If you’ve been planning a French Riviera vacation, or the Côte d’Azur as the locals call it, there will be much to see and do while exploring this spectacular Mediterranean coastline situated in the south eastern part of France. This particular coastline was one of the first modern day resort areas and was established as a cold weather health resort for the 18th century British upper class citizens.
Today, it is one of the most targeted tourist destinations in the world, especially for Europeans and those of wealthy means. Situated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, you can expect dry, hot days when visiting the area in the summertime and very mild winters if you choose that season to visit the region. No matter where you venture out and explore along the French Riviera, you will not be disappointed with all there is to see and do when you are vacationing there.
There are several must-see areas, events, and places that you will definitely want to include on your travel itinerary and we have listed our recommendations here:
The city of Nice – known as La Vieille Ville, you will definitely want to visit the “Old Town” area of the city and explore the numerous streets there.
Monaco Gran Prix – come see the most popular Formula One racing event in all of Europe and the biggest sporting event in all of southern France. Be prepared for more excitement crammed into 4 days than you have ever experienced before.
The town of Cabris – a pretty village that sits at 550 meters in elevation and has a population of just over 1,000 residents. For a small village, Cabris has become recognized as a great place to own a second or vacation home.
Nice Jazz Festival – the combination of the warm French evenings and incredible music make this event a must-see item for any vacation itinerary. It is held in an ancient Roman built park with the main stage set in an older amphitheater.
Promenade Des Anglais – basically, this is France’s equivalent to the American boardwalk and runs approximately 3 miles in length along the Nice beaches. Cafés and all types of shops dot the promenade’s landscape as well as several famous hotels.
Le Jardin d’Eze – situated atop the hill that overlooks the village of Eze, this is a lush garden dominated by tropical plants and a relaxing park. Many tourists have claimed that this is the most serene place to visit along the entire French Riviera.
Cannes Film Festival – held annually in May and originally founded in 1946, this is one of the most prestigious and oldest events in the world. If you have never experienced this festival, make sure to include it on your agenda if you are visiting the French Riviera in late spring.
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