The Riviera, a Hollywood Feature
Life on the Côte d’Azur is something that has featured heavily in Hollywood blockbusters. This usually involves a glamourous casino, overpriced food, and exclusively private beaches.
Is this the reality of life on the French Riviera?
Well, it’s definitely one version of the reality. There’s no doubt that Le Mas Candille’s corner of the world can provide an unforgettable and luxurious lifestyle experience.
But how does this compare to everyday reality? Let’s take a look at three common myths and misconceptions surrounding life in the south of France!
Myth 1: Everything in the South is Expensive
This is perhaps the most common misconception about the south of France. Unfortunately, this is also a misconception that has put off many potential visitors from seeing the region.
While the Riviera is known for its glitzy and glamourous lifestyle, its casinos, private beaches, and more, this is just one of its many facets. It is the perfect place to treat yourself to a stay in a gorgeous five-star hotel. But it is also the perfect place to spend 3 euros on lunch at a boulangerie and have a picnic on the beach! Fresh baguettes do sound tempting…
Some of the delights of the coast are in themselves inexpensive. Arguably the most stunning feature of the south of France is the natural environment. Thankfully, the seaside is filled with endless sandy public beaches which are open to everyone. Head away from Cannes to enjoy the scenery away from the hustle and bustle. For more brilliant beach tips, read our blog here.
Alternatively, head inland and uncover the historical, artistic and cultural delights of the region. The endless museums, medieval town centres, Roman ruins and cultural activities will leave you pleasantly surprised. And all of it is affordable! The medieval town of Mougins, for instance, hosts an annual sculpture exhibition throughout the village. Learn more about some great cultural spots here.
Myth 2: The Riviera is Exclusively a Summertime Destination
We can’t fault the Côte d’Azur weather in the summer. Sunny, warm, and constant – what’s not to love?
Summer is a popular time of year for the majority of tourists coming to the region. However, the Riviera shines year-round. The sunny skies are just as blue in the middle of winter as they are in summer, and the autumn and spring seasons are temperate and enjoyable.
In fact, spring and autumn on the Côte d’Azur are ideal times to visit. On one hand, the weather is, as always, perfect. As the temperatures soar to the mid-thirties in the summertime, many visitors prefer the more temperate mid-twenties seen between April and June, and September and November.
On the other hand, visiting the region during these seasons means the same level of quality hotel stays and customer service for a more affordable price. Even better – you’ll miss the throng of tourists visiting in July and August so will have the beach to yourself!
What’s more, if you choose to visit in the wintertime, you won’t be put out. When vacationing in the winter months, what you lack in heat, you more than make up for in peace, quiet and a more authentic holiday experience. This includes drastically fewer tourists and cheaper prices to boot since restaurants and shops are more eager for your custom!
For a deeper insight into visiting the Côte d’Azur during the low season, read our blog here.
Myth 3: The French Riviera Has Been Over-Developed
“Hasn’t it been over-developed?”
“Isn’t it mostly concrete by now?”
“Isn’t it impossible to enjoy the natural environment with the summer crowds?”
We sometimes hear these questions floating around when discussing the region. And to them, we say no!
While the Côte d’Azur has seen an increase in residential real estate since the end of the twentieth century, this has in no way reduced the attractiveness of the region. In fact, quite the opposite. The influx of permanent as well as temporary residents has increased the investment in the region, and improvements in regional infrastructure can be seen at every corner.
Some big changes to the Riviera include; increased use of green and sustainable energy, new day-trip destinations such as Polygone Riviera, a beautiful outdoor shopping experience, and a tram connecting Nice airport to the city centre. And so much more!
While the Côte d’Azur’s infrastructure has only improved, the natural environment also continues to shine. Businesses all throughout the region, included Le Mas Candille, are more invested than ever in maintaining its natural beauty.
And of course, the environment discussed does not just include the beaches in Cannes. The south of France is full of jaw-dropping nature spots. For those unfamiliar with these, we suggest a visit to the Iles de Lérins, a trip to the Gorges du Verdon (Europe’s only canyon), or a boat ride or hike along the Estérel’s stunning and renowned red rocks.
For more information on any of these locations, please get in touch with our excellent reception team during your stay at Le Mas Candille and they will point you in the right direction!
Welcome to the Riviera: So Much to See, So Much to Do
There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding life on the French Riviera. However, the bottom line is that it is a region full of surprises, and there is at every step something for everyone.
From the glamour of a Monte-Carlo casino to the inherent southern French experience of a baguette on the beach, there is something for you on the Côte d’Azur.