We’re here to help you discover your date with the Riviera this Valentine’s. This international day of love is no longer merely a day for couples to spend time staring adoringly into each other’s eyes, it’s readily becoming a celebration of our love for life as well. So whether you’re loved up or single, seize the occasion to delve into a new passion, get together with the people you love most & treat yourself to a special day. There is simply no reason to hide away because this day belongs to us all. So have a look around at what is really happening on the 14th February and take part in some good honest fun!
The Riviera is more than sun, turquoise seas and yachts, it’s a labyrinth of hideaways, exquisite restaurants, fine foods, live music, panoramic views and an abundance of exceptional settings for memorable moments. As the second most visited region in France, it’s hardly surprising that there are so many great opportunities to make Valentine’s Day special.
Here are a handful of experiences available to those of us lucky enough to be on the Riviera this February!
Ski, Sea & Savour
Picture this … sipping a freshly ground cup of coffee on a restaurant terrace while watching the morning sun on the mountain snow. After you finish your coffee, you pick up your skis put on your gloves and goggles, slide onto the lift and spend the day skiing freely down the fresh, powder slopes. Then set off on a short & scenic drive down to one of the gorgeous coastal town to enjoy an authentic French Riviera evening with a seaside meal and a few glasses of wine. Now doesn’t that sounds tempting?
To reach the slopes you can catch a coach from Nice to the resorts for only €1.50, which drops you a stone’s throw from the ski/snowboard rental shops and mountain slopes. The same coach will bring you back down. If you would like a more ‘in your own time’ experience then book a transfer with Friend In France and your private driver will chauffeur you, and up to 7 of your loved ones, to and from the slopes in complete comfort.
Take to the Sky
See the French Riviera from above in a breathtaking helicopter ride from Cannes-Mandelieu airport. The South of France, playground of the rich and famous, the perfect place to indulge in this typically Riviera experience. A bird’s eye view of the region allows you to visually take in so much more than is possible from the ground & guarantees you memorable moments & fabulous photos. Whether you’re treating someone else or yourself, this is sure to make the day a special one.
Amour or Amore?
Our next suggestion takes you just beyond the French border into Italy. Surprise your date with a fun twist on ‘eating Italian’ by heading along the picturesque coastal road (about 50mins) across the border to an authentic Italian restaurant in Bordighera. Great eateries are plentiful in this region, but this pretty seaside town boasts one of our favourite Italian restaurants. Overlooking the sea, it offers great views, elegant decor, fresh fish & pasta, fine wine, homemade desserts and Italian family atmosphere. What could be more romantic than the French & Italian Rivieras in one night?
Eze Village and Villefranche-sur-mer ooze with intimacy and are perfect for cozy, romantic evenings. Eze has the hilltop beauty, terraces with panoramic views, medieval architecture, fine dining and tranquil atmosphere. Villefranche has all the magic of its seaside location, harbour views, modern dining and waters’ edge paths. These villages are absolutely beautiful and will ensure a truly romantic occasion.
Join the energetic festivities at the opening night of the world famous annual Carnaval de Nice. The sheer decadence of this fairytale occasion includes dancing, fancy dress, artists, parades, musicians, dancers, professional evening light shows and fireworks. Allowing yourself to be captivated by this high spirited event will make this day all the more special for you and the people you are sharing Valentine’s Day with.
Out & About Adventures
If none of the above tickle your fancy, we also have a full range of half day, full day and tailor-made day trips for you to experience. Why not go off the beaten track on a unique adventure, cruise the coastal route and visit the most beautiful spots on the Riviera, sip wine and savour mouth watering Mediterranean delicacies, get your adrenalin going by trying an extreme sport, explore the mountains on horseback and create a fragrance for the one you love. The options available are abundant. You are able to choose from any of these activities and design your own ideal Valentine’s Day with Friend In France!