Beautiful Côte d'Azur
Côte d’Azur – a dream destination for beautiful beaches. This section of the French coastline also boasts Roman remains, baroque churches and beautiful villas. With sunshine guaranteed, your stay can only be a happy one.
Aix en Provence
Built on hot springs around 16 miles (30km) north of Marseille, Aix en Provence is a chic and fascinating short break destination. It’s a city steeped in history, which you’ll immediately feel just walking around the charming streets. Aix en Provence has been called ‘the city of a thousand fountains’. And while you may not count quite that many, there are dozens of beautiful examples of all ages, sizes and designs scattered throughout the city.
The Casino… the Grand Prix… the rich and famous. The world’s second smallest country certainly comes with a huge name. Just along from Nice on the Côte d’Azur, Monaco packs a lot into a small space. And you don’t need to be a high roller to enjoy it. Wander around the beautiful medieval old town, visit impressive museums, explore lush gardens – or simply soak up the glamorous atmosphere. Of course, you have to visit the legendary Monte Carlo Casino at least once. And, who knows, your number might just come up!
The teeming metropolis of Marseille is a true cultural melting pot. The city’s port has welcomed immigrants from across Europe and North Africa for thousands of years. There’s so much to see and do here. Get lost in the Old Port - home to fantastic fresh seafood restaurants and a bustling fish market - or take in some culture. Notre Dame de la Garde - a grandiose marble basilica - watches over the townspeople, while Saint Victor Abbey’s eerie crypts date right back to the 5th century.
Nice is a cosmopolitan city on the Côte d'Azur with a rich and fascinating history. It’s a desirable destination in its own right, with unique attractions such as the famous waterfront along the Promenade des Anglais, the bustling and atmospheric Old Town, as well as numerous interesting museums. Not to mention an average 300 days’ sunshine per year.
Cannes still treats visitors to much of the glitz and glamour of its 50s heyday. Endless sandy beaches, luxurious hotels, and palatial villas all sit under deep blue Mediterranean skies, while chic boutiques, smart shops and excellent restaurants are just a stroll away down La Croisette promenade. There’s culture too at the Castre Museum and a taste of paradise a short boat ride away on St Marguerite Island – home to the Man in the Iron Mask.
Toulon is the ideal base from which to explore both the intriguing villages of Provence and the glamorous hotspots of the French Riviera. Yet the city has attractions all of its own – one of Europe’s largest natural harbours; the dominating Mount Faron; the small squares and beautiful fountains in the Old Town; plus golden beaches, bustling markets and fascinating museums.