One should not look for reasons to head to the glamorous French Rivera and visit one of the most stunning regions in Europe. However, if you are still not convinced about the endless travel possibilities Nice and its surroundings have to offer, let me show you the highlights of my recent stay in the French Rivera.
I love travelling to Nice during the off-peak season which is basically any time of the year except in July and August. As you might know, French have their school holiday from the beginning of July to the end of August and most of French people also take their annual leave at the same time. Needless is to tell you that the Mediterranean French coast is the most popular summer destination in France and… it is also a very desired beach destination to Italians, French, Brits and, basically, to anyone seeking for a charming beach destination! A long story short, if you want to enjoy the French joie de vivre of the elegant French Rivera I would highly recommend that you avoid these two summer months.
I absolutely adore heading to Nice in April or May when the weather is warm but not too hot, when the landscapes gorge of springtime fresh leafs, flowers and smells, when evenings are longer and when everybody is just happy after a -not too long- cold winter. I also love the calm buzz of the French Riviera at this time of the year; international tourists visiting the area, yachts arriving to Saint-Tropez, restaurants setting up their outside terraces… in fact, at springtime, the tourism industry is fresh, optimistic and enthusiastic! I love feeling how the French Riviera wakes up and gets ready for a busy summer or maybe… it’s just me, maybe just feel these great things because I am over-excited to be back to one of my favorite French destinations. But jokes aside, I truly believe springtime, September, October are the best times to visit the French Riviera.
I have just returned from a short break in the area where I have tried to unwind and relax the French way.
The French Riviera has so much to offer that you could spend one month exploring the area around Nice only, however there is so much to do in such a small area that even a short break is ideal as you don’t need to travel too far to see new things every day!
Nice is a travel destination by itself, no doubt about. But this time I wanted to re-discover all my favorite places around nice and just take it easy; enjoy some (or lots) of local wine, fabulous French cuisine, just get lost in the local markets, do some shopping, walk on the beach, drive and admire the breathe-taking landscapes, have a cocktail in Monaco and, hey, whatever my heart tells me to do. This time I had no travel plans, no schedules, no objective but to enjoy the French Riviera my way.
I had indeed a fabulous time and today I wanted to share with all of you my stay in the French Riviera and the top reasons why you should definitely plan a trip to Nice. For instance, I flew in and out of Nice airport so Nice was my central point of reference to explore (again) the area.
So here are my top reasons to visit the French Riviera:
1. Stay in a Nice hotel and wake up to sunny sea-views
2. Head to an artisan boulangerie and enjoy French sweet treats for breakfast and tea-time
3. Book yourself into an traditional French hotel (for less than what you expect!)
4. Head to the local antiques markets and buy some little treasures
5.Spend a day in Saint-Tropez
6. Explore the countryside & wake-up to picturesque views from your affordable traditional hotel
7. Head to the historical town of Menton, North of Nice
8. Indulge healthy local cuisine and don’t miss the Menu du Jour deals!
9. Shop in style
10. Take a road trip from Nice to the Italian border and discover picture-perfect villages
11. Stop by a boulangerie, buy a croissant and jump back into your car to pursue your road trip
12. Visit the charming beach resorts of Sainte Maxime and Saint Raphael, South of Nice
13. Get lost in the streets of the medieval villages in Provence
14. Visit one of the most beautiful French villages: Saint Paul de Vence
15. Enjoy French wine on a bistro’s terrace or in your hotel room. Wine is a must-have in France
And last but not least, enjoy the warm but delicate sunshine
As a little tip, every time I go to the French Riviera I check on booking as they very often have the best rates. It is also a very secure booking system and you can read verified users’ reviews that have actually stayed at the hotel you are looking at. Look for Nice city center, ideally near the Promenade des Anglais. In the area look for Saint Paul de Vence, La Colle sur Loup (where I stayed), Menton (in the North), Sainte Maxime (near Saint Tropez) and Saint Tropez itself!
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MERCI et Bon Voyage!