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Autumn weekend on the Côte d’Azur: your agenda!

While the sun hides itself away in other regions of France to make way for autumn, the Côte d’Azur is an exception. To make the most of the joys of autumn while savouring the last of the sun’s rays, what could be better than a weekend on the Côte d’Azur? The region boasts 1001 marvels to allow you to enjoy a few days’ holiday on the Mediterranean coast: islands, mountain ranges, hilltop villages, exceptional towns and parks, etc. Here are all our ideas for your autumn weekend on the Côte d’Azur!

Admire the beautiful autumn colours on a Côte d’Azur island

The Côte d’Azur offers magnificent viewpoints thanks to its islands in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, its mountain ranges and its breath-taking views.

Take a boat to a Côte d’Azur island to enjoy its beaches and its vegetation, which are taking on autumnal colours.

The more daring can swim in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean: this little pleasure is reminiscent of the summer season.

The destination has not finished surprising you during your short trip.

Our selection of islands to visit during your weekend on the Côte d’Azur:

Visit the towns on the Côte d’Azur during an autumn weekend

The towns on the Côte d’Azur are also to be rediscovered in autumn. After a good night’s sleep, the sun guides us on a new walk in a Côte d’Azur town. The town centre affords shopping enthusiasts the option of making their purchases and kicking the season off well. There are several options at teatime: a break in a park, an ice cream on one of the town’s beaches… Or a drink on a café terrace!

Here is our selection of Côte d’Azur towns to discover in autumn:

  • Antibes stands out for its old town, and its ramparts, but above all its Cap d’Antibes, which offers a superb view over the Mediterranean.
  • Cannes offers a promenade where luxury reigns: stroll along La Croisette and discover the town’s fashion houses and luxury hotels! In the evening, the beach in Cannes offers a wonderful sunset.
  • Menton has the feel of Cinque Terre: the colourful houses on the hillside assert the picturesque DNA of this Côte d’Azur town. You can also visit the Serre de la Madone here and come face-to-face with rare plants!
  • Saint-Tropez welcomes the Les Voiles d’Automne [Autumn Sails] Festival in autumn. Sailboats go hand-in-hand with togetherness: it’s the state of mind for your autumn weekend in Saint-Tropez.
  • Nice is magnificent no matter the season, but the Indian summer brings out all its splendour once again. The autumn colours combined with those of the sea and the mountains in the Nice hinterland reveal a picture postcard setting that is typical of Provence.

Set off to conquer the hilltop villages of the Côte d’Azur

The hilltop villages of the Côte d’Azur are some of the nicest Côte d’Azur destinations in autumn. Nestled in the heart of the Côte d’Azur hills, these villages all seem to have stepped right out of the Middle Ages. They are also a pure example of the friendliness of the Côte d’Azur residents: a true land for meetings of all types.

Here is our selection of hilltop villages to visit during an autumn weekend:

  • Èze charms every traveller with its Exotic Garden that offers an unimpeded panoramic view over the Mediterranean. The view of the Cap Ferrat peninsula is a perfect location for a few photos as a souvenir of the weekend.
  • Saint-Paul-de-Vence has attracted designers and artists from the world over. On the corner of a narrow street, you will come across one of the village’s many art galleries. The spot not to miss? The Maeght Foundation, an open-air museum in the heart of the countryside.
  • Sainte-Agnès is the highest coastal village in Europe! Sainte-Agnès offers one of the most beautiful views over the Mediterranean, which earned it the nickname of the “balcony of the Côte d’Azur”.
  • Gourdon is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. The 80 km panoramic view from Nice to the Estérel mountain range is the specific feature of this medieval village. Here, you can also visit a Romanesque church, an ancient chateau and sublime gardens created by Le Nôtre.
  • Tende offers a Himalayan feel on the Côte d’Azur! On the edge of the Italian border, this picturesque village takes you on a tour of its heritage: the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption [Our Lady of the Assumption] church, its unusual bell tower, etc. You can take the Train des Merveilles to get to Tende!

Discover all the hilltop villages on the Côte d’Azur

A hike in autumn colours, in the Côte d’Azur countryside

Need to get away, far from the hustle and bustle of the town? There’s nothing like an energizing walk! The Côte d’Azur knows how to stun with its landscapes betwixt sea and mountain.

With your hiking shoes and backpack on, it’s time to set off to tackle some of the most beautiful trails!

The autumn colours quickly appear under the Côte d’Azur sunshine and blend with the red rocks of the Estérel mountain range. The woody aromas of the pine forest and the scrubland bring back memories of summer. Simply look up to admire the most beautiful show of the season: in the distance, the Mediterranean islands surge up from the sea to offer a picture postcard backdrop.

Bubbles, relaxation and well-being: a weekend in a spa!

Holidays also rhyme with moments of relaxation! The secret to enjoying them? Spend the weekend in a spa on the Côte d’Azur.

There is serenity amidst the Jacuzzi’s bubbles: the week is forgotten. A couples’ massage under the expert fingers of spa professionals offers a 100% well-being moment. Time is suspended during your autumn holiday weekend on the Côte d’Azur: you savour the current moment while forgetting about the coming winter in one of the most beautiful spas on the Côte d’Azur. The luckier ones may even enjoy a private Jacuzzi in their room.

100% cultural family weekend on the Côte d’Azur

The weekend is also the opportunity to enjoy yourself and learn! As a family, head for one of the museums on the Côte d’Azur to take in a bit of culture!

In Antibes, the Picasso Museum offers a unique sensory experience in which young and old can interpret shapes as they hear them! After this museum, a stroll through Antibes allows for continuing…in this open-air museum. Unique architecture, colourful narrow streets, sculptures beside the beach… Art guides us to discover every corner of the town.

Further away, in Nice, the Matisse Museum has set itself up in a 17th century former Genoese villa: impossible to miss it during an autumn weekend on the Côte d’Azur. Its orangey colours blend perfectly with those of the season: it’s as if it was built for that!

At night, a theatre evening in the former church by the Nice National Theatre is a wonderful end to this day of culture. The following day, we start over: your cultural trip to the Côte d’Azur has only just begun!

Our ideas for activities during your autumn weekend on the Côte d’Azur

Looking for ideas for an activity to try during your autumn weekend on the Côte d’Azur?

The parks and gardens of the Côte d’Azur are suited to many family activities: picnics, reading, football, etc.

The children will be delighted to burn off some energy on the Côte d’Azur beaches! Who dares to jump into the water over the weekend? 3, 2, 1, let’s go!

The Côte d’Azur also organizes many events during the autumn.

Some are famed throughout France: it’s an appointment no-one misses on the Côte d’Azur. Here are the events that take place on the Côte d’Azur in autumn:

What hotel should you book for an autumn weekend on the Côte d’Azur?

Everyone knows there’s nothing like the water to occupy the children during the holidays! Most hotels with a swimming pool on the Côte d’Azur are closed in the autumn: for swimming, the best thing is to book a room in a seaside hotel. There’s nothing better than walking on the sand as soon as you get up on your weekend for forgetting about the coming Monday and organizing a sandcastle competition!

Fancy a snack during your trip? Choose a hotel with a restaurant to try dishes typical of the region. On the menu: pissaladière and tropézienne! And if your youngest prefers chicken nuggets, there’s always the local meats. From breakfast to dinner, the hotels with restaurants on the Côte d’Azur will treat the entire family. One thing is sure: everyone agrees on homemade ice cream for dessert!

If you come for a romantic weekend on the Côte d’Azur, the charming or luxury hotels will be able to offer the romanticism you need. Snuggle into the premium bedding in a luxury hotel room or take a bath with an unimpeded view over the Mediterranean… The Côte d’Azur is romantic in any season!

Frequently asked questions
  • How do I come on holiday to the Côte d’Azur?

    The Côte d’Azur is extremely well served by public transport. From Paris, you can get to the Côte d’Azur by train, arriving at the stations of Monaco, Nice, Antibes, Cannes and Toulon.

    Nice Côte d’Azur Airport and Toulon-Hyère airport serve the main cities in Europe every weekend. You can also come to Cannes-Mandelieu airport or the Golfe de Saint-Tropez airport. These airports also serve the capital, Paris, and other French cities.

  • Where is there to stay on the Côte d’Azur during an autumn weekend?

    You’ll find many types of accommodation on the Côte d’Azur. You can book a hotel room (restaurant, spa, seaside, etc.), a room in a guest house, a pitch at a campsite, etc. The region’s holiday cottages also offer cosy rooms for your weekend on the Côte d’Azur. To get the best price for the night, we recommend booking your room in advance.

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