The beautiful coastline of the Côte d’Azur has long emitted a golden glow, bathed in warm Mediterranean sunshine and the riches of its glamorous residents. Venture inland into the backdrop of scenic mountains however and you will be warmly welcomed into another world. Rich in tradition and culture, tiny medieval villages continue as they have done for centuries, with a quiet afternoon game of boules, or an evening stroll around the square - welcome to the real France.
Cote d'Azur - Beautiful coastline, beautiful people
Holidaymakers with A-List aspirations can bask on the beaches or sip a glass of vin blanc along the promenades on a villa holiday in the Cote d’Azur. You’d be missing out however, if you didn’t discover the quaint towns idling nearby. From our Cote d’Azur villas you can live just the lifestyle you choose.
Cote d'Azur Beaches
The picturesque harbours of the Côte d’Azur are interspersed with pebbly inlets and stretches of golden sand that represent some of the most glamorous beaches in the world. Head to the beautiful Frejus and Antibes areas for the best sandy beaches, whilst the beach along ‘La Croisette’ – Cannes’ golden mile of prime seafront hotels and restaurants – is the place to be seen. Beaches in the main resorts are a mixture of public and private sections, many offering a wide range of watersports and hiring out sunloungers and parasols for those who want to relax
Cote d'Azur Food
Eating out is a passion in France, and no more so than on the Cote d’Azur. A wide choice of restaurants serve local fresh seafood prepared in a number of ways, and you might want to also try the locally produced vegetables and soups which this part of France is famous for. Meat is fresh and locally produced, and always cooked rare to maintain the highest of flavours. If you want to eat in, fresh local produce is always available at the local daily markets, and is often the cheapest way to shop. Try making a fish soup or ratatouille with the wonderful fresh goods on sale or sample some of the nut and olive breads, perhaps dipped in olive oil for a true taste of the region.
Cote d'Azur Shopping
Whether you’d like to spend hours soaking up the glamour of some of the world’s greatest designer boutiques in Cannes, or hunting down traditional mementos in a village craft market, the Côte d’Azur is the perfect place to put your holiday money to good use. Well known local produce includes the perfumes of Grasse, made from the wonderful aromas of flowers from the surrounding hillsides, and the beautiful coloured glassware from the hill village of Biot, revered by collectors the world over.
Cote d'Azur History
With its rich cultural heritage, a sense of history permeates the Cote d’Azur. The landscape in the Cote D’Azur is dotted with a beautiful old chateaux, medieval villages and Roman remains, while museums are scattered across the region, housing fascinating artifacts dating back to Greek and Roman times.
Cote d'Azur Holidays - Points of Interest
Pick a seafront bar in any of the famous local towns, such as Cannes, Nice or Antibes, to watch the world go by – and perhaps a film star or two.
Pack a picnic and relax in the grassy park at Frejus, beneath the remarkable Roman aqueduct.
Take a day away from the beaches and shop ‘til you drop in Cannes, home of the designer boutique!
Cross the border into the tiny principality of Monaco for the day to admire the luxury yachts and drive some of the famous streets that make up the Monte Carlo Formula One circuit.
Head inland to the town of Vence to shop for local produce such as soaps, perfumes and flowers.
The town of Frejus is situated in the heart of the Côte d’Azur. Frejus played a pivotal role as one of the biggest military ports of the Roman Empire and today visitor’s flock to see the many historical sites.
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Scores 9.0 out of 10based on 28 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
9 out of 10
Grimsby Family (the eldest child is at school)
Antibes is a lovely little town with lots of character and beaches. Nice old town is also worth a visit, with numerous shops and eateries. Biot is a surprisingly lively little village with a great market on Tuesdays. Lac de Saint Cassien is less than an hour away and worth a visit for doing some reasonably priced water sports.
The area is quite expensive and food on the whole was not as impressive as we had expected. Without GPS, it is difficult to find places - lots of roundabouts and signage is not always clear. Airport hire car situation is a disaster! We arrived in Terminal 1 but hire cars are all now out of Terminal 2, so you have to take a shuttle. The queue was nearly 3 hours on a very hot day, with nowhere for the family to sit. Avis didn't give us the car we had chosen and everyone seemed to be arguing about additional charges.
Confirmed stay: 17 August 2019 Published on: 19 August 2019 8 out of 10
Stockport Family (the eldest child is at school)
Lack of information in the villa
Confirmed stay: 17 August 2019 Published on: 19 August 2019 10 out of 10
The French people we met were very friendly and hospitable.
Mosquitos! Most of us had multiple bites that were pretty unsightly.
Confirmed stay: 10 August 2019 Published on: 11 August 2019 6 out of 10
Family (the eldest child is at school)
Grasse was a good day visit. Some good restaurants in the area.
The crowds. There are too many people to make it a good area to go on holiday.
Confirmed stay: 10 August 2019 Published on: 11 August 2019 10 out of 10
Cobham Family (the eldest child is at school)
All of it
Not really - justva small point about the pool (noted above)
Confirmed stay: 10 August 2019 Published on: 11 August 2019 9 out of 10
Taxi to Cannes reasonable and easy. Loved to option of bay view at front, pool at back and the side outside table for open air eating.
Entrance, parking limited and tight. Pool man left pool too high in chlorine after visit, stingy eyes. Needed adjustment. Otherwise lovely villa.
Confirmed stay: 03 August 2019 Published on: 10 August 2019 8 out of 10
Ease of access to Autoroute meant it was very easy to travel to places such as Antibes, Cannes and Grasse
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 03 August 2019 Published on: 08 August 2019 9 out of 10
Twickenham Family (the eldest child is at school)
Good selection of restaurants, bars and ice creams in easy walking distance
Nothing negative to say about location
Confirmed stay: 28 July 2019 Published on: 30 July 2019 9 out of 10
Bucks Family (the eldest child is at school)
Reviewer left no comment
No info pack, to tell you how everything works and no international tv (which for children would have been helpful).
Confirmed stay: 20 July 2019 Published on: 25 July 2019 9 out of 10
Edinburgh Family (the eldest child is at school)
Les Adrets was a beautiful and peaceful village with good small shops and restaurants
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 13 July 2019 Published on: 15 July 2019
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