Plenty of 4WD tours take place in the surrounding forest and the ocean is brimming with life, making it a desirable snorkelling and swimming spot. Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire is one of many churches and cathedrals located in Saint-Raphaël, where some of the best waterfront scenery can be seen from local landmark Massif de l'Esterel.
Meet the villagers of Grimaud, a place of historical importance and interest. The Grimaldi family of Monaco led various maritime expeditions near Port Grimaud, which is where the village gets its name from. Consider visiting one of the area's most prominent wineries, Domaine du Val de Gilly. Vineyards extend for as far as the eye can see at Val de Gilly and can be reached by driving down narrow lanes. Frequented by the rich and famous, make sure you visit Château de Grimaud to learn about the unique castle's enchanting history before leaving Port Grimaud.
If you don't visit to attend the annual and eagerly-anticipated Cannes Film Festival, spend some time in Cannes for the utterly gorgeous views, or at least browse the Palais des Festivals venue and see where the festival is filmed! There is an air of exclusivity about Cannes, which attracts lots of celebrities and business professionals with its trendy eateries and pristine location in Golfe de la Napoule bay. Get your camera at the ready to walk down Boulevard de la Croisette, which is parallel with the beachfront. Positioned above the bay on a sloping hillside is the Old Town, Le Susquet. Stroll around its historic streets, before perusing rare Mediterranean relics and Columbian art inside the Castre Museum.
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Located in close proximity to the French Riviera and nearby Cannes are the Lerins Islands. These four islands are set away from the hustle and bustle of the region, with Île Saint-Honorat and Sainte-Marguerite being the largest islands. Enjoy a scenic boat ride to access the archipelagos. Sainte-Marguerite is the biggest island, and its blend of culture and nature creates the perfect setting for a relaxing break.
If you love to immerse yourself in France’s enticing arts scene, you’ll be pleased to learn that there are many museums on the Azure Coast. It is a good idea to get a French Riviera Museum Pass if you plan on visiting many, if not all of them, with package lengths varying from 14-78 hours. Reflect on the latest and past happenings in the art world at the Picasso Museum, Museum of Modern Art, or the Matisse Museum. Alternatively, unravel the area's past at the La Citadelle Museum of Maritime History.
Le Luna Park de Fréjus
Get a thrill at one of the best amusement parks in the French Riviera. The whole family can enjoy a day out in Luna Park, where members of the public can float along the water in bumper boats, or brave the Skyrider and experience gravity's full force.
French Riviera Beaches
The South of France is home to numerous beaches and its prime position means that the year-round temperature is perfect for a sunny break by the ocean. Feel the white sand between your toes on Villefranche-sur-Mer or Nice beach, or splash in the crystal clear blue waters at Paloma Beach whilst looking out onto the Cap Ferrat peninsula. Another option is to take a dip in the clearest water in the Mediterranean at the beaches on Porquerolles island, which can be accessed by boat from the French Riviera.
French Riviera Cuisine
Home to a nation of food lovers, France's culinary scene is sure to satisfy every palate. Sweet, spicy, savoury, sweet - you name it, classical French cuisine, haute cuisine, and nouvelle cuisine will leave you feeling pleasantly full. Most people don't sit down to dinner in the French Riviera until around 10:00 pm, so prepare for a late-night feast after a day of exploring the sun-drenched region.
French Riviera Restaurants
Get ready to say "Bon appétit" a lot during your stay in the French Riviera, because the region is brimming with casual diners, cute cafes, upscale restaurants, and fast food businesses. Waterfront eateries like Les Amoureux and Chez Palmyre get very busy around dinner and lunchtime, so book a table in advance. Mingle with the locals at Café Milano, enjoy an authentic dining French experience at Le Bistrot des Viviers, or wash down your food with a fruity cocktail at Elsa.
The fact that the French Riviera boasts such a unique setting makes it appeal to a diverse crowd, from young and sporty sun-seekers to couples and food connoisseurs who are in search of relaxation and luxury. Excellent holiday deals are available through easyJet and if you book your flight and accommodation at the same time, you’ll save money on your overall holiday. Take a look at our destination guides and get set to jet off somewhere special.