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How to Beat the Heat on the Côte d’Azur

By Phoebe Thomas

Much of Europe has been gripped by a heatwave these last couple of weeks, with temperatures breaking all records. The Côte d’Azur has seen the mercury rise to 38-40°c with relentlessly warm nights offering little relief. Air-conditioning is not the norm in local houses, offices nor even hotels, so what can you do to keep cool? I asked some local blogging friends for ideas of cool ways to beat the heat on the Côte d’Azur.

Ideas to Beat the Heat

Head to the hills

Go shopping

Walk in a gorge

Eat ice cream

Walk through the fountains in Nice

Visit a museum

Go to the movies

French Riviera (and Beyond) Family-Friendly Activities by Access Riviera

Villeneuve Loubet is located between Nice and Antibes and for tourists it may not seem instantly appealing with less restaurants and accommodation than other French Riviera towns. However, there is plenty to see and do with lots of free activities and paid attractions that will keep your family happy on a weekend or holiday. Family-friendly cycling and walking: Villeneuve Loubet.

Take a boat ride out to the islands just off Cannes.  The Lerins islands are a haven of calm and tranquillity and a lovely change from the hustle and bustle of the coast.  There are two islands – the bigger one, Sainte Marguerite, has a Royal Fort where the Man in Iron Mask resided and a maritime museum as well as guided trails to discover the island.

The smaller of the two, Saint Honorat, is home to a monastery which is home to Cistercian monks who have inhabited the island since AD410. The monks divide their time between prayer and producing red and white wine (which is really rather good), honey, lavender oil and Lérina, a herbal liqueur. There is a monastic tower to discover on the south side of the island and a beautiful restaurant, La Tonnelle.

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Phoebe Thomas

Phoebe Thomas

Phoebe Thomas carries two passports British and Australian. She married a Frenchman and now the couple are living in Provence with their two children. This bilingual and multi-cultural family has travelled extensively to Asia, Eastern Europe and Australia before settling in Roquefort les Pins in 2007.

Read more about Lou Messugo the Cote d'Azur holiday home rental owned and managed by Phoebe and her husband here.

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