No matter how long your stay on the French Riviera, you are certain to find the perfect activity for you. Whether you are on holiday for a week or two, just a long weekend break or you’re planning to spend your long retirement in the land of celeb spotting, fine dining and super yachts.
With such a luxurious location, brings an array of water sports, including sailing, diving or kayaking, as well as hiking or hang-gliding over the picturesque mountains of the Cote d’Azur. There are certainly plenty of opportunities to stay active when you visit, which is especially great if you’re spending all summer eating and drinking much of the local cuisine.
Sporting Activities On The French Riviera
If you feel most at home on a beach, this location really has it all for you. Simply, take a swim in the deep blue sea, if swimming is not for you, why not take the waters in a kayak, water ski or a yacht? If you want to take your adventure further, travel up to the clue d’aiglun or Sillans-la-Cascade River, where you can enjoy the peace and quiet in the heart of the mountainous terrain and take a Wild Swim in amongst the turquoise pools and waterfalls.
One of the few places you can combine the pleasures of the seas with the mountains on a range of ski resorts. Just an hours’ drive from the coast, the Alpes-Maritimes gives you the unexpected opportunity to taste the joys of skiing when you stay in such a versatile location.
Of course such an impressive location comes with a variety of extreme and adrenaline fuelled sports. Whether you are an amateur or professional you can take to the skies via a paraglider or hang-gliders where you can get a completely different view of this magnificent location.
Not to mention extreme water sports, if you haven’t tried jet skiing or wakeboarding, this is certainly the best opportunity as the French Riviera is the beautiful coastline that covers 550 miles, and nicknamed the blue coast, with plenty of water for you to explore.
Other activities that can be found include tennis, golf, go karting, cycling, boules etc. There really is something for all age groups, abilities and interests.
Experience The Views On Offer
Views are something the French Riviera isn’t short of, when you take to the roads, paths and off road tracks, you can find many hidden treasures.
There are many trails and organised walks that take place, however you can simply pick up a map, choose your direction and you’ll be sure to find something truly magical whether you’re heading towards the mountains or along the coastline.
Some of our favourite walks include the twisty paths in Cassis and the mountainous Marseille. If you are a keen walker, you will quickly appreciate the cool sea breeze that makes walking a pleasure all year round whether you’re climbing up mountains or hiking along centuries-old paths that lead you from one small French village to the next.
All Year Round Events
Often, when you visit a location you will find that there is a particular time of year that is best to visit, however in the French Riviera there is an activity or event on at all times of the year. The Cote d’Azur is especially known for its variety of festivals and events.
You are not just limited to the summer festivals that come with other locations, you will find an array of extravagant and niche events. From the Monte-Carlo festival in January, the Fete du Citron February and Cannes Film Festival in May to the Russian Art Festival in August, Royal Regatta in September and Noel A Nice in December. Read our blog on unusual festivals on the French Riviera to ensure you visit at a time best for you.
French Riviera By Car
If luxury cars are your passion, you’ll have a field day when you reach the Cote d’Azur. There is plenty of opportunity to take a road trip along the coast line from Monte Carlo to St Tropez, stopping off at some of the glamorous casinos and designer hotels on your way.
As a car enthusiast I am sure you are already aware that Monaco is famous for its racing scene, from Formula 1 to Rally Cars. On your road trip you will be able to take a trip to the high mountain pass of Col de Turini, which is the famous hairpin turn in the Monte Carlo Rally and Tour De France, allowing you to see the beautiful views of the Alps.
Wining and Dining
Do your hobbies and interests lead you to the diner things in life? You have certainly hit jackpot with the French Riviera. There really are so many to choose from, however, we have some of our favourites to share with you.
Le Candille in Mougins redefines the meaning of Michelin-starred, a unique location and menu are on offer allowing you to enjoy views of Grasse. If you are looking for a location both visually stimulating for your eyes and your taste buds, take a trip to Saint-Paul-de-Vence where you will find La Colombe d’Or for classic cuisine and artistic décor.
Others include Jan in Nice, Mirazur in Menton and La Chevre d’Or in Eze.
Please see our latest blog to discover how to lead a healthy lifestyle on your stay on the Cote d’Azur, from places to visit, foods to eat and sports to partake in.
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