A mini travel guide for the Côte d’Azur:
The Côte d’Azur, also known as the French Riviera, is famous for its resorts and beautiful towns such as Nice, Menton, Cannes, Monaco, St. Tropez, Grass or Antibes and for many other picturesque places, too...
This small town stretches along the coastline. The centre of Les Issambres is the beach, La Plage de San Peire. On Monday morning there is a Provençal market on the village square where you can buy fresh, regional products.
A wide variety of fresh crispy bread and baked goods is sold daily and you can watch these products come straight out of the oven.
The restaurant in the Hotel Le Provençal offers exceptionally good cuisine and the restaurant La Réserve Gayard with its location directly on the waterfront in the direction of St. Agylf is also to be recommended. The FanFan Pizzeria, which offers huge, delicious pizzas to take away, is worth a mention, too.
You can enjoy warm summer evenings in a variety of beach restaurants, from rustic to sophisticated, all of which have a wonderful view of the sea.
Visitors keen on sports can hire surfboards and sailing boats from the sailing school or jet skis and motor yachts in the harbour.
The location between the Massif d’Estérel and the Massif des Maures and the wetlands area Les Etangs de Villepey is ideal for nature lovers and hikers and is home to a large number of species of birds.
From a small fishing village in the 1960s – the old village structures and narrow streets have been kept as they were – to a current hip hot spot with a famous port of luxury yachts, this town has retained its special charm. Whether you come to the Côte d’Azur in summer or winter, St. Tropez is always worth a visit.
The market which is held in St. Tropez on Tuesday and Saturday is one of the most interesting markets in the whole of the South of France.
Exclusive designer shops, a breath-taking harbour and exciting nightlife are all to be found here.
To the west of St. Tropez you will find one of the most famous beaches of the Mediterranean Sea, La Plage Pampelonne, with its legendary beach clubs.
The most famous of these is Le Club 55 which opened in 1955 and is synonymous with lifestyle. While some of its guests may arrive in a luxury vehicle such as a Bentley, others anchor their yachts in the bay to be then picked up for lunch by the club’s motor boat. And the photographers are ready and waiting to capture this recurring spectacle…
If you would like to have lunch in this exclusive club, you must definitely book a table.
There are, of course, other beach clubs such as Moorea Plage, Nikki Beach and Tahiti Plage …
In the high season you should get to the Plage Pampelonne by 10.00 am otherwise you will have difficulty finding a parking space and traffic jams are to be expected.
At the beginning of October there is a sailing regatta, Les Voiles de St. Tropez, in which a lot of old ships also take part. Every evening you can enjoy a spectacular view at the harbour.
Cannes is famous all over the world for its annual film festival in May. During the festival week there is a special atmosphere in the town, but a day trip at any other time is also worthwhile.
The Palais des Festivals framed by luxury designer boutiques, the legendary Carlton Hotel, the Boulevard La Croisette with its palm trees and beautiful flower arrangements and the yacht harbour underscore the unique atmosphere of this destination.
It is a pleasure to go shopping in the Rue Meynadier and the Rue d’Antibes and there are, of course, a variety of very good restaurants here.
In July visitors enjoy the traditional jazz festival, Jazz à Juan, which has been held for over 50 years and sailing enthusiasts look forward to Les Regattes Royales in September.
If your flight arrives early or departs late in the day, it is often possible to fit in a trip to Nice which is always worth a short visit.
After Paris, Nice has more museums than any other town or city in France and entry to these museums is free!
In the old part of Nice you will find attractive buildings and many wide, open squares.
The daily market, Le Cours Saleya, is unique in its size and in the evening becomes an easily accessible restaurant mile for there is a multi-storey car park directly below it.
Nice is THE metropole on the Côte d’Azur, a shopping paradise and an attractive place to live.