Live the good life on holidays to the French Riviera. It’s all about big beaches, boats and boujee bars.

Blue coast, Blue Flags

It’s called the Cote d’Azur for its blue waters, but with more than 50 Blue Flag beaches, the name’s fitting for more than one reason. The Riviera stretches for nearly 600 miles, so you can imagine the number of beaches it boasts. Sweet old towns meet socialite-packed sands, such as those frolicked on by Bridget Bardot back in the 50s – it helped kickstart St Tropez’s Pampelonne to its superstar playground status. But what’s the sea without some good seafood? Nice is nice for that. It’s the region’s largest city, but its famous Promenade des Anglais stretches along the ocean for four miles, so it’s safe to say it’s big on the beach game, too.

Pretty ports

People-watching is one thing, but it’s all about boat-watching along the French Riviera. Specifically, big boats and superyachts. Sip your wine along the waterfront and catch them pull into the port and pop their corks. St Tropez’s Vieux Port is perhaps the most famous of the lot, while Monaco sets the scene for James Bond movies and hosts one of the most anticipated Formula One races of the season. But if anyone can rival the top spot, Cannes can. It’s all about its glamourous film festival, VIP vibes and offshore boat parties.

Right for the royal family

Stars of the silver screen and famous faces are one thing, but the French Riviera is a true favourite of the royal family. Who better to give their seal of approval? Monaco marks the top of the list with the 13th-century Prince’s Palace. This is where French royalty meets Hollywood royalty – it was once the home of the iconic Grace Kelly, and the present-day prince still lives here. Another famous find is the Grimaldi Castle in Antibe, a bus or short drive from Cannes. The place now houses the Picasso Museum’s world-renowned collection, as well as more modern and contemporary works of art.

At a Glance

  • Yacht-spot along St Tropez’s Vieux Port
  • Sunbathe like a film star on Pampelonne Beach
  • Snoop around a palace that Grace Kelly called home