The Cote D’Azur is home to some of the most interesting, scenic sights in the whole of France and people from far and wide travel to the region for a taste of the glamorous, glitzy lifestyle led by so many of its residents. Luxurious shops line high streets and towns all over the French Riviera and you may even spot a familiar face in some of these star-studded havens, particularly when events such as the Cannes Film Festival are on. We’ve put together a list of seven must-see sights to check out during your next stay in one of our luxury holiday villas in the South of France.
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Arguably one of the world’s most iconic casinos, no trip to Monaco is complete without trying your luck at roulette, black jack or the slot machines. The magnificent building is a sight to behold from outside, so those averse to gambling can still appreciate the spectacular architecture from afar or have a drink at the bar inside while everybody else gives it a go, which can be just as fun. Remember, they are very strict on allowing no mobile phones in the casino and you’ll need your passport to gain entry.
Promenade des Anglais, Nice
This fantastic pathway hugs the coastline of the city of Nice and is full of skateboarders, cyclists, roller-bladers, Segway’s and anything else on wheels you can think of. During the day you can opt for a refreshing dip in the sea when the sun gets a bit too much or cool off with a delicious gelato or ice cream from one of the many beachfront shops. There are various sites to see along the promenade but taking a walk from one end to the other is a great way to experience it all. At night, the surrounding hotels, bars and restaurants come to life for a thriving atmosphere. For more inspiration on visiting Nice, check out our recent blog post, 2 Days in Nice.
The beachside town of Cannes is renowned as a resort for the rich and famous and, as all who visit can attest, it certainly caters for those who like the finer things in life. The streets are lined with a number of designer shops and cool, laid-back bars serving delicious cocktails are located on every corner. However, the main attraction of this charming town is its endless expanse of golden sands. Beach bars with sun loungers are scattered all over the beach and whether you prefer to relax with the latest must-read or cool down in the sea, there’s something to keep everyone entertained for the entire day.
Russian Cathedral, Nice
One of the most famous, and beautiful, Orthodox churches outside of Russia, this cathedral is the most visited monument in Nice. The interior is grand, colourful and well worth exploring, but those who don’t want to purchase tickets to go inside can still marvel at this unique and fascinating design from afar. The outstanding architecture makes it seem like it has been plucked straight from St Petersburg and shipped to this somewhat warmer climate.
Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa and Gardens, Cap-Ferrat
Located conveniently between Nice and Monaco, the Cap-Ferrat is a narrow peninsula with spectacular seaside views in every direction. Here there is a remarkable villa that was built for the daughter of wealthy banker Baron Alphonse de Rothschild. The villa boasts an exceptional interior with lots of fine furnishings and visitors should be sure to leave enough time to explore the extensive grounds, which include musical fountains, a rose garden, a Japanese garden, a traditional pavilion and a fish pond.
Palais Masséna, Nice
One of the few traditional buildings that have escaped redevelopment, the palace is now a museum that tells the story of the city of Nice from Napoleon right through to the mid-20th century. The marble halls, grand reception rooms and lavish furnishings provide an insight to what life was like for the city’s nobility, all of whom seemed to be in a constant state of trying to ‘out-do’ each other. You’ll learn a lot about this key city in the region here and the palace is a great way to shelter from the unforgiving sun for an hour or so during the summer months.
The Hillside Village, Eze
A charming medieval village that sits atop a hill high above the Mediterranean Sea, Eze is a real gem of the Cote D’Azur. Narrow, cobbled streets will lead you to an array of small art galleries, independent boutiques and picturesque patisseries that allow you to enjoy a coffee al fresco as you sit and watch the world go by. The village is home to the Fragonard Perfume museum, a 12th century church and stunning exotic gardens, all of which make for the perfect way to spend a day in this beautiful part of the world.
That concludes our list of just seven of the many sights of interest on the Cote D’Azur. We hope you enjoyed learning all about the places that should not be missed during your time in this beautiful region and that it has inspired some day trips for your next holiday. Do you think we have missed anything off of our list? Let us know via the comments on our social media to share your experiences with us and other travellers!
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