The Cote D’Azur has something for everyone
Known as ‘the blue coast’ it is easy to see why this southern part of France acquires this name, with glistening shades of cobalt, indigo and of course azure blue that shine in the stunning Mediterranean sun that bathes this part of the country for most of the year. It is obvious to see the appeal this area has for many.
With breathtaking scenery, stunning warm weather, relaxing atmospheres to soak up and lots to see and do the Cote D’Azur really does have something for everyone no matter how active or relaxing you want your break to be.
The beauty of the area is the first aspect you will notice as you arrive on this southeast coast of France in the Mediterranean. The area stretches from St Tropez to Menton near the Italian border and meandering all the way along the coast is the stunning splendour of the sunshine, sky, mountains, sea, beaches and beautiful architecture. This area of France is special in so many ways but it is the combined elements of natural beauty and sophistication that envelop these towns and villages that make visiting the Cote D’Azur a spectacular choice.
The wonderful scenery welcomes you in Nice from the sprawling mountains that give way to pebbled beaches and to palm tree lined shores of pristine blue waters that will instantly help you to relax and unwind. Belle Époque architecture gracefully lines the streets that open up into pretty squares where you can take a moment to relax and enjoy some fine cuisines in the many outstanding restaurants. Escape the heat and take a moment to observe the calm and quiet in the Baroque churches and Russian Orthodox Cathedral, full of history and splendid design details or explore the works of Matisse and Chagall in the museums dedicated to their works. Don’t forget to walk along the Promenade des Anglais and observe the panoramic views across the Mediterranean. Sunshine and views like these are special and will create lasting memories.
Known all over the world for its famous film festival, Cannes is a town with a very spectacular feel. The town holds the essence of the glitz and glamour of bygone eras and oozes a level of luxury that longs to be enjoyed. Stroll along the Croisette, soak up the style in the harbour over a long glass of something cool and sparkling, then head to the shops and boutiques to peruse at leisure the luxurious collections from all the high-end designers. If something more natural appeals why not hire a car and explore further inland and enjoy the beauty of the Provencal hills and countryside, with views that will leave you speechless this really is a lovely way to escape.
From Cannes you can explore further by taking a train to nearby St Tropez or the playground of the rich and famous Monaco that is home to the world famous Monte Carlo Casino. Monaco is another world in this spectacular sea of blue. With wealth and style all around the level of luxury is like no other. With museums, history and fabulous dining experiences exploring Monaco even for a day is definitely an experience you will never forget.
St Tropez exudes its sophistication in a much more subtle way, popular with artists the town is full of history and beautiful architecture in a palette of colours that are soft and soothing. These colours in contrast to the azure blue waters create a pretty picture that draws you in. With museums to explore, luxury boutiques to delve into and plenty of stylish cafés and restaurants, escaping to St Tropez for the day really will be very relaxing, don’t forget to head out of the town centre and kick off your shoes to walk in the sand and enhance that relaxation even further.
Wherever you choose to explore along the Cote D’Azur take in the views, the sun on your skin and the wind in your hair as there really is something very unique and spectacular about a coast as blue as this.