Experiencing the Perfect Day in Cannes, Antibes and Nice - Al Fresco Holidays
Glamour, glitz and seemingly endless summer sun; there are few destinations that can rival the French Riviera when it comes to enjoying a taste of the high life.
Rewind a hundred years or so and the French Riviera was only a series of small fishing villages, clinging to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. However, as improvements in transport began to take place, visitors from far and wide began to appreciate how beautiful the area really was, and set about gradually transforming the region into the stylish seaside spectacle that it is today.
In the 21st century, thanks to its upmarket seafront restaurants, chic bars and expansive boutique shopping, the French Riviera, and in particular, the towns and cities of Cannes, Antibes and Nice, have become synonymous with luxury, elegance and allure.
Think you can’t afford it? Think again!
Of course, Cannes, with its world-famous film festival, and opulent Nice and Antibes, all have a reputation for being the sole preserve of the rich and famous. Thankfully, however, this is only a myth. If you’re flexible with accommodation, it’s perfectly possible to enjoy a reasonably priced holiday in the region.
There are some excellent campsites and holiday parks in the area, which are located conveniently close to all the main towns and cities, such as the Green Park Holiday Park, which also has a free shuttle bus running to the main beaches on the Riviera.
Dreaming of a Holiday in the French Riviera? Here’s What the Perfect Day Looks Like!
If living the lifestyle of a celebrity in the south of France sounds like your type of holiday experience, then here is just a small taste of the sort of day you could expect to enjoy.
Exploration in Cannes
After indulging in an early morning dip in the turquoise waters, it makes sense to dry off and start exploring the charismatic town of Cannes. Head for the old town, which has a real sense of atmosphere, with labyrinthine streets and a vast number of boutique shops. This is also the best place to stop for a drink and a snack, in one of the many local cafes.
Head to Rue Meynardiers and continue your shopping in the impressive Covered Market, which is widely recognised as the finest place to go to pick up some gourmet local French food.
Of course, if you happen to be here when the Cannes Film Festival is on, then take the time to linger around the red carpet and enjoy some serious celebrity spotting!
Culture in Antibes
After you’ve had your fill of shopping and fine food in Cannes, head to the city of Antibes, once a haven for artists, including Picasso. After you’ve admired the beautiful, vibrant seafront, you’ll understand why painters were drawn to the area, and if you want to immerse yourself completely in the culture of the city, head to the Picasso Museum, situated directly by the sea. This is where the great artist himself once lived; the museum features many of his works and a peaceful sculpture garden outside.
After enjoying all the culture, head to the Cap d’Antibes, and have a stroll along the cape. The views of the surrounding sea and coastline are spectacular, so don’t forget to bring your camera, and plenty of drinking water!
History at Nice, then an evening of excellent food and drink
Nice, with its beautiful beach-side promenade and huge range of attractions for visitors, is the perfect location to end your busy day.
The city is a real cultural and historical hotspot, and with most museums being free to enter, you can take your pick depending on your personal preference. Take in yet more art at the Matisse or Chagall Museums, or get historical at the Museum of Archaeology at Cimiez, which offers a really interesting insight into ancient Gallo-Roman life in the area.
Nice is also renowned for its wonderful views, and a climb up to Mont Boron (keep your eyes open for Elton John’s villa) is well worth the effort. From here, you can take in views of the city below, and the surrounding mountains.
By now, you’ll have probably worked up a considerable appetite, but don’t worry; in Nice, you’re most certainly in the right place. Nice has a veritable treasure trove of fine restaurants, serving freshly caught seafood, traditional French cuisine, and everything else you could possibly imagine. Grab a table by the seafront and watch the sun go down, whilst enjoying an excellent meal and a glass (or two) of locally made wine.
If you’re eager to enjoy the high life in Cannes, Antibes and Nice, but don’t want to pay the high prices associated with staying in the hotels, visit Al Fresco Holidays to find out just how to book your decadent French Riviera experience today.