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What to do on the French Riviera

The world famous Cote d'Azur, a resort region, is situated in the South-East of France and stretches from the Italian border to Saint-Tropez. The French Riviera offers you the enjoyment of warm sea and sun, Mediterranean landscapes and picturesque coastal towns.

There is an incorrect assumption that not everyone is financially able to spend holidays on the most prestigious cost of France. There is a strong opinion that only rich people can afford spending their vacation here, however, the Côte d'Azur is available not only for lovers of luxury holidays, but also for tourists organizing their holidays independently that is not related with the advance hotel bookings and villas rentals.

The current territory of the Cote d’Azur was inhabited by the Gauls in 450 b.c., and since then the landmarks of the Cote d’Azur have absorbed a diversity of cultures. The most popular places and the true highlights of the French Riviera are the Promenade des Anglais, the most famous street in Nice; the hotel Negresco in Nice; the legendary famous casino of Europe and the track of the Formula 1 in Monaco, Palace of Festivals and Conferences in Cannes and Villa Rothschild on the peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

And this is only a tiny piece of a huge list of local sights on the Cote d’Azur.

There are unique architectural landmarks like the Bastion of the port in Menton built in XVII century with decoration by Jean Cocteau; the Fort Carré, where Napoleon Bonaparte was imprisoned; The Prince's Palace of the Grimaldi family built in XIII century in Monaco. Another object that deserves the special attention is the church (Notre Dame de l’Assomption) in the village of Eze.

Attractions of the French Riviera can surprise even the most demanding traveller.

Leisure facilities in the Cote d’Azur

Restaurants of the Cote d’Azur

Superb quality, unique atmosphere and premium service provides the exquisite restaurants of the French Riviera.

The restaurants in the Principality of Monaco and in the French Riviera are considered to be the best in the world, operated by Joël Robuchon,"Chef of the Century", as he is called by gourmets.

Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo, one of his restaurant, does not just offer a wide range of dishes but arranges an amazing cooking shows in its open kitchen. You should book a table in this restaurant in advance.

3 STAR MICHELIN RESTAURANTS – COTE D’AZUR

  • Le Petit Nice 
  • Résidence de la Pinède – La Vague d’Or

2 STAR MICHELIN RESTAURANTS – COTE D’AZUR

  • L’Oasis
  • Restaurant Christophe Bacquié
  • La Villa Madie
  • Villa Archange
  • La Palme d’Or
  • L’Atelier de Jean-Luc Rabanel
  • Chantecler
  • L'Oustaù de Baumanière
  • Château de la Chèvre d'Or
  • La Bastide de Capelongue
  • Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo

Golf on the Côte d'Azur

The French Riviera offers tourists a wide range of different kinds of leisure activities, among them is golf which holds a significant place.

The golf tournament on the Côte d'Azur is held each year which should please all its fans.

Professional golfing teachers can train you with all the secrets of this beautiful sport.

ELITE GOLF CLUBS OF THE COTE D’AZUR    

  • Monte-Carlo Golf Club

  • Golf Country Club Cannes Mougins

  • Golf Club Opio Valbonne

  • Golf de Roquebrune Resort

  • Golf de Villeneuve Loubet

Thalassotherapy & Spa

The Mediterranean Sea is the cradle of the thalassotherapy

The water of the Mediterranean Sea contains a unique composition of microelements, salts and iodine that is best suitable for thalassotherapy treatments, and a peculiar marine climate saturates organisms with dissolved in the air ions. The Côte d'Azur is famous and popular for its thalassotherapy centres, located in coastal towns. You combine useful treatment: healing, beauty and body treatments, general wellness -and pleasure: the pleasure of relaxation at the seaside.

Thalasso complex cures

Thalasso is a complex of hydrotherapy treatments, including specially prepared sea water and marine substances to do a massage: body wrap with marine mud or algae paste, massage and body scrub, etc.

Thalassotherapy centres offer weekly, weekend or daily complex treatments for your health and wellbeing, stress relief, slimming, etc.

Treatment takes place in different times and basically takes a half day. It usually includes 4 or 5 treatments depending on the package and centres.

Types of treatment

• Individual seawater hydrotherapy treatment: seaweed or marine mud wrapping, Multi-jet/hydromassage bath and shower, spa bath, hydrotherapy, underwater jet and shower.

• "Dry" individual procedures: massage with essential oils, pressotherapy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, cryotherapy.

• Fitness in the swimming pool or in the gym: stretching, aqua gym, gentle exercises, kinesiotherapy, back gymnastics, sofro-relaxation.

• Additional treatment: general massage, shiatsu, lymphatic drainage; face, body and anti-cellulite treatment.

Please note that the treatment may vary depending on the thalasso centers. Not everyone can offer a full range of services. Make sure to get the necessary package before making the reservation.

THALASSOTHERAPY IN THE FRENCH RIVIERA

  • Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo

  • Thalassoleil Marina Baie des Anges

  • Thermes Marins de Cannes

  • Thalassothérapie Thalazur Antibes

  • Mercure Thalassa Port Fréjus

Beaches of the Cote d’Azur

A wonderful holiday by the azure sea is complemented by the wonderful beaches of the Côte d'Azur. By French law, it is forbidden to take beaches into private ownership and to fence them off, so on the French Riviera, private and paid beaches are situated side by side with the municipal and free beaches.

Paid beaches on the Cote d'Azur provide a full range of services for the ideal holiday: comfortable sun loungers and umbrellas, towels, all necessary accessories, playgrounds for children, variety of soft drinks and delicious food. Some beaches also offer massage services.

BEST BEACHES OF THE FRENCH RIVIERA

  • Hi beach in Nice. This beach is divided in 3 zones: social, for family and children (the HI-Energy zone, the HI-relax area and the HI-play area).
  • Plage Neptune in Nice. There is a well-equipped children playground. The beach is situated close to the Negresco hotel.
  • Plage de Passable. The beautiful beach of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.
  • Paloma Beach. Very beautiful beach of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Very clean sea and beautiful seascapes.
  • Plage de la Garoupe. It is situated on the Cap d’Antibes.
  • Plage Keller. It is located on the Cap d’Antibes. A popular place for foreign tourists on the Côte d'Azur.
  • Beach Club. It is located at the entrance of the Port of Saint Laurent du Var near Nice. A playground for children is available. The special feature of this beach is the opportunity to eat lobster.