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Family fun on the French Riviera any season !

The French Riviera (also known as the Cote d Azur) is a great place to tour as a family! Despite the glamorous image associated with the Riviera due to the Cannes film festival and the yachting industry that attracts the famous and wealthy, the Riviera is incredibly family-friendly. The renowned Mediterranean weather lends itself to all sorts of outdoor activities, sightseeing and adventures.

With kids you can visit many of the popular destinations as well as do some attractions that you might not visit otherwise.

Family Activities in :


Villefranche sur mer Beaulieu sur mer St Jean Cap Ferrat Villeneuve Loubet
   Monaco Eze Nice Antibes










Villefranche sur mer

From the Citadel, the Volti Museum, the Cocteau Chapel, children's playground or sandy beaches, a great pedestrian old town, Villefranche sur mer offers any season all the fun you want for a family vacation.

You can enjoy a meal, while the children are playing on the "Place", as there are no cars, you can take them for a walk on the beach, any season, and off course, in late spring and summer, Villefranche sur mer's beach, is almost only visited by families !

Lots of walking paths and a little bit of history in a real 1600's citadel, can also be very educative !

The Citadel of Villefranche-sur-Mer, classified Historic Building is a fortress with strongholds which has been built from 1554 for the account of the duc de Savoie Emmanuel-Philibert.

Raised to fill the role of sentinel of the split, this fortress suffered a lot of seat more or less glorious at the service of the  Maison de Savoie .

After the reattachment of the  Comte de Nice in France in 1860, the  Citadel  keeps its military vocation until 1965, date to which it is attached at the Commune de Villefranche.

From 1965 to 1977, the neglected buildings are pillaged; the successive cities consider several projects of properties (hotel, holidays centre), which will come to nothing.

In1977, the solution of the restoration wins it and she is irreversible.

The fortress will come back, opened partially for visits from 1981. And year after year, little by little of the restorations, new spaces are available (museum rooms, congress rooms, theatre of greenery)

The first jewel of collections of the Citadel is the monument itself, which offers an exceptional historic case with museographic spaces in the entire monument.

 

Eze sur mer - Eze Village

Beaulieu sur mer

Greek Villa Kerylos

Discover this French Riviera seaside Palazzo, luxurious re-creation of an Ancient Greek Villa. At the edge of the sea, facing the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula, the Villa is a magic place that takes you back in time. Entirely furnished and decorated, the Villa s many rooms bear witness to the art of living and refinement of Ancient Greece. The Villa is also a place for wedding and receptions organization.

It's always fun for children to see the real thing to understand history.

 

Promenade Maurice Rouvier

From Beaulieu to St Jean Cap Ferrat, a pedestrian walking path, great to do with children, right by the sea. Coming back from St Jean Cap Ferrat, First you have a view of St Jean bay with the harbour, the beach Cros des Pins, the Saint Hospice peninsula with the Saint Hospice chapel on its highest point. After passing the Pointe Fontettes you can see the rocks of the Pointe Rompa-Talon. To the right, on the hills, you can see the picturesque villages of Eze and La Turbie. Below is Cap d Ail. The last cape on the horizon is in Italy. The Place David Niven was named in memory of the famous actor who was a faithful visitors to Saint Jean until his death in 1983. It is possible to get the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild from here by taking the little road on the left. The path continues round the Baie des Fourmis with the Greek Villa Kerylos (museum) on the right. On more turn and Beaulieu beach and Fourmis harbour come into view, with on your left the four star hotel Royal Riviera, one of the best on the Cote d Azur.     N.B. This path has a very good surface with no steps and is suitable for strollers and  people with walking difficulties

 

St Jean Cap Ferrat

Villa Ephrussi de Rotchild

Discover the most beautiful French Riviera Palazzo and its nine wonderful gardens. Through the art dealers and experts she befriended, Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild sought out artworks all over the world, transforming the Villa at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat into a collector s paradise. Between sea and sky, overlooking the bay of Villefranche, the nine heavenly gardens are adorned with patios, fountains, ponds, flowered and shaded paths. The Villa is also a place for wedding and receptions organization.

Special event for the season : Musical founatians every 20 mn's

 

Nice

Cimiez, Nice

In the heart of Nice lies one of the most beautiful neighborhoods that also features an amazing park with Roman ruins the city s, the Matisse museum, and the Archaeological Museum. The Matisse museum was renovated in 2006 and features some of his art and artifacts from his nearby studio. Visiting Cimiez is a perfect half-day visit. It s accessible via foot, car and bus from the Promenade des Anglais.

Nice Beach and Old Town

This was one of our recent early spring outings. The beaches from Nice to Antibes are stone beaches and are great for a beach day while keeping relatively clean. In the summer the beaches are lifeguarded and many are public access. My son loves to throw rocks in the water, and I love to people watch and swim. Since you are just there, right in the middle of town, a walk through the ancient old town is obligatory and a post-beach gelato in order. Visit Crema di Gelati on the Place du Palais in front of the Courthouse. On Saturday the booksellers set up their stalls with some amazing antique books and prints (just keep sticky fingers away).

Nice Flower and Food Market

You will see the tents of the market up ahead. Before buying anything, make one pass along the length of the market. You will spot what appear to be the largest, most alluring oranges you've ever seen ... until you walk down to the next vendor. Before you buy anything, keep in mind that you will probably need to use it or trash it before you leave (although you can probably get away with taking spices home, and some vendors do sell small housewares). Still, why not buy a bunch of flowers for your hotel room. Or some fresh fruit for tomorrow s breakfast? Or some golfball-sized marinated olives to nibble with cocktails in the afternoon? Or some peasant bread to snack on while you sight see? There are plenty of options for consuming the market s wares before you head back home.

This area is jam-packed with historic attractions. There is the La Chapelle de la Misericorde on the Cours Saleya, presenting unique architecture. The striking opera house on Rue Saint-Francois de Paule is worth a visit. If you head to the eastern edge of the Cours Saleya, and then turn left, you will be in the heart of Nice s Old Town. This area of narrow streets features historic attractions, pastry shops, spots to by fresh pasta and a diverse mix of shopping.

If you are travelling with young ones, you can catch the little touristy train on the promenade des Anglais, and go up to the so called Chateau. Overlooking the port on one side and the Promenade des Anglais on the other, your children can have fun in the park as you watch one of the most beautiful view of Nice. It's a good break for children, and also (take a tourist guide with you), you can take a look at Roman ruins. There is also a little cafe to snack !

 

Terra Amata Old Prehistoric museum.

Not far from the port, the modern building housing this little museum, stands on the very place where the 400,000 year old prehistoric site of Terra Amata was discovered. The exhibition describing prehistoric fauna, flora, climate and tools, is educational and easy to understand. The text supporting the exhibition is in French and English, though a few selected exhibits are translated into Italian and German also. At the end of the visit, a series of small models recreate the evolution of prehistoric man's environment.

If you have children in elementary school and even teenagers, this museum is often forgotten by tourists, but really interesting.

 

Monaco

Skate on the Roof of the NI BOX Overlooking the Sea from 5 euro

Skate on the roof of the Ni Box overlooking the sea, with no ice … The skating rink on the roof of the NI BOX offers you an amazing experience! Normal price with... »Read more

Skate on the roof of the Ni Box overlooking the sea, with no ice 
The skating rink on the roof of the NI BOX offers you an amazing experience!

Normal price with skate rental:  5.90 euro/per person 
Price with Monaco school card:  5 euro/per person

Skating rink pass with 10 entries:
Normal price:  53 euro/per person
Price with Monaco school card:  45 euro/per person

Skating rink season ticket:  valid for 1 year with unlimited access (skates included)

Normal price:  240 euro/per person
Price with Monaco school card:  220 euro/per person

Skating rink:
10 am to 6 pm:  every day except in summer
5 pm to 8 pm:  every day in June-July-August

NI BOX,
35 boulevard Louis II - 98000 Monaco
Tel.:  +97 98 77 77

Website : http://www.nibox.mc

 

Go Aboard the Little Red and White Train and Discover the Principality for 7 euro

"MONACO-TOURS" welcomes you aboard its little trains for a guided visit of the City of Princes with a commentary in 12 languages (FR-GB-Ger-It- Sp-P-Dutch-R... »Read more

"MONACO-TOURS" welcomes you aboard its little trains for a guided visit of the City of Princes with a commentary in 12 languages (FR-GB-Ger-It- Sp-P-Dutch-Russian-Japanese-Chinese-Greek and Polish), with simultaneous translation.

Departures and arrivals are from opposite the Oceanographic Museum (Monaco-Ville)(Monaco Town) and the circuit, which takes around 30 minutes, takes in the most beautiful sites in Monaco:  the Place d Armes, the Port Hercule, the Formula 1 Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, with the Place du Casino and luxury hotels, the town centre, the old town, with the Ministry of State, the Princely Palace and the Cathedral.

It runs every day (depending on the weather):
- in summer, from 10 am to 5 pm
- in winter, from 10.30 am to 5 pm
except from mid-November to February

Prices:
Adult: 7 euro
Child from 2 to 8 years:  4  euro

Website : http://www.monacotours.mc

E-Mail : [email protected]

 

Formula 1 Grand Prix Simulators at the Stars N Bars - 15  euro per hour

The Stars'N'Bars is offering a world first with its six racing simulators, which can simulate driving one of 500 different cars on 45 professional circuits, reproduce... »Read more

The Stars N Bars is offering a world first with its six racing simulators, which can simulate driving one of 500 different cars on 45 professional circuits, reproduced in minute detail on three screens.

At least three times a week, according to demand, an endurance race will be organized (for teams) lasting between one and a half to three hours.15 euro  per hour (from Wednesday to Sunday and by reservation)Stars n Bars,6, quai Antoine 1er - 98000 MonacoTel.: +377 97 97 95 95

Website : http://www.starsmbars.com

E-Mail : [email protected]

Children Rule at the Stars n Bars with their own 11 euro Menu

The STARS'N'BARS is offering children their own special menu, the "LITTLE LEAGUER", with a main course, drink and dessert for 11€.  Children can choose fr... »Read more

The STARS'N'BARS is offering children their own special menu, the "LITTLE LEAGUER", with a main course, drink and dessert for 11 euro 

Children can choose from a burger, hot dog, chicken nuggets or fish fingers, all served with chips, and can play in the children's room, where they'll find toys, coloring, Disney DVDs and a play leader.

       

Stars n Bars,

6 quai Antoine 1er - 98000 Monaco

Tel.: +377 97 97 95 95

Website : http://www.starsnbars.com

E-Mail : [email protected]

 

 

Cross the Port of Monaco in the Boat Bus for 1  euro

The Boat Bus is a service provided all the year round by Monaco Riviera Navigation on behalf of the Monaco Bus Company. You'll find all the same services and advant... »Read more

The Boat Bus is a service provided all the year round by Monaco Riviera Navigation on behalf of the Monaco Bus Company.

You'll find all the same services and advantages on board as on the Principality s buses - tickets for transport are on sale at the same prices.

Ticket for one trip: 1 euro

Tourist day pass: 3 euro

Ticket for 10 trips: 6 euro

Free for children under 7

Free links with the town s bus services in the following 30 minutes

Compagnie des autobus de Monaco (Monaco Bus Company)

Tel.: +377 97 70 22 22

Website : http://www.cam.mc

 

 

Touch the animals at the Oceanographic Museum! 3 euro per child

 The Mediterranean in miniature!  Touch the starfish, sea urchin and crab - there are lots of surprises in store for the family! 3€ per child from 2 to 14 years, sp... »Read more

 The Mediterranean in miniature!  Touch the starfish, sea urchin and crab  there are lots of surprises in store for the family!

3 euro  per child from 2 to 14 years, special ticket from the ticket office, free for parents

Maximum of 15 children per session, no reservation

Every day except 24 and 25 December;  1, 2 and 3 January

1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm

Duration 30 minutes   meet in the entrance hall (Level 0)
Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium,
Avenue Saint Martin  98000 Monaco
Tel.:  +377 93 15 36 00
Fax:   +377 93 50 52 97

Website : http://www.oceano.mc

E-Mail : [email protected]

 

The Oceanographic Museum

Perched dramatically on the cliff top in Monaco Ville, the Oceanographic Museum is Monaco s most visited museum. Well, OK, there's not much competition, but it's world famous all the same.

Prince Albert I

The museum has a splendid view over the sea and contains hundreds of beautiful species of fish in its aquariums. It was built 100 years ago by the founder of modern Monaco, Prince Albert I, who was quite the sailor. He mapped significant portions of the ocean floor and chose to spend a large part of World War I in his laboratory yacht in Monaco harbour.

Along with the aquariums there is also an interesting oceanographic museum, with skeletons and all manner of weird specimens perserved in yellow liquid from a bygone age.

The impressive whale and shark skeletons, which used to dominate the upper rooms, seem to have been removed. Many of the explorer yachts of old used to hunt whales for scientific purposes, just as the Norwegian fleet still does today.

Aquarium

Although many of the exhibits haven't changed in decades, in 2001 the museum inaugurated a brand new shark tank which forms a centre piece for the aquariums.

Despite the name, don't expect to see dozens of hungry sharks swimming around. There are a just a few - asleep mostly - on the floor of the tank. The spectacle is nevertheless fascinating. The stars of the show are the myriad other colourful and strangely shaped fish swimming around.

The tank is arranged so that you can see small reef dwellers from one side as you come in and larger shoals from the other deeper side once further inside the museum.

Jacques Cousteau

The museum has long been associated with Jacques Cousteau, who fascinated generations with his amazing undersea adventures on TV. Many of his viewers later went on to enjoy scuba diving for themselves as adults. So there's often some exhibition or other related to the life and work of Captain Cousteau.


Opening Times

10 to 6 from October to March
9.30 to 7 from April 1 to September 30
9.30 to 7.30 in July and August
It only closes on the day of the Grand Prix
Adult  euro 12.50 • Child or Student  euro 6 euro  Child under 6 free


Getting There

1. Take the number 1 or 2 Bus towards Monaco-Ville. The bus should be marked Palais-Musee on the front.
2. Walk. What most people do. It's a fair hike up the hill.
3. Car. Only for Monaco registered cars.
4. Lift (US: elevator). If you're very resourceful, you'll find the lift at the back of the Quai des Pecheurs car park, take it to the top floor, then take the escalator which comes out right beside the museum.

Shop & Restaurant

There's a visitors shop where you can buy postcards, posters, and other marine related items such as globes. They also have more expensive one-offs - I saw a 2000 year old amphora for sale for euro 100. During the Damien Hirst exhibition they are selling signed butterfly prints for euro 3500!

The restaurant is on the roof terrace, it has unbeatable views, but is difficult to find. You have to go up a small staircase from the upper level.

Monaco Exotic Garden

Right at the top of Monaco, overlooking the port of Fontvieille, is Monaco s excellent cactus garden, le Jardin Exotique, or Exotic Garden. You would have to be interested in cactuses, or plants, to enjoy this garden, but to my mind this is one of the most interesting attractions in Monaco.

The gardens hold more than 10,000 plants and about 3,000 species of cactus and other succulents, arranged attractively in rocky beds, and navigated in a fairly steep set of paths that wind down the mountainside. There's no lift, so remember you'll have to walk up again to get out. There are roughly 300,000 visitors a year to the garden. Once inside the gardens, however, you will mostly likely to be able to wander around on your own, only occasionally passing another group, as the area covered is fairly large.

The Mediterranean climate is very good for growing cactuses and succulents, which are sent from all parts of the world. The garden was started in the 1930s. There is a great variety on show and some specimens have grown very large indeed. Many of the cactuses flower in the winter and if you know anything about cactus flowers you'll know the blooms are very vivid.

There's a grotto, or natural cave form, at the bottom of the garden, although this often seems to be closed. The underground water here is connected to the same water source that supplies much of Monaco's drinking water.

Prices
 

Adults:  6.80 euro
Children (6-18):  3.50 euro
Students (max 30)  3.50 euro
Senior (65+)  5.20 euro
email for groups [email protected]
phone +377 93 15 29 80

Times

Summer 15 May - 15 Sept 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Winter 16 Sept - 14 May 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. or dusk

Getting there

Get the number 2 Jardin Exotique bus and take it to the last stop. For drivers, there s a public car park a little further down Boulevard Jardin Exotique. The garden is located at the very extremity of Monaco  the entrance to Monaco for most people   so it ll take you the best part of 40 minutes to walk here from the Casino, and it s all uphill.

 

 

Villeneuve Loubet




Family destination on French Riviera
Today Villeneuve-Loubet has become a real family village for holidays, with a lot of possibilities of sports and leisure activities open to children and teenagers. The Mediterranean Sea offers the pleasure of swimming but also a lot of water activities, often open as soon as the children know how to swim. In the
nature, you can get a good dose of emotions in the adventure course and in the bends of the vegetal maze, or in the "Bois des Lutins" without forgetting the sporty equipements setlled in a beautiful green area: horse riding, tennis and golf.

Tested by the children, approved by the parents
Games based on the discovery of the natural and historical heritage but also creative, artistic and cultural activities make up the programmes proposed to the children between 3 and 12 years old. In the restaurants and accommodation, many professionals of Villeneuve also make every effort in order to guarantee the best reception to the families. By the way, 13 tourist accommodation are distinguished as Station Kid Partners (see column and accommodation guide).


A quality label for your family holidays
Villeneuve-Loubet is acknowledged as a destination specialized in the family holidays on French Rivera. The city meets a quality charter that comprises many criteria for the reception, the equipments, the activities, the environment, the security, the accommodation and the catering.

 

 

 



Vaugrenier natural departmental park
Access by RD 6007 - open all year
A huge garden of 103 hectares of wood and meadows. A large variety of animal species and a rich mediterranean vegetation. Roman traces revealed by archeological excavations. A natural fresh water coastal pond with its ornithological observatories and its exceptional biotope.
Free parkings - Semi-shaded site - Health course - PIcnic area



Newness 2009 : Itinerary for wheelchairs
Access by parking Av. des Groules - open all year
The Vaugrenier Park gets involved in the « Tourisme & Handicap » process with the arrangement of an adapted path for the disables. A stroll that allows to get until the pond with a wheelchair. 
Information at the caretakers 00 33 6 64 05 22 06 - Itinerary to
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Adventure course - Canyon Forest
Rives du Loup park - 00 33 4 92 02 88 88 - feb. to nov.
Along the Loup, activities and guaranteed emotions: 4 courses and levels open to all the family. More than 160 stages: tree-top climbing, climbing, ropebridges, Tarzan jump, jungle sledge, giant 331 meters tyrolean ...
Reservation necessary - Accessible from 8 years old (1m30)



Adventure course - Pitchoun Forest
Route de Grasse - 00 33 4 92 02 06 06 - feb. to nov.
The forest's life education course (illustrated quiz with 40 signs) made up with balance exercises from one tree to the other, like an adventure course... under the surveilllance of the instructors and the parents.
Reservation necessary - Accessible to children between 1m and 1m50



Labyrinthe de l'Aventure
Route de Grasse - 00 33 4 92 02 06 06 - april to nov.
An exciting adventure in the centre of a giant vegetal maze. Play with your family and lost yourself in the 4 km pathes and dead ends. Three game levels, animated clearings and secret gardens.
Accessible for children from 4 years old - Different theme every season - Games translated in english



Le Bois des Lutins - Newness 2009
Route de Grasse - 00 33 4 92 02 06 06 - april to oct.
Go and discover a wonderful world, the world of the wood little people: Goblins, Elfs but also Trolls. The trees are the place's masters.You will have the possibility to visit them until the highest branches in complete security with helter-skelters long until 14 meters and nets high until 11 meters.
Reservation not necessary - Picnic areas


 

Antibes

 

Mini Golf Adventure

For the whole family ! Journey to the heart of the worlds of Jules Verne. Book your ticket at Marineland Order your ticket The park With family or friends, Adventure Golf is the ideal place for enjoying a wonderful outdoors and testing your swing! Hours & Access The park opens at midday. Please check the dates when it is open before your visit.

 

Marineland

 

Marineland... all year long The Marineland park can be visited every day of the year (except during the January closure period), as a family or with friends. It aims to offer visitors the chance to discover the marine world in a spectacular and entertaining manner. Book your ticket at Marineland Order your ticket The Park Visitors are free to organise their visit as they wish, and all pools are included. ,and There are 3 show pools: the killer whales, the dolphins and the sea-lions. Reservation is not required for entry to the park or to watch the shows. Only Meetings with Animals require advance reservations. Schedules & Access Schedules available upon arrival at the park the day of your visit. Your ticket to the park allows you to attend every show, from opening to closing the park. It is not necessary to reserve your spot to attend the evening shows.

 

Aquasplash

Brand new this year :
For the greatest joy of children age 3 and up: diving, jumping, gliding, wading, sprinkling … This true aquatic merry-go-round will be the hub of the 2010 season! A huge aquatic park for young and old alike! During the entire summer season, enjoy the freshness of the place with over 13 toboggans of all shapes, many slides for all levels! Soft, wave pool, two large towers each with two toboggans, the famous Sidewinder for the greatest thrills!