Are you living on the French Riviera or dreaming of visiting it someday? Then you have a good reason to read this ultimate guide of how to get the best out of the Côte d’Azur.
In this post we’re going to take you through the French Riviera. From walking at sunset on Promenade des Anglais to exploring the big yachts in Saint-Tropez. In between we’ll explore the famous Promenade de la Croisette to feel like a movie star, and when life gives you lemons, we’re making lemonade in Menton, the city of citrus fruits. Keep reading to get inspired for your next trip in the different cities of the French Riviera.
A trip to Côte d’Azur will start with a stop in Nice as it contains the main airport of the French Riviera! As you land you will immediately be greated by its cyrstal blue water. A trip to Nice should start with a long walk on the Promenade des Anglais, which is a beautiful promenade situated right 7 km along the main beach. At the end the walk you’ll see Castle Hill, La Colline du Château ,which is a beautiful park on top of a hill that previously held the castle of Nice which was unfortunately destroyed by a cannonball in the 1700’s. On top of the castle you have a stunning panoramic view of the whole city. If you dont want to or are not able to take the stairs, there is an elevator available for you to use! If you are looking for the perfect apartment in Nice or within its surrounding areas, whether it be within the streets of Old Town or facing the Promenade des Anglais, here are the ones offered by Wretman Estate.
The Old Town
The old town’s narrow streets are filled with authentic restaurants, shops and galleries. It’s the right place to enjoy a dinner or un verre de vin in one of the many restaurants, bars or cafes! However, you can always find restaurants with delicious food all over Nice, of which offer cuisines from all over the globe!
To the sporty one
Nice and its region has a mild climate which favors outdoor activities and gives a lot of possibilities to be active on the French Riviera. For the skiing enthusiast you can discover more than 700 kilometers of slopes in sunny landscapes in the mountains. The water enthusiast can enjoy activities such as kayaking, diving or parasailing along the extraordinary beaches on the French coastline. What kind of outdoor activity do you prefer?
We all know it. The film festival in Cannes. For 12 days every year, hundreds of celebrities are gathered to celebrate the price-winning movies of the year. Every house, apartment and hotel in Cannes are filled with guests and movie stars here to enjoy the exclusive festival and the city. While you are here, don’t miss the opportunity to take a walk on the famous Promenade de la Croisette, and think of how Leonardo Dicaprio also walked on the street.
The film festival is famous all over the world but did you know about the carnival in Nice, the Jazz festival in Juan-les-Pins, or the Fête du citron in Menton? Don’t miss out on all of the beautiful and fun events throughout the year on the French Riviera.
Menton: located at the border of Italy and Monaco, is known as the city of lemons. If you have been there you will know that lemons are the symbol of the city. That is made clear with the detailed painted lemons on benches, walls and light posts.
According to an old story, it’s said that it was Eve that planted the first lemon tree in Menton. When Adam and Eve were evicted from the Garden of Eden, Eve took a lemon with her, but Adam was afraid something similar would happen like the apple in the Garden of Eden. He begged her to get rid of it, but she kept it until she found the perfect place to plant it. She decided to plant it in Menton, because it reminded her of the Paradise she had lost.
Now Menton celebrates the lemon at the annual festival, La fête du citron, which takes place around February and lasts for a whole week. People from all over the French Riviera gather in Menton to celebrate and drink drinks such as Lemoncello – the famous lemon liquor.
Eve describes the city as paradise on earth, and there are many beautiful gardens to visit, such as Jardin Botanique Val Rahmeh or Les Jardin Biovés. In fact you can explore a garden festival every year on the French Riviera.
The world’s perfume capital, Grasse has had a perfume industry since the end of the 18th century and now produces over two-thirds of France’s natural aromas.
The International Perfume Museum is the first one dedicated to the promotion of the world’s smells, aromas and perfumes. Like many other Museums on the French Riviera, you can discover its history and art of perfume in different forms. The International Perfume Museum is also an architectural beauty, created by Frédéric Jung.
Grasse is located further away from the coast and closer to the mountains. However it’s still easy to take a train directly from Nice. We explain the transport possibilities on the French Riviera.
Exclusive shopping, big yachts on the famous marina and living like a celebrity characterizes Saint-Tropez. However you will also find contrast by taking a nice walk in the old town’s small streets, where you will discover authentic restaurants, art and cultural heritage.
Saint-Tropez has an absorbing history as you can discover in the museums. If you prefer outdoor activities Saint-Tropez also has breathtaking nature for hiking and amazing vineyards to visit.
For the shopping enthusiasts there are plenty of exclusive boutiques with all the famous brands. Where else can you combine the luxury residents and shopping facilities with direct access to nature? You get the best of both worlds in one town.
We hope you got inspired to live the best life on the French Riviera and how to discover its unique charm and historical facilities. Read more about the French Riviera.