Must see places on the French Riviera to visit in 2017
23rd December, 2016
Even though Christmas is just over and the New Year has not started, you might be already looking forward to your big family or group holiday in 2017. And for those who can’t decide where, maybe our list of the must-see places on the French Riviera will convince you that our South of France villas are the only place to be, come summer 2017!
It is hard to find a bad place on the French Riviera, as the coastline along the Mediterranean Sea is dotted with gems and hidden treasures that constantly delight those who visit, but these five places are definitely the ones you must see while on your holiday.
Cannes is a place of luxury and glamour and the city’s indisputable allure can be found on every street. For a spot of fantastic shopping, pampering, fine dining or a night out drinking, Cannes is the place. Walk along the Promenade de la Croisette and down to the sandy beaches where you can rent a sun lounger for the day and work on the tan. And for those heading to our luxury South of France villas in May be sure to check out the Cannes Film Festival, the most prestigious of them all. You can get tickets to see the films in competition there, and it is the perfect chance for you to glam-up and rub shoulders of the film industry elite.
Perhaps one of the most iconic locations on this list, a trip to the French Riviera is not complete without a visit to St Tropez. The town is fairly small, with a lively night scene and an excellent selection of high-class restaurants. This is also the playground for the rich and famous in Europe so don’t be surprised if you spot a celebrity! Not far from St Tropez you will also find the best beach on the French Riviera, Pampelonne. Head to one of the beach clubs – we recommend Club 55, for a champagne lunch with your friends and have a day just relaxing on the white sands.
Found between Cannes and Nice is the busy town of Antibes. The Mediterranean town has become a port for the world’s most expensive superyachts and when you navigate through the town’s narrow streets you will find yourself quickly falling in love with the place. There is a small sandy beach next to the port that is well worth a visit, though it can be a little crowded during the peak tourist season. Wander up to the Chateau Grimaldi, which owes its name to the Grimaldi family who ruled Antibes from 1385 to 1608. From the chateau, you can discover the breath-taking views over the surrounding coastline.
Although Cassis is on the outskirts of the French Riviera region and likely a town you have never heard of, Cassis is truly a highlight of southern France. The town is a small and lively fishing port overlooked by the Cap Canaille, the highest sea cliff in France which towers a total of 394m out the sea. The town is full of delightful restaurants to indulge in a fruity cocktail, quirky shops to find some fantastic souvenirs and head to the beach found at the end of the port for a splash in the azure sea. Cassis is also the gateway to Les Calanques, a series of coastal inlets where white limestone plunges into the turquoise water below. It is a haven for hikers, rock climbers and scuba divers and the views are incredible if you take a boat along the coastline.
On the east side of the French Riviera between the warm Mediterranean Sea and Mercantour National Park, Nice is a place which brims with charm and vibrancy. The city buzzes with life and is full of boutique cafes and bars and the restaurants are some of the best you can find in the region. The main beach at Nice is pebbled, so instead of a day sunbathing, why not head around to Coco Beach, which is a paradise for snorkelling, swimming and diving off rocks into the sea? There are lots of fantastic things to do in and around Nice, from wine tasting, visiting art galleries or simply relaxing a bar with a cocktail. We have no doubt a holiday here at one of our luxury villas is one to never forget.