The French Riviera, located on France’s sunlit Mediterranean coast, has attracted the crème de la crème of A-list celebrities and royal guests for years. Here, the light, the smooth pebbles, the milky blue sea and the clear blue skies are all that’s needed to live the dolce vita. Italy is just a stone’s throw away, brought even closer by its historical ties that blend the best of both cultures together. Taste socca – a traditional flatbread made with chickpea flour – freshly cooked in the old streets of Nice. Visit the chapel of Cocteau in Villefranche-sur-Mer, after browsing the town’s quirky flea market overlooking the water.
Breathe in exquisite scents in Grasse, the soul of the world’s perfume industry and walk in the green valleys and the inland mountain trails. On French Riviera holidays, getting your culture fix doesn’t have to mean leaving the glorious sunshine; admire the exhibition of the moment at the Maeght Foundation, where modern art spills out into its vibrant gardens. Listen to jazz within the open-air atmosphere of a Roman theatre. When the sun sets, spend the night at Hotel Martinez, an art deco ode to luxury on the beachfront of Cannes. Recharge your batteries the French way on the Cote d’Azur.
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The skiing was great – so much snow (almost too much) and the place we stayed in Tignes was great. Paris was great – The Keppler was perfect. It was very friendly, comfortable, efficient and well located. A great weekend, thanks for arranging it. Great recommendations!
What you can find on the French Riviera that you won't find anywhere else?
Sun-drenched and seductive, the shores of the French Riviera have enticed many a sun-seeker over the years, long before Brigitte Bardot first popularised the bikini on the beaches of the Cote d'Azur.
The French Riviera remains the most fashionable stretch of coast in the Mediterranean for luxury holidays. A glittering array of towns and villages span the coastline, like a scattering of confetti they sparkle against the bright-blue, mirror-like Mediterranean in which is reflected rugged hills, pearly white beaches and endless skies. You'd be forgiven for thinking that you had stepped straight into an impressionist's canvas.
Take a boat trip to explore Cap Ferrat - one of the region's most picturesque spots, or the densely forested Cap d'Antibes peninsula, enjoying beaches, watersports and long lunches in the port-side restaurants of former fishing villages such as St. Tropez.
Wander down the sun-splashed promenades of Nice, stopping for a coffee somewhere along the city's iconic boutique-and-cafe-lined beachfront, before making your way to a fragrant flower market for some blooms. Head to the Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes for some sun, sea, sand and celebrity spotting. We have to mention the glitz and glamour of Monaco - although not strictly part of the Riviera, the principality is home to lavish casinos and its very own opera house.