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The French Riviera

Close proximity to the Mediterranean Sea affords the French Riviera – known as the Côte d'Azur in French – a love of fresh seafood. Although there is no official border, the south-eastern coastline of France considered part of the region is all the coastal areas between the Italian border and Saint Tropez, including the sovereign Principality of Monaco.

In Saint Tropez, the open air markets held every Tuesday and Saturday are a great place to start your food adventure. There is plenty to choose from, but if your want to get stuck in to the sea food, a traditional paella will satisfy. The Spanish influence comes from migrants from northern Spain from the 1200s.

Head east to Cannes for the next stop, and have a bite of a Bouillabaisse, a traditional fish stew, which although originates from Marseille, has become a favourite in the coastal towns all along the Mediterranean. Dining along the sea front comes at a premium, but finding a local spot in the old town will give better value.

It is only a short drive to Nice, where you can taste a local dish which has become popular around the world, the humble Salade Niçoise. With tomatoes, egg, and Niçoise olives crowned with tuna and anchovies, is it the perfect light dish to enjoy in the warm summer evenings.

At the final stop, the sovereign Monaco, enjoy a typical sea food dish of Stocafi. The dish is prepared with dried cod in tomato sauce with lashings of garlic, herbs and olives. While Monaco conjures up images of ritz and glamour, this is a fairly simple dish, best enjoyed with a glass of Champagne!

The whole drive takes less than three hours if you take the tolls roads slightly in land, but if you have the time, drive along the coastal routes and take in the spectacular views.

Drive the Amazing French Riviera

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