The French Riviera has always been an enviable place that people would love to holiday at but it has especially enjoyed a renaissance over recent years. This increased popularity is likely down to the flocks of Hollywood celebrities, supermodels and billionaire who visit during the peak of summer.
The Cote d’Azur is a pretty impressive stretch of coastline that runs from Saint-Tropez to Monaco and can date its high profile visitors as far back as Queen Victoria in 1882. Whilst the majority of residents and visitors will be content to enjoy the best parts of the Riviera, namely sunbathing, eating great food, drinking great wine and partying. There is plenty for visitors to do and see when the relaxed lifestyle gets a little too much for them.
A Trip To Nice
If you want a break from the coast then a great choice is to head inland towards Nice. Often the Riviera is deemed a show-offs paradise and sometimes it can be refreshing to slip back into the real world (well almost) for a while. Nice is an ideal choice for anyone who enjoys scenic walks and allows you to head up the hills for some lovely views and relaxed afternoons.
If there is one thing you will immediately take in from the views is that the architecture is equally as beautiful. One of the most notable examples that is worth checking out for those interested in design, is Jean Badovici’s love-nest E-1027 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. The house was completed in 1929 and is hailed as a minimalist masterpiece, it is renowned for its L-shaped shape and it has also been built on stilts. The house’s interior is also as interesting as its exterior, it has been filled with the designer Eileen Gray’s Transat chair and folding cabinets. It is such a treasured spot that the French Cultural Ministry of Historic Monuments has begun an extensive refurbishment to ensure it is a piece of architecture that will stand the test of time.
Fans of art will also appreciate a trip to Notre Dame de Vie in Mougins, this is where Pablo Picasso lived.
Take A Boat Trip
There is plenty to see along the coastline and it is a day well spent if you decide to take a boat along to the monastic island of Saint-Honorat.
If you want to get an idea of what Cannes was like before the stinking rich got in on it then there is no better place to do it than in Suquet. Cannes used to be a small fishing village and amongst the Suquet hill you can still find some of the old atmosphere of the small fishing village.
Musée de la Castre
Located at the top of Suquet Hill, this 11th century building has now become a museum that houses eclectic collections – from musical instruments to ethnic artifacts. If you want to visit a museum then this is definitely one worth considering and it is also free to visit on the first Sunday of every month from November to March!