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What are the Best Cote d’Azur Day Trips?

Contributor blog post by Laura:

Are you spending some time on the French Riviera and would you like to do some sightseeing? Here are our Top Ten suggestions for a day trip along the Côte d’Azur:

Nice’s old town

Nice is a beautiful city and you could easily spend a few days here! If you are elsewhere on the Cote d’Azur, you should at least come to Nice for a walk in the beautiful Old Town which has pretty coloured houses and a typical Mediterranean feel. There are a lot of restaurants, bars with terraces and shops with local products. Of course, a walk on the Promenade des Anglais where early morning you will see all the people doing their sports workout is also always beautiful! The big car parks right in the centre, make Nice easily accessible for a day trip.

…Continue reading here for Laura’s “Let’s Explore” top-10 suggestions (and photos) for easy day trips along the Mediterranean coastline and into the Alpes Maritimes.

Some of the options include a city fix in Vieux Nice, the art scene in Saint Paul de Vence, a reflective moment in Frejus at the remains of the Malpasset dam, and hiking or biking in the Esterel. In her post, Laura revisits some of her family’s favourite locations for…

Day-tripping on the Côte d’Azur

Ah, the French Riviera so much to do and so little time.


East of Cannes, if you prefer sandy beaches Plage de la Gallice is located beside the port in Juan les Pins and early in the morning is often uncrowded and calm.  The bonus features are onsite toilet facilities, as well as a kiosk selling ice-creams, drinks and snacks.

Plage des Marinières at Villefranche-sur-Mer has calm water ideal for families; afterwards, stop for a patisserie at beachside Déli Bo Les Bains. More on family-friendly holidays ideas and Riviera beaches.


Just 15 minutes by ferry from Cannes, the two Lérins islands, Saint Honorat and Saint-Marguerite, are popular with folks who want to spend a day lounging on the Mediterranean. Discover the wines of L’ile Saint Honorat or Lérina (old name) each lunch at la Tonnelle the restaurant on the island it would be best to reserve in advance.


Visit the Old Town of Saint-Raphaël where you can see Roman ruins and lovely churches.

Fréjus things to see including the Malpasset Dam site.

Top 3 things to do in Cannes outside Festival time.

French Riviera Jazz Tunes: Summer on the French Riviera and in the Alpes-Maritimes (department #06) residents are really spoilt by the choice of low cost, or free, fabulous assaults on the eyes and ears.


According to Mary Kay Seales, “I would say it is quite simple, really, not the stuff of Gourmet magazine or Michelin Star restaurants. For me the food is wood-fired pizzas, salads with fresh tomatoes and burrata and basil, a dish of mussels with frites and wine, little olives with provençal herbs, a wide array of cheeses, and always the beautifully crafted pastries and desserts. It’s cheap, it’s fresh, and it’s simple.” (Read more here)

Food lover, chef, and wine expert Viktorija Todorovska has this to say about Exploring Food Favorites in Old Town Nice. “For years, I came to Nice every chance I got. It wasn’t just for its luminescence, warm sunshine and beautiful landscape. It was her flavours: delectable, often surprising, and always memorable. And the people who made my favourite dishes: full of soul and personality, their passion infusing every bite.”

Via:: Let’s Explore



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Laura’s family is multicultural. She is Dutch, and lives in Switzerland, with her French-Swiss husband and two (2) boys. The family travels for pleasure (and leisure) discovering new places, exploring different cultures and enjoying the people that they meet. Laura says, “I am curious, and I love the fact that travelling always triggers the curiosity of children.”

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