Celebrated the world over for its sublime offering of glamour and beauty, the French Riviera is luxury at its best. Benefitting from a balmy mild to warm climate all year round, enjoy endless sunny beaches, charming coastal towns and glamorous and fabled destinations all offering a slice of the varied landscape made so iconic by this corner of southeastern France.
Conjuring up exquisite imagery of ancient olive groves, winding coastal roads, maquis-covered hills, quaint market towns and the shimmering wonder of the Mediterranean, the French Riviera is the epitome of luxury with the likes of Monaco and Cannes on its roster. Any trip to the Côte d'Azur should include a stop in Nice — this sun-splashed capital is a cornucopia of colourful cosmopolitan streets, complemented by the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean and the allure of the Old Town.
For extraordinary views, culture and a star-studded atmosphere, Cannes will certainly provide. Renowned as the host for the annual International Film Festival and synonymous with high fashion, this resort town is also brimming with much of its original, natural beauty — ensure you take some time to enjoy the beautiful harbour, the bay, the offshore islands of Ile St. Honorat and Ile Ste-Marguerite, and the sprightly energy of the old quarter.
Venturing further inland, you'll uncover quiet medieval villages and communes like Mougins. Spiralling up into a remarkable snail-shaped hilltop, the narrow roads and charming flowers create a setting of utter calm and rejuvenation. You're sure to be seduced by its magnetism in much the same way as the likes of Picasso, Cocteau, Winston Churchill and Christian Dior once were drawn by its artistic and literary qualities. With panoramic views of the bay of Cannes paired with the quietude afforded by its inland location, Mougins really is the best of both worlds.
Don't worry, we haven't forgotten about Saint-Tropez. It gained its recognisable status in the 1960s due to it becoming a "jetsetters" haven and the location of the film And God Created Women, shooting star Brigitte Bardot to superstar heights. It's the place of clothing-optional beaches and often regarded as the unofficial and sexiest capital of the French Riviera.
For a mix of culture, sun-soaking, luxurious hangouts and places to truly relax, the French Riviera will deliver.
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