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French Riviera top 10 Best Eco-Friendly Things to Do

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Have you ever wanted to take a trip to France’s French Riviera? Are you looking for fun activities that let you appreciate nature and its wonders? If you said “yes” to both of these questions, then the French Riviera is for you!

If you’re looking for our list of the best eco-friendly things to do in the French Riviera, then you’re in luck. In this article, we cover green activities along the majestic southern coast. The French Riviera stretches along the Mediterranean shore making it one of the most beautiful travel destinations in all of Europe.

  1. Yoga Sessions On A Paddle Board

In the French Riviera, you don’t have to do yoga in the traditional setting like the gym or studio. In fact at AthletX SUP (stand-up paddling) in Villefranche, you can have yoga sessions on a paddleboard. You heard right! Yoga sessions on the water. It’s perfect for not only yoga enthusiasts, but also for nature enthusiasts, and for people who’d want to escape the confines of the city.

  1. Canoeing at Tahiti Beach

Canoeing has been around in the French Riviera for ages, especially near Tahiti Plage, where the Polynesian culture is predominant with its history of canoe competitions in the lagoon. It’s a sport so beloved to the local community in Ramatuelle, near St. Tropez, that they welcome anyone to try it out, whether for competition or for leisure.

  1. Live in a Treehouse

Ever thought that treehouses were only child’s play? Well, not anymore!

You can have the privilege of living in a uniquely-designed tree house or a hanging mini-palace that not only has a 4-star rating but also might have a built-in Jacuzzi on the terrace. Not to mention, you’ll have a fantastic view from above, regardless of what kind of treehouse that you decide to stay in.

Pro tip: Be sure to reserve your stay at Les Cabanes du Pas de la Louve in advance, since these treehouses and huts are often in high demand.

  1. Visit Vegan Restaurants

Although this type of activity isn’t too new, seeing that countries like the United States have already implemented the practice. However, in the French Riviera, all of the vegan restaurants are authentic. In fact, the Vegoresto website reviews will suggest that these restaurants in France take veganism seriously – no sugar-coating it like the US. By serving very good food costing less from an ecological perspective, these restaurants are a vegan’s paradise.

Here are some options for vegetarian and vegan dining on the French Riviera.

  1. Wakeboarding

Waterboarding is a peculiar sport, yes. However, locals at Puget sur Argens will show you that it’s a nice day activity to do during your stay. Five tow pylons have been installed on the lake, for allowing potential daredevils to attempt a loop which requires sliding on their waterboards. Therefore, this activity is ideal for waterboarding gurus, water-skiers, and knee-boarding junkies.

Spoty Ride
2200 Chemin des Wagonnets,
83480 Puget-sur-Argens, France

  1. Cave Exploration

If you’re the adventurous type and want to explore the inner workings of the earth, then check out the caves of the French Riviera. With narrow passageways and galleries filled with stalactites, cave exploring is ideal for cave lovers.

Grotte de Saint-Cézaire
1481 route des Grottes,
06530 Saint-Cezaire-sur-Siagne

  1. Visit The Bison Sanctuary

The bison of Haute Provence are rare to the rest of the world; but in the French Riviera, they may seem abundant. With a 700-hectare sanctuary – the Animal Reservation of the Monts D’Azur – sheltering them, along with the wild horses, the bison are fascinating to look at from carriage safaris and tag-along with expert biologists.

Bison Thorenc sur Mer

Image credit: @chicgites

Réserve Biologique des Monts d’Azur
2651 route des châteaux,
06750 Thorenc

  1. Visit The Nice Observatory

Ever wanted to spend a night under the stars? Then look to the French Riviera’s Observatory near to Nice. The Observatory allows you to gaze up at the millions (or billions) of stars at night. The sky is the limit (no pun intended).

The Côte d’Azur Observatory (Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur or OCA)
Boulevard de l’Observatoire
06304 Nice

  1. Honey House

Ever wanted to learn about bees without being near the critters themselves? Well, in the French Riviera, you can enjoy bees by learning from the honey house. This place is where you can learn about where real honey comes from, as well as emphasizing appreciation of the cooperative relationship between bees and men. This knowledge serves as a reminder that we truly need bees in order to survive.

  1. Eco-Volunteering

Sometimes, the earth needs a little help from humans to keep it up and running. That’s where eco-volunteering comes in. The French Riviera takes so much pride in environmental conservation, that you’ll find organizations holding one-day or one-week missions that allow you to do something for the planet, while you discover nature up close, especially on the Cote d’Azur.


So, the next time you’re looking for a vacation destination that’ll help you stay green, then don’t be afraid to visit the French Riviera. From fun in the sun to doing activities that pay homage to the environment, the South of France is a haven for nature lovers.

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