Provence and French Riviera Holidays 2016

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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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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.

French Riviera Beach Holidays

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


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.


Find a cosy spot on the coast of the French Riviera regardless of which town, city or village you want to visit; at 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.

French Riviera Couples Holiday

Couples Attractions

The infectious café couture of France is ideal for a romantic holiday on the coast, allowing you to mix sun, shops and sands to create the perfect holiday for you and a loved one. Spend the morning on the beach, an afternoon wandering the markets of Nice and a weekend exploring the landscape of the region.

Couples Activities

Get a chance to see the gorgeous countryside of southern France by hiring a bike and heading out of the busy centres, or by going on a wine tour of the region. If you’d rather spend some time in the cities Cannes has some excellent opportunities for shopping, with high fashion high on the agenda.

Couples Nightlife

The relaxed atmosphere of the sunny south brings its visitors to the bars and restaurants from early in the evening to late at night, with some buzzing spots for clubs and pubs in Antibes and Nice. You will never find yourself far from an eatery serving fresh French cuisine and local wines; be sure to try to produce of the region.

Couples Hotels

From charming little villages in the hills to the historic seaside towns such as Grasse and Vence, there are lots of locations to choose from to base your French Riviera holiday at We have romantic retreats including spas, all inclusive hotels and luxury accommodation for an unforgettable holiday.

French Riviera Exploring Holidays


After a walk on the beach take a walk on the wild side in a visit to Mercantour National park, where the luscious green valleys are host to wildlife, flowers and even hidden cave paintings for you to discover. For a picnic in the city, go to one of the beautiful parks or vantage points in Nice on a sunny afternoon


The rural idyll provides ample opportunity for walks, rock climbing, cycling and nature trips, whilst at the coast water sports are always on the agenda. For a taste of the past you can pursue the historic walking areas of Le Suquet, Cannes, or Nietzsche Path in Eze, both great ways to spend a few hours taking in the sights.


Bastille Day is a great time to visit the French Riviera, with festivities flooding the region; in Nice watch fireworks over the water before heading to the parties that follow. Cannes Film Festival is an unmissable event in May and attracts thousands of visitors, whilst Juan les Pins is renowned for its own summer jazz festival.


The turbulent history of France has left its mark in the way of the rich variety of architecture, from grand palaces to modernist structures. The pretty squares and old town of Nice can while away hours exploring the narrow streets and markets, or for something older still the medieval village of Eze is a wonderful place.

French Riviera Family Holidays

Family Attractions

When the sun is shining, the rides, slides and pools of Aqualand water park are the perfect holiday attractions for families, whilst in Antibes you can watch marine life making a splash at Marineland. For educational fun, there are countless museums from baroque galleries to the underwater treasures of Musee de la Castre in France.

Family Activities

Spend some quality time with the kids and take a picnic on a refreshing walking trail by the coast, or to save tired feet introduce the little ones to horse and pony riding for an easy way to explore the region. There are also lots of sports of offer, such as golf, sailing and, in the winter, ski sports.

Family Nightlife

The French Riviera has a vibrant nightlife that welcomes all visitors including families. The busy but relaxed cities of Cannes, Nice and Antibes have some delightful places to eat and hang out, with restaurants serving international cuisine and ice cream shops that stay open into the night for an evening treat

Family Hotels

Many think of the French Riviera and think of expensive luxuries; at we have more than just the priciest hotels of Cannes, we also offer a range of budget accommodation to ensure that you can afford a family holiday to France without breaking the bank this summer.

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