Top ‘Off The Beaten Path’ Riviera Adventures

Top ‘Off The Beaten Path’ Riviera Adventures

February 1, 2014
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Top ‘Off The Beaten Path’ Riviera Adventures

Top ‘Off The Beaten Path’ Riviera Adventures

We all know that the French Riviera is full of exciting things to do and see throughout the year and this region boasts some obvious and famous draw cards. But Friend In France have gone the extra mile, down the back roads of this popular destination to uncover some exciting adventures for you all to enjoy.

Leave the well trodden road…to discover scenic paths, through villages, up and over mountains, along rivers and coastlines, through the back country and into the nooks and crannies of this gorgeous region. A lot of the natural beauty in the South of France is inaccessible by car or bus, so we suggest following a few of the many walking trails to truly witness it all. One of the joys of living in the Riviera is the fact that getting away from the hustle & bustle of coastal towns for a few hours of fresh air and wilderness is simple to do. In fact, there are wonderful paths waiting to be explored, right on your doorstep.

  • From Cannes, the beauty and tranquility of the Lérins islands is just a 15 minute boat trip from the Croisette
  • From Nice the stunning Sentier du Littoral coastal path leads you to the pretty fishing port of Villefranche sur mer with the Mediterranean as your soundtrack and backdrop
  • For something more challenging, the villages of Gourdon and Eze boat steep donkey-paths with breathtaking views which will certainly work up your appetite

Coming off the well trodden tourist routes couldn’t be easier or more rewarding.

Spend the day with someone in the know…by joining a Shared Day Trip or creating your own Discovery Tour and letting an experienced, local and passionate guide show you the inside track. If you opt for a private tour we will help you create an itinerary to suit your pace and specific interests so that every minute of your excursion is designed for you. It might be hard to imagine, but some of the Riviera’s gems are still not on the standard tourist route. Our guides are at their most enthusiastic when given the freedom to take visitors to explore authentic and truly local places. The rate for a private tour is 60€/hour which includes the driver/guide and vehicle for up to 8 people. The vans are fully air conditioned and very comfy.

Spend an afternoon with a Riviera chef…shopping, cooking, eating and chatting. You and your Chef will visit a local fresh produce market to choose seasonal ingredients for your recipes. Then head back to your host’s kitchen to learn how to prepare and cook authentic Mediterranean food, before sitting down together to enjoy your meal with some wine and good company. An authentic culinary experience.

Enjoy Ski & Sea in the same day…within convenient reach of the coastline you will find 3 Top Ski Towns, namely Auron, Valberg and Isola. All three resorts are under two hours from Nice and each one has different qualities & vibe:

Auron is very pretty and has a lovely village atmosphere which is great for families, while still offering its fair share of challenging slopes ideal for confident skiers. (42 pistes covering 135km)

Isolathe highest of the three resorts, boasts good snow cover throughout the season. (42 pistes covering 120km)

Valberg is a small family friendly resort with greats cross-country ski trails for those wanting to try something a little different. (52 pistes covering 90km)

Create Your Own Perfume…Learn the history and the art of making perfume from the professionals in a world famous perfumerie called Galimard, in Grasse.  Discover traditional methods and techniques, apply them while creating your own fragrance formula, choose a bottle and name your scent before leaving with your very own perfume. A unique souvenir!

Get Your Cultural Fix…the Riviera is full of art galleries, historic monuments and fascinating buildings, so take advantage of the odd overcast winter day to discover them. There is no shortage of options, but here are a few to start with:

Théâtre de la Photographie: This little gallery on Boulevard Dubouchage in Nice is often overlooked, but we absolutely love it. The museum, located within a beautiful Belle Epoque building, is divided between a permanent exhibition representing the history of Nice through photography and an area dedicated to temporary exhibitions from around the world.

Musée de la Castre: A museum located in the remains of the medieval castle at the heart of Cannes’ historic Suquet area. In this fabulous place, you will not only find an impressive collection of primitive and antique artifacts, but also the very best view of Cannes from the top of the XII century tower.

Opéra de Nice: Whether you’re an opera fan or a first timer, an evening in these grand surroundings will inevitably make you feel special. Nice Opera house attracts talent from around the world, making it a great place to treat yourself to a high quality performance.

There simply isn’t enough space to write about all the amazing things to do in winter on the Riviera. Contact Us if you’re planning a trip so that we can help you get the most out of your off season break.

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