The Côte d’Azur: A Gem of Southern France

At Le Mas Candille, there is nothing we love more than our location. Nestled between the sea and the mountains, and enjoying daily sunshine, there’s only one place we could be. The French Riviera, or the Côte d’Azur, of course!

The Côte d’Azur has an endless amount of activities, towns, museums, sights, restaurants, bars and more. It’s impossible to be bored on the French Riviera – thanks to the near-constant sunshine and temperate climate, it’s the place to be year-round!

With this in mind, it can feel impossible to tick everything off of your Côte d’Azur bucket list. Of course, with hundreds of things to do and so little time to do them all in, it’s a difficult challenge!

At Le Mas Candille, we want everyone to see as much of our region as possible. Since we’re so fond of it, we’ve put together a shorter “bucket list” with our must-see and must-do of the Côte d’Azur!

How many of these have you ticked off your bucket list?

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1. The Gorges du Verdon

The Gorges du Verdon is the deepest gorge in France and one of Provence’s natural wonders. With stunning aquamarine water and rugged cliffs, it is the perfect spot for adventure sports in the Côte d’Azur. We recommend trying out canyoning for a unique and thrilling experience!

The Gorges du Verdon are less than two hours’ drive from Mougins. Perfect for an adventure-filed day trip!

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2. The Cannes Film Festival

It wouldn’t be a Côte d’Azur bucket list without the Cannes Film Festival. Taking place annually in May, this well-attended cinematic event is one to attend! Be sure to book your tickets well ahead, and get ready to walk the red carpet with the stars. Stay at Le Mas Candille and ensure you’ll get there on time, as you’ll only be fifteen minutes away! Read about one journalist’s experience here.

3. Cycle on the Promenade des Anglais

Spend a day in Nice and visit the renowned Promenade des Anglais. Rent some bikes and cycle along the promenade, all the way from the international airport to the castle on the hill, with the sea on your side all the while. Be sure to stop for a sorbet along the way! Read our blog about a day trip to Nice here.

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4. Explore the Calanques

Explore the Côte d’Azur’s wild side with a trip along the stunning calanques in the Estérel, just a forty-minute drive from Le Mas Candille. Only accessible by boat or hike, these hidden bays are beautiful and the polar opposite to the busy beaches in Cannes. Learn more about the calanques here.

5. Cap Ferrat and the Coastal Walk

Fancy a walk? Visit Cap Ferrat and walk along the cliffs of the Baie d’Antibes. You’ll be walking above the crashing waves with a view of the Alps. Not an everyday experience! Read more about this walk and Antibes.

6. Enjoy a Gastronomic Dinner at Le Mas Candille

In the summertime, the Bistrot du Mas transforms into a Michelin-starred gastronomic dining experience. For more information, visit our website. Be sure to enjoy a sunset apéro on our terrace before your meal! (Please note: due to the situation with Covid-19, the gastronomic restaurant will reopen in spring 2021. However, the Bistrot du Mas remains in operation).

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7. Grasse, the World Capital of Perfume

Visit the capital of perfumery, just fifteen minutes from Le Mas Candille. Grasse is home to the roses for Chanel’s renowned perfumes and much more. Visit to learn more about perfume, and check out Le Mas Candille’s perfume-making workshop here.

8. Visit Saint-Tropez

One of the gems of the Côte d’Azur, Saint Tropez is well-known for its gorgeous sandy beaches and beautiful seaside town. Take the ferry from Cannes to get there in an hour and relax! For more on this, read our guide to the Côte d’Azur’s best beaches.

9. Monaco & Monte Carlo – A Day of Luxury

Treat yourself to a luxurious day by exploring Monte Carlo and Monaco. Go for the annual Grand Prix or for a visit to the stunning Prince’s Palace. Insider’s tip: book ahead and enjoy lunch at the iconic Café de Paris. Learn more about Monaco in our guide here.

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10. St-Paul-de-Vence & the Fondation Maeght

A favourite of the French artistic community, including Jean-Paul Sartre, Pablo Picasso, and Jacques Prévert. Saint-Paul-de-Vence is home to the Fondation Maeght, a modern art museum and a must-see for any avid art historian. Learn more about exploring the region’s cultural activities here.

11. A Trip to Èze

One of the Côte d’Azur’s most enchanting locations, Èze is a beautiful village perched on a hilltop and overlooking the Mediterranean. Not one to be missed!

12. Explore Mougins and the Artistic Community

Long-term home to Pablo Picasso as well as many other famous artists, the charming alleys of the medieval town are a dream come true for any artist. Explore Mougins’s artistic pedigree (learn more about it here), or visit the Mougins Museum of Classical Art for a glance at a unique and world-famous collection.

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13. Wine Taste at the Abbaye de Lérins

Take a short ferry ride from Cannes to the Iles de Lérins and visit the Abbaye de Lérins, a monastery and vineyard. Spend a day on the island and enjoy wine tastings as well as dips in the gorgeous blue sea.

14. Live Music at the Bar Martinez

For a glimpse into an iconic Cannes and Côte d’Azur establishment, enjoy live music at the bar of the Martinez Hotel on the Croisette. For more information on the bars and nightlife spots of the Côte d’Azur, check out our blog here.

15. Menton and the Lemon Festival

One of the Côte d’Azur’s most celebrated festivals, the Menton Lemon Festival is an annual event which draws hundreds of thousands of people to the town. If you’ve ever wanted to see a life-sized elephant sculpture made entirely of oranges and lemons, this is for you. Read our blog on it here.

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Time to Start Ticking Items Off of Your Côte d’Azur Bucket List!

We hope this Côte d’Azur “bucket list” has made you fall in love with the region as we at Le Mas Candille have! For any questions or more information on any of the items on this list, please contact our excellent reception team by calling us on +33 4 92 28 43 43. Or, get in touch with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We look forward to seeing you soon on the Côte d’Azur!