Spring Break Destination: Things to Do in France
It’s time for my favorite Spring travel destination of all: France! If you’re lucky enough to be headed there soon, our teams in Paris, Nice and Cannes gave us the scoop on the best things to do in their area this season.
When in Cannes, Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez Head Concierge Fabrizio Bozzolan recommends taking advantage of the famous Promenade de la Croisette on the hotel’s doorstep for some morning exercise, a leisurely stroll, or shopping in its many high-end boutiques.
Fill an afternoon by exploring “Le Suquet,” the old quarter of Cannes. Perched on a hill overlooking the French Riviera, the stunning views over the peninsula are not to be missed! For the foodies and antique lovers, a visit to the classic Foreville Market is a must, found at the foot of the old city among the winding cobbled streets.
For a break from the hustle and bustle, guests can take a short boat ride from the Croisette over to the Lérins Islands. Take a picnic and enjoy the islands’ unspoilt, natural setting or go for a swim in one of the many sheltered bays.
The team at Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerrannée recommends spending a morning in the Old Town roaming its tranquil streets or visiting the animated stall holders at the Provençal market on the Cours Saleya.
Visit the Matisse Museum to see the beautiful works of Henri Matisse, including drawings, sculptures, stained glass windows and personal diaries.
A trip to Nice is not complete without indulging in the two local culinary specialities. Try a piece of socca, an unleavened crêpe made from chickpea flour, or sample a pissaladière, an onion tart that looks similar to an Italian focaccia.
The Paris scene comes alive in spring with a variety of prestigious events throughout the season.
Head concierge at Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, Dominique Guidetti, recommends guests take advantage of the Saint Germain de Prés Jazz Festival from May 15-25. For the perfect sunset spot, head to the main square in Saint-Germain and soak up the sounds of jazz music at one of the many open air concerts.
If music is not your passion, how about spending a day at the French Open, the Roland Garros? The country’s most prestigious sporting event of the year arrives in Paris on May 20 through June 8, with celebrities known to rush to get the best seats in the famous Phillippe-Chatrier for the finals match.
For the more adventurous, how about souring high in the world’s largest balloon and taking in the sights of Paris from 150 metres above sea level, as recommended by the team at Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile. It certainly makes for a unique view of Paris!
Back on the ground, early risers can enjoy the Saxe-Bretuil market, known for its high-quality products, friendly merchants and impressive location facing the Eiffel Tower. The rare varieties of apples and oysters, as well as the exquisite goat’s cheeses, are a must!
Another ideal place to enjoy the sunset is the Château de Versailles situated on the outskirts of Paris, for its ‘Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes’ show. At dusk, the Royal Gardens are brought to life as an impressive water and light show, timed to music, fills the grounds of this magnificent 18th century caste with beautiful colours and sounds.
For a quick escape to the countryside, Dominque suggests taking a trip down to the Champagne region. Only one hour away from Paris is the city of Reims, where guests can explore the vineyards and indulge in champagne testing, before ending the trip with an exquisite meal in three Michelin star restaurant L’Assiette Champenoise.
No matter where you’re headed, bon voyage! Let us know if we can help you during your travels.