The French Riviera is one of the world’s most glamourous holiday destinations… but how best to explore? Car Hire Market exposit the advantages of a road trip, and select some favourite stop-offs en route.
It is a coastline famous for sparkling blue waters, blazing sunshine and visits from the highest profile celebrities you can imagine, from rap moguls to international supermodels. France’s Cote d’Azur is home to some of France’s best-known and most admired holiday destinations, from the beaches of Nice to the casinos of Monte Carlo.
Practicalities: Although with such wealth surrounding you it’s easy to assume that this is a pricey option, but there are affordable flights aplenty and it’s fairly simple to find cheap car hire in France. There are usually some reasonable deals available on accommodation, too, particularly if you book “mystery” hotels on the major hotel booking sites. You could try camping, but that might not be quite as glamourous as you were hoping for.
So, where to go? The major draw of a road trip is that you have absolute freedom to roam wherever you please. If you feel a little peckish, you can pull over in a mountainside village for a bite to eat. When being cooped up in the car becomes too much, you can follow your eye line to the ocean, park up, and run straight in – it’s all down to you, and you can go wherever you please. Although not exhaustive, here are a few places you should endeavour to visit along the way…
Nice. It is easy to get great value flights directly to Nice from airports all across the UK, so this might be your cheapest option – it’s also easy enough to collect your hire car in Nice. The town itself is worth a few days – obviously depending on how much time you want to spend exploring the coast. Take a wander around the cobbled town square, peruse the markets selling the freshest bread and cheese, or enjoy a glass of wine in one of the many street-side cafes. The pebbly beach is always full of sun-worshippers, but if the rays become too much, take time to stroll around the harbour or follow the promenade around the curve of the headland to see some beautiful views back across the city. Nice is also a great spot for those of you who want somewhere to dance the night away.
Monaco. This is where the fabulously rich come to holiday, and the wealth in the principality will become immediately apparent as soon as you drive on through. Expect to see enormous luxury yachts, expensive cars and eternally glamorous characters drinking and dining in up-market surroundings. This is your opportunity to don your glad rags and try your hand at some roulette or blackjack in Monte Carlo’s casinos.
Cannes. Famous for its yearly film festival, Cannes is also home to luxury shopping and wonderful restaurants. Spend the day on the beach marvelling at the yachts sparkling away in the distance and the sunglasses-wearing, tiny-dog-owning fashionistas who have never had to understand the concept of “high street shopping”. Again, Cannes doesn’t have to be expensive, as you can spend all day on the beach, paddling in the sea and marvelling at the people. One fact worth noting is that, on average, Cannes enjoys 12 hours of sunshine a day during summer.