ROAD. To get to the capital of the Cote d’Azur – Nice – you can from Paris. The journey by train takes approximately 5.5 hours.
And the fastest and most convenient way to move to the French Riviera from Russia is by plane. A Moscow-Nice ticket with one convenient connection in a large European city will cost about 10-20 thousand rubles per person (depending on the season). Direct flight will cost more.
Nice Airport is located just 7 km from the city, so if you want, you can reach the center on foot, walking along the famous Promenade des Anglais. For a taxi ride from the airport you will be asked 30-40 euros.
Another budget way to get out of the arrivals area is by bus. Tourists who have a lot of baggage, including oversized (for example, baby carriages), are better off using the standard exit from the airport and for 6 Euros get by buses 98 and 99 to Nice train station.
More mobile travelers can save money – take the city transport (a ticket costs 1.5 euros) at the Aéroport Promenade bus stop located near the airport (you need to get to the second terminal on the free shuttle bus and go up to the highway). From Nice, using the buses or commuter trains, you quickly and inexpensively reach any resort town.
WHEN TO GO . Absolutely not worth visiting the Cote d’Azur in July and August – too hot (more than 30 degrees during the day) and crowds of tourists (including our compatriots). A good option is the second half of June (although the sea seems to be cool), and the best is mid-September.
WHERE TO LIVE . Staying on the French Riviera in hotels is not cheap. Almost all of them at best offer guests a continental breakfast.
Therefore, it will be best for caring parents to find apartments (250-500 euros per week depending on location and season) or a small house (500-1000 euros per week) by the sea in a quiet place for a holiday. Family companies coming to the Cote d’Azur, as a rule, rent one villa for all – this allows you to significantly save on the rental of living space.
BEACHES. Despite the fact that the Azure Sea in Nice is more picturesque (this is where all the shades of the purest blue color can be seen), the local beaches are not very comfortable – pebbly, and the stones are quite large. The beaches of Cannes are beautiful and well-kept, but good for wealthy tourists – they are mostly private (a day at such a beach will cost you at least 20-30 euros, and in some places even towels and umbrellas are not included in this price).
Two free beach “squares” on the famous Croisette will not delight you very much: too little space, but a lot of people. Tourists with children are best suited white sandy beaches of Antibes and Juan-les-Pins.
Enough space for everyone: their length – more than 25 km. Some of them are noisy and funny, others are quiet and calm, with a gentle entry into the water, ideal for kids.
WHAT TO MOVE FOR. It is a pleasure to travel along the Cote d’Azur: the views opening up are magnificent, and the distances covered are small. The fare in the Lignes d’azur network of buses (it covers almost the entire coast) is 1.5 euros (you can buy a ticket from the driver).
Tickets for trains are purchased at the box office or ticket machines (fare varies, the system of discounts). Want to see more and visit the most remote corners of the Riviera?
Rent a car. A car with a manual transmission will cost about 180-250 euros per week, for the “automatic” will have to pay at least 300 euros.
The question of “what to do on the French Riviera” does not usually arise: everyone wants to walk along the red carpet of the Cannes Palace of Festivals and Congresses, get acquainted with the subtleties of the perfume business at the factories in Grasse, visit the glass-blowing village in Biot, drink rosé wine from the local cellars and admire the canvas Renoir, Van Gogh, Matisse, Chagall and Picasso … And what to do in such an elegant place with children? Have fun.
You just have to choose where to do it.
The largest marine amusement park in Europe is located near the small town of Antibes (30 minutes by train from Nice or 20 minutes by car on the A8 motorway).
This is not just an aquarium, but a grand entertainment complex consisting of five recreation areas: the Marineland itself, an aquarium (a small dinosaur park opened in 2012), the Aquasplash water park, the La Petite Ferme du Far West mini-farm and fields Adventure Golf.
The main object that attracts the attention of both children and adults from all over the world is a giant 30-meter tunnel-aquarium, where all the inhabitants of the Mediterranean Sea, the most exotic fish, jellyfish, bloodthirsty sharks, electric stingrays are gathered.
The dolphinarium is also located here, where you can watch fascinating shows with dolphins, killer whales and fur seals (it is better to come to the shows 15-20 minutes before the start in order to take better places). For a surcharge of 70 euros per person, you can, wearing a special suit, go into the pool with the dolphins and stroke them.
The show schedule can be printed in advance or taken at the entrance when buying a ticket.
There is also a souvenir shop, a café and a special area for those who took food with them on the territory of Marineland. It is best to buy tickets ahead of time (this way you will avoid giant queues at the entrance) via the Internet – on the official website of the park www.marineland.fr.
By the way, opposite “Marineland” there is another amusement park – Antibes Land with thirty amazing rides for every taste (here you will find the biggest swing in the world with a height of more than 60 meters). The entrance to the amusement park is free. www.antibesland.fr
Exquisite villas and “royal” hotels, “Ferrari” and “Rolls-Royces”, luxury yachts and splashes of elite champagne – this fashionable resort is amazing. Yes, most of the tourists visit Monaco not to wander through the narrow rocky streets, take a walk through the shady gardens and swim in the warm sea, but with the aim of turning the roulette in the chic Monte Carlo casino.
Do you think that there is nothing to do with children? You are mistaken!
The huge stone building on a cliff in the southern part of the principality is not only a famous museum, but also a research institute, which was long run by an expert on the underwater world, the great explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
On the first floor of the museum are stuffed and skeletons of a wide variety of marine mammals (the scale of the whale’s ridge can be assessed only from a distance of several meters!), On the second – ship models, marine tools and weapons, but the most interesting thing here is the basement.
It is there that one of the richest aquariums in Europe is located – about 90 pools and water areas, which contain more than 600 species of marine inhabitants, including the rarest species. Watch the life of a live coral reef, which was specially brought to Monaco directly from the Red Sea! www.oceano.mc
Advice for parents: coming to Monaco with a guided tour or on your own for the whole day, do not rush to visit restaurants at local hotels – the prices are fantastic there. It is better to take supplies with you – you can eat them with gusto in the Exotic Garden (more than 6000 thousand plants from all over the world) with an amazing view of the rock, where the Old Town and the Prince’s Palace are spread.
Another option: go to Le Castelroc – a small restaurant located directly opposite the Princely Palace. Paying a little more than a classic French baguette, you can try authentic Monaco cuisine – onion pie with tomatoes and spinach and cheese pies.
Aquamarine sea, snow-white yachts, pine forest on the overhanging cape, small pink houses and rich public – in front of you is a landscape imprinted on glossy postcards. Welcome to Saint-Tropez!
The former tiny fishing village is now one of the most fashionable (and expensive) world resorts. Do you think there is nothing to do with children here?
An elegant collection of butterflies — one of the largest in the world — was conveniently located within the walls of an old Provencal mansion on Rue Etienne Berny. Here are collected (and flit in the local greenhouses) over 20 thousand copies, among which there are incredibly rare species.
Adjacent to the butterflies in this luxurious villa is a huge collection of ants and a family of tarantulas. The museum is open daily from April to October (closed on Sundays). Maison des papillons
In the summer, an amusement park opens in Saint-Tropez, a magnificent complex of 22 attractions that are recognized as the largest in Europe. The amusement park is open daily in the evening: from 20-30 to two in the morning on weekdays and from 16-00 to one in the morning on weekends. azurpark.fr
You can get to Saint-Tropez from Marseille (1 hour 50 minutes by car on the A51 or A50 road) or from Nice (1.5 hours by car on the A8 road). There is no railway in the village, so you can take a train to Toulon, Saint-Raphael or Les Arcs – and from there you can take a SODETRAV bus directly to the glamorous village.
Advice for parents: in Saint-Tropez, be sure to visit the Brigitte Bardot boutique (perhaps buy yourself a couple of things with the abbreviation BB) and feel rich and famous on the most popular beach in the resort of Pampelonne.
Deviate a little from the coastal strip and visit Arles, which is often called the city of Van Gogh. This is not surprising, because in the 15 months spent here, the great artist wrote 190 canvases!
Enjoy art-rich air and move on.
Buses from Arles go to Camargue – one of the most amazing places on the Mediterranean coast – the land of lakes, marshes, ponds, streams and canals (you can get here by car on the D570 road). Introduce your child to a unique corner of the wild nature! Here you will definitely see local Camargue horses, which you will not find anywhere else – small, white, similar to ponies and not too shy (a list of stables representing such a service can be found in the local tourist office).
If you treat them with a treat, they will gladly ride you along reed lakes.
From the “capital” of Camargue – the village of Sainte-Marie-de-la-Mer – you can get to the Salen de Giro dam. This is a real “bird kingdom”: herons, cranes and, of course, pink flamingos – they all roam in shallow water and are not at all afraid of people.
After the walk, be sure to visit the local sandy beaches and swim, and then have a snack. Camargue cuisine is based on fish dishes, so feel free to order paella.
Menton is a small town located on the French-Italian border. Italy is within reach: 5-10 minutes by train.
So if you want a warm welcome and really delicious food – this is for you.
For kids in Menton is a real expanse, because it was there in the old estate of the Grimaldi family stretched a wonderful amusement park “Koaland”. What is there is no: a pirate island, all kinds of merry-go-rounds, motorcycles and go-karting, inflatable trampolines and even miniature golf for 18 holes. And all this against the backdrop of a picturesque landscape – a palm grove, cascades of waterfalls, a mini-lake and in two steps – the purest turquoise sea.
You can get to Menton from Nice – by bus number 110 (it goes directly from Nice airport) or number 100 (Nice-Monaco-Menton route). Travel time is about 30 minutes.
Advice for parents: if you visit Menton at the end of February (do not be afraid to freeze: already in January, the thermometer often shows +20 here – the wonderful climate is due to the exceptionally good location of the city, which is carefully sheltered from the cold winds by the Maritime Alps), then you will fall on a grand celebration – festival of lemons.
Every year, at this time, the city turns into the European capital of citrus fruits: the streets are decorated with lemons and oranges, carts decorated by them drive through the streets, and the hospitable aborigines are giving away juicy fruits almost for nothing.