Oliver Broad

Experience the Cote d’Azur

12.05.15 | Oliver Broad

After a long, yet mild winter it is no surprise that our minds are turning to warmer and sunnier thoughts on where to go this summer. Considerations often turn to long-haul or mid-haul destinations in order to ‘guarantee’ the sunshine and warm weather, however often forgotten about is the French Riviera which enjoys a wonderfully warm climate all summer round and is only a two-hour flight away.

Direct flights are available from Birmingham which takes you into Nice. From here you are in easy reach of the Cote d’Azur resorts including Nice, Cannes and Monaco – whichever takes your fancy!

A 10-minute road transfer will take you into Nice with its stunning coastline and beachfront atmosphere. It’s a perfect setting for a summer holiday. Nice is an easy city to walk around and car hire is not recommended in the city centre. Suitable for all types of tourist, whether you are looking for a romantic break or you are a family looking for some sunshine, Nice has something to offer all.

Vieux Nice, Nice’s old town, hosts a vibrant market square with an eclectic vibe of old and new. It is a good way to spend some time mixing with locals and tourists alike. After an afternoon of shopping and sightseeing, Nice has the good mix of a city being on the edge of a beach. The Promenade des Anglais separates the city from the beach but is a good way to spend a hot summer’s afternoon. Here you will find a whole mix of people from families to skateboarders all using ‘Le Prom’, as well as many carnivals taking place.

Further south along the coast, approximately 40 minutes from Nice, you will find Cannes, made famous for the glitz and glamour of the Cannes Film Festival as well as being home to a wealth of expensive cars and exclusive shops, making it a perfect place to people watch! It is a very glamorous town with a scenic harbour, stylish beaches and chic cafés, restaurants and bars in abundance, ensuring your evenings are relaxed as you watch the world go by or even do some celebrity spotting!

La Croisette has a collection of international designer boutiques for the serious shopper, as well as an array of stylish cafes and restaurants. La Croisette links the city to the beach so after a morning of shopping you can rest your head (and credit card!) while basking in the warm Mediterranean sun or soaking in the sea.

Cannes is a rather small city so it is easy to get around by foot. Most of the attraction is centred around the La Croisette area, however if you step back from the seafront into Le Suquet you will find a completely different side to the city with a more authentic French flavour, where little patisseries and souvenir shops can be found.

Approximately 30 minutes by road north of Nice, and you will arrive into Monaco. Here you will find the crème de la crème of glitz and glamour! Multi-million pound yachts line the Monte Carlo Harbour and champagne flows freely. Monaco has more millionaires per square mile than anywhere else on earth, but it’s not all casinos and luxury yachts; it also a balmy climate and seaside location, making it an ideal alternative location for a special holiday. For something extra special, why not add on a helicopter transfer to Monaco from Nice? This 10-minute transfer takes in spectacular aerial views of the coastline before landing into the uber-stylish resort of Monaco. You could combine your break with the Monaco Grand Prix or the World Tennis Tour Masters among other sporting events that take place here.

Whether you are looking for something special or a break from the norm, the Cote d’Azur has something to offer all.


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