Green hills and lavender fields, beautiful beaches and charming streets. Not only can you enjoy the famous seaside resorts such as Saint Tropez and Nice, but also enchanting islands, small towns and Roman antiquities. Voilà: the Côte d'Azur.
The French Riviera is filled with all the right ingredients for a perfect holiday: blue sea, good food and lively cities full of nightlife, white beaches, mountain villages and many places with art and archaeology. Here, featuring beautiful pastel colours is the town of Saint-Tropez. Beyond the intense social life frequented by celebrities and alive with evening revellers for the countless bars and restaurants along the marina and the centre, this city still retains the old charm in the neighbourhood of La ‘Ponche’.
The city of Cannes is well worth a visit. The ‘Promenade de la Croisette’, which runs along the coast, is often used as a location for filming commercials. Take the ferry to the islands of Lerins, located opposite the Bay of Cannes. In this idyllic setting, on the Island of Santa Margherita, is Fort Royal, the oldest prison in the Iron Mask. Visit the town of Grasse, the centre of the perfume industry, and the town of Frejus, rich in monuments from the Roman period – a very interesting aqueduct, amphitheatre and arena. The peninsula of Antibes has the Picasso Museum and perhaps the most beautiful beaches.
Average summer temperature: 28 degrees
Roman Antiquities at Frejus
Banon DOP, goats cheese
Perfumes and soaps from Grasse, lavender and olive oil
‘Tourtour’ is a small hamlet known as the ‘village in the sky’, due to its enviable position. This small village boasts an exceptional view of the surrounding mountains. The church of Saint-Denis is one of the major attractions of the place.
In the region of the Côte d'Azur, Provence is famous for the production of olive oil. When you are near the sea, order a delicious plate of fish. ‘Bouillabaisse’ is a fish soup with seafood and numerous types of fish. Try it for yourself!
In Saint Tropez shopping is an art form! From the central ‘Place de la Garonne’, continue to the port and then to ‘Rue Gambetta’, a long road with many trendy shops. On ‘Rue François Sibilli’ there are the big names like Armani and Gucci.
‘Sillans-la-Cascade’ is a small village with only 500 inhabitants. Those who love waterfalls should not miss this wonderful show. The falls plunge into a mirror of green water... a true paradise on earth.