Cote d'Azure beaches are world known
The Côte d’Azur stretches from Marseille to Menton, encompassing some of the world’s most famous beaches. Around Nice, the beaches are pebbly, so a beach mat and shoes are essential accessories, though you can opt for one of the private beaches where a comfortable lounger is included in the daily admission charge. If you prefer the feel of sand between your toes, head for Cannes, Antibes, St Tropez or Cap Ferrat, one of the most exclusive enclaves on the coast.
For shopping, strolling, culture or simply people watching, the elegant resort towns of Cannes and Nice are ideal. Saunter along the palm-shaded promenade of La Croisette, or pose for your close-up on the red carpet at the Palais des Festivals. The Old Town of Nice has changed little since the 1700s, an atmospheric warren of golden streets and squares hosting vibrant flower and produce markets and filled with tempting bars, restaurants and delicatessens.
The regional capital Marseille is a rather grittier but nonetheless appealing city. Highlights include the new Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée and Le Panier, an arty quarter of steep streets stuffed with one-off shops and artists’ ateliers, nicknamed the Montmartre of Marseille.
Inland you’ll find the classic Provencal landscape of gentle peaks dotted with postcard-perfect villages like Èze and Mougins, which also hosts the outstanding Musée d’Art Classique. The region is synonymous with perfume: visit the Musée International de la Parfumerie in Grasse to learn about the process and enjoy the displays of rose, jasmine, lavender in the surrounding gardens. Many museums and galleries close during the month of November, so it’s worth making an advance enquiry before travel if you want to visit a particular site.
Stroll ambient old streets