It’s hard to believe that at the turn of the 20th Century, the French Riviera - or the Côte d’Azur as it is also known (for the deep blue colour of the sea) - was barren, underdeveloped and poor. Today it is one of the most exclusive and glamorous holiday destinations in the world, and is second home to more celebrities than you could shake a stick at. If you like your movie stars to be princesses and if you prefer your martinis shaken not stirred, then the French Riviera will be right up your street.
Old-world Hollywood glamour
Have you ever wanted to step back in time to another era when life was simpler and Hollywood stars had real star-quality? Those were the days. Movie stars have been visiting the French Riviera since the 1920s. But its popularity goes back as far as the late 19th Century when anybody who was anybody had the French Riviera up there among their favourite places to relax and unwind.
It was and still is the place to be seen. It is here that Grace Kelly met and married Prince Rainier in Monaco’s St. Nicholas Cathedral in 1956. Movie stars like Ava Gardner, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor have all come here to make movies and enjoyed it so much they returned year after year on holidays.
The connection between the French Riviera and Hollywood is very strong with many Hollywood stars owning second homes on the Riviera. While there, you might spot Gwyneth Paltrow or Johnny Depp soaking up the sun or relaxing with a glass of champagne at one of the many beaches or restaurants along the coast.
Nice: Queen Victoria’s favourite destination
'If only I were in Nice, I should recover.' Queen Victoria proclaimed on her deathbed.
Queen Victoria visited Nice many times before her death in 1901. In fact it was her favourite place to stay while she holidayed on the Riviera. Nice is our favourite place to stay too, as it is blessed with a sunny, temperate climate and has many fabulous beaches, famous landmarks and museums to enjoy.
If you fancy a day trip, Nice’s location means that it is easy to travel to both Cannes and Monaco. But there are so many things to see and do in Nice itself that you might not have time…
Things to do in Nice this spring
As France’s fifth largest city, Nice is home to a bustling street life, meaning there is always something to see and do. For example:
Your choice of over twenty museums including The Musee Matisse
which is one of the most popular museums hosting the artist’s great works.
Gorgeous buildings such as the amazing pink and grey Cathedrale Orthodoxe Russe St-Nicholas and the Palais Massena
, which are among the most architecturally beautiful buildings in the world.
- We cannot forget Nice’s glorious beaches, which are as much a treat during the spring when it is that little bit quieter, as they are during the summer months when the sun is at its warmest.
The city has many cultural events and festivals happening in spring such as the Festival de Paques
, a classical music festival and the Carnaval de Nice
- a huge celebration of all things Nice that has been happening since 1896.
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