By Marine Proudhon
In France, between the mountains and the sea lies the famous French Riviera. This region of France, also known as the PACA region, is ideal for holidays. Indeed, whatever you like to do during your holidays, you will find it here. Clear water, heavenly beaches, luxury hotels, culture, gastronomy… There is no doubt that your next holiday will be on the French Riviera. Fly Aeolus has therefore produced a small travel guide with each unavoidable city to see, to allow you to visit the region in all serenity.
You can start your holidays on the French Riviera with Cannes ! What would Cannes be without its famous croisette? The Croisette is one of the emblematic places to visit during your trip to Cannes. This seaside promenade surrounded by palm trees, luxury boutiques, and prestigious hotels is the most famous place in Cannes. It is not uncommon to come across some celebrities on holiday on this famous passage. You can also take advantage of the croisette to spend an afternoon on the magnificent sandy beaches, or to have a drink on the terrace in the trendiest establishments of the moment.
Palais des Festivals
Every year in the Palais des Festivals, the famous Cannes Film Festival takes place, a film festival that is not to be missed throughout the world. In May, it is 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 district 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 the Suquet district, do not hesitate to visit the square tower to admire a superb 360° panorama on the whole city, but also the tower of the iron mask. You will also be able to admire the church Notre-Dame de l’Espérence, 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 luxury yachts are there, and you will be able to taste delicious seafood and fish. All year round you can see some festivals, like a sailing race in the bay of Cannes.
Promenade des Anglais
It is unthinkable to visit Nice without walking along the Promenade des Anglais. It is called the Promenade des Anglais because it was the favourite place of the English during the winter. If you want to visit the entire Promenade des Anglais, it is best to rent a bicycle, as the walk is rather long. You will be able to admire all the most beautiful beaches of the coast, and admire the turquoise water.
The old town of Nice has a very pretty city centre, with old streets with colourful facades and a very Mediterranean style. We advise you to visit the famous flower market which takes place every Monday morning in the old town.
Then you can head towards the Place du Palais de Justice or the Place Rosetti, where you will find the beautiful Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate.
The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Nice
In the heart of Nice, the Saint-Nicolas Cathedral of Nice is a classified moment, which is moreover the most important religious building of orthodox worship outside Russia.
You can admire the contrast between the cathedral, the colours of the façade and the palm trees surrounding it.
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 Rock and its many 5-star hotels.
The Prince’s Palace of Monaco
You must visit the Prince’s Palace during your visit to Monaco! Situated at the very top of the Rock of Monaco, it has been inhabited by the royal family for many years. You can also visit a part of the Prince’s Palace (part not inhabited by the family). You will have the opportunity to see the main courtyard with its famous staircase, the Gallery of Hercules with its numerous frescoes, but also the large apartments, the reception area. If you are lucky, you will also be able to attend the changing of the guard of the Compagnie des Carabiniers on the Place du Palais.
The casino of Monte-Carlo is very well known: even if you don’t want to play, don’t hesitate to go and admire the sublime exterior of the casino. This superb casino was indeed built by the same architect as the Opéra Garnier in Paris.
The Japanese garden
Monaco is very well known for being a luxurious city, surrounded by beautiful houses and buildings. However, when you get to know a little bit about Monaco there are some very beautiful gardens, such as the Japanese garden. You can find there Koi carp ponds, small dots, and small pavilions, as well as a great zen atmosphere. Most of the constructions are made with wooden elements that are directly imported from Japan.
The Monaco Grand Prix
Are you passionate about cars and especially Formula 1? Then this event is for you! This mythical Formula 1 race is one of the oldest and most prestigious. This race has the peculiarity of taking place entirely in the city, which is very surprising for a motor race. The Monaco Grand Prix takes place every year in May.
Visit a perfumery
After your stay in Cannes, do not hesitate to go to Grasse. This city is well known as the world capital of perfume. You will find there many famous perfumeries such as the Fragonard perfumery. We advise you to visit the Fragonard perfumery, where you can learn about the whole process of perfume manufacturing.
The International Perfumery Museum
If visiting a perfumery is not enough for you, you can also visit the International Perfume Museum. You will be able to learn new things about perfumery, especially from a historical point of view.
Visit the MuCEM
The Museum of the Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean is the museum to visit in Marseille. Throughout the year, the museum hosts many exhibitions where you can discover many civilizations that have built the identity of the Mediterranean from prehistory to today.
Stroll on the old port
After your visit to the museum, why not have a good time on the old port of Marseille! The city is famous for its old port with its many boats and old buildings along the quays. You can also find many cafés and restaurants where you can taste the culinary specialties of Marseille such as the famous fish bouillabaisse.
The creeks of Marseille
This is the end of you holidays on the French Riviera ! Even if Marseille is one of the largest cities in France, the city is full of treasures such as the Calanques de Marseille. Indeed, the relief and the rocks sometimes hide sublime little beaches which can only be reached on foot and sometimes even after a short hike. You will have the impression to be alone in the world, alone on your beach, and facing the turquoise and limpid water.
Example of a flight to Cannes for your holidays on the French Riviera
London – Cannes € 4.755,00 one way 3 passengers
Flight time : 03:30
Aircraft : Cirrus SR22
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