As summer is coming, most of us are already picturing themselves on the beach.
Today – leading our thoughts towards the most beautiful destinations for the “golden” season – we have spotted Côte d’Azur, named after its intense blue waters touching beautiful beaches.
And it is also a great destination for hiking lovers, with its great choice of trails among charming, medieval villages to walk across, tasting local cuisine and enjoying fine wine.
In these places you can also find different art galleries where you can admire the greatest masterpieces of Impressionism.
Last but not least, Côte d’Azur offers a very fancy and fashionable nightlife right on the well-known promenades that have seen walking by many celebrities and movie stars over the years.
Here’s what you absolutely shouldn’t miss along your road trip:
ÉZE VILLAGE – Road Trip to the French Riviera – Discover the Glamorous Côte d’Azur
In the Maritime Alps, Éze is a picturesque village located at 400 meters above the sea level, in front of the Mediterranean Sea. Dating back to ancient age, this little historical site offers to the visitors a unique suggestive atmosphere, with ups and downs or particular staircases.
Beside the labyrinth of narrow street and alleys, Éze Village owes its charm to the plenty of handcraft and art shops, colored shutters, and the characteristic flowers and plants decorating the houses.
NICE – Road Trip to the French Riviera – Discover the Glamorous Côte d’Azur
Despite the attack occurred in 2018, Nice maintained its never-ending beauty and it is still considered the capital of Côte d’Azur, since it has always been the frame of multiculturalism, elegant architecture, party atmosphere, nightlife, exclusive clubs and fashionable shops.
Jumping back into the past and discovering the culture, you must visit the Vieux Niece, Marc Chagall National Museum and Musée Matisse.
On the other hand, just to relax and dream a bit, the 7km long Promenade des Anglais is the most renowned of Côte d’Azur.
ANTIBES – Road Trip to the French Riviera – Discover the Glamorous Côte d’Azur
Antibes is a place worth visiting for different reasons: firstly, the Picasso Museum make you live a deep art and culture experience.
Secondly, several beaches – such as Plage de la Gravette, Plage du Fort Carré, or Plage de la Salis – can make you spend a very soothing time and, walking along Port Vauban admiring its huge yachts, you can breathe the real wealth and luxury.
CANNES – Road Trip to the French Riviera – Discover the Glamorous Côte d’Azur
Glamorous Cannes sets camera flashes popping at its film festival in May, when stars pose in tuxes and full-length gowns on the red carpet. Especially during summertime, the famous La Croisette is crowded by tourists and celebrities.
But there’s also a lot of natural beauty to make a trip worthwhile: the harbour, the bay, the clutch of offshore islands and the old quarter, Le Suquet, all spring into life on a sunny day.
SAINT TROPEZ – Road Trip to the French Riviera – Discover the Glamorous Côte d’Azur
Pouting sexpot Brigitte Bardot came to St-Tropez in the 1950s to star in Et Dieu Créa la Femme (And God Created Woman; 1956) and overnight transformed the peaceful fishing village into a sizzling jet-set favourite.
Yet there is a serene side to this village trampled by 60,000 summertime inhabitants and visitors on any given day.
Several beaches – like Plage de Tahiti or Plage De Pampellonne – and a lot of walking paths make your stay a jump in a beautiful outdoor landscape.
Written by Angelica Leoni – Contributor