Hey everyone! I had been hoping to get this post done last week, but due to a mix of (seriously annoying) jetlag + a crazy work week, time just flew away on me. Is it just me or do Summer weeks go even faster? I’ve had lots & lots of emails from you asking all about my French Riviera trip, so I’m excited to share all the details. While we were there, we visited 6 different towns/villages so I’ll be sharing my opinions & recommendations from each. As I mentioned in my French Riviera Outfit Diary, we really didn’t have an exact plan or schedule going there and to be honest, I think this is why the trip was so much fun. So here is an overview of my French Riviera Travel Guide:
Juan Les Pins
Juan les Pins is the area we stayed in throughout the week. It’s a relatively small town with a beautiful beach and a great selection of shops & restaurants. It’s definitely a lot more inexpensive to stay in a lesser known town like this and then travel (very easily) everywhere else. While we were in Juan les Pins, our favourite spots were Pam Pam (the best cocktails!), La plage des Iles and Cap Riviera. The selection of beach-front restaurants is amazing, so it’s well worth a visit, even if it’s just for a day.
Nice was definitely one of our favorites! I had actually heard mixed reviews about it, so I didn’t have extremely high expectations going there but I ended up being so so impressed. We absolutely loved our evening there. We travelled by train from Juan les Pins which took only about 30 mins and then walked from the train station straight down to the beach. The palm-tree lined boardwalk is the perfect spot for a stroll. After this, we spent about an hour just wandering around the city and honestly, it was just beautiful! I’ll let the pictures do the talking. The restaurant we chose that night was called RINA and we all agreed that it was our favourite from the whole trip. Everything from the service to the food to the Parisian-vibes was just perfect and so I couldn’t recommend this one enough. Overall, Nice was definitely a highlight.
Eze Village..where do I even start? This place is incredible!! While we were out for dinner the night before in Juan les Pins, the waiter asked us if we had been to Eze. I don’t know why but none of us had ever heard of it before, so he went on to explain why it was an absolute must-see. We had planned on going to Monaco the following day and because Eze was on the way, we set aside the full day to visit both. Hands down one the nicest places I have ever been! We travelled by train again from Juan les Pins (amazing views on the way) and when we got to Eze, we waited for a bus which brings you up a huge hill to the village. We had actually just missed the next bus, by a minute, so we ended up waiting in the coolest little bar/restaurant called La Bananeraie. Random outdoor furniture, a seriously laid-back vibe and delicious smoothies. Turns out we were glad we missed that bus! When we got to Eze Village, we started with lunch at Le Pinnochio and then began the climb to the top. On the way up, you walk through cobble-stone tiny streets full of cute artsy stores and before you know it, you’re at the top! There’s a charge of 6euro to get to the very top (the main viewing area) but honestly, it’s so worth it. Such a fantastic experience!
After our morning/afternoon in Eze Village, we spent the evening in Monaco. It’s only about 10 minutes from Eze, so it was great to be able to see both places in the one day. Monaco was definitely as glam and over-the top as I expected and although, it’s a tricky place to navigate through (it’s quite spread out) it was definitely cool to see it. We wandered around the marina and then enjoyed a drink near the Monte Carlo Casino. A great spot for people (and fancy car) watching!
Our trip to Cannes was a quick but fun one! We spent one of our last evenings there and we were so glad we did. It’s actually a really chilled-out spot which a great selection of seafood restaurants and of course, it was the perfect backdrop for some photos. It’s quite a small town, so one evening there is definitely plenty of time to see everything.
Lastly, let’s talk a little about Antibes. I know I’ve already said I had favorites, but this town was very special. You know as soon as you arrive somewhere and you just know you love it, that’s how I felt when we came here on night 1. It’s only about 7/8 minutes in a taxi from Juan les Pins, so we spent a lot of our time here too. Our favourites from this area were Le Kashmir, Choopy’s Cafe and all the random bakeries (where I stocked up on almond croissants). It also has the cutest and picture-perfect beach, as well so many little streets which you’d happily get lost in. As I said, a must-see town while you’re traveling through the French Riviera.
Overall, this trip is one that I will honestly never forget. A fantastic week with family, exploring areas which have left me feeling very inspired. So many of you have messaged me saying that this particular trip has now been added to your list, so I’m delighted that you enjoyed all the snaps & updates. Feel free to share this French Riviera Travel Guide with anyone who you think might like it too. I know travel can be expensive, but trips like this have proved to me that it’s the very best thing you can spend money on. I’m already thinking about where I can go next :)
Hope you’re all having a great week!