The tiny principality of Monaco needs no introduction. Famous for its iconic Formula 1 Grand Prix, the streets of Monaco are lined with luxury boutiques, fabulous restaurants and the hippest bars on the French Riviera. From the Prince’s palace perched on top of the Rock to the Port Hercule with its dazzling display of superyachts, Monaco is quite possibly the most exclusive holiday destination in the world. While the principality might be only be 2 km wide, there’s no shortage of things to do in Monaco. Browse the designer boutiques in the Monte Carlo Pavillions, or visit the beautiful Cathedral and narrow streets of the Old Town. The kids will love the interactive Oceanographic museum and the whole family will enjoy the exciting range of watersports down at Larvotto Beach. After dark, the legendary Belle Epoque casino in Monte Carlo is the perfect place for a flutter. And with a wide range of sophisticated bars and nightclubs, a night out in Monaco is always one to remember. Don’t miss: The host of incredible sporting events throughout the year- Formula 1 Grand Prix, Tennis Masters, Monte Carlo Golf Open, International Show Jumping etc. An afternoon’s shopping h in the Monte Carlo Pavillions, the Metropole Shopping Centre or the Allées Lumières The fabulous restaurant scene with over 15 Michelin-starred restaurants A chance to watch international DJs light up the dance floor in the epic nightclubs A stroll around the historical Old Town up on the Rock How to get to Monaco: Fly into Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport then transfer to Monaco by helicopter or private car in less than 30 minutes Take a high-speed train directly to Monaco from anywhere on the French Riviera Cruise into town on a private yacht and reserve a berth in Port Hercule whilst you’re in Monaco Where to stay: Monaco Holiday Rentals Chic Cap d’Antibes
One of the feathers in the French Riviera’s cap, the Cap d’Antibes is another outstanding holiday destination set on a peninsula. Chockablock full of magnificent villas and beachfront mansions overlooking the Mediterranean, this is no ordinary resort. The whole neighbourhood is surrounded by lush greenery and the rocky coastline is dotted with quiet coves and secluded beaches.The peninsula is just the place for sunbathing or swimming away from the crowds. And the old town of Antibes with its Medieval ramparts and traditional covered market is just a short stroll away for shopping or dinner with friends. If you’re after a relaxing break in an idyllic setting, Cap d’Antibes is definitely the place for you. With Antibes just down the road, if you do decide to paint the town red, you won’t be short of places to go. Explore the old town and walk around the 10th century ramparts which used to protect Antibes from pirates. Visit the fascinating Picasso museum and see for yourself why the great man made his home in this part of the world. Stop off at the absinthe museum for a taste of the Green Fairy or pick up some locally produced olive oil and herbs to take home with you as a delicious souvenir. With a great selection of boutiques plus a fantastic range of lively bars and restaurants, you really can’t go wrong with a stay in the Antibes area. Don’t miss: A brisk walk around the peninsula to take in the panoramic view over the Bay of Cannes A visit to the impressive Naval and Napoleonic Museum to learn more about France’s favourite military hero Afternoon cocktails on the terrace of the legendary Hotel Eden Roc- sunglasses are a must Soaking up the sun on one of the stunning hidden beaches around the peninsula Checking out the view from the top of the lighthouse on the Route du Phare. Legend has it the green glass inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous dock light in The Great Gatsby
How to get to the Cap d’Antibes: On the coast between Nice and Cannes, there are lots of options for getting to the Cap d’Antibes. Fly commercial into Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport or via private jet to Cannes-Mandelieu Airport and then make your way down the coast by private car or taxi Jump aboard one of the TER trains to Antibes station and then grab a taxi to the Cap Cruise into town by yacht and then drop anchor in Port Vauban while you spend time in a luxury property in Antibes Where to stay: Cap d’Antibes Holiday Rentals Charming Cannes
A dazzling showstopper of a city, Cannes is the ultimate beach resort. With an exciting programme of international events throughout the year and a lively social scene, if you’re looking for non-stop action Cannes is the place to be. On the waterfront elegant palm trees line the Croisette while golden sand stretches down to the crystal clear water of the Mediterranean. Meanwhile over in the centre of town, there are hip restaurants and bars on every corner, plus traditional bistros and cafés for a coffee or afternoon aperitif. The cobbled streets of the old town lead up to a Medieval castle and museum, while the hills around the city are home to some of the most fabulous villas in the South of France. As luxurious as it is stylish, Cannes is the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable holiday on the French Riviera. Thanks to its impressive social calendar, there’s always something going on in Cannes. Check out the world-famous film festival in May, or enjoy the classic yachts of the Royal Regatta in September. During the summer season don’t miss the fireworks festival and the classical concerts held under the stars in the centre of town. Dine out in some of the best restaurants on the Côte d’Azur, gamble the night away in one of the town’s 3 casinos or shop til you drop in the designer boutiques along the Croisette. From beaches to spas, golf clubs to nightclubs, we predict that this is one holiday you’ll still be talking about in years to come.
Don’t miss: The exciting programme of festivals and shows held in the Palais des Festivals throughout the year The chance to sip a frothy coffee on the Croisette while you spend a couple of hours people watching A visit to the mysterious Iles de Lérins just off the coast of Cannes An evening at trendy club Le Bâoli- the top international DJs will keep you on the dance floor til the sun comes up over the Bay Soaking up the sun in one of the comfortable sun loungers on the Martinez hotel’s iconic pontoon How to get to Cannes: Getting to Cannes couldn’t be easier. Fly into Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport or Cannes-Mandelieu Airport and then transfer by helicopter in less than 10 minutes Hire a private car or taxi and cruise along the coast from Nice to Cannes in style Take advantage of the high-speed rail link and travel to Cannes by TGV Sail into Cannes by boat then snag a berth in the Port Pierre Canto in the center of town Where to stay: Luxury Cannes Accommodation Rentals