Camping in the Côte d'Azur & Provence
The glamourous shores of the Côte d’Azur barely need an introduction. Known for having hours of yearly sunshine, a relaxed pace of life and a truly unique heritage, the region is definitely one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in France.
Thanks to its balmy climate, camping in the Côte d’Azur is the perfect option. Pitch your tent and prepare to explore this divine destination, where uninterrupted stretches of beaches and sheltered coves jostle with traditional fishing ports, cosmopolitan resorts and tranquil hill-top villages.
Popular places in the Côte d’Azur
Nicknamed the ‘French Riviera’, this idyllic area is situated on France’s Mediterranean coastline and within the pretty region of Provence. You’ll find sandy beaches galore stretching from Cassis to the Italian border, many of which are dotted with glamorous cities like Nice as well as historic fishing villages that give visitors a glimpse of local life in centuries gone by.
Keen hikers will be pleased to discover the mountains of the Alpes-Maritimes to the north as well as the fields of fragrant blooms that Provence is famed for. The west side of the Côte d’Azur is additionally home to the Camargue, a UNESCO World Heritage biosphere and huge wetland area that you can explore on foot or horseback.
Top campsites in the Côte d’Azur
Canvas Holidays have a fantastic range of campsites in the Côte d’Azur, allowing you to enjoy this beautiful region at your own pace, whether that’s with a spot of leisurely people-watching or tackling a challenging cycle route.Stay less than twenty minutes from the shores of St Tropez and just a short walk to the magnificent medieval Port Grimaud at Camping Holiday Marina. Another Côte d’Azur holiday campsite by the beach is Camping La Brise that’s situated within a secluded area of the Camargue. If you’d rather be further inland, there are several campsites scattered around the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, including Camping Verdon with its huge pool complex and sun terrace overlooking the mountains.
Things to do in the Côte d’Azur
Nice - Whizz along the Promenade des Anglais on rollerblades or hire a bike to get around the cultural sights. Soak up some of the best art in the Côte d’Azur at the Asian Arts Museum, among other galleries.
St Tropez - The glamorous resort of St Tropez is best known for celebrities, shopping and magnificent yachts. When you’ve finished people-watching, clamber up the steps to the citadel for wonderful views or visit the Musée de l'Annonciade for avant-garde paintings.
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin - A picturesque medieval village dominated by its 10th century castle. Enjoy the views from the castle or coastal path before visiting the lovely frescoed church of Sainte-Marguerite.
Antibes - Antibes, which includes the resort of Juan-les-Pins, has museums dedicated to Picasso, Napoleon, archaeology and even schools and postcards. Also worth visiting is the Exflora Park with its roses, fountains and Islamic garden.
Monaco - Monaco is best known for the Grand Prix, the Monte Carlo casino and its glamorous royal family. Don’t miss watching the changing of the guard at the palace or strolling through its Japanese gardens dedicated to Princess Grace.
Cannes - Walk along the palm-lined Boulevard de la Croissette and look out for the ‘hands of fame’ set in concrete outside the Cannes Film Festival Hall. Alternatively, take a boat trip to nearby Les Îles de Lérins for a swim and picnic.
Grasse - Grasse has been well-known for centuries for its fields of scented flowers and perfume production. Visit the International Perfumery Museum or tour the perfumeries where you can create your very own fragrance.