Best activities in the French Riviera

The picturesque seaside resort between Nice and Cannes is an old Greek trading port. Here lived several cultural giants of the 20th century, including the writer James Baldwin, the actor Donald Pleasance, Marc Chagall and one of the many painters later called Saint-Paul-Vence. Today, visitors to the city can find many remnants of its old days, including narrow cobbled streets and city walls. 

A stylish and scenic stretch of the coastline called the Cote d’Azur stretches from Saint-Tropez to Menton on the border with Italy. The Sentier du Littoral winds along the edge of Cap dAntibe for five kilometres and has one of the largest coastal hiking trails in the world. 

Spend a day at the Marineland Water Park in Antibes if you have kids and want them to enjoy the water attractions and see the marine life. Explore the Verdon Canyon, visit nearby lavender fields, visit one of the 100 most beautiful villages in France (Moustiers-Sainte-Marie) and swim in the azure waters of the Sainte Croix Lake. For unbeatable photo opportunities, visit the Parc de la Colline du Chateau in the old town of the port. 

For a more secluded and peaceful experience, hike to Plage de la Darse at the west end of the bay. You will notice that the beach is rarely crowded – in fact, there is no parking – and it is made entirely of gravel and sand. 

Other attractive destinations along the south-east coast of Frances are the Burgberg in nearby Nice, the Grand Market Hall in Cannes and the National Park Port-de-Cros. The village of Eze is also worth a visit, as it is a medieval settlement carved into a steep rock. The colourful architecture, views of the Mediterranean Sea and a number of cosy vintage shops make for a superb day trip from Nice. 

If you stay in a French holiday home you will find it easier to get to all the great beaches, luxury hotels, casinos, top brands stores, unique restaurants, medieval villages and interesting museums. You can also hike, scuba dive and discover the ruins of Fort du Moulin in the Port-de-Cros National Park. In the old town you will find restaurants with delicious food, on the beach you can drink good drinks to the sound of the waves and on the castle hill you can take beautiful sunset pictures. 

Then travellers can stroll or cycle along the famous Promenade des Anglais, take a stroll in the historic centre of St. Tropez or find a spot on the beach of St-Tropez to enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean. You can also party all night in one of the nightclubs of St- Tropez or bar-hopping in one of the many pubs. Even if it’s a bit like a zoo and it’s impossible to have a good party here, you should go to the celebrity-run Cannes Festival to find a place with a cool atmosphere. 

SOCCA originates from the Nice region and its borders with Italy and is one of the best places to get it is the Nice flower market. Beautiful flower markets, farmers markets, farm shops and vegetarian and healthy fast food markets.

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