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.
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.
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
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
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!
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