Spring on the French Riviera

Spring on the French Riviera

March 25, 2014
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  • Spring on the French Riviera
  • Spring on the French Riviera
  • Spring on the French Riviera
  • Spring on the French Riviera

Spring on the French Riviera

We’re now almost a week into spring and although there is still plentiful snow on the Southern Alps for end of season ski weekends, down here on the French Riviera there are buds and blossoms galore. We spent the first day of spring taking visitors on a Provencal Tour in the hills of the Côte d’Azur countryside and certainly came across abundant proof that warmer and longer days are just around the corner. From flowers in Grasse to alfresco dining in Gourdon, blossoms in Tourrettes sur Loup to singing birds in St Paul de Vence and finally ending the day with croaking frogs as the soundtrack to our aperitif.

The French Riviera in spring is a relaxed and friendly place, where locals enjoy weekend walks on the Promenade, sunny lunches and long coffee breaks on café terraces. Winter may be short here, but hibernation doesn’t come naturally to the Mediterranean temperament and these months before the summer rush are precious for anyone living in this region.

This is the time of year to get out and about to explore on foot, with a bike, by boat or on horseback. The temperature is ideal, the crowds of visitors haven’t arrived yet and you will find that locals are at their most friendly and welcoming. Here are a few ideas for fun spring outings…

Horse Riding – A fantastic way to get a nature fix. Spend time with beautiful horses and explore the local countryside while trees are budding, flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping.  FIND OUT MORE…

Diving & Snorkelling – If you (like us) just can’t wait to get back in the Mediterranean Sea, diving & snorkelling are great ways to do it because the diving school provides wetsuits so that you can take your time to explore in comfort even early in the season. FIND OUT MORE…

Boat Trips – After a winter break, boat trips start again in spring, offering a fun and affordable way to see the coast from the water and travel to and from the main coastal towns, including Nice, Monaco, Cannes and St Tropez. Although most of them start on 31st May, there will be a boat service from Nice to Monaco and back on Grand Prix weekend. Unless you have your own yacht, this is definitely the best way to get to the F1 race. FIND OUT MORE…

Tree Top Obstacle Course – Whether you’re 14 or 40, this is such a great day out. A pretty bike ride to the starting point, zip slides over the river, fantastic views from the treetops and obstacle courses adapted to your level of fitness. A lot of fun and a good opportunity to spend a few hours in the countryside.  FIND OUT MORE…

Some of the Riviera’s most prestigious events take place in Spring. These include:

  • Antibes Yatch Shown (23rd – 26th April 2014)
  • Monaco Grand Prix (22nd – 25th May 2014)
  • Rolex Masters (12th – 20th April 2014)
  • Cannes Film Festival (14th – 25th May 2014)

If you’re coming to Nice, Cannes, Antibes or Monaco for these events, it would be a shame not to take advantage of the occasion to discover what the French Riviera has to offer. For help and advice to make the most of your holiday, CONTACT US…

We look forward to seeing you on the Riviera soon!

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Friend in France guide, always on the lookout for new ways to help visitors discover authentic Provencal sights, smells & tastes. A culture addict & lover of adventure, long distance travel & tasty food.

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