Last year I took an incredible holiday to the south of France, and it was a holiday I’ll never forget. The French Riviera is truly incredible, and quite unlike anywhere I’d ever travelled before. With so much to see and do, it was difficult to narrow down our list of activities to fit into nine days, but here are a few of my favourite places that I visited (and those I wish I’d visited).
Theóule sur Mer
We stayed in a beautiful villa called ‘La Cachette’ in Theóule sur Mer, and the town offered the perfect setting with 4/5 delicious restaurants, a few stretches of golden sandy beach and a small local shop. The villa alone offered all we would have needed for a week (including a hot tub), and with Cannes, Antibes, St Tropez and even Monaco a drivable distance from where we stayed, we were able to explore plenty more further afield. Theóule has a plethora of multi-million-pound yachts sat in the sea and had a real exclusive feel about it, without the snobbery that would make you feel uncomfortable if you didn’t own your own yacht! I fell in love with Theóule our first day and will certainly be returning (hopefully to the same villa) in the near future! When I return, I’ll definitely be investing in a SUP board to test the waters in Theóule!
One of the highlights of this holiday was certainly visiting the prestigious area of Monaco (although it isn’t technically in France). Known as the wealthiest place in the world, it is clear to see that the area is not short on money, with streets lined with designer shops, Michelin star restaurants and a port full of pricey party yachts! It is undeniable that the money has contributed to its jaw-dropping beauty. My personal favourite was the Japanese gardens, the serenity and quiet beauty of those gardens is something I’ve not found anywhere else in the world. Everything from the architecture to the parks looks the part, including the Monte Carlo Casino. Although I’m not a gambler at all, we did get dressed up and pop in to try our luck in the casino. With an espresso martini in hand, I hit the jackpot and won €760, so needless to say I was over the moon to have taken that trip!
Cannes is most well-known for its film festival, but even when the biggest event in the calendar isn’t on, the place screams Hollywood glamour and gives you a taste of the high life. There are plenty of beaches to choose from to sit and soak up the sun, then you can walk just a few metres and be at the door of Dior, Louis Vuitton or Chanel for a spot of shopping! The majority of restaurants match up to the glamour of Cannes, but there are still plenty of places to stop off for a cheeky ice-cream sundae or a quiet coffee! I loved Cannes so much that we actually visited three times in the same week, and even took a trip to the golf course for a quick round (of pitch and putt – I am unfortunately not much of a golfer) and a spot of lunch. The nightlife here is also as good as you would imagine – particularly if you are a fan of spotting celebrities!
We, unfortunately, didn’t manage to visit Antibes on our last trip, but it is certainly on my list of places to visit; especially as I recently learned that Dior’s perfumery is located there! Dior’s isn’t the only perfumery in Antibes, and there are a few that you can explore and even have the chance to make your very own south of France scent! The large number of perfumeries in this area is mainly down to the vast commercial flower growing industry that flourishes in Antibes including roses and carnations and the sight of these flowers are said to be a truly unique experience. With 23km of beautiful coastline, azure waters and a wonderfully historic story, there is plenty that I’d like to see and do there, including visit the Musee Picasso!
Nice is where one of the main airports is situated, and this was where we flew. The city itself is beautiful, and you could spend hours walking around gasping at the creative architecture and discovering new hidden gems! We only spent a short afternoon and evening here, but you it could keep you entertained for days! It’s such a photogenic area – definitely a place to visit if you’re a budding photographer! The array of restaurants here was also fantastic, with plenty of different cuisines to choose from! There are beaches in Nice, but as they are pebbly, it isn’t necessarily the best place for golden sandy stretches. Overall, Nice is pretty nice!
Where would you most like to visit in the south of France? Let me know on social media, as I’d love to hear your thoughts! Check out my Instagram page @cultureandcouture_ if you’d like to see a few more snaps from my travels to the south of France and many other destinations!