Côte d’Azur is the famous southern region of France, which stretches along the Mediterranean Sea. Starting from Marseille and up to the Italian border, this coastline is a popular playground for the rich and famous. Wonderful climate, beautiful landscapes, luxurious resorts, world-famous nightclubs, and various entertainment venues make this a great summer destination in Europe. Among the top things to do in Côte d’Azur are to sunbathe on one of the stunning beaches, to take a stroll down the Croisette in Cannes, to enjoy a chilled bottle of Chablis in Nice,and to spend the day at one of the famous beach clubs in Saint Tropez, where you most likely will be filmed by Fashion TV. Here are my top 5 picks of the places to visit this summer in the French Riviera.
The city of magnificent palaces and world-famous festivals, of amazing beaches and wonderful restaurants, of luxurious yachts and a year-long holiday is of course, Cannes. Here you can “touch” the stars in the Palais des Festivals and try some of the local delicacies in the restaurants located on the seaside. The romance and beauty of this place are unparalleled. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a boat ride to visit the Sainte Marguerite island.
Nice is the 5th largest city in France and has a large variety of museums and famous landmarks. This is the place that inspired the works of Hemingway, Chagall and Matisse. There are Michelin star restaurants, which offer the most breathtaking views of the French Riviera, and every building is home to a certain charm that only the French have. Some of the top things to do here is to enjoy the turquoise sea on one of the private beaches, to visit the famous Cours Saleya flower market, to walk down the Promenade des Anglais and enjoy the sunset and to marvel at the masterpieces at the Matisse Museum or the National Museum of Marc Chagall.
A former fishing village, and now a renowned fashionable resort that has gained recognition in the movies of the 20th century, Saint-Tropez, is located west of Nice. This picturesque town in the Provence region has not only the best beach and nightclubs of Europe, where you can dance from dusk till dawn, but also a beautiful old town that is well worth the visit. And while the sweet life can be really felt here among the rich and their high-end mega yachts, this place is also perfect for lounging on sunbeds by the sea, sipping on fine French champagne and eating seafood.
Hidden in the cozy bay, Antibes, is one of the most charming resorts in the French Riviera. Apart from enjoying 24km of the marvelous beaches here, you can explore the lush Thuret garden, have a blast at the Marineland theme park and feel like a million dollars at the Vauban port. Enjoy the sun at La Gravette or Garoupe and at night time head out to the Jean-les-Pins area, which is known as the jazz capital of the Cote d’Azur. Don’t forget to visit Hotel Eden Roc, built in the neoclassical style in the late 19th century, which has been frequented by John F. Kennedy, Charlie Chaplin, Madonna, Sylvester Stalone and Marlene Dietrich.
Some of the reasons to visit Monaco, the world’s smallest constitutional monarchy and yet one of the most densely populated cities in Europe, are its pompous 5* resorts, that has been filmed in the James Bond movies, some of the best restaurants in the French Riviera, and of course, the Grand Prix and Formula 1. Apart from having the most expensive street to own real estate on, the Princess Caroline Street, Monaco welcomes its visitors with a charming unique atmosphere, sheer elegance and pure style. The fun does not come cheap, but it’s really worth it.
Whether it is to explore the fine cuisine of Provence in Nice or to party along billionaires in Saint Tropez, Cote d’Azur is certainly an incredible place to visit in the summer. From luxurious resorts, to thrilling gaming sites and busy nightclubs, there are plenty of activities and entertainment options to enjoy here.