Four top things to see and do in the French Riviera

14th September 2017

Since being discovered by wealthy English nobles - who came to escape their cold castles during the British winter - the French Riviera has developed into a popular haven for tourists. The golden beaches and charming settlements of this region of France each offer a place to relax and to soak in the local culture. Fittingly, Star Clippers will be operating a range of itineraries within this spectacular part of the western Mediterranean through until the end of October. With the temperatures beginning to drop around the UK, there is no better time to embark on one of these journeys and, this week, we take a look at four of the best things to see and do in the French Riviera.

Cannes – La Croisette


Undoubtedly, one of the most appealing draws for people coming to Cannes is the international film festival, which attracts visitors from around the world. Outside of this time, while there is no specific landmark worth visiting, the old town and surrounding beaches make for a pleasant day visit. Definitely try to incorporate La Croisette into your stroll, which is impossible to miss due to it being in the centre of the city. It has been likened to a catwalk beside the sea – with golden beaches on one side and glittering hotels with boutique shops on the other.

Porquerolles – Notre Dame Beach


Although not technically part of France’s glittering Riviera, it is only a short distance away from the coast and its remote location makes it an absolute gem. Lush vegetation combines with pristine sands and turquoise waters to create a wonderful paradise that is away from the hustle and bustle of other cities in this region. To put things into perspective, the only village on this sparsely populated island was founded in the early 19th century. That means that you will have the stunning Notre Dame beach almost entirely to yourself.

Sanary-sur-Mer – 13th Century Watchtower

Sanary Sur Mer

As you arrive into Sanary-sur-mer, you will be taken away by the stunning harbour and waterfront, which is lined with palm trees and colourful houses. One of the best places to truly be able to admire the beauty of this area is to head to the 13th century watchtower, which was originally part of an impressive defensive system built to protect villagers from invaders. Today, it contains the interesting Frederic Dumas Historical Diving Museum, but it is still possible to climb to the top of the tower and admire the wonderful panoramic views.

St. Tropez – The glittering harbours

St Tropez

Upon arrival, St Tropez emits a true sense of exclusivity. It has become a home for the rich and famous in recent years and this becomes clear upon admiring the glittering waterfront. You will see many cafes and shops that create a sense of luxury, but journey further in land and you will stumble across a network of narrow streets and alleys which hold their own surprises. Shops and cafes slowly become replaced by buildings of particular interest, with historical landmarks and interesting studios worth admiring.

Throughout September and October in 2017, you can experience the delights of the French Riviera for yourself on board the Royal Clipper. Offering warm temperatures, charming towns and luxurious harbours, it is easy to see how this stunning region has become a home for the world’s rich and famous.

To find out more about the full range of Western and Eastern Mediterranean cruises available with Star Clippers, contact us via the freephone number above or chat to an advisor online.

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