A Luxury Tour from Cannes to Discover the South of France
4 Aug 2016
As one of the most important cultural, artistic and historical centres in Europe, over the centuries the French Riviera has attracted scores of famous personages from the world of painting, art, and writing, and is a favourite vacation spot for the crème de la crème of high society. The Cote D’Azur remains one of the most wonderful and scenic spots in the world and is definitely an exciting opportunity for a luxury road trip along the Riviera.
Mingle with the stars and the celebrities by resorting to an exotic car rental service in Cannes, and hit the road on a convertible Audi Spider, Mercedes Cabrio or Ferrari California with your soulmate. Cannes, the city of lights and glamour is the perfect location to start your adventure. The wonderful beaches of this seaside town and its surrounding islands are the chosen destination for thousands of travellers every year, and its designer shops are worth a visit for any fashion lover.
Visit the nearby sights which include hilltop medieval villages like Mougins that can be reached within a ten-minute drive along the main auto route. Here you can travel amidst the artistic and cultural treasures of the Musee D’Art Classique, which displays ancient Roman, Geek and Egyptian art alongside famous paintings and sculptures with the same theme by renowned masters like Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Rodin and Hirst. Complement this rewarding and educational experience with a visit to the Museum of Photography, with its extravagant collection of Picasso-related memorabilia, and head over to the residence once occupied by this famous painter at the Eglise Notre Dame de Vie, before checking out contemporary art pieces at the Galerie Lifetime Gallery. In Mougin you can also enjoy the famous gastronomic specialities of the region, while the Royal Mougins Golf Club, Eco Park Mougins, and the splendid lake at Etang de Fontmerle offer a welcome diversion for nature-lovers and those looking for some relaxing peace and quiet.
The artsy scene of nearby St Paul de Vence, with its historical heritage, will carry you through the old streets of this perfectly preserved medieval town, once the home of Chagall. Visit the open-air Maeght Museum of Modern Art, situated among the trees and greens and home to some of the best works of art and sculpture in the world, created by masters like Matisse, Dali, Picasso and Leger. Lined with art galleries, gift and antique shops, and chic boutiques, this old town is the main art center of the French Riviera. Another perched village in the vicinity is Gourdon, overlooking the Vallee du Loup. Its spectacular panorama is a thrill for any nature-seeker. Park at the bottom of the hill, walk up to this pedestrian town away from the noise of traffic and auto routes and take a tour of the village and its historic stone houses, visiting the 9th Century feudal castle, its artistic Renaissance gardens, and the 12th C Romanesque Church of St. Vincent for a glorious trip across history.