Famed as an extravagant and breathtakingly beautiful region to holiday, the Cote d’Azur (or French Riviera) between the Mediterranean coast and the Alps has so much to offer any kind of traveler. From long stretches of white beaches splashed against a bright blue sea, to high-class shopping, world-class food and endless day trips, you will never find yourself short of something to do here. Here are some tips for making the most of your trip to the Cote d’Azur:
Revel in the Lifestyle of the Cote d’Azur’s most Chic Cities- Your holiday in the French Riviera won’t be complete without experiencing Saint-Tropez, Nice, Cannes, or Monaco- the combination of luxurious beaches, restaurants and nightlife is simply unparalleled. Find a Cote d’Azur Vacation Rental in the location of your choosing to launch off the perfect holiday packed with sightseeing, shopping, relaxing by the sea and enjoying the finest of wine and cuisine in the region. The sandiest beaches are found in Cannes, where you will also find the famous film festival held each May.
Rent a Car to Experience the Villages and Countryside- Sure, you could pick between Nice, Cannes or Monaco, but why not give yourself the freedom to experience all of these great coastal cities, plus some of the smaller villages and the countryside? A great holiday will include some of the seaside (though rather touristy) attractions found in Nice and Cannes, experiencing the extravagant luxury of Monaco, and visiting the jaw-droppingly beautiful countryside between the cities. Taste the local food and wine along the way, and immerse yourself in the friendly culture of the villagers in this region! You’ll find historical architecture and a laid-back atmosphere in the small, picturesque villages along the coastline.
Visit the Bay of Villefranche- Sandwiched between Monaco and Nice, this bay reputed as one of the five most beautiful bays in the world, is a perfect stop on a road trip through the Cote d’Azur. Though Villefranche attracts a cosmopolitan international crowd, it amazingly retains an authentic and friendly small-village feel. The harbor is a constant hub for everything from small boats to huge liners, so the town is always buzzing with life and energy, and the seafood is some of the freshest you’ll find on the French Riviera.