French Riviera Sparkle – Cannes and The Carte Isabelle

Our holiday this year was somewhere close to home but full of sparkle; Cannes in the South of France. As one can expect it’s fun and frivolous but not too flamboyant. OTT? Yes, slightly, but that is what makes Cannes so fun.

Cannes in South of France Things to do and see

We loved walking along the Promenade de la Croisette, which is a stretch of road that runs along the coast. At night this area comes alive and is the perfect spot to people watch.

For drinks and dancing we loved the Palais Club – which hosts a lot of the top Ibiza artists from Calvin Harris and 50 Cent to Jason Derulo and DJ Afrojack. It has a pretty cool terrace overlooking the beach where you can have drinks before going into the huge nightclub. I spotted a lamborghini, ferrari and aston martin in the car park so I expected the club to be quite pretentious but it’s a mixed crowd and everyone is there to have a good time.

We also loved to walk through the old town in the evening. There are some lovely restaurants there, perfect for a romantic meal and cocktails.

Unfortunately the beach in Cannes was a disappointment. So, armed with my previous internet research we snapped up a Carte Isabelle (£10 unlimited & 24 hour train ticket to use along the French Riviera up to Northern Italy) and we set off for a day train hopping. Our first stop was Eze.

Eze is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited and a complete contrast to the hustle and bustle of Cannes. It’s an ancient village situated between Nice and Monaco with a very quiet and peaceful beach. This is a place I will definitely go back to in the future.

Monaco Things to do Train fron Cannes South of France

We then stopped off in Monaco, which doesn’t really need a description – it’s simply a millionaires playground. However, it’s definitely worth stopping here and walking around just to see what Monaco is all about.

Roqueerberne cap Martin Carte Isabelle Train from Cannes South of France

My next and favourite stop was Roquebrune Cap Martin. As you can see from the above photo, the beach was absolutely incredible with crystal clear waters, white pebbles and so peaceful. Although it was the middle of August, in high season, it felt like we were the only ones on the beach it was that quiet. We also noticed a little boat sieving the sea water to keep it clean and clear.

As we left the beach I noticed a ‘Grazia Loves’ article proudly pinned to the beach cafe door and I can understand why. Magical.

After a lovely afternoon relaxing on the beach, we jumped back on the train and used our Carte Isabelle pass to go to Ventimiglia in Northern Italy. I wasn’t particularly impressed with this city and we struggled to find somewhere good to eat.

After a very long day in the heat we were tired and hungry and had to settle for a cafe. And they served me microwaved lasagne. In Italy. Yes, really. Suffice to say, we headed back to Cannes ASAP.

I highly recommend the Carte Isabelle train pass as you can visit some absolutely stunning places up and down the French riviera very easily and for only £10.

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