The Cannes Film Festival brings lots of people to the French Riviera, the town will be Glitzed & Glamoured beyond belief and crowded.
So, when the show business is done check out some of the other Riviera beach town that are close by, you will not be disappointed.
Below is my list
An hour’s drive north of Cannes is Menton, a quiet town near the border of France and Italy. Menton offers a sandy and pebbly shoreline enclosed by pastel-colored mansions on 1 side and calm turquoise waters on the other.
Menton’s unique microclimate makes it a fruit-growing haven for tangerines, oranges and lemons. Visitors who come in February delight in the Lemon Festival, a celebration marked with lemon sculptures and parades. As last town before the Italian border, Menton is the place where 2 European cultures and languages meet.
It sounds familiar because you’ve seen a photo of your favorite celebrity aboard a yacht off the coast of this magnificent French beach town. It was also a luxurious haven for Brigitte Bardot and Mick Jagger in the ’60’s and ’70’s. You can soak up as much Sunshine as you want on the beaches of Saint-Tropez.
Expect big crowds in the Summer, especially on the ever-popular white-sand Pampelonne Beach. While this beach has retained its natural feel, it is famous and frequently visited. If you prefer to beat the crowds, sneak off for a trek around the rocky headlands of Le Sentier du Littoral and take a dip in one of the secluded coves along the way.
From Saint-Tropez, drive 30 mins North around the Gulf to the more laid-back and less frenzied version of the famous celebrity-speckled hot spot. Saint-Maxime claims close to 7 miles of French Riviera coastline, 3 miles of it are spread with white sand.
La Pointe des Sardinaux, located on the rugged Peninsula, is full of activities like swimming, sunbathing and SCUBE diving. And if you tire of the water take to the green on the golf course with views over the Mediterranean.
An hour’s drive North of Cannes, the cobblestone streets of Villefranche’s old town wrap around a wide natural harbor before giving way to deep Mediterranean waters. Stroll the colorful streets, stop for a drink in a café, visit the town’s historic palace and check out the ancient chapels, you will have a great walk.
Along with the history lesson, there are nearby public beaches, the most accessible from town being Plage des Marinieres.
Head along to the Peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to the Plage de Passable, boasting stunning views of the Villefranche harbor and plenty of amenities.
Less than 30 mins from Cannes by car, Antibes is a day trip on the Côte d’Azur. The former-Greek trading post is full of activities. Must do: visit to the castle-turned-Picasso-museum, an exploratory day wandering the medieval Old Town, an afternoon browsing one of the best markets on the French Riviera and a couple of light treks to some epic viewpoints, specifically La Garoupe lighthouse.
Visit the sandy Plage du Ponteilor Plage de la Salis, they are right in the town.
Juan les Pins
Less than a 10 min drive South from Antibes is Juan les Pins, this spot makes up for its lack of culture by offering 2 things that go together very well when you are on vacation: beaches and partying, with an offering of nightclubs, bars and restaurants, along with and a view of million-dollar yachts anchored off shore, Juan les Pins is the destination for the party-hardy beach lover.
A favorite of 18th– and 19th-Century vacationers, Nice also captured the hearts of the artistic.
The French painter Henri Matisse and Russian-French modernist Marc Chagall set up shop in Nice, dazzling the world with impressive reincarnations of the sparkling waters. Nice dedicated a museum to each artist; a visit to Musée Matisse and Musée Chagall both are must sees.
Nice also houses the remains of an ancient Roman civilization, now resting in a public garden.
Another visitor favorite is Castle Park, doubling as a 19th-Century archaeological site and a panoramic look-out point.
Then hit the beaches. The choices are rich; dance to DJ-spun hits on Beau Rivage, waterski on Blue Beach or order a beachside massage on Opéra Plage.
Have a terrific time, if it is your 1st, it will be unforgettable.
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