One of the most scenic drives in the world is in the South of France. I knew my husband would love this drive but I wasn’t so sure if it was a good idea since I know what it can be like to drive in a foreign country without knowing the local roads and traffic. So, I didn’t bother to book a car nor book any tours in advance. This recent trip we took was with just me and my husband; the first time we’ve spend time away from the kids in their lives. My idea was to be spontaneous; aside from being busy the past months before the trip, I was also thinking to take this vacation slow – no schedules, no planned itinerary, and no tours.
We spent the first 3 days of our trip in Cannes for the Film Festival and see a little bit of Nice. We then decided to take a drive through the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region. It has a lot of similarity with the scenery in Madeira, Portugal and Cape Town, South Africa where my husband is from. He enjoyed cruising around in a convertible with the top down 🙂 Indeed, a must-do if you visit this corner of the world.
Here are few of the photos we took along the way. Hope this will inspire you to visit the French Riviera. Buzz me to help you plan your adventure. xoxo
The Cote d’Azur’s Corniches are some of the most driven and beloved roads in the world. Most especially to those who love the thrill of driving in narrow and crooked paths. There are three roads carved into the mountainside running between Nice and Monaco and on to Menton which is the city near the border with Italy. These are Grande Corniche at the top, the Moyenne Corniche in the middle and the Basse Corniche (or Corniche Inferieure) along the coast. Each has their own charm that brings you to wonderland.
FYI: A ‘corniche’ means a cliff road or “road on a ledge”
Corniche Road Map
We decided to drive the middle road which is Moyenne corniche. There are not many overlooks that we can stop by for pictures but here are some of the few that I managed to snap. To see the real beauty of it all is to go and visit this beautiful place.
Tip: Corniche Moyenne is best driven in the direction from Nice to Menton and not the other way around. This is because the overlooks are always on the seaside and it is hard to cross the opposing traffic in order to park. Cote d Azur Tourism
From Moyenne Corniche, we drove down to the Basse corniche which runs along the water, 50 meters above the Mediterranean. The seaside drive is so refreshing and it wasn’t during rush-hour so, we had a really quiet drive (aside from hearing loud Ferrari engines once in awhile) and saw breathtaking vistas. I took few snapshots while driving.
Monaco. I love this dramatic coastal view… beautiful!!!
I’ve always dreamt of Monaco!!! It has always been one of my dream destinations. Being here with my husband is happiness and we are already thinking of going back with the kids.
Fact: Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly died on Sep 14, 1982 after a tragic car crash on the windy roads of Moyenne corniche on her way home to Monaco.
Menton seaside… love the flowers, tables and chairs setting right along the blue sea; it’s perfect for chatting over drinks 🙂
Fact: The Basse corniche was laid out in the 18th century by the Prince of Monaco
Trying to take it all in:)
The French Riviera is definitely bucket list worthy. Hope you can get to visit this place one day and enjoy it as much as we did.
What scenic drives have you experienced? Share with us and give us some inspiration…