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Summer holidays: our ideas for breaks on the Côte d’Azur

And if you were to benefit from this year’s summer holiday to offer yourself an unforgettable stay on the Côte d’Azur? This magnificent region in the south of France has incomparable biodiversity and exceptional heritage, able to fulfil your every holiday desire: cultural getaway, lazing on the beach, sporty break, etc. There’s something for everyone! Discover our ideas for breaks on the Côte d’Azur.

Viva the Dolce Vita on the French Riviera!

The Côte d’Azur is famed above all else for its coast, the extremely famous “French Riviera” with seafronts like the Promenade des Anglais in Nice or La Croisette in Cannes. Every year, the seaside resorts of the south of France attract tourists from the world over, come to contemplate these unmissable locations on the Côte d’Azur.

Love lazing about, the beach and bathing? The Côte d’Azur is the perfect place for your summer holidays, the region boasts multiple beaches, each one prettier than the last! A party atmosphere in the beach clubs of Saint-Tropez or small intimate beaches on the Gulf of Nice, the French Riviera has everything required to allow you to live the real Dolce Vita!

A few of the prettiest beaches on the French Riviera:

●     Pampelonne beach in Ramatuelle: the iconic Côte d’Azur beach

●     La Réserve beach in Nice: a stone’s throw from the port!

●     La Gravette beach in Antibes: a sandy beach!

●     Passable beach in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat: panoramic view over Villefranche harbour

●     La Petite Afrique beach in Beaulieu-sur-mer: shaded by large stone pines

●     Les Sablettes beach in Menton: an Italian atmosphere

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The small villages and hidden treasures of the Côte d’Azur

Just like Nice, Cannes or Saint-Tropez, the Côte d’Azur is not just made up of large seaside resorts. The region also has many charming little villages from where you can admire the Côte d’Azur hinterland, discover the local arts and crafts, meet with residents, try Mediterranean cuisine, etc.

In short, perfect for a stay as close to nature and the locals as possible. With the bonus prize of tranquillity for your summer holidays as these small villages are often little known to tourists, unlike the large Côte d’Azur towns!

The villages to visit during your stay on the Côte d’Azur:

●     Èze: the eagle’s nest

●     Saint-Paul-de-Vence: village of artists

●     Sainte-Agnès: the balcony of the Côte d’Azur

●     Gourdon: listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France

●     Saorge: get away to Medieval times

●     Coaraze: sunshine village

●     Gassin: panoramic view over the Gulf of Saint-Tropez

●     Mougins: panoramic view over the Alps

 

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Côte d’Azur, land of know-how

The Côte d’Azur has more than one string to its bow! In addition to benefitting from incredible landscapes, over the course of its history the region has seen a procession of hundreds of talented men and women who have shaped the Côte d’Azur-style art of living through their know-how!

Benefit from your summer holidays to set off and meet local artisans. Parfumiers, master glassmakers, potters, ceramicists, etc.  Large firms and international benchmarks populate the region, especially in the villages of Biot, Vallauris, Cagnes-sur-Mer and La Colle-sur-Loup. All you have to do is discover them!

 

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Where is there to stay on the Côte d’Azur?

Luxury seaside hotel, town centre apartment, guest house, family-run campsite, holiday let with a sea view…

The Côte d’Azur is not short of accommodation for your summer holidays!

However, remember to book your dates far enough in advance as our establishments fill up quickly over the summer period.

 

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Travel among the islands on the Côte d’Azur

The south of France is dotted with magnificent islands, perfect for boat trips or a break with a far-away feel.

Whether the Lérins islands off the coast of Cannes or the Iles d’Or in the Gulf of Hyères, it’s a guaranteed change of scene.

And believe us, the islands on the Côte d’Azur are just as wonderful as Corsica.

Here, you can snorkel from the idyllic beaches or set off on a hike along the marked trails; Corsica had better watch out!

Our islands:

●     Sainte-Marguerite Island (Cannes)

●     Saint-Honorat Island (Cannes)

●     Port Cros Island (Hyères)

●     Porquerolles Island (Hyères)

●     Levant Island (Hyères)

 

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Family holidays on the Côte d’Azur

Have you managed to bring your schedule in line with your children’s school holidays? Perfect, all you have to do now is choose your next destination and we can only recommend the Côte d’Azur for your family holiday!

Bordered by the Mediterranean with numerous monitored beach areas, the region is perfect for family swims without worry! While the children collect pebbles and shells, parents relax on a deckchair with a cocktail in hand: happiness is guaranteed!

Zoos, theme parks, forest walks, little tourist trains, water-based activities, etc. Enjoy a host of activities while holidaying as a family on the Côte d’Azur!

Do you have young children? The summer holidays are not the perfect time for your little ones. Give preference to the school holidays at Easter or the autumn half term in order to enjoy milder temperatures and quieter beaches.

Côte d’Azur Pass: your favourite activities at a low price!

For your summer holidays in the south of france, choose the Côte d’Azur Pass and benefit from preferential rates on 3 or 5 activities to be enjoyed in the region.

Nature and mountain activities, excursions, guided tours, museums, monuments, gardens, theme park, leisure, perfumeries, arts and crafts, beaches, water-based activities, you have a huge choice!

The perfect alternative for enjoying your family holiday without going over budget.

 

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From headland to headland on the Côte d’Azur

The coastline means headlands and the Côte d’Azur is not lacking in these! Much prized by walkers, these peninsulas offer your beautiful strolls in the countryside with the beauty of the Mediterranean as the backdrop. The opportunity to organize a road trip from headland to headland during your summer holiday on the Côte d’Azur!

Our most beautiful headlands:

●     Cap Ferrat: the billionaires’ peninsula
●     Cap d’Ail: in the footsteps of the Lumière brothers
●     Cap Martin: little Versaille
●     Cap d’Antibes: access to the “Tire-Poil” coastal path
●     Cap-Roux: a sensational 360° panorama
●     Cap Taillat: on the border between Ramatuelle and La Croix-Valmer

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A cultural gathering on the Côte d’Azur

Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Fernand Léger, Renoir, Cocteau, Bonnard…

All these major artists fell for the charm of the beautiful Mediterranean and its art of living.

During your summer holidays in Nice, Cannes, Antibes, Biot, Cagnes-sur-Mer or Menton, visit the many museums dedicated to the artists from near and far that made their mark on the Côte d’Azur’s culture!

Click here to discover the 8 museums not to be missed on the Côte d’Azur!

Do you have any questions?
  • Why spend your summer holidays on the Côte d’Azur?

    Do you love sunshine, the beach and lively evenings, or do you prefer nature, small villages and visits to historic sites? The Côte d’Azur is brimming with rich and varied destinations for successful summer holidays in line with your desires!

  • How much is a summer holiday on the Côte d’Azur?

    It all depends on your choice of accommodation, but in principle the prices will be higher in summer than in the off-season. If you have a tight budget, we would recommend you opt for a campsite or guest house. Otherwise, set out later once the summer period is over, during the autumn half term, Christmas or Easter holidays for example, when the hotel prices are lower!

  • What is there to do during your summer holiday on the Côte d’Azur?

    Water-based sports, walks in the countryside, lazing on the beach, museum visits…there are a thousand and one ways to enjoy your summer holidays on the Côte d’Azur. Here are a few ideas.

    ●     Boat trip

    ●     Snorkelling/sub-aqua diving

    ●     Trip to a water park

    ●     Water skiing

    ●     Hike along the coastal paths

    ●     Trip to the zoo

    ●     Bike rides

    ●     Museum trips, etc.

  • How do I get to the Côte d’Azur from Paris?

    You have several options for getting to the Côte d’Azur:

    ●     By car: via the A8 [motorway]

    ●     By train: via the stations at Nice, Saint-Tropez, Antibes, Cannes, Menton, etc.

    ●     By air: via Nice – Côte d’Azur airport

     

  • Are the swimming areas on the Côte d’Azur monitored?

    Yes, most of the swimming areas attached to the seaside resorts are monitored, except the bathing areas that are further out of town, and the small wild coves.

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