The Cote d'Azur , also known as the French Riviera, is called the heart of the world by the French themselves. It may sound a bit conceited, but it cannot be denied that it is an exceptionally beautiful area. It stretches from the Italian border to the town of Cassis in the west of the country and is visited by about 10 million each year. tourists.
The avenue of stars in Cannes, the beautiful medieval town of Saint-Paul de Vence, the Alexandre Chocolate Factory in Roubion or the Lérnis Abbey located on the Saint-Honorat island, where after a week of living like a medieval monk we will forget about the busy reality - the attractions of the Côte d'Azur can be enumerated for a long time. We will not have enough time to get to know them all during one trip, but nothing prevents us from returning there over and over again. And it will never be enough.
Something for lovers of nature and adrenaline
One of the many peculiarities of the French Riviera is the Verdon Gorge . It is one of the deepest canyons on the continent, unique in Europe, entered on the UNESCO list. It was examined only at the beginning of the 21st century due to the inaccessibility of its ravines. It is 21 kilometers long, and in some places the gorges are up to 700 meters deep. Both over the river and over the canyon itself, numerous bridges have been built to make it easier for tourists to admire the picturesque landscapes from different perspectives. For the same reason, roads were built along both sides of the gorge.
The Verdon River (in Provencal means "gift of green") ends its course in a picturesque water reservoir of emerald color - Lake St. Croix. The surroundings of the river include the area of the Verdon Regional Park, where many endangered species of plants grow, the flora and fauna found in it is unparalleled anywhere else. In the summer season, you can swim deep into the canyon after renting a pedalo or canoes.
Eager to face nature or simply rock hikers, you can stop at the Camping des Gorges du Verdon. It is located near the entrance to the canyon, in the heart of the national park. For € 16.40, 2 people who came with a motorhome will spend the night there. The cost of accommodation, including electricity, is € 21.90.
Antibes - the most beautiful beaches of France
Driving from the Verdon canyon towards the coast, we will stop in Antibes . The resort is located in the center of the French Riviera, between Cannes and Nice, and thanks to its picturesque location it is an ideal holiday destination. Together with Juan les Pins, it forms an urban complex, and tourists are attracted by one of the most beautiful coastlines in all of France. About 25 km long, there are sandy beaches, characteristic Provencal houses, and the whole is complemented by a landscape full of flowers. The region is fabulously beautiful.
Antibes has a historic old town interspersed with a series of romantic narrow streets. Another attraction of the resort, after the beautiful coast, are the local museums - especially the Picasso Museum (the artist liked this city very much), the Archaeological Museum, and the Napoleon Museum. The resort offers all kinds of water sports all year round, there will also be places for lovers of peaceful walks among the greenery. There are many parks and gardens where you can admire the richness of Mediterranean vegetation. Antibes also tempts with the number of events and festivals organized in the city. The numerous events include the Battle of Flowers, the International Festival of Young Soloists and the International Jazz Festival.
Nice - the eternal carnival
One of the most famous tourist centers of the French Riviera is Nice - a health resort and sea bathing beach. Moreover, it is the second most visited city by tourists in all of France. It houses many casinos, and every year thousands of people come to it, tempted by the vision of great fun during one of the numerous events organized here. For two winter weeks, the city lives on the biggest carnival in France. It is a grand event full of colors, shows and parades along Nieci Street. In the evenings, the sky is lit up by bursts of fireworks, and before that, there are gigantic flower battles (almost 5,000 flowers on 20 huge platforms). The scale of the carnival attracts over a million tourists to the city each year.
Nice also tempts with 150 galleries and a hundred museums. We can visit all but one for free - the M. Chagall Museum . There are over 400 paintings of the great master, which make up the largest collection of his works in the world. Due to the microclimate created by the surrounding Alps, Nice has a mild Mediterranean climate that is perfect for relaxation.
Near the town is Cagnes-sur-Mer, where you can see a plantation of olive trees. Everyone who cannot decide whether they love the mountains or the sea more will spend the vacation of a lifetime in Beaulieu-sur-Mer. If you would like to try a sweet cream cake, you should visit one of the many cafes in Saint-Tropez. The culinary specialty of the resort loved by celebrities is tartes Tropeziennes , a delicate sponge cake layered with cream and generously sprinkled with sugar. As you can see, on the Cote d'Azur you can lose your sense of reality, and certainly your sense of time. There are so many things to know and admire here - as there is in a seaside paradise.
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