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Close to the border with Italy, the Cote d'Azur stretches from St. Tropez to Menton and is also known as the French Riviera. There are probably very few people that have not heard of this place, and though you may think you know exactly what to expect from a holiday on he Cote d'Azur, well... think again. Read more

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Close to the border with Italy, the Cote d'Azur stretches from St. Tropez to Menton and is also known as the French Riviera. There are probably very few people that have not heard of this place, and though you may think you know exactly what to expect from a holiday on he Cote d'Azur, well... think again. There's surely aspects of this part of France that you will discover only when actually spending a holiday here. Such as:

A holiday with historical attractions

Nice is the first place we mention for those who wish to spend a holiday on the Cote d'Azur, as this town is one that should definitely not be missed here. The Promenade des Anglais is a famous pedestrian area and it is graced by buildings such as the Palais de la Méditerranée theater and the stunning Villa Masséna, with a museum of art and history. Walk to the Jardin Albert I from here too, it is an amazing display of nature in the city. From a holiday park on the Cote d'Azur try and get to the medieval village of Eze as well, it is perched on a hilltop and offers some most amazing views of the Cap-Ferrat coastline. The Fagonard Perfume Museum here, the gardens and other attractions will delight your every sense. Then there is also Menton, with a spectacular Old Town, a set of steps that lead to the Place de la Conception, which offers stunning views of the sea.

Cultural treasures on your holiday on the Cote d'Azur

Another place that should not be missed from a holiday home on the Cote d'Azur is the small coastal city with its own Principality, Monaco. See this beautiful gem in all its beauty, you will be nothing short but impressed. The royal palace here on the “Rock of Monaco”, the Oceanographic Museum, the Cathedral... simply amazing displays of beauty by the sea. A must must see! In matters of events and shows, we cannot not mention the Cannes Film Festival of course, watch the whole scene at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres. Also in the Antibes, there is the Jazz a Juan Festival, in July. Spectacles of beauty are all around you on the Cote d'Azur.

A holiday among nature on the Cote d'Azur

The nature of the Cote d'Azur is mainly defined by the sea, thus water sports, sunbathing, swimming, etc. are usual activities here. Some consider the Cote d'Azur to be starting east of Marseille, thus to this effect we may say that from Cassis for example you can get to explore the beautiful Calanques of Marseille, and follow the highest cliffs in the country as well. There are islands you can explore too, such as the Iles de Lérins, the île de Ste-Marguerite, the île St-Honorat and beautiful capes: Cap Martin, Cap d'Ail, Cap Ferrat, Cap d'Antibes. 14 departmental parks are to be found on the Cote d'Azur, with a diverse flora and fauna, not to mention the Mediterranean Marine Sanctuary where you can spot whales, dolphins, sperm whales, just off the coast. The Var estuary is an ornithological reserve, perfect for bird watching.

Wellness and spa on holiday on the Cote d'Azur

Spa and wellness centers on the Cote d'Azur rise up to anyone's expectations for sure, and we may even dare to say they sometimes surpass them. Nice for example has quite a number of such centers offering all sorts of pampering, massages, saunas, jacuzzi, pools and baths and beauty treatments. Antibes, Cannes and other places also have a lot to offer in this matter, there's nothing stopping you from treating yourself with some relaxing time on the Cote d'Azur in many facets.

Activities and sports

In matters of activities and sports on the Cote d'Azur we may say that water sports are most likely the first thing that comes to mind when thinking on a holiday on the Cote d'Azur in fact. Thus, from sailing to swimming, from jet skiing to simply enjoying yur time by the sea, you find it all here. Visit resorts such as the chic St. Tropez, or the perfect Antibes, with its two areas along the coast: the Cap d'Antibes and the Juan les Pins. The sandy beaches here are just wonderful, and there is also the Chemin des Douaniers, a scenic path that can take you hiking. Enjoy the Cannes beaches as well, there are of course many private ones here, but also public ones that have free access or municipal beaches that only charge a small fee. All in all, a holiday on the Cote d'Azur can have you enjoying alpine sports and also water sports, elegant sports and adrenaline sports. It's a place of fun and relaxing times!

Family holiday on the Cote d'Azur

The Cote d'Azur is more than suitable for people of all ages. Thus, when deciding upon a family holiday on the Cote d'Azur, you can aim for places such as the Les Bois des Lutins, and adventure playground; the Oceanography Museum in Monaco, simply astounding; Le Village des Fous, a theme park that you get to through a labyrinth; Marineland, the biggest marine life park on the Old Continent, with all sorts of marine species, dolphins, orca, sharks, penguins, etc. Go cycling and rollerblading on the promenades, go to the Aquasplash water park, you are never short of options on the Cote d'Azur.

Dining on the Cote d'Azur - Bon appétit!

The food on the Cote d'Azur is very diverse, thus from seafood to the famous Nicoise salad, you'll find it all here. The famous Bouillabaisse fish stew is definitely worth a try also, and so is the soupe au pistou. You will find local and international dishes of all sorts to enchant your taste buds every day here.

Holiday with a pet on the Cote d'Azur

Though when deciding upon a holiday on the Cote d'Azur you may not necessarily think of also bringing your dog along (they are pretty strict here regarding dogs allowed on the beach), it may so happen that you're in a position (maybe traveling from someplace else to the Cote d'Azur) of having your pooch along with you. To this effect, book a pet-friendly holiday home on the Cote d'Azur and note that there are some beaches still that allow dogs, such as in Menton. Plus, there are a whole lot of other things that you can do here together with Rover. Enjoy every moment!

Points of interest, a “must see” list on the Cote d'Azur:
  • Nice and its Promenade de Anglais, and other attractions;
  • Cannes, the Film Festival here and its great beaches;
  • Menton and its old fortification;
  • Monaco and its Oceanographic Museum, the royal palace, etc.;
  • Eze, a village perched on a steep hill, with stunning views of the Cap Ferrat;
  • The beaches at Antibes, the Jazz a Juan festival;
  • St. Tropez and its chic atmosphere, the tradition filled Old Town in the village.

Though you may think you can imagine what a holiday on the Cote d'Azur is all about, there is something to surprise you here every day, see, feel, dream for yourself!

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