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Autumn half term holidays: our programme for your getaway to the Côte d'Azur

The school year has only just begun, but the autumn half term holiday is just around the corner! And if you were to benefit from it to take a trip to the Côte d’Azur? This wonderful region offers a sunny setting in which to enjoy the Indian summer. Fine sandy beaches, water-based activities, and picturesque villages: the treasures of the Côte d’Azur can also be enjoyed in the autumn. Discover our ideas for enjoying your autumn half term holiday on the Côte d’Azur.

On the agenda:

Visit the most beautiful areas in their autumn colours
Organize a shopping trip in the towns
Try out new activities
Take part in major events
Make the children happy

Visit the most beautiful landscapes in their autumn colours

The orange colours of the sun’s rays blends with those of the landscape: there’s no doubt, autumn’s definitely here! The Côte d’Azur is one of the prettiest regions of France thanks to its privileged location between the sea and the mountain ranges (with no pretention, come see!)

Your first spot? One of the hilltop villages on the Côte d’Azur! In the Côte d’Azur hinterland, Peillon, Eze and even Tourrettes-sur-Loup offer a breath-taking view over the mountains and the coastline. In the heart of the rocks, their medieval architecture takes us back in time…

Set off to meet the residents in the steep, narrow streets, learn the region’s know-how beside the artisans… One thing is sure: there will be many discoveries during your autumn half term holidays on the Côte d’Azur.

Add a little fine sand to your autumn half term holiday!
A holiday on the Côte d’Azur must equal a trip to its unique islands, with their picture postcard settings. Between the beach and the turquoise water, the islands of the Côte d’Azur offer a calm setting in which the summer atmosphere prospers during the autumn half term holidays.

During a day’s hike or a boat trip, here’s our selection of the prettiest islands to visit during the autumn half-term holidays:

●     The Ile d’Or
●     Sainte-Marguerite Island
●     Saint-Honorat Island
●     Port-Cros Island
●     Porquerolles Island
●     Levant Island

Organize a shopping trip in the Côte d’Azur towns

The autumn half term holidays are perfect for starting your Christmas shopping. The good thing about the Côte d’Azur towns are the narrow streets bordered by small shopkeepers and craftspeople offering you the best of shopping trips.

In Nice old town, several restaurants and bars invite you to take a refreshing break during your stroll. Nice is magnificent during the autumn half term: the colours of its streets blend with the seasonal orange tones. But this isn’t the only town on the Côte d’Azur to benefit from autumnal colours! Our selection of towns for organizing a shopping trip:

–       Nice: Looking for a hand-made souvenir gift? Do your shopping in the narrow streets of old Nice to meet the region’s artisans. If you want to find unique clothing, this is where you need to come!

–       Grasse: Do you want to save 40% in your favourite stores? The town of Grasse has set up a shopping card in partnership with the town’s traders!

–       Cannes: Cannes is the perfect destination for luxury shopping! Here, you won’t just find one or two designer houses, but many more. Cannes groups together the largest number of luxury stores per square metre.

–       Saint-Tropez: Looking for your next summer sandals? The artisans of Saint-Tropez offer you a tailor-made pair during your shopping trip! Go to the Rondini or K. Jacques houses. The latter was the originator of the famous Tropèzienne sandals in 1933!

Activities to try out to enjoy the Côte d’Azur autumn

When the capricious autumn weather slowly settles in across the whole of France, the Côte d’Azur is still enjoying the sunshine!

This clement weather offers perfect conditions for enjoying outdoor activities, even in the autumn. And the least we can say is that the Côte d’Azur is a true playground for athletes! For hiking, cycling, mountain biking or climbing enthusiasts, the mountains offer wonderful experiences to enjoy on the many circuits and trails on the Côte d’Azur.

Looking for a well-being break? Yoga is practiced at any time during your autumn half term holiday: on the beach at sunset or on the hotel terrace with a sea view… Breathe deeply, this moment is just for you.

And for an unforgettable olfactory visit head to Grasse, the perfume capital, to create your customized fragrance during a creation workshop. Now isn’t that a great idea for a Christmas gift?

Take part in major events during the autumn half term holidays on the Côte d’Azur

The autumn half term holidays are also the opportunity to have some wonderful encounters in the towns and villages of the Côte d’Azur.

Several events are organized every autumn on the Côte d’Azur. Here are a few of the events not to be missed on the Côte d’Azur during the autumn half term holidays:

●     The Fréjus Kite Festival

●     The Alpes-Maritimes Sweet Chestnut festivals

●     The Alpes Maritimes Marathon between Nice and Cannes

Celebrate Halloween on the Côte d’Azur during the autumn half term holidays!

Of course there are beaches and swimming pools on the Côte d’Azur, but that’s not all!

As a family, swop your swimming costume for a good dose of imagination: it’s time to transform pretty pumpkins into lanterns. But not just any pumpkin!

Here, it’s the Provencal Crookneck Pumpkins that are given pride of place, for a jack-a-lantern Made in Provence, please!

To enjoy the special Halloween events on the Côte d’Azur, head to the clubs in the towns and villages!

On the agenda: lantern parade, trick or treating… A great recipe for a successful autumn half term holiday!


Find your cosy nest among the most beautiful accommodation options in the region

To enjoy a good night’s sleep during your autumn half term holidays, the Côte d’Azur is chock full of great addresses:

–       Campsitesguarantee you holidays under the auspices of togetherness

–       Holiday apartments welcome you in incredible structures

–       Guest housesand holiday lets promise you a stay as if you were at home

–       Hotel-restaurants or star-rated hotels offer you absolute comfort

Find out all the accommodation on the Côte d’Azur

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