When looking for summer holiday ideas you really can’t go wrong with a trip to the French Riviera. With so many places to see, it can be difficult to know where to stay in France, however we think Provence provides the perfect summer holiday inspiration. The Cote D’Azur truly lives up to its name with its stunning blue coastline, and though the reasons to visit are endless, here are our top five:
Although you will find exquisite cuisine in every part of France, the food in the south-east is extra special.
The bustling markets brimming with fresh produce make for a unique outing in themselves where you will find everything from seafood, charcuterie, and game birds to spices, flowers, and herbs. The Mediterranean is known for its olives, so the market is the place to stock up on oils and tapenades. Most cities have daily markets, while smaller towns hold food markets once or twice a week, where you can buy the freshest foods for a picnic on the beach. Alternatively, taste the Market Menu at Le Mas Candille which highlights fresh, seasonal ingredients selected by chef, Xavier Burelle.
The Cote D’Azur boasts some of the most refined restaurants in the world, so enjoy a Michelin-star meal at Le Candille where we recommend our Chef’s Table Experience. Further towards the coast you can find JAN in Nice or La Table du Chef in Cannes for more French fine dining. To get the full experience of South-East French food, be sure to try fougasse, salade niçoise, bouillabaisse, local seafood, and of course, local cheeses.
Whether you’re a beach, pool, spa, or nature lover, there is no shortage of ways to relax in South-East France. Le Mas Candille offers ultimate luxury at the onsite spa, open seven days a week to both hotel guests and non-residents. The spa treatments, three swimming pools, jacuzzies, and sauna provide endless opportunities for relaxation in the tranquillity of Mougins. Should you prefer to zone out on the beach, soak up some Vitamin D on the nearby Bay of Cannes, the shoreline of Antibes, or indulge along Pampelonne beach in St Tropez.
Summers in South-East France are typically dry with average temperatures sitting in the mid-twenties (Celsius). This dry and warm weather is perfect for days at the beach, exploring the cities, or discovering the many hiking trails along the coast or up into the hilltops.
With the long daylight hours and balmy temperatures it would be rude not to enjoy long alfresco dinners, overlooking the Riviera countryside from the terrace come twilight.
South-East France is rich in culture and offers a plethora of fascinating things to do, thanks to the world-renowned artists who collectively called Cote D’Azur home for centuries. From art galleries and museums to perfume workshops and pastry masterclasses, there are many ways to immerse oneself in the unmatched culture of southern France. If you haven’t read our most recent blog post on cultural activities near Mougins, you can find it here.
It would be remiss not to mention wine as one of the key reasons to visit South-East France. Home to a large French wine-producing area in terms of volume, South-East France is also known for its rose wines and Cotes du Rhone varieties. If you’re a wine aficionado or a beginner keen to learn more, Provence is the place to go. Explore a local vineyard or enjoy an exclusive wine tasting with Julien Leroux, Head Sommelier of Le Candille.
Although South-East France is an extraordinary summer holiday destination, it also makes for a blissful winter escape. Whichever you decide, Le Mas Candille is the perfect base for your southern French adventure, located in the heart of the French Riviera in the heights of Cannes. Book your visit now.