The Côte d’Azur, also known as the French Riviera, was named after its clear azure blue sea color. It is one of the most famous holiday areas of the Mediterranean Sea. It is located in southeastern France between Cassis and Menton, which is located at the very border with Italy. In addition to the crystal clear sea, here you will find many picturesque towns, but also beautiful natural and historical places. In this guide, you will find 10 amazing places on the Côte d’Azur, whose visit will make your holiday in southern France just extraordinary.
The quaint seaside town of Cassis is a 40-minute drive east of Marseille. This popular summer resort has lots to offer, whether you want to spend the whole vacation here, or just go for a trip. Continue Reading
Originally I didn´t even intend to write a blog post about Aix-en-Provence. We came here early evening when all the tourist-attractive places had just before the end of the opening hours. But when I was scrolling down photos from our holiday and writing a post about 10 places you shouldn´t miss in Provence, I realized that this city had such a vibrant atmosphere that it would be a shame not to share it with you.
Provence is the beautiful corner of southeast France, land of lavender, outstanding wines, picturesque hill towns, and historical sites. And of course, full of other places where your kids can enjoy the day. Discover the beauty of this region with my family guide that will make your next holiday in France just extraordinary.
When my husband sent me a link to an article about the Lavender Museum a few days before our holiday, it was at the right time. I was just looking for a place where we could stop on our way back from the holiday and divide the long journey. So not that the French motorway rest areas were bad (on the contrary, sometimes you can also find a playground here), but the Lavender Museum was simply a bigger attraction!
At first, little defense: no, we are not really as big football freaks to choose a holiday according to the location of famous football stadiums! Seriously, I mean it. However, the advantage of private accommodation is that you can chat with “lodging provider” and learn interesting information. And when our landlord Jean-Paul, spotted our older son in Argentine jersey, which reminds of the Olympique de Marseille with its colors, we immediately got a detailed description of how to get to the stadium. And since after our trip to Château d’If the weather didn´t look like we could spend the afternoon on the beach, “there was nothing left to do” until we stopped at the stadium.
Right at the beginning of this post, I have to confess: I have never read The Count of Monte Christo. Even though I love literature, I have never really opened this novel written by Alexandre Dumas. Seriously, never. But I have seen a four-part TV-series with my favorite actor Gérard Depardieu several times, and I´ve got the impression that the book is no longer worth reading when the story is so notorious known. And after my confession, I follow the philosophical question: would the fortress be so famous if Alexandre Dumas didn´t set the plot of his novel to this place?
Planning this year’s holiday in France was quite easy. After our last year’s holiday (you can read here about it), there was still a long list of places that we haven´t been to and, moreover, I´ve received other interesting tips (thanks, Martina!). The Calanques National Park was on top of the list. Last year, we saw the limestone cliffs flowing into the sea from the Route de Crêtes view, and when I found out that hiking was possible in this area, I was really happy. And so we set off on our hike the very first day of our holiday.
Colmar is a town in French part Alsace whose medieval center is full of half-timbered houses with colorful facades and beautifully embellished fronts. Although we have visited a lot of medieval towns in Switzerland, this was quite different from what we have seen so far.