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!
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 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 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