With it’s incredible vistas, extravagant bolt-holes, and uniquely inspiring culture, the French Riviera is a 71 mile (115 km) stretch of French Mediterranean coastline that has influenced the world’s most prodigious artists, writers, leaders, and tastemakers for the past 200 years. With a multitude of ways to experience this sun filled scene, the Cote d’Azur has unique offerings for everyone from the elite partygoer to the lounging sun worshipper.
Aerial view of the coastline of the French Riviera.
Whether you have resolved to relax or to play, in this magnifique region of France you will find some way to indulge. From Toulon in the west to Monte Carlo in the east, the French Riviera is comprised of approximately a dozen seaside towns offering authentic French culture, superior cuisine, legendary events, and of course, opulent luxury like nothing else in the world. As one of the first modern resort destinations, this coast has been a source of inspiration for literary and artistic giants like Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Aldous Huxley, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. After WWII, the Riviera experienced a boom with the launch of the Cannes Film Festival in 1946 and hasn’t looked back since. The film festival’s chic and effortlessly cool influence has made the region an international tourist destination for the jet setters of the world. And, it’s no wonder, this jewel of the Mediterranean boasts three hundred days of sunshine a year, eighteen golf courses, fourteen ski resorts, over three thousand restaurants and opulence, the likes of which would impress even Jay Gatsby. With so many places to play, take a page from the French and relax, we’ve already got some of the top spots waiting for you.
Aerial view of Cap Ferrat in the French Riviera.
From St.-Tropez to Monte Carlo, you’ll find some of the world’s most appealing locales for relaxation and play. Getting around this coast can be as simple as renting a car in Nice, whether you decide on a vintage Vespa, or a classic Porsche 356 Speedster is up to you. If you’d rather splash out, try chartering a super yacht, as the region is home to 50% of the world’s biggest and most luxurious yachts.
Yachts in the harbour in the French Riviera.
If you choose to keep your feet on dry land, take a look at the many museums that house original works of art from a wide range of internationally acclaimed artists. Musée Picasso, located in the Grimaldi Castle of Antibes is perfect for those who want to get a taste of how inspiring the French Riviera has been to the greats of the world. If sightseeing is your aim, take in beautiful panoramic views of Nice’s Bay of Angels, and the surrounding French countryside at Castle Hill (Colline du Chateau). Ready for life in the fast lane? The Riviera has a full calendar of year-round events. On such event is the F1 Monaco Grand Prix (May 21-24) a hot spot that excites car enthusiasts and admirers alike. This star-studded uber-luxurious event is a testament to the region’s international appeal amongst the seriously moneyed and perpetually well-dressed visitors.
Monaco at night.
Finding haute cuisine is as easy as getting the perfect tan in the Riviera.
If you’re in Monte Carlo, indulge in Alain Ducasse’s three Michelin star Le Louis XV, renowned for its outstanding menu, superb wine list, and classic French décor (gentlemen, don’t forget your jacket and tie for this one). If you find yourself in St.-Tropez, high quality food is (of course) everywhere, but the most sought-after restaurants are ones that offer the most unique experiences like Villa Romana, a culinary institution known for its gaudy flair, and old-school Italian dishes. Although not starred, this Tropézien affair is a favorite among A-listers for it’s fabulous food and fun party vibes.
Impressive and entertaining nightlife is a specialty of this coast, so put on your dancing shoes and check out the legendary Gotha (Cannes), the star-studded Les Caves du Roy (St.-Tropez), or the favorite of F1 Grand Prix drivers, Jimmy’z (Monaco) for celebrity sighting, champagne-popping, and world class DJs.
The Mediterranean Coast of the French Riviera.
When the options get overwhelming, your default can always be soaking up the sun on the bounty of beaches overlooking pristine waters like Paloma beach (Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat), the popular Boulevard de la Croisette (Cannes), and the ever-glamorous Plage Pampelonne (St.-Tropez). Live your James Bond fantasies at one of the many extravagant casinos along the Riviera like Casino de Monte-Carlo, which was prominently featured in Casino Royal. It’s known among elite gamblers and socialites worldwide as the premier place to experience ultimate luxury and style. It’s so deluxe that a five star rating system would consider this place off-the-charts-luxe. Palm Beach Casino in Cannes and Palais de la Mediterranee in Nice are also excellent options for those who are gaming-inclined.
The crystal clear waters of St Tropez on the French Riviera.
If the French Riveria doesn’t leave you breathless with it’s beauty, timeless style, or grandiose nightlife, the only thing you’ll be thinking is encore!
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