Provence and French Riviera Holidays 2014

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Holidays in Provence and French Riviera

The beautiful region of Provence incorporates the French Riviera on the south coast of France facing the glorious Mediterranean Sea.

Provence is a diverse yet incredibly scenic region of France with pebble beaches, long stretches of sand, steep twisting cliffs, rolling fields and domineering mountains. The region stretches from the borders of Italy on the south coast of eastern France, along to the Rhone River (home of the Cote de Rhone vineyards), and inland to the [southern Alps].

Steeped in history, throughout the Provence region of France you will discover a plethora of Roman structures and ruins. This holiday region is particularly well known also for the wonderful fields of lavender found photographed for holiday brochures and magazines year after year. Grasse in the Provence is where the French perfume industry began due to the long warm months and micro-climate allowing delicate aromatic flowers to grow.

The French Riviera or Cote d’Azur is the most popular holiday destination in France and covers over 120 km of coastline between Menton to the east on the Med coast, through Monaco, Nice, Antibes and Cannes, St Raphael, Ste Maxime, St Tropez and onto the lesser known areas of Le Lavendou and Toulon.

A holiday in Provence and the French Riviera guarantees the most wonderful gastronomy, fabulous wines such as Chateauneuf du Pape and wine tasting, and also many sporting activities to partake in, including an array of water sports, ballooning, climbing, hiking, cycling, canyoning and skiing; then there are the scenic villages, stunning stretches of beaches, an abundance of flora and fauna, and more!

Riviera beach holidays

There is a beach to suit everyone on the south coast of France. Hidden coves only accessed by boat, long stretches of glorious sand to pose on or enjoy with the family, pebbly beaches for those who’d rather not experience sand between their toes, and hosts of water and beach side activities for everyone!

The sandy beach in Cannes is divided into private and public beaches all along La Croisette. Expect to pay a fee during the summer of about 20 euros per day with extra for a sunbed and umbrella. The private Plage Royalis opposite the Grand Hotel, with the public beach at the western end of La Croisette opposite the Majestic Hotel. Kite surfers enjoy Palm Beach.

There are about 15 private beaches in fashionable Nice and sunbeds are recommended as the beaches here are pebbly. As with all private beaches you have to purchase food and drinks from the owners.

Head towards St Tropez, and Plage de Tahiti (Tahiti Beach) is an infamous beach frequented by Bridgette Bardot in her youth, or the Plage Port Grimaud once an escape point for Joan Collins. Monte Carlo Beach is actually in France although on the Monaco border and is a fabulous place from which to star spot during the summer.

Riviera towns and city holidays

Away from the beaches, Nice and Cannes still have much to offer. Exclusive shops and designer boutiques line the streets of Cannes, with the more popular and less pricey stores and many markets being available in Nice. Take a stroll down the beach side Promenade des Anglais then turn inland and you’ll discover cafe lined squares, opulent structures, museums, galleries and many wonderful restaurants. Drive inland for about 15 minutes from Cannes and stop on the outskirts of Mougins, a wonderful medieval village which winds up the hill where many an artist (such as Picasso) and celebrity (such as Winston Churchill and Edith Piaf) have chosen to stay.

Just 20 km east of Nice is the jet sets favourite Monte Carlo located the sovereign state of Monaco. World renowned, Monte Carlo is the perfect spot from which to sit in an al fresco cafe on the coast and simply people watch!

Saint Jean Cap Ferrat is another must see, just 10 km from Monaco and Nice. A favourite with international millionaires, not only is the beach lovely with a long coastal path to follow, but there pine forests and a zoo.

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Other recommended destinations:

On Italy's south west coast set around the Bay of Naples and beyond, is the Neapolitan Riviera. There, towns are perched above the sea, and white washed villages spread out from their fishing harbours.

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: French
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT/BST +1 hour
Local airport: Nice
Flight time: 2 hours 5 minutes

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Top Beaches

There are lots of private beaches along the coast but Cannes is popular for its beach bars that intersperse the sands and give it a young and lively edge. For an exclusive and impressive beach head to the island of Porquerolles for the day to find the luscious Plage de Notre-Dame

Attractions

A tour of the region’s beaches will take you to the seaside cities and towns of Eze, Antibes, Nice and Juan les Pins, although to escape the crowds in mid summer and find a quiet spot along the coast take a drive out of the cities to see the beautiful scenery beyond.

Beach Activities

The warm waters of the southern French coast are great for swimming for adults and children alike, and in the busy centres you will find plenty of opportunity for water sports such as sailing, kayaking and diving. Hunt out beach parties and seaside restaurants in the height of summer when the French Riviera really comes to life.

Hotels

Find a cosy spot on the coast of the French Riviera regardless of which town, city or village you want to visit; at lowcostholidays.com we have flexible offers and low prices that give you some sizzling savings on summer beach holidays. From all inclusive resorts to family run bed and breakfasts, we have a place for you.