Whether you choose to visit the French Riviera for a short time or make it a longer trip, you are guaranteed to get a taste of “La Belle Vie”, or the good life. Also known as the Côte d’Azur, in the French Riviera, you can expect hot weather, blue seas, and delicious food. Just read on to find out more.
Planning for your French Riviera vacation
Before you get to France, it’s a good idea to have your trip planned out, at least the travel portion of it anyway. Especially if you’re crossing the Atlantic to get there. If you are well organized, planning your trip becomes less stressful.
To do this, ensure that you have your luggage wisely packed well before you are due to leave. Also, check your airport’s flight restrictions so you know how to properly pack any essential liquids. And check your airline’s baggage policy to avoid surprise baggage fees at check-in.
Also, check that all of your important travel documents are in order. If you need visas, apply for them well before your departure dates. Check this Etias update to see the type of permission you will need to be granted entry into the country. Remember it’s different depending on what kind of passport you hold and where you’re traveling from. So never assume that you don’t need a visa or waiver.
Of course, you also need to decide before you travel how you will actually get to the French Riviera. The obvious answer is to fly into one of the three main airports along the Côte d’Azur – Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, Le Castellet Airport, or Toulon-Hyères Airport. But there are other more interesting ways of getting there and seeing some of the sites in Europe on the way.
For example, you could fly to Germany, Austria, or Italy and catch the train across the continent to France. Or you could even catch a flight to the UK and then charter a boat to sail to the French Riviera from there!
Where to stay
There are so many beautiful towns and villages to stay on the French Riviera. You are somewhat spoiled for choice. Popular places include Nice, the famous Cannes – where the film festival is held, and Toulon. You will find the smaller resorts and towns spread out among these popular centers.
What to eat
Apart from sunbathing and rubbing shoulder with celebrities during festival season, the French Riviera is the place to relax and watch the world go by. One of the best ways of doing this is to sample the alfresco restaurant and café culture.
In particular, this region is well known for its Fougasse bread, strangely shaped with olive slices, this is a treat not to be missed. Then there are the delicious socca or chickpea pancakes. These are a little heartier and more savory than the traditional crepes you may expect to find in France. All in all, the cuisine on the French Riviera is delectable, so do make sure you get a bite or two while you are in the region.
Have you ever been to the French Riviera?