Cote d’Azur, France
The stretch of coastline from Toulon to the Italian border has long cast a spell on visitors. Known as the Cote d’Azur or the French Riviera, it boasts beautiful sunshine, chic towns and villages, azure-blue sea, a spectacular coastline and an almost tangible sense of romance.
The glamorous towns of Antibes, Juan-Les-Pines, Saint Tropez, Nice and Monaco are synonymous with style and beauty.
Start your exploration of the Cote d’Azur, France, in its capital – Nice. A town of broad palm-fringed avenues and grand hotels, of fine restaurants and outstanding museums, its spectacular quality of light has long been an inspiration for artists and musicians.
Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, sip an aperitif in the pink-domed Hotel Negresco and marvel at the paintings in the city’s Matisse Museum.
Head west down the coast for the beautiful sandy beaches and narrow winding streets of Antibes. Find out for yourself why the town so enchanted artists like Picasso and Nicolas de Stael.
style, glamour & beauty
Experience a slice of lively nightlife in Juan Les Pins before bracing yourself for the outrageously expensive chic boutiques and restaurants of Cannes. Famous for its film festival in mid-May, Cannes is probably one of the best cities in the world for people-watching.
Stroll down the impressive palm-fringed Boulevard de la Croisette and take in the style, glitter and wealth all around you. Journey 15 kilometres north of Cannes to Grasse, one of the most important perfume-producing centres in France.
The heady smell of perfume wafts through the town. Visit one of the three perfumeries open to the public and discover how it is made. Travel west further down the coast, past the towns of Frejus and St. Raphael until you come to St.Tropez.
Immortalized in the film Et Dieu Crea la Femme with Brigitte Bardot, it is an alluring little town immensely popular with the jet set. Watch them dine on their huge yachts before strolling down the Quai Jean Jaures to choose a restaurant for yourself.
Journeying east of Nice you’ll discover the gem of a town that is Villefranche-sur-Mer. With a tiny little port, a 16th-century citadel and church and a beautiful beach, it has a relaxed and laid-back feel.
Ideal for recuperating in after a night on the town in Nice! The seaside resort of Saint Jean-Cap Ferrat is situated on the attractive wooded peninsula of Cap Ferrat. Travel east again to the beautiful town of Eze lying on a rocky hilltop above the sea.
Travel through Menton to the tiny principality of Monaco. Walk up the hill to glamorous Monte Carlo – famous for its casino, royal palace and the Formula 1 Grand Prix held each May.
Visit the palace’s state apartments, watch people gamble for high stakes in the gaming rooms of the casino, have a drink in the world-famous Hotel de Paris. A stay on the Cote d’Azur, France, makes returning home particularly difficult!