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In BIG pictures: the Côte d'Azur

In BIG pictures: the Côte d’Azur, France

A place which has long held fascination with the rest of the world and attracted the likes of Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and of course the cream of Europe’s glitterati. In June we explored the Côte d’Azur region starting in the typical Provence village of La Garde Freinet, then moving on to St Tropez, Cannes, Nice, and then ending our journey in ultra-wealthy Monaco with a couple of picturesque villages and harbours thrown in. Here’s our French Riviera journey in BIG pictures…

La Garde Freinet

la garde freinet house la garde freinet restaurant

la garde freinet street

The Côte d’Azur’s best kept secret – a old typical Provencal village (located 15 km north of Saint-Tropez), with a medieval charm, a twice weekly market, easy walks to beautiful panoramas and more than a handful of good alfresco restaurants.



A medieval village overlooking the bright blue bay of the Golfe de Saint Tropez which is known for its 11th-century chateau ruins.

Port Grimaud

port grimaud

Sometimes known as the Venice of Provence, it’s a peaceful place with colourful Provencal style houses built along a network of canals lined with yachts and cruisers.

St Tropez

St Tropez


St Tropez Harbour

An expensive but unmissable part of the French Riviera experience, it’s still undeniably glamorous, with huge yachts resting in the small harbour. When the summer months arrive it turns into a hedonistic playground for the rich and famous.



Cannes car

Just as famous for its beautiful people as it is for its world-famous film festival. It’s an immaculate beach side resort filled with designer shops, luxury hotels and people just aching to be seen.


Nice Beach

Nice dusk

Nice fashon boutique

Nice beach night

A large beach front city with a wide promenade and superb shopping, eating and culture. A larger and busier place than most of the coast but it’s still just as glittering.



One of the prettiest villages in region. Eze is fortified, medieval village perched high on a narrow rocky peak which overlooks the Mediterranean sea.


Monaco harbour

Monte Carlo Casino


The ultra wealthy principality which everyone should visit at least once in their life. Famous for its towering apartment buildings, super yacht filled harbour, demanding Formula One race circuit and large celebrity filled ex-pat community.

Thank you Hotel.info for our stay in Cannes. 

Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a special fondness for Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up visits to over 40 countries. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Nordic noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my favourite places; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland.


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