The French Riviera is famous for being sophisticated, glamorous and fast-paced; but it does have a calmer, more family-oriented side too, with activity centres, aquariums and family-friendly beach clubs with play areas, there is something for all ages.
We’ve rounded up a few of the best spots for families with kids so you can enjoy the Riviera to the fullest, with the whole family!
Vegaluna – Cannes
Our go-to beach club in Cannes for family-friendly events has to be Vegaluna. This classic beach restaurant has all the features of a glamorous beach-club on the Croisette but with families at its core. The beach has an extensive play area on the beach with slides, swings and a children’s menu. The seafood dishes at this beach club are fantastic, so the adults can enjoy Ceviche Tuna or Crab salad with a glass of Provence Rosé, whilst the children are entertained!
La Guerite – Île St Marguerite
La Guerite is an incredible restaurant on the larger of the two Lerins Islands, Ile St Marguerite, just off the coast of Cannes. This gorgeous restaurant features al-fresco dining, a beach with sun loungers and exquisite Mediterranean cuisine crafted by chef Yannis Kioroglou. The menu is fairly high-end, however, it is sure to be worth it!
La Croisette, Cannes
The famed Croisette in Cannes is the ideal spot for strolling, people watching and taking in the sights of this buzzing town. It is also great for kids, as there is a permanent mini carnival featuring a carousel, small playground, small carnival games, rides and snack bars – all along the Croisette itself. Just head for the Palais-end of the Croisette.
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
Always a favourite with families, the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco is perfect for a break during the day from the hot sun where you can explore the underwater world of the aquarium, with 6000 specimens of marine life featured – from sharks and starfish to jellyfish and tortoises!
Nice is one of the most historical cities in Southern France, with the picturesque old town, extensive shopping centres in the newer city centre and of course the Promenade des Anglais. A great activity for all ages could be a walk up to the Castle of Nice (or Chateau de Nice), which offers incredible views over all the Riviera’s largest city and port. Often a highlight of visitor’s trips to Nice, the beautiful park with ruins, pines and waterfalls is sure to amaze all ages.