We turn the spotlight onto arguably the most glamorous destination in Europe, the French Riviera. With over 40 years experience in French holidays, we know our stuff and the Riviera has some of the best campsites in the south of France.
Our regional expert Laura takes regular trips to the twinkling Cote d’Azur (nice job if you can get it!) so she took over our Twitter account @Eurocamp_UK and answered all your Riviera requests using #AskEurocamp.
Family holidays in the French Riviera
Q: Would love to hear your recommendations on baby & toddler friendly beaches in Riviera
A: We’d recommend Port de Crouton Plage near Juan Les Pins – sandy and quieter than neighbouring beaches.
Q: Sounds great! What is there for babies and toddlers to do on the French Riviera?
A: Fréjus zoo is great – stay at La Baume as it has free toddler clubs, pools just for them and shady pitches.
Q: Hi Laura – any advice on the best parc with a 6 year old, in or around Fréjus or Saint-Raphael?
A: La Baume has a fab pool complex, free Eurocamp kids’ clubs and a great family atmosphere. Bus stop for Fréjus is just 5 mins walk.
Q. Have you got any tips on ways to save money on food and drink?
When it comes to saving money on food, think local. You’ll find great value French bread and cheese at local markets, meaning you can make your own picnics during the day. When it comes to eating out, stick to local drinks like pinchet de vin (or a jug of wine), rather than branded beers and spirits.
Romantic stays on the Cote d’Azur
Q: What’s the best parc for a couple to stay at – close to a beach and town, so no need for a car?
A: Holiday Marina is perfect – 900 m from Port Grimaud and you’re near some stunning beaches. The parc also organizes transfers from Nice airport.
Q: Can you suggest some must-see places and activities for me and my husband?
A: Explore inland and visit the villages-perchés (perched villages) like Belvédère for fantastic views and a taste of yesteryear.
Things to do in the Riviera
Q: Could you tell me more about the Mercantour National park?
A: Found just behind the Riviera, this National Park is the perfect spot to get away from the coast and get active, plus amazing scenery. It’s also home to the highest point in the Alpes Maritimes dept.
Q: Where are the best beaches on the Riviera?
A: The best tend to be towards St Tropez/ Canadel like Rayol Canadel, where you’ll find turquoise waters and soft sands.
Q: We’ve been to the Riviera before and want to do something different next time, what can you recommend?
A: The train journey from St Raphael to Monaco offers the chance to see some beautiful scenery, whilst Monaco itself is perfect for a day out. The winding streets of the city act as the track for the annual grand prix – you don’t have to be a petrol head to appreciate this cool fact!
Q: What do you love most about the Riviera?
A: I like to make the most of the fresh seafood and Provence rosé whilst sitting back in the evening and listening to the crickets chirping away.
Q: Are there any sights in the Riviera that are a must-see?
A: Plage des Pampelonne, made famous by Brigitte Bardot, & Plage de Nortre Dame on the Ile de Porquerolles should definitely be on your sightseeing list!
We hope you found our Twitter Q&A useful! Why not leave us a comment if you have any questions of your own, or if you’d like to suggest the next region you’d like to see under the spotlight?