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Andrew Dunn’s Top Tips for the French Riviera

To celebrate the expansion of our villa portfolio in the south of France, Scott Dunn Founder Andrew Dunn gives us his top tips on what to explore and discover in and around this beautiful region… 

1. Explore Antibes for its famous busy markets, brightly-colored streets and beautiful harbor

2. Experience Fête de Saint Jean in June, an event celebrated with fireworks, bonfires, bull running and concerts, held throughout the region

3. Sit in Juan-Le-Pins in one of the many restaurants on the beach, watch the children playing in the waves with your private nanny whilst you bury your feet in the sand and sip chilled rosé

4. Return via the Beaujolais region to stock up on their renowned cheese and wine

5. Visit the Matisse Museum in the Old Town of Nice

6. Walk through Saint-Paul–de-Vence, a hilltop fortified village that once played host to Matisse, Picasso and Dufy, filled with galleries and boutiques

7. A day trip to the famous principality of Monaco, head here in May to see the Monaco Grand Prix

8. Nice Jazz Festival, in July, is an eclectic event held in an outdoor historic Gallo-Roman site. Lasting eight days, it involves over 800 musicians playing anything from blues to gospel and traditional jazz

9. For a special occasion, take a 15 minute helicopter ride from Nice to Monte Carlo and enjoy lunch at Le Grill de l’Hôtel de Paris, a Michelin starred restaurant with panoramic views of the principality

10. Spend the morning strolling the market in Vence where they sell local produce from olive oils and lavender soaps to delicious jams, perfect to enjoy when you’re back home

11. On the chef’s day off treat yourself to Saint-Paul–de-Vence’s most famous restaurant; La Colombe D’Or, ask your travel specialist to book this in advance for you

12. Take a train to Ventimiglia, on the Italian border, for incredible coastline views, beautiful medieval churches and on Friday’s there is a charming clothes and leather market

13. A Pyromelodic Festival in August is a must, several countries compete in a fireworks competition, set to music and off the shores of Antibes Juan-les-Pins

14. For those wanting to experience all the glamour of the French Riviera, a day trip to soak up the laid-back elegance of the famous Club 55 in St Tropez is perfect

For more information on our new villas and itineraries in the south of France, visit our website or call a south of France specialist on 020 8682 5040

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