Luxurious things to do on the French Riviera

The Cote  d’Azur, or the French Riviera, is located on the Mediterranean coast of France, extending from Nice to Cannes. Boasting glamorous appeal, it has served (and continues to serve) as a popular destination and holiday home for celebrities and the who’s who from the world of art, literature, politics, and music, including the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Joan Collins, Elton John and David Niven. The more modest accommodation options like campsites, rental apartments and caravan parks are also snapped up by budget travellers, making the Riviera a perennial favourite. Here are some of the things you can indulge in when visiting this popular region of France.

Local markets

The local markets are definitely something you must check out. Every village or town has weekly markets that are held on a daily basis, especially in the mornings. While the produce sold here may be of the highest quality, it’s not really cheap. The local vegetables and fruits such as asparagus, melons, tomatoes and peaches are seasonal and among the finest in the world. The olive oil, local honey, meat, seafood and cheese give it a legendary status.

The cheese can be overwhelming, as the country produces more than 400 varieties. People controlling the stalls allow you to taste it before you make a purchase. Some of the favourites are Reblochon, Brie de Meaux and Chevre.

Beaches

Some of the most beautiful beaches lie along the French Riviera, and are known for attracting millions of tourists each year. While sand beaches with pebbles and beautiful scenery will give you an experience to remember. There are also cafes and restaurants on the beach, along with bars and clubs, making it a perfect destination for people of all ages. Parties are also held at the beaches, along with carnivals and festivals that showcase the rich French culture. Go in for a swim, or just play around in the sand – you will definitely love the setting!

Shopping

With a host of designer boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Cartier, etc., the French Riviera is a shopper’s paradise. You will also find some of the oldest works of jewellery and antiques that can be found nowhere else.

Wine

Wine is something you just can’t miss in the Cote d’Azur. The vineyards in the region are responsible for producing 160 million bottles every year, on an average, between 580 winegrowers. You can wander through the vineyards, taste the grapes or simply go on a wine-tasting activity and indulge in some of the finest wines the region has to offer.

Andy Butler is the Online Marketing Manager at Burger Davis.

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Comments (1)

  1. ol-lentile says:

    Ernest Hemingway is one of my favourite authors and I knew very well that he was quite fond of the French Riviera. And who wouldn’t fall in love with it, the name alone invites romantic imaginings.

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