The French Riviera is a popular holiday for anyone looking for a great mix of outdoor fun, cultural attractions, great food and wine and incredible scenery. Most people have some of the top cities on their list like Nice and Cannes, which are there for good reason because they are incredible cities with tons to do! But if you’re interested in getting off the beaten path and seeing some things that not all tourists might get to see, bring our list with you!
If you want to get off the beaten path, then literally get off the beaten path! The French Riviera is filled with amazing places to go hiking and explore the natural surroundings. From Nice, you can take the Sentier du Littoral path along the coastline, which will eventually lead you to a quaint fishing village right on the Mediterranean. Or hike to the villages of Gourdon or Eze for a more challenging walk with rewarding views of the sea below.
Take a cooking class
Many people travel to the French Riviera to eat some of the best food in the world, but you can take this a step farther and actually learn to cook it! Spending the day with a French chef could not be more rewarding if you’re a foodie. They’ll take you to the local market to pick out fresh foods, then teach you how to create a Mediterranean meal. You’ll finish it off with an incredible meal with great wine and conversation with a local.
Go to the opera
There are so many options for cultural attractions in the French Riviera. From photography galleries to theaters and museums, you can get your cultural and artistic fix for days. So when in Nice, take the chance to visit the gorgeous opera house. The Opera de Nice will give you grand surroundings and impressive talent, a night of true French culture to be enjoyed.
Make your own perfume
In the town of Grasse, you can learn all about the history and art of perfume-making from some of the greatest experts in the world. They will teach you the traditional techniques and methods for creating your own perfect perfume, then you can choose a bottle and create your very own signature fragrance! Where else in the world could you say that you got a perfume personally created for you in France…and not only that, but you made it yourself!