The ultimate list of the best wedding venues on the French Riviera / Côte d'Azur - map included
If you’re here, it’s because you’re considering the French Riviera for your wedding, wether it will be a destination wedding in France or an elopement.
Planning a destination wedding can sometimes feel overwhelming, and as you’re ready to find the perfect place to host your big day, you’re presented with so many options, you can’t decide which one will be the best for you.
This is why I created this ultimate list of the best wedding venues on the French Riviera (or Cote d’Azur). This is not a sponsored list of any kind, I just gathered all the informations I had learned after shooting more than 150 weddings for 7 years, and I compiled them for you.
So, let’s dive in!
1) What is the French Riviera / Côte d'Azur?
The French Riviera is the most southern part of France, located right by the mediterranean sea. It boasts with beautiful sea views, perched villages, beautiful yellow streets and seaside walks you will remember.
The French Riviera, or “Côte d’Azur” in French, is a small part of the coastal region by the mediterranean sea in France, that spreads from Toulon to the Italian border. It is part of the administrative French region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (Provence-Alps-French Riviera). It is famous for its beautiful coastal villages, like Saint Tropez, Cannes and Menton, as well as beautiful cities like Nice and the Principauté de Monaco. You’re also in for a treat if you’re looking for quaint villages overlooking the sea, perched on top of magnificent hills, whose streets smell like a beautiful summer day. But let’s dive in!
First things first, here is a map of the venues I will talk about in this article, so you can locate them first. Looking for a place close to the Nice airport? Done. Prefering the coastal area and its beautiful villages? Done. More up for a place in the little Estérel Massif or the Maures Massif? Well, here they are.
It’s always sunny on the French Riviera. I mean, not litterally, but with more than 2700 hours of sun per year, it’s part of the sunniest region of France. The temperatures rarely go below zero, and can climb really fast during the hottest months of summer (July and August). However, this is also the moment when the sea temperature reaches its highest, so it’s really up to you to decide what you would like to experience. Generally, the best months to visit the French Riviera are during spring (April and May) when the weather is nice and warm, the trees beautiful, and the sun is always out. Fall is also a nice season but it might rain more than Spring.
Access and transportation
The main airport is located in Nice, and is easily reachable with international flights. If you prefer to land in Paris, the TGV (high speed train) travels from Paris to Nice in a whopping 3 hours and a half. After that, you will either have to rent a car or have a chauffeur drive you to the venue, as the local transportation is scarce and difficult.
The sea is a big part of the local culture. Mediterranean food is generally inspired by fish and lamb, and uses only olive oil for cooking. Grilled vegetables and soups are a good thing to try (like the Pesto Soup or the Bouillabaisse). Don’t hesitate to also try the local wines!
2) Châteaux wedding venues on the French Riviera
3) Luxury wedding venues on the French Riviera
4) Wedding venues on the French Riviera that are perfect for a reception outside
5) Wedding venues on the French Riviera with breathtaking views
And that’s it for the list of the best wedding venues on the French Riviera / Cote d’Azur.
If you know a place you would like to see added in this list, please leave a comment and let me know! I hope you found this list helpful to plan your wedding on the French Riviera, and if you need more informations, please contact me and I’ll happily help you.
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