Cannes, France

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

The final stop on our French Riviera tour was the resort town of Cannes. The Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes curves along the coast and is lined with sandy beaches, upscale boutiques, and luxury hotels. Cannes is know for glamour, celebrities, and its world-famous Cannes Film Festival, attracting celebrities from all over the world, held every year in May.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

Another major attraction in Cannes is the Forville Market, where you can buy everything from fresh produce, flowers, spices, herbs, meats, cheeses, and fish.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

While we were there, we tried socca, a popular street food famous in the French Riviera region. It’s a stone-fired pancake made from chickpea flour and dusted with salt and pepper. Very delicious!

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

Next we made our way up to the tower in Old Town.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

The tower is a great spot for panoramic views of the city.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

Loved looking out at all the boats in the harbor.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

The famous red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival!

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

We had lunch on the beach at Zplage. Cannes in lined with beach clubs, similar to Saint Tropez. LOVED this green juice!! So refreshing!

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

How fun is this L’Oreal dessert?? The lipstick was like a strawberry ice cream push pop, and the purse was a little pastry. It even comes with a real tube of lipstick to take home as a souvenir. If you are ever in Cannes you have to go to Zplage and get the L’Oreal dessert!

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

Fun double decker carousel in Cannes. Everywhere we went on in the French Riviera we found beautiful carousels. It was like a scavenger hunt spotting them everywhere we went.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

Colorful boats and houses on the harbor.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

Rue Meynadier is a narrow, cobblestone pedestrian shopping street in Cannes.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

It’s lined with trendy shops and restaurants.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

This caramel creme brûlée macaron was calling my name!

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

We’d heard this was the most popular spot for ice cream in Cannes, so of course we had to try it out. They didn’t have my beloved lavender, so I tried the violet. Still very good, but I love my lavender!! :)

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

That evening we had a very special experience for our last meal in Cannes. We had dinner in the home of professional chef Elaine Muskas, who prepared a traditional French bistro meal for us. The ultra creamy mashed potatoes were equal parts cream, butter, and potatoes. The carrots and peas were bought fresh at the market that morning. The braised short-ribs were phenomenal. Such an incredible meal. I am still dreaming about those potatoes!

Check out Friend in France to book if you are ever anywhere near Cannes. This experience is rated the #1 attraction in Cannes on Trip Advisor!

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

We stayed at the centrally located Clarion Suites Cannes Croissette for 2 nights in Cannes.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

The rooms were quiet, spacious, and comfortable with lots of light and counter space in the bathroom.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

There was even a sink, stovetop, and refrigerator in case you wanted to do any cooking in Cannes!

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

Our balcony had a great overlook of the pool.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

We sat outside and snacked on fruit and macarons.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

Such a great ending to an unforgettable trip on the French Riviera.

Thanks so much for following along on our French Riviera adventure.

Be sure to check out Sommer’s posts about our Cannes and Saint Tropez adventure! 

See you next time… In Australia!!! :)


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Beaches of Saint Tropez

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

Last week I talked about my favorite place we stayed in Saint Tropez, now I want to show you the amazing beaches!

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

We spent a warm, sunny day at the beach just relaxing, having lunch, and walking along the shores of the French Riviera in Saint Tropez.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

The beaches of Saint Tropez are free to the public, and there are many beach clubs lining the coast where you can rent chairs, towels, umbrellas, or have lunch.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

Of course you can bring your own towels and layout for free! :)

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

The waters are crystal clear and perfect for swimming.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

I don’t get in the water unless it’s super warm, and it was definitely warm enough for me to swim in. :)

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

Here’s another fun beach club. They all had different personalities!

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

There are no condos or houses on the beach — just the beach clubs and these teeny tiny little villas available for renting. How fun would it be to stay here for a night? :)

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

We made our way down to Nikki Beach and decided to pop in for lunch.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

Nikki Beach is a popular beach club in Saint Tropez.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

The atmosphere is ultra chill and swanky.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

We had fabulous sushi by the pool!

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

After lunch we headed back out for the beach.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

We saw these fun paddle boats with slides available to rent and immediately knew what we had to do the rest of the afternoon.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

We boarded our plastic yacht for the afternoon and tried to fit in with all the massive yachts on the water. ;)

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

We had the best time paddling around, laying out on the deck, and of course zipping down the slide and splashing into the crystal clear ocean over and over!!

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

Seriously such a fun afternoon!! I felt like a kid again. :)

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

The beaches of Saint Tropez are gorgeous and definitely worth checking out if you are ever in the area. It’s fun wandering in all the beach clubs and checking them out — some have shops. There are vendors walking up and down the beach selling fresh fruit.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

I will say the sand in Saint Tropez is not the most comfortable to walk on — it’s a little sharp from the shells and pebbles. So if you have sensitive feet, you may want to consider bringing water shoes. :)

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

As we said our final farewell to Saint Tropez, we had to stop one more time for lavender ice cream, of course. ;) This was the last lavender ice cream I had in France! Good thing I can make Sommer’s recipe any time I want. Although it is definitely not a good thing for my waist!! :)

See you next time on our final stop in the French Riviera… in Cannes!


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Saint Tropez

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

Saint Tropez is a quiet coastal town on the French Riviera, known for its exclusive beaches and vibrant nightlife. When I imagined Saint Tropez before our trip, the two things that came to mind first were celebrities and luxury.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

Saint Tropez (pronounced San Troh-pay, rhymes with San Jose) was very different from anywhere else we went during our French Riviera girls week. It was quiet, private, secluded. It had a supremely laid-back vibe. Saint Tropez is a small village, unlike the cities and towns where we’d been previously.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

When we first arrived in Saint Tropez, we checked into our home for the night at the Hotel Benkiraï. It was then I knew we were somewhere different. Paradise. We were in for an unimaginable treat.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

The Hotel Benkiraï is tucked away in the secluded hills of Saint Tropez. When you’re there, it feels like you’re at your own quiet, private resort, light years away from the hustle and bustle of life. But really you’re just a short 5 minute drive from the charming village on the port or the iconic beaches with turquoise waters, renowned for attracting celebrities from all over the world.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

Transportation is no problem, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle that will take you to the village or beaches anytime you want to go. The friendly staff (and 24-hour concierge) of the Hotel Benkiraï is fully at your service to take care of your every need.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

Our suite was its own separate villa, elevated above the resort, with a huge terrace overlooking the pool, exotic gardens, and cozy porch swing. It was a haven of peace and tranquility.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

Our room was spacious, airy, and bright, decorated in an harmony of blue and white.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

Upon arrival, each guest is welcomed with a gift. We received a large bottle of water, sparkling water, and a beautiful fruit plate.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

No need to worry about carrying towels around — pool and beach towels are located directly on the lounge chairs surrounding the pool.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

How about an outdoor massage in a tent?

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

Later that evening we made use of the free shuttle into town. We wandered the narrow, cobblestone streets as we made our way down to the yacht-lined port.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

The town was small, tranquil, charming, with narrow streets lined with shops and restaurants.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

As the sun set over the turquoise waters, the sky turned golden and reflected off everything it touched — boats, buildings, the harbor.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

We strolled along the port, gawking at all the extravagant yachts — some as big as cruise ships — and imagining what it would be like to live on one.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez. Photo via Sommer

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

We stayed until the last drop of sun dipped below the horizon, turning the sky into a fiery burst of orange.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

That evening our hotel had made us reservations at Le Dit Vin, a small restaurant owned by a husband and wife serving gourmet meals using only the freshest ingredients. They take pride in that there is no freezer in the restaurant. Everything served is 100% fresh and in season.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

The French Riviera is very close to Italy. When we were in Monaco, we were only 3 miles from the Italian border. So it makes since that the cuisine would overlap. We started with the dreamiest burrata and freshest marinated tomatoes I have ever had. Next was a pancetta flatbread with mozzarella di bufala and hazelnuts. For dessert, we finished with a decadent homemade Nutella tiramisu in a mason jar.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

The next morning we had a relaxing breakfast at the hotel. The breakfast buffet at the Hotel Benkiraï had a wide variety of fresh produce, breads pastries, cereals, and yogurt. We were offered a fresh detox juice shot to start the day as soon as we sat down. I like yogurt as much as the next person, but if you are ever in France you HAVE to try the yogurt. Even if it’s just Yoplait. It is totally different and completely amazing.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. The best hidden spots in Saint Tropez.

But my life will be forever changed by what I saw next. Right there, on the breakfast buffet, was two slices of Brioche French Toast. I immediately dove for them, but girl said, “Oh no, these are just for display, we make them fresh for you.” Fresh, hot, buttery French Toast. In France. On a breakfast buffet. I eagerly (and impatiently) awaited my toast.

And from the moment it arrived, my life will never be the same. It was the best French Toast I’ve ever had. It was perfectly crisp on the outside, lightly sweet, and impossibly soft on the inside. It didn’t even need syrup. I will never, ever forget this French Toast, and I will forever dream of our stay at the Hotel Benkiraï.

Until next time, friends… Xoxo.


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