Cote d'Azur

Cote d'Azur holidays

Often hailed the French Riviera, the Cote d’Azur has a swish and suave feel to it. There’s over 100km of coastline to enjoy, and plenty of glitzy buildings to roam around. Visit historic residences, hit the glam boutiques, dine in stylish international restaurants, and head to the casino.

Language

French

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

£3.50 / €4

3 course meal

£35 / €40

Flight times

2-2.5hrs

A real looker

Pretty palm-lined promenades, epic villas and palaces – the Cote d’Azur has rightly been the subject of art. Picasso, Monet and others have all been inspired! Surrounded by glistening blue sea and topped off with lush green hillsides, it’s quite the sight. Plus, Menton adds to the colour during its Lemon Festival!

Bright lights, bigger shores

Whether you’re a savvy shopper, eagle-eyed yacht spotter or avid dice roller, there’s something with your name on it. Sports stars and celebs rock up for film festivals and fashion events throughout the calendar. It’s like turning the pages of a glossy travel magazine and jumping right in!

From 0-60mph 

Let the sound of revving V8s be the extravagant soundtrack to your coastal escape. With so many unapologetically fancy avenues around the region, it’s no surprise that the F1 elite and supercar drivers park up there. Lamborghinis, Bugattis, classic Ferraris, modified Porsches and more could all be waiting… 

Cote dAzur resorts

Cannes Area

There’s a golden glow to this chic, distinguished urban hangout.

Beaches

The beaches in West Cyprus are so pristine that Blue Flag status practically comes as standard. The sand is a stunning golden white, and the twinkling blue waters are set to amaze. Pull up a seat in one of the beachside cafes and watch the world go by.

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Plage Beau Rivage

Plage Beau Rivage

Cote d'Azur

This private beach club offers some of the best dining along Nice's Promenade. Its Art Deco signage welcomes you to the blue and white sunloungers and parasols of the 'Zen' area. Affiliated to the hotel of the...
Plage Mace

Plage Mace

Cannes Area, Cote d'Azur

A sandy beach with shallow waters that are great for swimming and snorkelling. Seek shade under the palm trees dotted around the beach. Chairs and parasols are available to rent in the private area, or you can...

Sights

History lovers will be in their element when they arrive in Paphos. You’ll find everything from Egyptian catacombs carved out of solid rock, to Roman ruins and an ancient amphitheatre. To see the spot where the goddess of beauty rose from the sea, hop on a boat to Aphrodite’s Rock.

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Church of Our Lady of Esperance

Church of Our Lady of Esperance

Cannes Area, Cote d'Azur

A stiff walk up the steep streets of Le Suquet will bring you to the Church of Our Lady of Esperance, where your efforts will be rewarded with spectacular views over the whole of Cannes. This 16th-century...
La Malmaison

La Malmaison

Cannes Area, Cote d'Azur

Located on the Promenade de la Croisette, La Malmaison was once home to the iconic Grand Hotel. The building has since been converted into a museum, displaying contemporary artwork of artists from the 20th and...

Activities

The beautiful Cypriot landscape is bursting with wildlife-filled forests and quaint mountain villages to explore on foot or by bike. Zoos, waterparks and even microbreweries offer up even more ways to spend your days, while sports fans have plenty of options when it comes to golf and water sports.

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Cannes Tourist Office

Cannes Tourist Office

Cannes Area, Cote d'Azur

Cannes is all glitz and glamour, celebs and sunbathing, culture and couture. To get the best from it you need to know what's going on and when. Stay abreast of the local scene at the Cannes Tourist Information...
F1 Circuit

F1 Circuit

Cote d'Azur

Experience the thrills and spills of F1 racing as the streets of Monte Carlo are transformed into a racetrack for 4 adrenaline-fuelled days in May. The Monaco Grand Prix is the event to be seen at, but if...

Eating and drinking

Cyprus serves up an enticing combination of cuisine. Meze platters – with houmous, stuffed vine leaves and other small dishes – are a great way to get to grips with the local flavours. The island is also the home of halloumi – a delicious salty cheese that’s irresistible when fried or grilled.

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Aux Bons Enfants

Aux Bons Enfants

Cannes Area, Cote d'Azur

Rustic, authentic and unfussy - eat like the locals at Aux Bon Enfants. Run by the Giorsetti family for generations, this old-school eatery shuns modernity for proper Provencal cooking. Squeeze into the tiny...
Bistrot Gourmand

Bistrot Gourmand

Cannes Area, Cote d'Azur

Sit outside this charming pavement restaurant and watch Cannes life drift by while tucking into classic, unfussy fine dining. It's all about the simple stuff done incredibly well - think steak cooked to your...

Shopping

A covered market pops up in Paphos every weekend. Here you can snap up local handicrafts like handmade lace, tablecloths and leather goods. For high street brands and antique furniture, head to Limassol. Here you’ll find plenty of places to snap up those holiday souvenirs!

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Forville Market

Forville Market

Cannes Area, Cote d'Azur

This famous market is heaven for foodies. It’s packed with fresh Provençal produce, from sun-ripened fruit and veg to cheese and charcuterie. You’ll find everything you need for a picnic or gourmet meal,...
Maison du Chocolat

Maison du Chocolat

Cannes Area, Cote d'Azur

If you’re serious about chocolate and want to try some of ‘the best chocolate in the world’, make your way along the rue d’Antibes to Maison du Chocolate. You’ll find a wonderful array of handcrafted truffles...

Nightlife

Paphos and Limassol have a packed after-hours line-up. Their harbour-fronts teem with cocktail bars, Irish pubs and local-style tavernas with something for everyone. Plus both come with cavernous clubs that would look just as at home in Ayia Napa, their rival party town on the east coast.

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Bar Américain

Bar Américain

Cote d'Azur

Live jazz is on offer every evening at the piano bar at Monaco's famous Hôtel de Paris. Le Bar Américain oozes charm and elegance and is the perfect place to relax after a long day sightseeing or...
Charly's Bar

Charly's Bar

Cannes Area, Cote d'Azur

Cannes' cool kids love this cave bar in the old town of Le Suquet. It has a feel of the Cavern Club (where the Beatles started out in '60s Liverpool) with its underground setting and exposed brick walls. It's...
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