Holiday home in the French Riviera
The Côte d'Azur, also known as the French Riviera, is known for its sun, sea and beach and the luxurious seaside resorts of Cannes, Nice, Antibes and Saint-Tropez. Throughout the year there are many tourists and of course the jet set who spend their holidays on their beautiful yacht or boat. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings, the delicious food and the 'luxury life'.
The most inspiring places on the Côte d'Azur
A special region in the south of the Provence with beautiful beaches, picturesque villages and lots of sunshine. The Côte d'Azur is known as one of the most expensive and luxurious places in the world. Not surprising that many celebrities and rich people also have a house here. Would you like to spend your holiday in a holiday home on the Côte d'Azur? See what you can visit and especially what you should not miss in the French Riviera!
Nice, the largest city on the Côte d'Azur
Ideal for a city break in the south of France. The old town, 'vielle ville' is the bustling centre of the city. Go through the small, cosy streets and visit the boutiques, fashion shops and local products. The market with flowers, delicacies and art or antique furniture is also highly recommended. Climb up to the castle hill and enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the coastline and the Promenade des Anglais!
Cannes and the annual film festival
Stroll along the Boulevard de la Croissette and watch your eyes out! The chic clothes shops, the expensive cars, the luxurious hotels and the many beach bars... You can find it all in Cannes. Every year the Palais du Festivals hosts the world-famous film festival, where many celebrities stroll along the red carpet. From Cannes you can take a trip to the Lérins Islands. The two largest islands can be visited by boat, Île Sainte-Marguerite and Île Saint-Honorat. Off the coast of Cannes and the islands, in the azure blue sea, many large yachts and boats moor.
Antibes, with its marina Port Vauban
Antibes is in the top 5 most visited places in the French Riviera. The city attracts a large international public, also because of the Cap d'Antibes where many large villas are located. Take a beautiful walk along the coast on this cape. In the old town you will find cozy terraces and shops. In the marina you will admire the many boats, yachts and even gigantic ships! In Antibes you will find the Picasso Museum in Château Grimaldi.
Monaco and its sights
Take a day trip to Monaco! In this mini-state, just past Nice, walk upstairs and visit the Palais Princier where the changing of the guard takes place around noon. From here you look out over the coastline and the marina. Monaco also hosts the annual Grand Prix. During this world famous racing event the Formula 1 cars tear through the streets. For those who want to take a guess... you can of course also visit the Monte Carlo Casino. Dive into the underwater world at the Musée Océanographique. This aquarium museum, founded by King Albert I, is the place to discover all sorts of things about life in the Mediterranean. Then stop off at Monaco Cathedral, where the film star Grace Kelly, among others, is buried.
What else is there to do in the French Riviera
If your apartment or accommodation in the Côte d'Azur is a bit further away, rent a car and make a daytrip along the coast.
Many celebrities can be found here, the chic seaside resort of Saint-Tropez. People like to show off their expensive cars, motorcycles or yachts. The narrow alleys have cosy boutiques and at the harbour there are several (fish) restaurants. A perfect holiday destination for those who want some luxury!
Are you looking for the Venice of the Côte d'Azur? Then Port Grimaud is the right place for you. This cozy port village consists of a network of canals. Rent a boat and sail along the typical Provencal houses.
Mougins, a typical picturesque village, is situated on a hill towards the interior behind Cannes. From here you can enjoy a beautiful view over part of the region. Another artists village is Saint-Paul-de-Vence, situated on a hill and surrounded by a city wall.
If you go more towards the Italian border, be sure to visit Menton. In this colourful village you'll find a cosy centre with botanical gardens, markets and the Basilique Saint-Michel-Arange. Menton has a beautiful location between the sea and the mountains. Every year many tourists come to the 'Fête du Citron', or lemon festival, where people parade floats made of citrus fruits.
Nearby you will also find the village of Èze, a higher situated, medieval village. From here you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding area. Visit the Fragonard perfume factory and admire the exotic flowers and plants in the Jardins Exotique d'Èze.
You can shop at Cap 3000, a large indoor shopping centre, in Saint-Laurent du Var. In Cagnes-sur-Mer you will find Polygone Riviera, a cosy and modern shopping centre.
The most beautiful beaches on the Côte d'Azur
From Cassis, near Marseille, to Menton, just before the Italian border... there's so much to see and do in the Côte d'Azur. Are you staying in a luxury villa or bungalow on the Côte d'Azur? Take advantage of the many hours of sunshine and relax on one of the most beautiful beaches in the French Riviera. We have listed a number of them for you.
- Pampelonne Plage, Ramatuelle near Saint-Tropez
- Plage Notre-Dame on the island of Porquerolles, off the coast at Hyères
- Pointe de l'Aiguille, Théoule-sur-Mer
- Plage de Bonporteau, Cavalaire-sur-Mer
- Plage de Paloma, Cap Ferrat
- La Calanque d'En Veau, Cassis
- Plage de l'Estagnol, Bormes-les-Mimomas
- Le Dramont, Saint-Raphael