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5 must-do things in the Côte d'Azur

The French Riviera is known for its azure blue waters, beautiful beaches, and the glamour. The Côte d’Azur isn’t one of the most popular holiday destinations from France without reason. Families, couples and friends can all enjoy a holiday with plenty of activities in the area of Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Nice and Antibes. We've taken our time to write down a few ‘must do things’ in the Côte d’Azur.


Relax at one of the beautiful beaches

Are you visiting the Côte d’Azur? Then you don’t want to miss the French beaches! All the way from Cannes to Monaco you’ll find the see-and-be-seen beachclubs, such as La Plague 45 or Baoli Beach Club, but besides this, there are enough free sand beaches. Relax at Plage Mace or Bocca Beach in Cannes, enjoy the kilometer-long sand beach Plage des Marinieres in the old town of Villefranche-sur-Mer, spot celebrities at Pampelonne Beach in Ramateulle (ca. 5 km van St. Tropez) or enjoy the quiet scenery of Plage Mala in Cap d’Ail and eat in one of the two seafood restaurants afterward. 

There is endless choice of beaches alongside the Côte d’Azur. Do you want to make it extra fun? Work out a route alongside the coast and have a beach picnic at one place to watch the sunset at another one. 


Visit Monaco 

Monaco is known for its glitter and glamour, but also has some amazing buildings which you can enjoy without breaking the bank. 

Are you crazy about luxury cars, yachts or designer brands? Walk down the boulevard towards the casino and feast your eyeballs. Sit down for a break near the harbor and enjoy all the beautiful big yachts that are waiting here. There is no other place in the world where you will find bigger private boats than these.

Monaco is one of the cleanest cities in the world and has some beautiful architecture. Old buildings are in perfectly restored condition. Take a walk alongside Prince’s Palace, Fort Antoine and Monaco Cathedral.


Explore Nice: from a panoramic view of Baie des Angels to dinner in Old Town

Nice is the biggest city in the Côte d’Azur and the 5th city of France. You can shop in boutiques or well-known chains, or you can enjoy a lunch or dinner with one of the many restaurants. Do you decide to go on holiday to the Côte d’Azur? Then we highly recommend climbing the ‘La Colline du Château (Castle Hill)’. Once you’ve reached the top you’ll have a panorama view of ‘Baie des Anges’, Nice Old Town, the boardwalk and the diverse landscape of buildings in Nice.

Besides, this ‘Old Town’ might just be one of the nicest locations to enjoy a drink, lunch or dinner. The old centre of Nice has a lot of squares to sit down and relax. It has plenty of restaurants, stores and galleries. Take a walk alongside Promenade du Paillon, the botanical garden (which is located next to the Museum for Contemporary Arts) and the Promenade des Anglais.


Take the boat to the Lérins islands: Île St. Honorat and Île Ste-Marguerite

On a 15 minute boatride (with the Ferry) from Cannes – which also is worth a visit ofcourse – you’ll find the Lérins islands. From the 4 island you can visit 2: Île St. Honorat and Île Ste-Marguerite. Île St. Honorat is known for the working monastery. On Île Ste-Marguerite you’ll find hidden coves and beaches which are worth exploring. Go on an adventure on these two islands and head back to Cannes to sit down at one of the many restaurants and enjoy your night watching people in this glamourous spot.


Stop in Grasse

Grasse is a small monetary village that is called the ‘Parfum Capital of the world’. Since the 18th Century, the fields in Grasse and its surroundings are used to culture various flowers that are used to produce different kinds of perfumes. Because of these beautiful fields alone, there is reason enough to stop in Grasse. 

Even today, this town plays a huge role in the perfume industry. A few perfumeries are based here, and one of the most known sights from this village is the Museum of Parfum. 

Grasse is located between Cannes and Nice and is worth a small stop when you’re on your way. Even if it is just to smell the lavender and buy a bottle of perfume for at home.

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