By Marine Proudhon
In the South-East of France, lies the famous French Riviera, or « Côte d’Azur » in French. This region, also known by its administrative name “Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur” (PACA), is ideal for summer and winter holidays. You will find everything you are looking for: clear water, blue sky, paradisiacal beaches, luxury hotels, culture and gastronomy… There is no doubt that you will have a nice holiday in the French Riviera. Fly Aeolus has therefore written a small travel guide to ease your search and organization of your visit to the region.
Let’s start your visit to the French Riviera with the city of Cannes as your first stop! What would Cannes be without its famous boulevard La Croisette? La Croisette is THE emblematic place to visit during your stay in Cannes. Along the seaside and the bay of Cannes, it is lined with palm trees, luxury boutiques, prestigious hotels and other palaces…
It is also possible to spend an afternoon on the magnificent sandy beaches or drink in the trendiest establishments of the moment after your visit to La Croisette. Discover our top 3:
- La Môme Plage: Next to the Boulevard de La Croisette and the Palais des Festivals, you will be transported to the world of yachting, and the landmark years of the Côte d’Azur. The decoration takes on the look of a Riva Aquarama with varnished wood, white and turquoise.
- Croisette Beach: Charming and breathtaking, this private beach is entirely renovated and imagined by Parisian architect Jean-Philippe Nuel. Enjoy the sunny days and settle down on one of their sun lounger.
- Miramar Plage: This private beach will offer you a moment of escape, at the heart of the mythical Croisette in Cannes : beach of sand, warm sun, turquoise water and breathtaking view on the bay of Cannes…
Palais des Festivals
Every year is the Palais des Festivals home of the famous Cannes Film Festival. It is a film festival that is not to be missed throughout the world. In May, it becomes the meeting place for all the stars and actors who come to climb the famous Red Steps in front of a crowd of photographers.
The Suquet district
This district is the oldest of Cannes and is located on a small hill, which allows you to admire a superb view of the sea and the Croisette. During your stroll in this district, do not hesitate to visit the Castre museum and its square tower to admire a superb 360 ° panorama over the whole city. You can also visit the Notre-Dame de l’Espérence church, or the rue Saint-Antoine with its many shops and restaurants.
The Old Port
Don’t forget, during your trip to Cannes, to visit the Old Port. The most beautiful and luxurious yachts can be seen there. There you can also taste delicious seafood and fish. Throughout the year, you can attend many events, such as a Regatta race in the bay of Cannes.
The Promenade des Anglais
It is impossible to visit Nice without taking a walk on its “Promenade des Anglais”. A modest dirt path called the “English path” was built in the 19th century by the wintering British community and financed by the English aristocracy.
The Promenade des Anglais is 7 kilometers long and suitable to go for a walk or rent a bike. You will be able to admire its beaches, its pebbles, its turquoise water, its palm trees, and its luxurious hotels that border it.
The Old Town Nice
The city of Nice has a very nice city centre. You can stroll through its alleys with colourful facades and stop for an ice cream at Azzuro or take a sit on the famous Cours Saleya. Then, you can head towards the Place du Palais de Justice or Place Rosetti, where the beautiful Cathedral of Sainte-Reparate is located.
The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Nice
In the heart of Nice, is the Saint-Nicolas de Nice cathedral located. It is a classified moment and also the most important religious building of Orthodox worship outside Russia.
Admire the contrast between the cathedral, the colours of its facades and the palm trees surrounding it.
Do you want to know more about this city? Consult our blog entirely dedicated to Nice and its surroundings!
Monaco is the second smallest state in the world after the Vatican. Monaco is often associated as a symbol of luxury thanks to its famous Monte-Carlo district, its palaces, its casinos and its numerous 5-star hotels.
The Prince’s Palace of Monaco
You must visit the Prince’s Palace during your stay in Monaco! It is located at the top of the Rock and has welcomed the princely family for many generations.
You will have the opportunity to see the main courtyard with its famous staircase but also the State Apatments and its Gallery of Hercules. If you are lucky, you can also attend the changing of the guard of the Compagnie des Carabiniers on the Place du Palais.
The Monte-Carlo casino is world famous. First in our ranking of the 5 best casinos in Europe, it was built in 1879 by Charles Garnier. Even if you don’t feel like playing it, don’t hesitate to admire its facade, inspired by the Opéra Garnier in Paris.
The Monaco Grand Prix
Are you passionate about cars and more particularly F1? Then this is the event for you! The specialty of the race is that the circuit is located throughout the entire city. The Monaco Grand Prix takes place every year in May. Check our blog with our Top 5 formula 1 circuit of the year 2020 for more information, it is one of the oldest and most prestigious Grand Prix in the world.
World-famous for being frequented by the highest circles of society, this hotspot for the international “jet set” is nonetheless a small Provencal village. The district of La Ponche bears witness to its past as a fishing village, even if today there are more yachts than small fishing boats.
Transformed in a seaside resort in the 50s, Saint-Tropez will offer you now eleven luxury hotels, including the famous:
- Hotel Byblos: A timeless hotel and a magical enclave at the heart of Saint-Tropez, the Byblos has lived through decades and will remain a temple for all the pleasures. It seems that the leading figures of the world have come at least once to it: Brigitte Bardot, Mick Jagger, Clint Eastwood, Romy Schneider…
- The Chateau de la Messardière: Built in the 19th century and fully restored since, this 5-star Hotel is regarded as a genuine institution in Saint‑Tropez. Situated on a hillside and just a hop from the Pampelonne beache, Château de la Messardière spans the Bay of Saint‑Tropez, vineyards of Ramatuelle and the sea.
- The Cheval Blanc St-Tropez: Bought by LVMH Hotel Management, the former “Résidence La Pinède” has joined the “Maisons Cheval Blanc” collection, of which it is the fourth of the name. A true haven of serenity, this Hotel and its Spa signed by Guerlain, are ideal for relaxing and spending a unique moment in the French Riviera.
You will be able to bask on the famous Pampelonne beach and explore the Cap Camarat during the day, and enjoy the most famous Saint Tropez nights at nightfall.
Visit the MuCEM
The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations is the museum to visit in Marseille. Throughout the year, it hosts many exhibitions where you can discover many civilizations that have built the history and the identity of the region, from prehistory to the present day.
Stroll on the old port
After your visit to the museum, why not have a good time in the old port of Marseille! The city is famous for its old port with all its boats and old buildings along the quays. You will also find many cafés and restaurants where you can taste the culinary specialties of Marseille, such as the famous “Bouillabaisse”.
The creeks of Marseille
What is a better way to end your holiday by swimming in the turquoise water of the Mediterranean Sea? Just 15 kilometres of Marseille is one of the region’s jewels: the Calanques de Marseille.
The relief and the rocks sometimes hide sublime small beaches that can only be reached on foot and sometimes only by boat. You will have the impression of being alone, facing the clear turquoise water, rocked to the sounds of birds and cicadas.
Additionally you can visit the surrounding small villages such as Cassis or La Ciotat.
Example of a flight to Cannes for your holidays in the French Riviera
Route: London – Cannes
Flight time: 03:30
Aircraft: Cirrus SR22
Price: € 4.755,00 one way for 3 passengers
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If you are not sure if French Riviera is the right place for your next holidays, read our blog about the coolest destinations in France and let us inspire you with our tips.
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