Camping on the Cote d’Azur
by Laura Svenson
Fancy visiting one of the most beautiful parts of the world on a budget? How about gorgeous weather, so good you could sleep outdoors? And how about having all this so close you could drive there in a day? All this is possible should you decide to opt for camping holidays in France on the Cote d’Azur.
The Cote d’Azur, for those who don’t know, is the French Riviera; the south-east coastline of France, running along the Mediterranean Sea. The region is popular for its gorgeous weather and exciting cities including Monaco, Nice and Cannes; and great weather and local excursions have always been a solid foundation for any camping holiday.
Nice is the largest city on the Cote d’Azur, and the fifth most populous in France. Some 350,000 people live in Nice, taking in sights such as the Promenade des Anglais (the English Promenade) and Old Town Nice – a city area housing the 19th-century Opera de Nice, an opera house that is still running shows today.
Of course, there are plenty of beaches along the Riviera, and some of the most famous are in Cannes. Cannes hosts the annual Cannes Film Festival, during which the city’s rocky beaches are proudly displayed alongside famous stars from the world of cinema.
Visitors to the French Riviera who love a bit of glamour should set their sights on Monaco. Monaco is a principality with its own monarchy, and is home to several of the world’s wealthiest families. If you’re a sports buff, timing your camping holiday in France to perfection could mean enjoying the Monaco Grand Prix, famous for its street-circuit.
Camping in this region can be a memorable experience for all, including families with kids, should you choose the right spot to set up. Esterel in Saint-Raphael could be a perfect one, situated just south of Monaco, Cannes and Nice.
Esterel shouldn’t just be seen as a base for your holiday though, as it has plenty of character of its own. Perhaps its most interesting feature is the Massif de l’Esterel, a mountain range derived from volcanic activity, and subsequently red in colour. It’s a fascinating sight, and one perhaps unchallenged in southern Europe.
The great thing about Cote d’Azur is having so many options available, and it’s this variety that makes it such a worthwhile place to stay when you next consider camping in France.
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