Yes, the Riviera is amazing for a road trip! A beautiful and fresh drive in a convertible, cruising along the coast from one end to the other, past beautiful shades of blue and breathing the fresh air off the sea. While I would love to take the trip starting from Barcelona, I began in Nice and headed to San Remo, Italy. Stopping in Monaco was fairly easy, especially to visit the Casino and parking wasn’t a problem. Along the way you should come across plenty of places to get a nice meal, stop to shop, cruise the villas and enjoy the view or catch a tennis match.
There’s also a classic cinema in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, where I gave a tango performance! Usually they show films, but we had a special screening, of a movie and a performance in front of the screen. A special evening.. Then I stayed overnight up the coast at a cute boutique hotel, run by a fabulous woman in Cap d’Ail. It’s nice for a stop overnight or two, or just for a cup of coffee and have a chat with her.
The late afternoon sun glistens on the beautiful blue water, as a boat glides past the iconic blue- and white-striped beach umbrellas of Nice on the Côte d’Azur (French Riviera).
There are so many great opportunities to stop and go for walks along the coast. I enjoyed a nice one starting from that boutique hotel on the main road in Cap d’Ail, where I walked down winding streets to the coast, along beautiful villas and parks. I also couldn’t resist picking up some yachting mags in different languages, which I came across in the tourist office across the street.
They say you can go the whole Riviera directly along the coast by foot or bicycle. Maybe next time! I ended up having a late afternoon lunch in San Remo, then headed back to Nice. Slowly, to enjoy each stop along the way, although I didn’t take too many pics as I was enjoying myself so much! Whatever your itinerary, it is a great way to see the towns along the coast, and especially wonderful on a fresh, spring day. What is your next road trip?