Five family activities for rainy days in the Cote d’Azur

17th June, 2016
Though the Cote d’Azur, the stunning coastal region in the south of France, is famed for its glorious sunshine, like anywhere else in the world, it sometimes suffers from the odd rainy day. Fortunately, alongside its beaches and coastal resorts, the region also has plenty of attractions designed for these occasions, making the Cote d’Azur a great destination to visit with families year-round. Below are five of our favourite family days out that all ages are sure to enjoy.

Musee Oceanographique de Monaco

This oceanography museum is one of the world’s leading establishments of its kind, placed in a spectacular location on a cliff looking out to sea. It makes for an intriguing day out for all as the museum is filled with all finds of curiosities discovered on marine adventures over the years, from 200-year-old diving equipment to whale skeletons. For those more interested in marine life, there’s also a small aquarium, with a hands-on touch pool and feeding shows perfect for keeping smaller children entertained. Upstairs on the roof terrace, children will love the play area and turtle enclosure, while adults can relax in the adjacent restaurant, offering stunning 360-degree views out onto Monaco and the surrounding Mediterranean.

Confiserie Florian

Located near Nice is Confiserie Florian, a traditional sweet factory which also makes chocolates, candied fruits and jams, all using locally grown fruits and flowers to create some unique concoctions. Set beneath a ruined bridge in the midst of the Loup river gorge, approaching the factory is impressive enough, but the free guided tour, which is available in five languages, is what will really excite kids both big and small. After marvelling at all of the delicious sweets as they are being made, they are available to be bought at the factory shop.

Parc Phoenix

Boasting one of the largest glass houses in Europe, Parc Phoenix is located on the edge of Nice, and includes seven hectares of exotic gardens which are home to over 2500 plant species from all over the world. The glass house is made up of six different climatic zones, each with several different plant displays, and makes for a tropical and colourful experience as well as a great escape from the rain. Bring a picnic or enjoy lunch at the café, and if the weather does clear up, there are a few outdoor play areas to enjoy too.

Verrerie de Biot

The village of Biot is famous for its glass blowing and its bubble glass creations, which can be found in several shops in the old centre. Verrerie de Biot, the village’s glass-blowing studios, combined with an eco-museum, were established almost 60 years ago, and have been run by the same family since 1973. The studios offer a fascinating insight into how the glass is blown, and you can not only watch the artists at work, but also have a go yourself.

St Cezaire Caves

Near the lovely village of St Cezaire are the St Cezaire caves, a series of underground caves which are perfect to visit not only on rainy days but also on extremely hot ones, as they maintain a pleasant 14°C temperature year-round. Here you can enjoy a guided tour, as well as simply take in the spectacular views as you descend further underground. As it features several steep steps, it is not suitable for those with pushchairs. Each of these attractions are easily reachable from our luxury villas – south of France attractions aren’t just limited to these, however, there’s a wealth of amazing places to explore!

Image: Mathieu Marquer, Bernard Santucci, available under Creative Commons