The French Riviera – things to do in Nice & St. Tropez
If you are planning a visit to the French Riviera, visit the stunning towns of Nice and St. Tropez to make the most of your stay in this classy region of France.
Promenade des Anglais
The Promenade des Anglais is bustling with life, and as visitors enjoy watching the world go by in the pavement cafés, locals jog or roller blade down the prom. Enjoy a drink in one of the beach side cafés or enjoy a cocktail in one of the swish bars. If you want to experience all that is ´nice´ about Nice, a stroll down the Promenade des Anglais is a must.
Cours Saleya Flower Market
This famous flower market is one of the main attractions in Nice and the myriad flowers alone are worth visiting this market for. Bursting with colour and fragrances, the market opens six days a week, and is replaced with a flea market on Mondays. Some great cafés and small shops can also be found in and around the market.
Nice Old Town
Offering a quaint atmosphere with narrow streets, wine and gourmet gifts and numerous restaurants the Old Town is not to be missed. Also some great night life dotted around. Sample local cuisine in some of the cafe-bars and don´t believe all you read about Nice – it doesn´t have to cost a fortune if you eat where the locals eat.
The Vieux Port
The Old Port is the real heart of St. Tropez and is where the old fishing village first became famous. Small fishing boats and luxurious yachts jostle for position in the colourful harbour which is lined with vibrant cafes and pastel-coloured houses.
The Old Town of St. Tropez is known as La Ponche and lies below the Citadel. This is the historic centre of St. Tropez and is one of the most picturesque areas of the town. Partly-pedestrianised, narrow alleyways and cobbled lanes are home to designer shops, boutiques, pavement cafes and restaurants.
High above the village of Saint-Tropez towers the citadel built in the early 1600s. This imposing fortress now houses the Musée d’Histoire Maritime (Museum of Maritime History) in the space that was formerly the dungeons. The museum allows visitors to discover the maritime past of Saint-Tropez through stories of the men and women who shaped the history of the region.
St. Tropez Beaches
A beach-lover’s paradise, St. Tropez is famous for its exclusive beach clubs and public beaches along the Pampelonne. The Plage de Bouillabaisse is a large, sandy beach just outside the port. The beach has free public showers and toilet facilities and a choice of restaurants with stunning views. The Plage des Graniers is also close to the centre of town, and within easy walking distance of the Citadel.
If you are planning a trip to the French Riviera, book a gastronomic tour, an adventure tour, a rural tour or a cultural and historical tour in St. Tropez or Nice before you travel, to make the most of your stay.