New Covid restrictions: Marseille and Aix to shut all restaurants and bars

Covid-19 testNew regulations in the fight against the spread of Covid-19 go into effect tomorrow, 26 September. After several weeks of sharp increases in positive cases and hospitalisations, the French Minister of Health addressed the nation with a set of new restrictions for a series of cities now considered high-risk of viral transmission. Another map labels cities according to red, super red and ‘scarlet’ for Marseille, considered the highest risk.   Read more

Belem: The splendid three-mast ship arrives in Cannes

The majestic three-master under full sails. © Benjamin DecoinThe magnificent, heritage-listed sailing ship, Belem, is spending the winter in the port of Cannes. The three-mast clipper from 1896 arrived in Port Canto on Tuesday, 22 September and will remain until mid-March. The Belem will be open to visitors for guided tours on the weekends until the end of October.Read more

Signal system of evacuation installed in Cannes

Kito32 Bay of CannesWhen thinking about natural disasters, we usually don’t expect them to occur so close to home, particularly when we happen to be located in the South of France. Yet, the Cannes City Council decided to take a step towards protecting the population against the possibility of one of these disasters happening after specialists in tsunamis and marine submersion classified Cannes to be a zone at risk. More recently, on Tuesday, 25 August 2020, they tested an evacuation signalling system on the Allées de la Liberté to raise awareness on the procedures to take in the event of a tidal wave.Read more

Rediscover the PACA region at the Salon ID Nice-Matin in October

Cropped Poster of the Salon ID Nice-Matin 2020In anticipation of autumn and winter, the Nice-Matin ID Weekend is reopening its door at the Port Lympia in Nice from Friday 16 to Sunday, 18 October. The site will be open to visitors between 10 am and 7 pm Friday and Saturday and will exceptionally end at 6 pm Sunday. With free access to the public, the 3,000 m2 space will receive about sixty exhibitors. It expects more than 8,000 visitors this year! These three days of exchange, discovery, and escape are a great way to rediscover the Provence-Alpes- Côte d’Azur region, Monaco, Corsica, and other nearby locations.Read more

Discover Valbonne: A village with 500 years of history

Valbonne by lhermiesylvie0Just a short trip from coast, Valbonne offers a unique atmosphere with its medieval architecture, typical of a Provençal village. Peaceful in its shaded alleys, warmed by its shops and restaurants, Valbonne hides many curiosities. The sundials, the pulleys, the lintels, the fountains, the Place des Arcades, the old Town Hall, the Abbey... There are a thousand and one reasons to get lost in its winding ancient alleys.Read more

Enjoy a staycation: rediscovering the Côte d’Azur

LoupIn light of the numerous travel restrictions and also the ever-present threat of the coronavirus ‘still circulating’, it makes good sense to stay put. In fact, the Cote d’Azur Tourism Board has launched a massive campaign to remind locals of just how splendid our own region is. So, instead of flying to some far-off place this summer, why not enjoy what we have right in our backyard, a place where the world dreams of coming for their holiday.Read more

The Gorges du Verdon reopen to the public

Gorges du Verdon by OT Gréoux Forced to close down last Monday 17 August due to violent gusts of wind, the beautiful Verdon gorges have now reopened on 19 August with all the necessary precautions. The winds that had prevented people from going to this small canyon caused boats to be stuck at the end of the river. Every canoes, paddle boards, and pedal boats had to be brought back by rescue teams because they were unable to reach their starting points due to the weather. Nonetheless, the location is now accessible again for people to plunge into the majestic landscapes between the towns of Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie.Read more

Mass panic in Cannes after a rumoured shooting

Croisette CannesWalking on the Croisette last night, no one would believe that 24 hours before, a crowd of terrified people were running from what they thought was a shooting attack. With the event instantly broadcast through social media as well as dozens of policeman and fire brigades on site to control the crowds, the conclusion is that there was more fear than actual harm done and that fake news travel fast. Read more

Evening market in Saint-Auban

Saint-Auban - Village NocturneIn the case of a last minute change of plans for this evening, Riviera Insider has a fun alternative to propose: a nocturnal market in Saint-Auban. Between 6 pm and 11 pm tonight, the village’s roads in the Grasse Region will be filled with local businesses and animations. Organized by two associations, SaintOfolies and Inspiration Esteron, the night promises a refreshing market experience under the stars. It’s an opportunity to enjoy live concerts and avoid getting a sunburn in these times of hot weather.Read more

Summer camps and stages to keep the kids busy

Image by klimkin from Pixabay **Updated!** It has been a bit of a confusing few months with having kids at home instead of school, deciding if they go back to school or not and also that difficult feeling of being torn between wanting the safest environment for them and needing to get them out of the house! Now that summer holidays are in full swing, there are plenty of summer camps and ‘stage’ activities for all ages, from extended daycare for the little ones, to English-only educational (and fun) programmes. Here is a listing of a few:Read more

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