I have avoided the Riviera when visiting Provence, figuring that it would be too busy, too ritzy for my taste. Well, after finally deciding to give it a try—after all it is the Riviera—all I can say is “I get it!!!”
I now see why it is so popular. It is gorgeous! The stunning mountains, the blue sea, the colorful flowers, the Italian-style villas dotting the hillsides are all like something out of a painting.
Instead of planning too much on our two-day adventure, I wanted just to get a taste of the Côte d’Azur and perhaps save some for another time. I also wanted to avoid the crowds. But I have to say, everything seemed calm in the month of September, while the weather was still balmy.
Our first stop along the way from the Luberon was Gourdon in the Alpes-Maritimes department of Provence. This village has been on my list for some time based on this picture.
From Gourdon, we headed to Tourrettes-sur-Loup, where we had a reservation at an amazing bed and breakfast for the night, which I will write more about later. The village itself was the most charming of medieval villages with gorgeous views, and I must go back.
The following day, we drove to Beaulieu-sur-Mer. We parked our car and walked the Promenade Maurice Rouvier to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to explore the peninsula.
Once arriving in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, we first made our way to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, a beautiful rose-colored villa with nine gardens overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
From there we continued along the coastal path and stopped at Paloma Beach for a dip in the Mediterranean. The water was so warm and calm, and the stunning mountains made it surreal. We continued along the path, taking in more stunning scenery.
As we made our way back to our car in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, we stopped for a drink along the coastal path and then started on our almost three-hour ride back to the Luberon. Needless to say, I must return to spend more time in the Côte d’Azur. Though I can’t give up my Vaucluse region of Provence entirely.