The Best Way to See the French Riviera

French Riviera
French Riviera, Photo Credit: TheRitters via Flickr

Whether it’s sun-kissed beaches, world-class art, beautiful countrysides, or glitzy casinos, the South of France has something for everyone. It’s no wonder that this region of the world is considered a playground for the ultra wealthy. Regardless if you’re visiting for business or pleasure, many consider traveling by helicopter the best way to see the French Riviera.

When flying into Nice, you can charter a luxurious private helicopter to any town along the French Riviera, or even to your chalet in the mountains. Towns like Monaco, Cannes, and St. Tropez stretch along the coastline of the Cote d’ Azur, and while it’s great to drive through to enjoy the sights or charter a yacht and coast along the water, there’s nothing like an aerial view of this beautiful region. The crystal blue water, white sandy beaches, Mediterranean architecture, and rolling green hills are all captivating to see.

Monaco, Photo Credit: Nora A via Flickr

If you’re visiting the French Riviera in May, during the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix, the roads can become very busy with tourists. The typical drive time from Cannes to Monaco is a little over an hour, but if you take a helicopter from Cannes to Monaco, the flight time is only about 15 minutes and you don’t have to deal with the headache of crowds and paparazzi.

After the Monaco Grand Prix, why not take a trip to St. Tropez? There is no train that goes to St. Tropez, so you will need to travel via car, boat, or helicopter. A helicopter from Monaco to St Tropez is about 25 minutes, and you’ll experience breathtaking and magical views of the Mediterranean landscape. While locals are leaving for the summer getaways, foreigners from all over the world flock to this luxurious resort town to experience the glamour, catch sight of a celebrity or two, and partake in the various festivals and parades.

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