5 activities to do on the French Riviera in March

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Ysa , Tour Guide & Earth Lover, France

February 13th 2023

Yet in March, the temperatures are more radiant under the sun of the French Riviera. Fortunately for us and for you, the activities of the month of March also take place under the sun. So, to warm us up from this short winter which has surely been rather long for you, several outdoor activities and events are planned. You never get bored on the French Riviera, that’s for sure!

As spring is just around the corner, travelers and locals also want to step outside. Whether it’s a walk by the sea or simply laying in the sun to read a book on the terrace, the sun on your skin is an indescribable feeling only felt in March on the coast. The inhabitants of the Nordic countries love this sweet feeling. They also travel to the French Riviera from March onwards to enjoy it, in order to recharge the batteries until the summer holidays.

Several activities are planned during this month of rebirth and the French Riviera offers outings of all kinds to boost morale. Here is a selection specially designed for you and your skin lacking in vitamin D.

Activity #1: French Riviera’s Garden Festival

From March 25th until May, discover the Gardens of the French Riviera. Sea view, diversified flora, landscape creations and breathtaking point of views, the 2023 edition of the Gardens of the French Riviera promises to amaze.

Free and open to all, the event, which is spread over 2 months, invites children, families, ecologists, design or horticultural architects, to discover the landscape creations in competition. This edition, called “Surprising Perspectives”, will bring you to see the world differently. As well, it is all presented in a stimulating educational context.

The various gardens where the landscape creations in competition are found in Antibes-Juan-les-Pins, Cannes, Monaco, Nice, Grasse and Menton.

A great way to discover the French Riviera under a green eye! Otherwise, several standout gardens feature works in the towns of Cap-d’Ail, Mandelieu-La Napoule, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Cagnes-sur-mer and Tourrettes-sur-Loup.

jardin èze sur mer french riviera activity in march

Practical informations

Date: March 25th to May 1st, 2023

Location: Antibes – Pinède Gould in Juan-les-Pins

Cannes – Garden of the Villa Rothschild

Grasse – Garden of the Villa Fragonard

Menton – Biovès Garden

Nice – Albert 1er garden on the Paillon promenade

Monaco – Casino terrace

Price: Free for all.


Activity #2: Violet Festival in Tourrettes-sur-Loup

The town hall of Tourrettes-sur-Loup, an absolutely picturesque village on the French Riviera, organizes the Violettes festival in honor of this magnificent purple flower. Indeed, this flower, emblematic of the city, grows everywhere on its territory. Make it worth 2 days of festivities to celebrate it. Thus, next March 4th and 5th, will give the go to exhibitions and events of all kinds around this particular flower.

Practical informations

Date: March 4th and 5th, 2023

Location: Tourrettes-sur-Loup, 06140

Price: Unknown


Activity #3: Meeting with Napoleon at Golfe-Juan

Want to dive into the history of France with Napoleon? Golfe-Juan, neighboring Juan-les-Pins, hosts a historical staging of the arrival of this character on the French Riviera. On March 4th and 5th, come and discover the story of his return from exile through the reproduction of military marches, battles on the beach and lectures on the subject by expert historians.

napoleon at golfe juan french riviera in march

Practical informations

Date: March 4th and 5th, 2023

Location: Public beach of the Sun, boulevard des Frères Roustan, Vallauris Golfe-Juan

Price: Free


Activity #4: Welcoming Paris-Nice cyclists on the Promenade des Anglais

The Paris-Nice, which takes place every year, ends on the Promenade des Anglais, to the delight of road bike enthusiasts. After 1,200 km of racing, several cyclists of different nationalities are battling for this coveted first place. Go offer them a warm welcome, under the sun of the French Riviera by the sea.

cyclists during the Paris-Nice competition on the French Riviera in march

Practical informations

Date: March 12th, 2023

Location: Promenade des Anglais, Nice

Price: Free


Activity #5: Visit nearby villages

The French Riviera is one of the most beautiful places on the planet due, among other things, to the historical charm of the villages that populate the coast. Indeed, spring offers a completely different atmosphere with the smell of buds that start to emerge as well as flowers that have just bloomed in winter.

If you don’t have a car to get around the coast, don’t panic, options are also possible by train, which makes the visit all more pleasant, since car parks are often a source of headaches and French drivers not being known to be the most tolerant and calm on the road.

Here are some suggestions of villages to visit that can be done by train with the SNCF on the French Riviera:


-Eze-sur-mer (then climbing on the trek path to reach the village on top)


-Old village of Cagnes-sur-mer

-Villefranche sur mer

visiting menton village on the french riviera

Here are 5 great activities to do on the French Riviera in March. Looking forward to seeing you there, under the comforting spring sun. Even if it’s not summer, don’t forget your sunscreen, UV rays can sometimes be powerful on our winter-bleached skin.

Do not hesitate to join us on one of our tours in Antibes and Cannes on Saturdays or contact us for any requests or information concerning our activities, or simply to say hello on our social networks!

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