For those who have had the opportunity to explore the French Riviera, it’s nothing short of spectacular. This area, located in Southern France, boasts some of the best in nature, history, beaches, and the high life. For those who are longing to explore the area, from castles to waterfronts, doing it alone can be a lot of fun. There are a few things to keep in mind for a solo trip to the French Riviera.
Explore the Luxury in Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo is one of the top destinations in the French Riviera, particularly for the glamorous and elite. It also happens to be the home of the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo, largely considered to be the most luxurious casino in the world. It’s well known for its beautiful design and decor, and it’s been featured in Ocean’s Twelve and several James Bond films.
Thus, if you’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to channel your inner Bond girl, this is the place to do it. Remember, a great Bond girl knows how to play the games before joining the action. If you’re not already familiar with the different variations that are typically offered, Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Badugi, and Stud tend to be some of the most popular. It’s always wise to get in a little practice before heading to a place like this.
Dazzle in Marseille
Marseille is a fantastic location for those seeking lavish surroundings and exceptional cuisine. This community has a number of historical neighbourhoods, perfect for the girl who wants to embrace the culture of Southern France. On the other hand, there’s much more to see and do here. The markets, always bustling and beautiful, along with the old harbor are a few additional treasures to enjoy here. For the girl who loves to set sail, or who wants to relax under the sun on a luxurious yacht, Marseille is a sensational destination.
Explore St. Tropez
When it comes to solo travel in Europe, St. Tropez is likely on your list of must-see destinations. As part of the French Riviera, this coastal town is absolutely breathtaking. Long ago, it was nothing more than a small fishing village. Today, it is known for its luxury from sun to sand. Be sure to check out Pampellone Beach, and its many beach clubs. There’s nearly always a celebrity lurking on one of the large yachts out in the water, too. For those who love adventure, engage in some parasailing. It’s a stunning sight to see from up above.
Check Out the Party at Cannes
If you’re young, at least at heart, visit Cannes. This is the destination people come to relax, put their feet up, dab on the suntan lotion, and relax under the sun. It’s known for its fantastic food, too. For those seeking a bit more adventure, go for a hike. There are red rock formations near the sea that make for the ideal exploration opportunity. For those who love art, you can tour Eglise Notre Dame de Vie. It was the home of Pablo Picasso.
Summer Vacation in Nice
One of the most popular tourist destinations during the warm summer months is Nice. This seaside city is a unique combination of history and modern living. The water is beautifully blue and clear here, making both boating and swimming fantastic. It’s ideal for sunbathing too but you definitely won’t want to watching the waistline as the French cuisine here could be some of the best in the French Riviera. While you are here, visit the flower market on Avenue Jean Medecin. Be sure to sample the bakeries in the morning for breakfast too.
Enjoy the History and Beauty of Villefranche
Take the train from Nice to Villefranche-sur-Mer. It is less crowded most of the year. There are two villas here, the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and the Villa Kerylos, that you can tour. Spend a few hours taking one of the nature trails in the village to experience some fab coastal views. The food here is also quite traditional, giving you an authentic experience of the French Riviera.
The French Riviera makes for the ideal location for solo travel no matter if you want to see the sites, dabble in a bit of history, or just spend your time along the waterfront. Even better, there is always something new to see and do here. You can visit the other cities in the area or just find a nice bistro for a bit of quiet reflection on the history present throughout this region. It’s perfect for solos.
Subscribe to Girl about the Globe for monthly solo travel inspiration