Stylish resorts, blue seas, beaches, shopping, nightlife and sunshine all combine to make holidays on the French Riviera a favourite with young and old alike. Also known as the Cote D'Azur, the French Riviera stretches along France's southern coastline, from the Italian border in the east to St Tropez in the west. Famous as being the playground of the rich and famous, the French Riviera's popular hotspots include Monaco, Nice, Cannes and St Tropez. Discover the principality of Monaco with its luxury yacht-lined harbour, Monte Carlo Casino and the Formula 1 Grand Prix curcuit. Cosmopolitan Nice has the Promenade des Anglais, Nice Carnival and the Jazz Festival, along with art galleries, shopping and dining options galore. Cannes is famous for its Film Festival, yacht-lined harbour and designer shopping. And finally, St Tropez is the place for celebrity spotting and great nightlife. Whether you dine in small and friendly bistros or upmarket brasseries, you're sure to enjoy great food and wine on this coastline too. Culture, entertainment, plentiful activities on land and in the sea, an excellent choice of hotels, villas and apartments and a hot summer and mild winter climate, all complete the picture of a holiday on the French Riviera. Why not experience a holiday on the French Riviera yourself this year and see what you're missing!
You'll be spoilt for choice of things to see and do during a holiday on the French Riviera. Spend your day on the beach catching the sun's rays or swimming in the sea. Try your hand at watersports, from diving to windsurfing, wakeboarding, sailing and waterskiing. Explore the coast line and offshore islands on a boat trip. Follow in the footsteps of the film world at the Palais des Festivals and Alles de Stars in Cannes. See the changing of the guard outside the Prince's Palace or follow the route of the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit in Monaco. Enjoy a trip to Marineland in Antibes, home to dolphin shows and waterbased fun. The Azur leisure park in St Tropez is fun day out for all the family, with 28 attractions and two golf courses. Nice is a shopper's paradise, from the famous flower market on Cours Saleya to the designer boutiques on Rues Paradis and Massena and Avenue de Verdun.
Nightlife is where the French Riviera excels! From the lively and upmarket nightspots in St Tropez to the stylish clubs and bars in Nice, to the Casino in Monte Carlo and the luxurious establishments in Cannes you'll find somewhere to enjoy a quiet drink, dance the night away or party until dawn across the French Riviera.
There is an excellent choice of restaurants, bistros, brasseries and cafes to satisfy all tastes across the French Riviera. Try local specialities from Salade Nicoise to Soupe de Poisson, the baked cod dish stocafi, the dessert pastry fougasse and steak and frites. Don't miss the freshly caught fish and seafood and, of course, frog's legs and snails. Local wines, beers and spirits make the perfect accompaniement to your meal.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.
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