Monday, 30 June 2014

Cote d’Azur Travel Guide – A Brief Guide to the French Riviera’s most sought after locations

As specialists on the Cote d’Azur Elegant Address travel the width and breadth of the stunning Cote d’Azur coastline on a regular basis and we know and love this diverse and very beautiful coastline. Within this week’s blog we share with you some of our expert advice and insights on where our client’s love to travel when visiting the South of France.

Beginning our journey far to the East of the coast just beyond Moncao, Cap d’Ail and Eze you reach the much sought after peninsular of St Jean Cap Ferrat.

Known as the Peninsula of Billionaires this magnificent cape is perfect for relaxing in a magnificent property with an amazing view. Many arrive in Cap Ferrat by boat as most of the properties are at the water’s edge and offer private boat decks.

There are several private beaches in Cap Ferrat with the most famous being Paloma and Passable.

Paloma Beach

Southeast of the port on the North side of the peninsula is this beautiful Private Beach, providing its guests with amazing scenery and a relaxed environment.

Passable Beach

West Facing across from the Rade de Villefranche is Passable arguably the most famous beach on the peninsula. Relax whilst enjoying the culinary genius of Passable Restaurant and Bar Lounge.

There are several other restaurants in Cap Ferrat offering gastronomic cuisine such as Le Cap – where Michelin starred chef Didier Anies provides the finest dining experience. Many other restaurants overlook the harbour including; Chevredor, Royal Riviera and Le Mayssa.

The Harbour in St Jean CapFerrat encompasses Old Style Riviera Glamour displaying many magnificent yachts and beautiful views of Nice. 

Travelling out of Cap Ferrat and into Villefranche one will see a change in colour as many of the buildings lining Villefranche bay are a mixture of pastel shades. The views from Villefranche are incredible, one can see Nice to the right and Cap Ferrat to their left. As an authentic fishing village there are several beautiful boats moored in the harbour with the carnival in February that sees fishermen celebrate with a battle of flowers.

The infusion of colour continues down the coast through Nice and into the town of Antibes. Antibes is the most family friendly of all towns in the South of France. There is plenty to do in Antibes with popular beaches such as Le Pavillon which is situated in Baie de Garoupe and is classed as one of the prettiest bays in the whole of the Cote d’Azur, private beach Plage Keller situated in Garoupe and offering its visitors plenty of food and beverage from the surrounding restaurants.

Many visitors of Antibes choose to take the charming walk from Baie de la Garoupe other attractions within Antibes include the famous market in the Old Town where one will find local food, crafts, clothing and antiques. 

Grimaldi Castle in Antibes showcases Pablo Picasso’s artwork in a museum dedicated to him. 

Close to Cap d’Antibes is Juan Les Pins known for its nightlife and fine beaches it is a popular place with Parisians and the French during the summer. Pam Pam is perhaps the most famous bar in the area attracting people staying in Cap d’Antibes and Cannes.

Barely 15 minutes further along the coast brings us to the vibrant, picturesque city of Cannes with its stylish and modern properties. Cannes is home to Palais de Festivals where the Film Festival and Lions Festival are held every year. The events attracts A List celebrities and industry professionals every year who travel to the city to experience its glitz and glamour, the festivals take place in May and June during which time it is a fantastic place to people watch and experience the culture of the rich and famous.

Cannes is also home to the stunning La Croisette, popular amongst the younger generation one can relax on the beautiful beaches, experience the splendid cuisine or shop in the design boutiques.

Further West along the Cote d’Azur after passing La Napoule and Sainte-Maxime is the lavish and much requested town of St Tropez with its extreme fashion styles and personalities the town oozes designer. As well as the designer shops St Tropez is also home to a sublime market ‘Place des Lices’ held every Tuesday and Saturday from 08:00-13:00pm one can experience the delights of this open air market.

The harbour of St Tropez gives visitors the opportunity to view the rich and sometimes famous enjoying the sun’s rays from their magnificent yachts.

Away from the centre of StTropez are the beaches; two of the most familiar are Plage de la Mouette and Plage des Salins which offer delightful culinary cuisine whilst enjoying the beautiful views of St Tropez.  For those who like to party in the sun, and to see and be seen, there are the famous beaches of Pampelonne with club 55 and Nikki beaches just to name a few…

ElegantAddress are Property Search Consultants specialising on the Cote d’Azur, having over 10 years’ experience in the area we know the South of France and are delighted to put our knowledge and experience into finding our clients the perfect villa for their holiday rental or purchase ensuring you experience on the French Riviera is unforgettably fabulous! 

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