The French Riviera is best known for its deep-blue ocean reflections from the shining summer sun, but do not be so quick to discount the winter season in Côte d’Azur. The French Riviera in the winter is a must-do trip. It is the perfect time for visitors to get a more authentic experience, to live like the locals do!
The French Riviera Winter Must-dos by City:
- Nice welcomes a special winter village to its famous Place Massena, located in the center of the city. The city is flowing with Italian hot chocolate, home to a giant Ferris wheel, and local vendors. The best part of winter in Nice, is the annual carnival, full of costumes and giant floats. You can really get a sense for la vie quotidienne of residents during the winter months, when school is in session and families do their daily groceries.
- What does the most luxurious city in the French Riviera have to offer in the winter? Well, Monaco is home to one of the largest ice-skating rinks in France, which is open to the public. After skating with a clear view of Monaco’s port full of luxury yachts, you can head to the region’s high-end Christmas market along Boulevard Louis II. The walk through the market will lead you to the perfect place to get a cup of hot chocolate or coffee at the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo.
- Antibes is one of the smaller cities in the Riviera, yet it has a lot to offer especially for those looking to get a more cultural and authentic trip in the French Riviera. During the winter months this hidden gym is free from the over tourism of the warmer months and allows visitors to enjoy from its gastronomic houses, such as Place Nationale, or its local shops located in the old town. For art enthusiast, this is the best time to visit, with the ability to do Picasso’s trail, including the local museum, without lines.
There is no better time to immerse yourself in the culture and winter celebrations of the Côte d’Azur then in the winter months. To learn more details about the activities described above, or for a personalized itinerary for your trip, please contact Luxury Concierge directly.