Believe it or not but sometimes it actually rains on the French Riviera. We enjoy around 300 sunny days a year but there are of course a few rainy days every now and then. Luckily there are actually more things to do around here than tanning on the beach. So we thought we would recommend a few things just in case you happen to be here when the skies are grey.
1. Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
This is the perfect indoor activity for both young and old. Wander through the museum and admire the over 6000 specimen that the aquariums houses. You can see everything from jellyfish to sharks and moray eels. Make sure to take the time to read and learn all about the ocean and its inhabitants in several exhibitions throughout the museum. And a quick visit to the rooftop is a must to enjoy the beautiful view over Monaco.
2. The Garibaldi Crypt
Several years ago workers were in the process of building the new Tramline in Nice when they suddenly stumbled upon strange stone structures in the ground. This turned out to be remnants of the ancient city from around the year 1380. The area around place Garibaldi in Nice was at the time the entry to the walled fortress that was located up at Colline du Chateau. The site is underground and the only way to visit is through a guided tour in French. However, if your high school French isn't on top, you can always just take the tour anyway and simply enjoy the sights. Considering the cheap entry fee, it might still be worth the visit.
3. Polygone Riviera
For everyone that feels like history and museums don't really get them going, we, of course, have other activities. Why not spend the day at one of the best shopping centers on the french riviera? at Polygone Riviera you can find anything that you are looking for. Among the 109 shops, you can find everything from Michael Cors and Longchamp to Primark and HM. When your feet are tired you can sit down and relax for a while in any of the 28 restaurants and Cafes. The shopping center is outside but a big part of it is covered which can save you from the rain while you run from one store to another.
4. Caves in Saint-Cézaire
If you are up for an underground adventure you should pay a visit to the caves in Saint-Cézaire. the cave was discovered back in 1890 by a farmer that owned the land. It has since then been adjusted to welcome visitors and stairs take you down the cave so that you can admire natures impressive rock creations. The visits are led by insightful guides who enthusiastically explain everything there is to know about the mysteries of the underworld.
Depending on what area of the French Riviera that you are visiting, there are lots of world-class museums to visit. In Nice, the most popular ones are the Chagall museum, Musée Matisse and the Modern art museum. If you are closer to Antibes you can pay a visit to Musée Picasso and enjoy the world-famous painter's masterpieces. In the Cannes area, you can visit Musee Bonnard or Musee de la Castre.
6. Candy factory "Confiseries Florian"
If you got a sweet tooth you will enjoy this place. Confiserie Florian makes handmade sweets by using the regions fresh fruit and flowers. You can visit and get a free guided tour around the factory where the guide explains each step of the process and you even get to taste a few of the delicious creations. There are several stores but we recommend visiting the one in Tourette-sur-loup so that you can take the chance to visit the rest of the picturesque little hillside village.
- Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
- The Garibaldi Crypt
- Polygone Riviera
- Caves in Saint-Cézaire
- Candy factory "Confiseries Florian"