Côte d’Azur is a destination which gets most travellers excited. Think of the Côte d’Azur and beautiful beaches and colourful landscapes come to mind. That’s not to mention the sunny weather and delicious French food options. Let’s explore 6 must see sights in the Côte d’Azur also known as the French Riviera.
Saint Tropez is famous for its old port which is often full of fancy yachts as well as fishing boats. To complement these fancy yachts are endless rows of chic cafes. Sit down, enjoy a coffee whilst you people watch in this up scale location. As well as admiring the Old Port, I recommend you take a walk into the old town which is known as La Ponche. Visit Côte d’Azur in spring or autumn for the optimum weather conditions.
The name Cannes is famous around the world for the Cannes film festival. But what else is there to see in Cannes? Take a stroll along Boulevard de la Croisette with the beach on one side with fancy hotels and boutiques on the other. Why not stay in one of these fancy hotels and stare over the Cote d’Azur at sunrise and sunset from your comfortable bed!? Lastly, you may remember Cannes as the final destination in the Mr Bean’s Holiday movie.
Monaco is a must see destination for so many reasons. Firstly, to see the fancy buildings perched on a cliff edge can take your breath away. Secondly, Monaco is home to some of the most upmarket casinos in Europe. What’s more, this microstate also attracts some of the richest people in the world so you may see a famous face as you explore monte Carlo. Have you seen the Monaco Grand Prix on TV? Why not take a walk down the famous tunnel? Other top things to do in Monaco include viewing the Prince’s Palace and also watching AS Monaco play a French Ligue 1 football match. Finally, if you’re not into paying top prices for the Monaco hotels why not visit Monaco on a day trip from Nice.
Antibes is not as well known as its neighbour, Cannes. Nonetheless, I highly recommend you add Antibes to your itinerary. Here you’ll find a star shaped fort to view the beautiful blue water from. An interesting fact about Antibes is that is used to be referred to as Antipolis by the Greeks and was originally a trading port. Today, a Picasso Museum is located on top of the ancient Acropolis of Antipolis.
Nice is the largest city in Cote d’Azur and also makes a good base to explore, St Tropez, Cannes, Antibes and Monaco. One of the most popular activities in Nice is to take a walk along the Promenade des Anglais. However, something many visitors to Nice miss is the Notre-Dame de Nice. It’s almost as impressive as the Paris equivalent just with far fewer visitors. Additionally, another lesser known Nice landmark is the Nice Observatory which features a cupola designed by Gustave Eiffel himself. Don’t miss the main square of the city, Place Massena which is a perfect place to take your memorable photo.
Drive the Along the Cote d’Azur to Italy
The Cote d’Azur starts from Theoule-sur-Mer in the west to Menton on the eastern border with Italy. If you’re taking a road trip through France this route is highly recommended. As a matter of fact, this route is so beautiful that parts of it have featured in James Bond movies throughout the years. Why not hire a fancy sports car like James Bond and park it outside the Casino Monte Carlo like James Bond did? After you finish this route, it’s time to visit Italy!
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