The French Riviera is the playground for the rich and famous, and the picture-perfect Mediterranean coastline of southern France makes for the ideal holiday destination with your family this spring, as, during the offseason, you can enjoy the best parts of the Riviera but without the crowds.
When holidaying in the Riviera, you will no doubt want to experience it to its fullest, and we have some ideas which can help you get the most of your stay at our luxury French Riviera villas
, from strolling the white sandy beaches to dining out in style.
Wander the beaches
The Riviera loves to show its best assets, and that definitely includes its numerous beaches. Take the time to stroll along the gorgeous beaches, with their white sands and turquoise water. You can also wander further, and stroll through the seaside cities, towns and villages. Nices Promenade des Anglais is a very popular, and you can head away from the crowds with a walk between the villages of Villefranche-sur-Mer and Beaulieu-sur-Mer.
Experience the nightlife
Being a hotspot for the worlds elite you may see celebrities from Europe, America and Asia sunning themselves in the Riviera then the nightlife also has to be the best. The mild climate of the Mediterranean also means you can stay outdoors and stay warm when the sun has gone down. Try one of the many cocktail bars, or if youre holidaying with a group of adult family members or friends, try a few nightclubs such as those in Cannes of St Tropez.
Get lucky at a casino
The casinos found along the Riviera require a certain amount of refinement, and it is definitely fun to dress up and try your luck. Even if you dont fancy playing, they are great places to go and enjoy a drink, watching the sunset over the deep blue sea.
Sniff out the scents
The South of France is home to amazing scents, with the hillside towns of Grasse and Eze producing perfumes which are sold across the world. The factory Fragonard in Grasse is open to the public, where you can learn about the process of making sweet smelling perfumes and colognes.
Soak up the arts
It is no surprise that many great painters headed to the Riviera to paint it, inspired by the dazzling blue waters, cloudless skies, and villages perched on the hillsides. Some of the artists who headed to the Riviera, and whose work you can see in various museums in the region include Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. The Musée Matisse in Nice is a must-see.
Enjoy the entertainment
There is never a dull moment on the French Riviera, with year-round festivals keeping both the tourists and visitors entertained. There is the Cannes Film Festival in May and later in the year the Nice Jazz Festival and the International Fireworks Festivals.
Dine in luxury
Cuisine in the South of France can range from the exotic to the traditional. Try the colourful ratatouille, bouillabaisse, or the variety of seafood dishes which are prevalent in the coastal towns and cities. And because the Riviera is so close to Italy, you can also enjoy some of the best Italian food found outside of Italy.
Get about in style
Not only is the Riviera great for long walks, and the public transport very efficient, why not hire out a lovely convertible to drive about with the roof off soaking up the sun on a country drive? The winding roads between Nice and Menton offer stunning views, best seen at your own pace. Then there is also the boats and yachts you can hire at various places on the coast. Take a boat ride along the coast, and you can see it all from another perspective.
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