There is so much to see and to do on the southeast Mediterranean coast of France, also known as Cote d’Azur or Riviera, that travelers who land there for the first time may have problems on deciding what to do. We asked the author of the travel guide The Gems of Nice and the French Riviera how to start exploring the sights and attractions of the Riviera.
If you are staying in Nice, use your first day to enjoy the most relaxing activities of the city. This means a long, and I really mean, a long and slow stroll along the Promenade d’Anglais. That’s where the residents come to enjoy their lunch hour or an entire afternoon as well. Riviera is a year-round destination, so it depends on the season what is happening on the beach, but there is always something out on the sea. Watch out for bicyclists, though.
It is pretty quick and easy to get a complete view over Nice from the Castle Hill. The castle has disappeared, but wonderful views over the city roofs haven’t. The long beach, mountains, and the city squeezed between the mountains and the sea get a fresh perspective from the hill. At the foot of the Castle Hill, the old town is a obligatory neighborhood to explore and to have a meal if it is lunch or dinner time.
Antibes and Cannes are my favorites as alternative towns to stay and to spend a relaxing day strolling along the coast and in the old town (both towns have lovely coastal promenades and old towns).
After a day in the never-ending buzz of a Riviera coastal town, a road trip to the countryside is a magnificent way to experience another side of southern France. A trip to the Gorges du Verdon is a full day mission, but worth it. The landscapes, mountains, monasteries and villages along the roads to the spectacular canyon are memorable. There are many opportunities to hike in the canyon or simply stop at the road side and enjoy a picnic in a fabulous scenery.
The travel guidebook to the southern France’s best places is available at bookstores, such as Amazon, Google Play and Kobo.
Places like Nice, Monaco, Cannes and St Tropez may bring images of international celebrities to mind, but what makes the French Riviera a truly attractive travel destination is its rich cultural heritage and fabulous sceneries. Located between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, Cote d’Azur is a year-round destination – only outdoors activities vary accoding to the season. Here is a list of the best of the region.
Year 2013 and late 2012 was wonderful time in France, primarily in southern parts of the country. Traveling in the region took me to neighbour countries as well. That is why there are a few images from Germany (in addition to France) in the 2013 Travel Photo Gallery.
The result of all the travel in Provence and in Alpes Maritimes, and exploring villages, beaches, mountains, cities and towns was published in late 2013: travel guidebook The Gems of Nice and the French Riviera.
I have been asked a few times which is more fun or more work: writing or photographing? Both are a lot of work. A fraction of all the photos are selected for a final book. Also a fraction of the original text ends up in the final book, because text is edited, re-edited and finetuned many times during the process.
There are many fabulous destinations in France. Probably the most sunny and glamorous is the French Riviera in Provence. Practically everyone has some kind of image of Cannes, Monaco or Nice in their mind, but the region is much more than beaches, bikinis or casinos. The Riviera is actually very much about mountains, medieval villages, sea, art, food, cafes and marvelous scenery.
The Gems of Nice and the French Riviera is a guidebook for visitors who can take a tour in the top destinations of the region before leaving home. The multimedia ebook is packed with photographs, information about sights, tips, and videos that highlight unique activities or happenings.