When people think about France they usually think about the city of love, Paris. But as a single girl the French Riviera is paradise. Cote d’Azur its original name before renamed by the English.
For a Nigerian visiting The French Riviera you would need a Schengen visa & this is what you’ll need;
1. Passport (with a validity with more than 6 months)
2. 1 Visa application form
3. 1 Photo (3.5x4.5, taken recently, against a white background)
4. Flight booking confirmation slip
5. Documents to prove ability to pay for travel expenses
A certificate of income or a tax declaration
certificate issued by a public agency or
Personal bank statement for last 3 months
6. Schedule of stay or Travel itenary
Hotel booking etc
7. Letter of employment(original and photocopy)
8. Introduction letter from employer
The French Riviera is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France. Cities like the sovereign state of Monaco, Nice, Saint Tropez, Toulon, Cannes, Hyeres and more are part of the Riviera. It's no surprise that the French Riviera is a major tourist attraction. Situated at and to the east of the point where the Alps meet the Mediterranean, it is an area that enjoys a wonderfully mild to warm climate all year round.
Through autumn and Winter, the Riviera is protected from cold north winds by the Alps in its hinterland; since frosts and snow are rare, Spring comes early, bringing the first mimosas into bloom by February; by April the days are normally sunny and warm, and gardens already filled with flowers. From May to September or October, the climate is ideal, with plenty of sunshine and warm to hot days and beautifully warm nights.
There are a lot of wonderful resorts spanning the coastline of the French Riviera depending on where you decide to visit in the Riviera. These are open all year round. There are mostly built along or close to the marina so tourists can enjoy the breath-taking views and indulged in the wild life. Resorts you can check out include Les Balons D’Azur, The Hyatt Regency Nice Palais De La Mediterranee et al.
Eat Your Heart Out
We all know about the French cuisine so let’s not say too much before I get a food panic attack, but I will recommend a few dishes and drinks that are a must try from the Riviera. Dine like royalty and a movie star or artist their favourites include Tapenade, Nougat, omelette aux truffes, Ratatouille (yes it’s the dish from the Disney cartoon), aioli, tarte tropezienne, fromage de chevre, bouillabaisse.
Fashion & Pop Culture
Just like food the French are known for fashion, the French Rivera has housed a lot of the world renounced fashionistas like Coco Chanel just to name a few. There are a list of must have fashion items you would need to bleed in with the fancy folk on the coast. You must have you your minimal bikinis so you sun bath on a yacht or the beach, the little white dress, your flares & cropped pants, get you a straw hat so you can look like a movie star from the 50’s last but not the least your chiffon dress game must be tight. Your fashion will complement the scenery during the day and buzzing night life which celebrities from Puff Daddy to Leonardo Di Carpio have been known to indulge in.
Festivals and fireworks
This is probably the most exciting thing about the French Riviera. Several events include.
- Monaco; Monte Carlo Masters (Tennis), April/May
- Monaco; Formular One Grand Prix, May
- Cannes; Cannes Film Festival, May
- Nice; Jazz Festival, July
- Toulon; Toulon Tournament. Tall Ships Race