Seven great day trips to enjoy on the French Riviera

16th September, 2016
With the peak tourist season now over, now’s the perfect time to grab what is left of the wonderful Mediterranean sun and visit some of the French Riviera’s best resorts without the crowds.

Even if you’re not relying on your own vehicle, the French Riviera is incredibly simple to travel around, meaning that visiting several different resorts using one of our French Riviera villas as a base is not a problem. Below are some great day trip recommendations to mix and match with a few lazy days at the beach or by the pool!

Nice

Often regarded as the capital of the Riviera, Nice has plenty to explore making for a pretty full day of walking. From the Baroque paradise of the Old Town to the world-famous Promenade des Anglais, with its wide-spreading sea views, there’s plenty of picturesque sights to take in. Other spots worth visiting include the Matisse Museum and the Castle Hill.

Monaco

Monaco is just a short hop from the French Riviera, and is the ultimate destination for glitz and glamour, with shiny and pristine superyachts lining the glittering seafront. Not to be missed is a visit to the Oceanographic Museum, a flutter in the casinos of Monte Carlo and a walk up the Rock to visit the Old Town and see the wide-reaching views below.

Cannes and Antibes

There’s time to visit both glamourous Cannes and the charming Antibes in one day, with each starkly contrasting the other. Even outside of the Film Festival, there’s plenty to see in Cannes, from the old town of Le Suquet to the Croisette waterfront. Antibes meanwhile has a rural and authentic Provencal charm though it still features impressive landmarks such as Fort Carré and the Picasso Museum.

Menton and Ventimiglia

From the French Riviera, you can even cross the border into Italy and visit Ventimiglia, which lies at the mouth of the Roya river. Here you can soak up the Ligurian atmosphere and purchase some delicious fresh Italian produce from the markets. Menton is just back over the border, and is a truly beautiful town. Its baroque Old Town is decorated with colourful buildings, while the town comes to life with the colours and aromas of citrus during the annual Lemon Festival.

Hiking in the mountains of the Vesubie

Located just behind the city of Nice, the Vesubie valley offers the perfect chance to put on your hiking boots and breathe in some fresh mountain air. It is one of the many hinterlands found behind the coastal resorts of the French Riviera, and even features its own wolf park.

Eze, Cap Ferrat and Beaulieu

The peninsula of St Jean Cap Ferrat has to be one of the most beautiful sections of coastline along the entirety of the French Riviera, with plenty of towns and villages offering spectacular views out onto the surrounding bay. Beaulieu-sur-Mer is a classy Belle Epoque resort with a Greek-style villa as its centrepiece, while the fishing village of Villefranche-sur-Mer has a unique medieval charm. Slightly tucked away is the unforgettable village of Eze, which promises stunning views of both Nice and Cap Ferrat.

St Tropez

St Tropez is the perfect place to gently wander and watch the world go by, and is another extremely glamourous resort legendary among international jetsetters. In the harbour you can see a cluster of shiny yachts gathered along the water, and a boat ride either to or from Nice is highly recommended.

Image: Dennis Jarvis, available under Creative Commons