The French Riviera is known for its glitz and glam, rubbing shoulders with celebrities and fine dining. However, it is so much more than this, aside from the hustle and bustle, the Cote d’Azur is the perfect location for bringing up your family, with something for all ages. A range of incredible activities, perfect Mediterranean climate, picturesque locations and an variety of fabulous schools – so you can ensure your family will achieve everything they’ve ever dreamed, with resources right at their fingertips.
The reliable weather in the south of France lends itself to a variety of outdoor activities, sightseeing opportunities and exhilarating adventures. So whether, you’re looking for the perfect location for a holiday home or your family’s forever home, we have devised a list of the best spots to make sure you don’t miss out.
Best Times To Visit
In the French Riviera there’s always a buzz, however, it’s best to make sure you’re visiting at the right time so you can make the most of your Cote d’Azur experience. Our favourite time at Bruce International is anytime from early Spring through to Summer – this is when all of the shops, restaurants and main attractions open their doors and the true elements of the French Riviera is really showcased. The earlier you go, the cooler the temperature and the smaller crowds of people.
The French Riviera is well known for the many festivals that it is home to up and down the coast and all year long – so it’s best to check when they are in full swing so you can attend the ones most suited to your family. Our favourites for you are the Monaco Circus in January, Nice Carnival in February, Bastille Day in July, as well as a variety of harvest festivals and Christmas markets. View our full list of our unmissable festivals along the Cote d’Azur here.
An Array Of Activities
Whatever your interests, whether they are to discover the historical elements, make sculptures on the beach, revel in luxury or take long walks along the coast, there really is a spot for everything. In the heart of Nice, you will find Cimiez – a beautiful old town featuring Roman ruins, the Matisse and Archaeological museum. Also in Nice you will find lengths of stone beaches, perfect for a beach day or a short walk into the nearby ancient town for a yummy ice cream, small markets and small cafes.
With huge mansions and a glistening lighthouse, Cap d’Antibes is well known for luxury. Their long rocky shorelines are the perfect place for stroll in the sun, with many pit stops for smaller legs! At the end of your afternoon you can watch your children splash in the sea whilst you enjoy a cocktail along the sea front. If a walk along the sea front is what you’re after, La Croisette in Cannes is the place for you, with a number of snack bars, cafes, and even mini carnivals for kids!
There are many activities and locations that are niche, tailoring to your hobbies and interests, for example if your or your children are into cars, then a visit to Monaco is a must or if you’re into water sports, Nice supplies it all.
If you do experience the rare rainy day, the Monaco Aquarium is fantastic for all ages, educational and fun!
The Best Schools
We understand that when relocating, there are many aspects to organise, and finding a perfect school to relocate to is a very important one. There are a range of international schools with a number of different benefits, whether you’re looking for English speaking, bi-lingual or a French speaking school, there is lots of options for your family.
The International School of Nice provides a range of opportunities for students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, the International School of Monaco has students from 35 nationalities with extensive success in their International Baccalaureate programme.
Some of our other favourite schools include Mougins, EBICA and the Centre International de Valbonne. No matter your children’s needs and requirements, there’s sure to be the perfect education system for your family along the French Riviera.
Where To Dine?
Deciding where to eat is a big enough obstacle in itself, however, when you have to look for a restaurant that caters towards children and the fussiest of eaters, you have your work cut out. If you’re looking for a family friendly place to dine, Valbonne is a personal favourite of ours. The restaurants here are in an enclosed square so you can enjoy your meal whilst your children run around and enjoy the musicians and magicians.
Nice is also great for dining, especially for the little ones, allowing you to have a relaxing family time. From quaint bistro cafes and pizza parlours to breakfast shacks and homemade treats, you’re sure to find something for everyone!
Bruce International Properties
Bruce International are a bespoke and professional real estate consultancy who offer a selection of exclusive apartments, houses and villas in the South of France; specifically the Côte d’Azur region. Our experts have a wealth of experience in the real estate industry and have provided a brief introduction into the legalities of buying a house in France.