When it comes to holidays on the French Riviera, you aren’t short of beautiful towns, cities and villages to visit and enjoy. From the glitz and glamour of the harbour in Monaco to the quaint, traditional seaside town of Antibes; there truly is something for everyone to enjoy. Here at Quality Villas, we have a range of luxury holiday villas in the French Riviera, all of which make the perfect base for your stay in the South of France. Below, we’ve listed just seven of our favourite places to stay to help narrow down your search for the perfect villa.
Home to Picasso, this lively, walled town nestled between Cannes and Nice is full of charming, cobbled streets, bustling markets and excellent eateries to keep you entertained during your time here. Idle away the days relaxing on any of the golden sandy beaches on the Cap d’Antibes where you can soak up some of the famous French Riviera sun, before rolling into any of the seaside restaurants for some of the freshest seafood around. Those with a passion for history and culture are well accounted for thanks to the region’s historical landmarks, and don’t pass on the opportunity to take Picasso’s trail, where many of the sights you see might be vaguely familiar, as the views were the very same that inspired the man himself.
This gorgeous, glamorous town is home to the single biggest film festival in the world, and it’s not difficult to see why it is regarded as a haven for the rich and famous. This luxurious lifestyle is continued beyond the two-week film festival in May, and you can easily get lost in the myriad of designer shops that are scattered all over the town. As you might guess, the town has a fantastic beach along with some of the finest beachside bars in the French Riviera. If the town gets a bit too much, escape to one of the two secret islands nearby, and in just 15 minutes you’ll feel worlds away from the mainland in your very own escape to paradise.
No trip to the French Riviera is complete without visiting the capital of the Cote D’Azur, and there’s no shortage of things to see and do while you’re there. Take a casual stroll along the Boulevard des Anglais to get your fill of sea views and to explore the pebble beach before sampling some fine French delicacies at any of the gorgeous seafood restaurants. The old town has a plethora of quaint cafés and coffeeshops where the minutes will soon turn into hours as you people watch to your heart’s content at the various squares around the city. A fantastic mid-point between various hotspots on the French Riviera, Nice is the perfect place to make your home away from home.
Once home to the likes of Somerset Maugham, David Niven and Charlie Chaplin, it’s easy to see the allure of Saint-Jean-Cap. A forested peninsula that has all of the old-style Riviera glamour and more, there are a plethora of coastal paths that provide awe-inspiring views of the craggy provincial coastline. There’s plenty to see and do in this charming town, exploring the maze of narrow lanes and discovering various chapels and the picturesque harbour, but it is also located conveniently between Nice and Monaco, making day trips to visit each of those iconic locations an absolute must.
Monaco has everything you can expect from an independent city-state and more. The glamorous getaway has long-since been a favourite for the high-fliers of society, and many will visit just to marvel at the impressive display of luxurious yachts on the harbour. Despite its relatively modest size, there’s plenty of things to see and do in this fascinating region. From trying your luck on the slot machines at the Monte Carlo to strolling up to the Oceanographic Museum that sits atop a cliff, boasting panoramic views of the surrounding coastline. Monaco is the perfect destination to bask in some winter sun for that all-important vitamin D and truly has something for everyone.
A quintessentially French seaside resort, this pretty haven is laidback in comparison to other, more bustling destinations in the Cote D’Azur and allows all visitors to take a step back from their busy lives to relax. Cassis is protected by the tallest coastal cliff in Europe, the Cap Canaille, on one side and the white limestone Calanques on the other, giving the resort a hidden, secluded feel. Explore vineyards, beaches and pine forests by day before settling down to any of the fine dining establishments in the village by night. In Cassis, time truly does seem to slow down, making it the perfect break away for those in need of a well-deserved, feet-up kind of holiday.
That concludes the list of our favourite towns and villages to visit on the French Riviera. We hope we have provided you with some inspiration for where to spend your next family getaway or have at least given you a few other options to consider when selecting your villa. For more ideas and inspiration, check out our recent blog, 6 of the Best Beaches in the French Riviera. If you have any questions about our range of villas or would like to discuss your wants, needs and desires, don’t hesitate to contact the friendly team here at Quality Villas who would be more than happy to help.
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