May 25–26, 2013 Palais des Festivals et des Congrès There are film festivals, and then there is the Cannes Film Festival, the single largest international showcase of cinematic art in the entire world. Held in mid-May since it debuted in the 1940s, the vast majority of the Cannes Film ... more
1 Boulevard de la Croisette
Party Earth Review For a bit of relaxation or to enjoy some relatively inexpensive water sports, it’s hard to beat the sandy beaches just south of Antibes. Completely free to the public, Plage du Ponteil offers a serene location from which to admire the natural beauty of the French Riviera, including the ancient fortress that ... more
Plage du Ponteil
Arts Festival / Fashion Event
May 25–26, 2013 Villa Noailles From the end of April through the end of May, fashion hounds and photography lovers unite at the annual Hyeres International Festival of Fashion & Photography. Held at the Art Center of Villa Noailles in the French Riviera, the Hyeres ... more83400 Hyères, France
Party Earth Review Patrons will have to walk down the stairway to heaven at Le Rêve Plage, a truly dreamy private beach and bar decked out in strikingly white tables, chairs, floors, and furnishings. By day, a pampered and bronzed crowd fills the luxurious white beach chairs to enjoy a meal right on the sand or to sip cocktails and peer ... more
Boulevard Charles Guillaumont
May 25, 2013 7:00 pm Jardin Frédéric Mistral16 Rue du Portugon
Party Earth Review From sunrise to sunset, this private beach and restaurant draws an affluent and attractive clientele ready to spend a few pampered hours in the sun or enjoy an upscale dining experience. Afternoons at the beach usually find young jet-setters competing at table tennis or ensconced in their comfy deck chairs sipping ... more
8 Quai des États-Unis
May 25 through Jun 15, 2013 Jardin Frédéric Mistral Every year in May, the town of Biot in the French Riviera raises its glasses for the ladies at the Biot à Musiques music festival. Biot à Musiques 2013 rolls out an all-female list of eclectic, electric performers. Founded ... more16 Rue du Portugon
Party Earth Review Anyone in the mood for a little gambling should spend some time at Le Casino Croisette, a small but elegant venue offering slot machines, table games, and plenty of opportunity to try one’s luck at stud poker, blackjack, roulette, and craps. Patrons should just keep in mind that odds for certain games are slightly different ... more
1 Jetée Albert Edouard
Party Earth Review Located directly in front of the most luxurious hotels in town, some of the best shopping in the French Riviera, and the busiest nightlife in Cannes, the Plage de la Croisette has miles of beautiful sandy beaches filled with sunbathers and swimmers enjoying the clear, warm water. A fair portion of the beach is taken up ... more
Along Boulevard de la Croisette
Jun 1–9, 2013 Théâtre de Verdure In celebration of crossover art and the interaction of all art forms, culture hounds and music lovers flock to the annual Festival Crossover. For nine days in June, the Festival Crossover features a packed lineup of artists at the Theatre ... more
1, promenade des Anglais
Party Earth Review Surrounded by Italian-style architecture of red and yellow townhouses and situated in the center of Nice’s old town, Place Rossetti is a charming square featuring a small stone fountain and the lovely baroque Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate. Easily accessed by the streets Mascoïnat, Rossetti, and the Pont-vieux, the square and ... more
Intersection of Rue Mascoïnat, Rue Rossetti,
and Rue du Pont Vieux
Things to do in the French Riviera can come with a lot of zeroes behind them and multiple dollar signs in front, but not every visitor has to garrote his wallet the minute he gets off the plane.
Although the all-night nature of the nightlife might make it difficult to get up in the morning, snoozing the day’s things to do away only means missing out on some magnificent beaches, landmark resorts, endless shopping, and star-powered people-watching at the plazas and sidewalk cafés.
Both private and public beaches in the French Riviera offer all kinds of water activities and outdoor sports, as well as amenities like umbrellas, lounge chairs, and beachside food and cocktail service.
Happy hours in the sand lead naturally to shopping, another exercise in luxury as scores of upscale shops just off the beach offer everything from furs to chic club attire perfect for that next big night on the town.