For those who would like to feel a dash of glamour in the French Riviera, May is surely the perfect time to visit. Forget about the famous lavender fields; they are yet to come. In May the nature puts a wonderful game of contrasts on display – beautiful, bright red poppies in bloom against the shimmering, blue waterfront of the Mediterranean Sea. What a magnificent view!
May is also the month when the two most notable annual events in the South of France are held. Cannes Film Festival, the world’s most renowned film festival, attracts numerous film stars to its red carpet every year. Hollywood luxury is literally at your fingertips. There are prominent cineastes, journalists’ flashes and gorgeous people at every corner. Although most of the events are closed to the public, there are some special events and screenings you might be able to attend. One way or another, you are most likely to catch a glimpse of some of the famous stars relaxing on the yachts in the marina or simply roaming the streets of Cannes.
Another famous May attraction in the Côte d’Azur is the Monaco Grand Prix Formula One race. Thousands of spectators flock to Monaco to watch it. Run through the narrow streets, it can surely increase the level of adrenaline in your blood. With so much glamour and champagne flowing instead of water, it is no wonder that these two destinations are swarming with people in this time of the year.
Should you like to set off to find some peace and quiet, and enjoy the picturesque surroundings, car hire would be the most convenient way to explore the nearby places. Here are some adjacent destinations well worth a visit:
Antibes is a resort town between Cannes and Nice, where you can not only enjoy great cultural heritage, but also amazing landscapes. Well known as a gathering place of artists, it boasts an outdoor jazz festival in July and the famous Picasso Museum that houses one of the world’s largest collections of his works. Dotted with pine and olive trees, the peninsula Cap d’Antibes invites you for a coastal hike. There you can admire the spectacular view, deep blue bays and wonderful snow-white cliffs. Close to the harbour there is a covered market with an exceptional offer of meat, fish and cheese. Antibes is also known to be a family-friendly place with a lot of great things to do outdoors with children.
Unlike some other coastal towns with curved, narrow streets, Valbonne’s straight, rectangular street layout shows the great influence of Roman military camps. The name of the town comes from Provençal, and means “a good valley”. Valbonne offers its visitors quaint, little shops, historic sights but first of all it is a paradise for true gourmands. In its charming restaurants you will find exquisite classics of the French cuisine, as well as cosy, intimate ambiance to relax in.
This small, medieval village is definitely one of the most precious gems in the French Riviera. Thanks to its position, it is often described as the “Eagle’s Nest”. And just like an eagle, perched on the top of a steep rock, it overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, and guards the remnant ruins of an ancient castle. Suprisingly, right there on the ruins of the “chateau”, the impressive, botanical garden Jardin Exotique has found its place. Ezé will offer you a warm welcome with its terrace cafés, sloping terracotta roofs and gorgeous panoramic views.
The French Riviera is often described as an exotic and luxurious playground for the rich and famous. While it certainly is one of its most distinctive traits, to enjoy the spectacular views from the nearby mountains or simply bask in the Mediterranean sun, a short but sweet holiday there will do. The glamorous month of May in the south of France is now in full swing – waiting only for you!