Where will you spend your summer holidays? During times with travel restrictions many might want to go somewhere with their car so they don’t have to fly or take public transportation. For people living in Europe, the Côte d’Azur might be the best option. Let us tell you why!
The Côte d’Azur is easy to reach
From many Central European countries, the Côte d’Azur is quite easy to reach. Be it by plane or train to Nice or by car directly to your destination. Due to the current travel restrictions, we decided to take the car and drive 6 hours to eventually arrive in Monaco. Luckily, our Range Rover Velar SVA is both spacious and comfortable to travel with.
The French Riviera has a long tourism tradition. Hence, the infrastructure is really well developed. Roads are safe and the many small towns are clean and exciting to explore. This is especially fun with a car because many things are hard to reach by public transport. We really enjoy driving around and enjoying the many breathtaking viewpoints.
While we usually love to stay at hotels, we decided to rent an apartment this time. In fact, we stay in a villa that once belonged to an Italian princess but has since been turned into a complex housing a number of smaller apartments. The advantage over a hotel is, that you have more privacy. Especially in the pool area! Plus we also got stunning views over Monaco. Ideal for long evenings on the terrace!
When in Monaco, a must-do is hiking or driving up to the famous Tête de Chien. This 550m high rock promontory lies near the village of La Turbie. As the highest point on the Grande Corniche road, it offers magnificent views over Monaco, its two harbors and the many yachts anchoring right in front of the principality.
It is the ideal spot to enjoy both sunrise and sunset. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of Côte de Provence rosé if you are not driving if you are up here for sunset. We decided to share an AIX while enjoying the moment. It is a fragrant and well balanced wine with an hypnotising salmon pink color. Revealing a fruity freshness, this premium rosé offers classy notes of watermelon, strawberries and flowers. A soft hint of Carignan was added to the classical Provence blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault to give this 2019 vintage a profound depth. The perfect wine to drink all day long!
By the way, did you know that two James Bond movies were filmed in Monaco? The famous Casino Monte Carlo was featured prominently in the movies Never Say Never Again (1983) and GoldenEye (1995). To pay tribute to the two great 007 actors Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan, we decided to suit up and strap on a vintage Omega Seamaster 2891 2 with small seconds. The watch features a vintage case size of 35 mm and a perfectly working manual hand winding Cal. 267 movement. The dial is beautifully aged with special patina, making it a tropical dial. Make sure to check it out on our shop.
Best place to spend an evening
If you are looking to spend a nice evening, dining properly, drinking fine wines and enjoying magnificient views, then you have to get a table at Les Remparts. This exclusive restaurant is part of the unique Château de la Chèvre d’Or.
Located on a cliff within the medieval village of Èze in the South of France, the magnificent La Chèvre d’Or is one of the most romantic retreats ever. The town’s history dates back to 1388, when Èze fell under the jurisdiction of the House of Savoy, who built up the picturesque town as a fortified stronghold because of its proximity to Nice.
Apparently, Walt Disney himself convinced an investor to acquire a cluster of houses in the village and transform them into hotel rooms. Rumor has it that he even took inspiration here for his own Magic Kingdom. One thing we know for sure: The restaurants are a real attractions here! They offer stunning views of the neighboring Cap Ferrat, its azure waters filled with superyachts and, of course, world-class dining.
Where to spot superyachts
When talking about the Côte d’Azur, one has to mention the many superyachts anchoring in the ports and bays. A good spot to observe some yachts up close is the old town of Monaco. Here, you will also find the Palais des Princes de Monaco. You can enjoy marvelous views of the large Port Hercule. On the other side of the the old town you will also find the smaller Port de Fontvieille. The boats in this harbor might seem small compared with the superyachts in the other port. But make no mistake, these ships are still huge!
For this day out in Monaco we like to strap an Atlantic Worldmaster on our wrist. Its blue dial matches the azure blue waters of the Côte d’Azur perfectly. We discovered this brand only recently. However, it has a long watchmaking tradition with their history dating back to 1888. It is definitely worth checking them out here.
If the climate of the Côte d’Azur is too hot for you, we highly recommend you to read this blogpost about Scotland. But we warned, you will want to pack your bags immediately!