Creating an enjoyable way to interact with this new land of possibilities, we thought to tip you with an exciting and well-structured route that begins with Monaco – one of the greatest and shiniest attractions of the French Riviera.
Second smallest country in the world with only 2 square kilometers. It is well known for its legendary casinos and Belle Epoque architectural atmosphere. The country bases part of its economy on tourism, as the greatest national joke is that residents are not allowed to play at casinos nor enter them. The turning table point is that people of Monaco have one of the highest per capita income.
Monte Carlo Casino is one impressive construction that secured its place on the World Attractions Panel because of rebellious decisions against the accepted church’s and states’ conventions. When gambling was illegal in France and Italy, Monaco has already begun its ascension through time. By the year 1856, the Blanc brothers succeed in officially opening a casino that still runs today. The other attractions that we selected for you would be The Oceanographic Museum and a must-see-from-the-boat is The Grimaldi’s Fortress. A mixture of embedded courage, powerful decisions that attracted great responsibility. And an independent country was formed.
The name of the city is quite descriptive for you to imagine what sensations might actually awake inside. The legend says it was named by Napoleon himself. Beaulieu is a coquette mixture of Italian, Greek and French origins, enriched with diverse foreign cuisine culture, from hot irresistible African dishes, to the fresh exotism of Japan, to Italian and French Traditionals. Fish and local Mediterranean ingredients are prepared along with juicy fruits that make up one of the healthiest combinations. Other delicious goodies must not be excluded, such as colorful explosions of sweet & sour cocktails or desserts that are seasoned with edible flowers. Jewels for the eye, the taste and the feeling! One interesting attraction here is the Greek Villa Kérylos, a Museum, as a finesse of construction, made with sophisticated and expensive details and veritable antique furniture. It was made for Théodore Reinach between 1902-1908 by the architect Emmanuel Pontremoli in an authentic traditional Greek antique style. All the elements assemble an opera of inestimable value and beauty that is impossible not to capture your attention and unreversibly enthrall your imagination.
Other interesting spots would be Baronesse de Ephrussi’s Casino, framed by tall, luxuriant and scented roses. And of course, there is nothing better than a walk at dusk on Promenade Maurice Rouvier, which leaves the impression that you are walking in Medieval-Renascence Era or a Belle Epoque filming plateau.
Is an extremely exclusive peninsula-like residential community, clustered with amazing cliffs and notorious villas. The rock formations at the seafront design incredible landscapes from where you can take courageous jumps. The properties that have openings at the shore are privileged with owning downhill little gardens that descend to meet the water level. This makes a jaw-dropping-panoramas show when viewed from the open sea. The most spectacular and controversed attraction is undoubtedly Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, now turned into a Museum. The property is around 69,000 square meters of pure wonderness.
Its pristine, tight streets invite daydreaming. One funny quest that we like to pursue is going up and down the streets and trying to imagine what marvels are hidden on the other side of the fences. Oh. Did you think that the magic of wealth is exposed in plain sight? Think again! Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is well-known for its intimate, and at the same time, impressive portions of land, occupied by really wealthy people, hidden from curious eyes.
Palm trees on the beaches’ allies, Mimosa trees all around, an abundance of lavender and other flowers’ blossoms in every season. Nice is well known for its exquisite perfumeries, fine dining based predominantly on Mediterranean and French Cuisine. Backed up by Antique Roman Architecture (See Prefecture Palace) makes up the best views to be discovered.
There are pebble and fine-sand beaches that people gather to charge up with the sun and the Sea’s energy. You can find uphill terraces that allow to contemplate the beauty of nature and the human establishments coming together. The presence of street markets suggests the merchant qualities of the locals, that are ready to deliver their best goods at a fast pace. If you have children, we recommend the Water Mirror Promenade Du Paillon on a hot day, because your kids can play cooling down, while you have your time to enjoy the beauty of Nice reflected on the ground. It is near Jardin Albert I, an astonishing green oasis with giant palm trees from which you can see the Mediterranean waves. You can smell the hotness of the asphalt and feel the salt particles in the breeze. The Grand Lunette, the largest refracting telescope in the World made its debut in Nice’s Observatory in 1886. And because The Universe is a subject of interest and mystery for many of us, we thought to remind it.
Nice’s most expensive Hotel is owned by an extremely wealthy Romanian, named – you guessed it – Negresco.
It has its prestige from the Annual Cannes Festival, being associated with cinematography and affluence. The old town streets are uphill, so the labyrinth of streets gets playful and engaging. Seagulls and promenades, a lot of tourists, extended fine beaches and terraces with spectacular views. Makes the perfect atmosphere to enjoy cheese and wine in a truly French background.
All around the Film Festival Palace, there are the celebrities’ marks of fame, as personal as the print of their members. You can find the hands and the feet of well-known personalities, which makes you imagine their physical characteristics while comparing sizes. Seeing their hand writing, a small portion of their shapes and realizing that they were actually present there, makes you feel some sort of unexplainable, almost intimate connection with them. As we encouraged the connection with the sea and the places, with the history and all the flavors of the French Riviera, we also encourage to connect with the most intimate part of us – our nature. Besides Mimosa, which is a mechanical-sensitive plant, nature likes to be touched and felt. And remember! “What stays untouched, stays unloved!”*
- *Ending sentence from Emma Maris’s TEDxTalk - “Nature is everywhere -- we just need to learn to see it”