Holidays in South of France

France is a country with vast regional differences in landscape, culture and climate. It offers a wealth of options for holidaymakers; whether that’s a romantic city break in Paris, champagne tasting in Epernay, skiing in the Alps, surfing in Biarritz or camping in Brittany. However for many, the luxurious, sophisticated and opulent surroundings of the Cote d’Azur, also known as the French Riviera, is the ultimate and only place to see and be seen.

Although it has no official borders, the Cote d’Azur is a stretch of coastline that is generally considered to run from Cassis in the west, right up to the Italian border in the East. It is comprised of world famous resorts such as Saint Tropez, Cannes and Nice and includes the sovereign state of Monaco. The Cote d’Azur takes its name from the sparkling turquoise colour of the Mediterranean Sea  borders it, and has been a playground for the rich and famous including British Royalty, Russian aristocracy and renowned artists and celebrities, since the end of the 18th Century.

However, you don’t necessarily need to have a royal bank balance to be able to enjoy the region’s beautiful beaches, great climate and delicious gastronomy. There are many less well-known but equally lovely resorts dotted in amongst the more famous, just waiting to be explored.

Unlike other beach resorts, this area of the world does not close down in winter and can in fact be a great place to visit in the cooler months, when tourist numbers fall. Inland from the coast and within about an hour and a half of Nice, you can find some great skiing in the Southern Alps.

Whether you’re visiting the Cote d’Azur for a romantic weekend, quality time with your family or fun with friends; whether you’ll be hitting the ski slopes or golf course, heading outdoors for some adventure or sitting by the pool with a book, make sure you have exactly the right travel insurance for you.

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The Cote d’Azur is well known for its sunny, Mediterranean climate, with temperatures in the summer averaging around 30 degrees. Winters along the coast are mild but there can be rain, and you can expect snow in the hills inland.
The Euro is the currency in France, as well as in the state of Monaco.
A direct flight from London to Nice is approximately two hours.

Around 17 million British Nationals visit France every year and the UK Foreign Office states that most visits are trouble-free. However, you should keep up to date with the latest travel advice by visiting their website:

There are often strikes in France which can affect public services and could affect your travel plans.

Again, make sure you check the latest travel advice from the UK Foreign Office and your travel insurance provider, before you travel.

We’ve been exploring three of the Cote d’Azur’s most famous holiday destinations. Here are our top five things not to miss in  Cannes, Nice and Antibes.