Snapshots of France: 3 unique Places to Visit on the Côte d’Azur

France is one of the most alluring places in the world and well-known for being one of the most diverse countries in Europe. It has literally something for everyone: prominent mountains, extraordinary sandy beaches, azure rivers, stunning chateaux, a romantic and peaceful countryside, as well as fantastic coastlines. But, as you will travel by boat, we’ll focus on the best places to visit on the Côte d’Azur, the world-renowned riviera that has appealed to many celebrities throughout history.

However, other things make France the place to be this summer! During the hot months, you will have many attractive and exciting outdoor activities, exhibitions and concerts to choose from. Furthermore, France and its world-class gastronomy always go hand in hand. You’ll be able to celebrate them in summer through the various village-square markets full of fresh produce and tempting food. Let’s not forget the typical French-style café terraces, that really comes alive at summertime. What’s better than enjoying a café or glass of rosé under warm sunshine surrounded by the landscape that inspired so many artists?

Here you have 3 unique places to visit on the Côte d’Azur on your next trip!

Lérins Islands

The perfect place for a summer retreat!

Aerial view of Lérin Islands covered with a lush green vegetation in the middle of the sea

France sits atop many travellers’ wish lists and the French Riviera of many sailors’. If you see its unforgettable views and scenic coastal towns, it’s easy to understand why. But let’s speak about one of its unique places that will make you fall in love with the Côte d’Azur.

The Lérins Islands are one of the precious jewels of the Côte d’Azur. This fantastic archipelago consists of 5 islands, and the two mains ones are Sainte-Marguerite and Saint Honorat. The latter is the home of 20 Cistercian brothers living a life of solitude. They seduce all its visitors with their idyllic natural beauty, quiet sandy paths, and rocky coves to explore and swim in.

The archipelago perfectly combines a magnificent architecture and a stunning panorama, that allows you to experience France’s past while enjoying panoramic views of vineyards and bucolic beaches. Of, course, all surrounded by the intense blue of the French Riviera! They don’t allow cars or bicycles on the islands, neither hotels. Thus boaters are the only lucky ones who can enjoy their rare natural beauty and sacred monasteries.

Les Baux de Provence

Chapeau!

Front view of Le Beaux de Provence village with the Castle behind during a sunny day

From Cassis to Mentone you will be impressed by the beauty of the stylish seaside resorts. However, don’t overlook its rural perched medieval villages just a bit distant from the beautiful coast.  Besides having its own particular allure, they will offer a privileged view from the hills above the beach. One of these charming villages is Les Baux de Provence.  Its Castle is one of the most visited and beautiful of the Riviera.

The town is merely magical. Little squares, picturesque terraces, small boutiques and restaurants, and narrow streets that all together create an exceptional atmosphere suspended between past and present. The upper area shows the famous Castle, or rather, its majestic ruins. Every year thousands of tourists climb the unique path made of stone and steps that lead to explore the rampart and experience the stunning views across the hillside.

The Calanques

The Dream of a Holiday

Aerial view of d'En-Vau Calanque

Between Marseille and Cassis, there is a stretch of coastline that makes for one of the most rugged and steepest of the Mediterranean, the famous and magnificent Calanques. It is a winding, and a fascinating area made up of a series of inlets. They are nestled in limestone cliffs that plunge down into one of the bluest and most transparent parts of the Mediterranean Sea.

The Calanques offer a breathtaking landscape with abundant and unique flora and fauna, that’s why they have been labelled as a National Park since 2012. The itinerary can start from Cassis or Marseille. Cassis is a peaceful village that jealously maintains the original charm of an authentic fishing port.

Before starting your sailing route along the Calanques, go for a walk through the streets of Cassis, and enjoy the view of its colourful houses and boats docked along the seaside promenade!

In short…

The French Riviera is one of the most beautiful and famous spots in the Mediterranean. Among the most renowned towns, there are small and less famous villages, as well as natural sites that worth a stopover. Their beauty and elegance have inspired lots of painters who attempted to reproduce it on canvas. No wonder why and go discover it for yourself!

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