Going on a road trip means you can take your motorbike anywhere, and there’s plenty to see in Europe. One of the most picturesque parts of the world is the French Riviera. It’s made up of beautiful towns, stately villas and sprawling countryside. Riding along the Basse Corniche takes you down the French coast, so you’ll have the chance to pass through Nice, Monaco and Menton.
Start your journey off in Nice, a city with a wonderful mix of culture and beaches. Immerse yourself in the old town, with its narrow streets and regal buildings. Pay a visit to the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, which contains a diverse collection of art. At night, there’s a number of great restaurants to try, such as La Cave de l’Origine, which caters to a French and foreign crowd.
A famous fishing town, Villefranche is nestled in the cavity of a volcano. There are beautiful promenades to walk along, as well as a range of sea activities to take part in. They include sailing, deep-sea diving and paragliding. Villefranche has served as a natural set for films and TV shows, like Riviera.
Before heading into Monaco, it’s worth stopping off in the little town of Cap d’Ail. There are many historic buildings, such as the Jean Cocteau Amphitheatre and Château de l’Ermitage. Since 1921, the town has been a health resort, known around the world for the purity of the water. It’s a great place to relax before you get on the road again.
A jewel of the Riviera, Monaco is a hotbed of culture and classic architecture. Among the most famous buildings are the Place Du Casino and Royal Palace. There are several museums to visit, like the Oceanographic Museum that houses a shark lagoon pool and 90ft whale skeleton. The New National Museum of Monaco is split into two locations and houses different exhibitions.
Found on the Franco-Italian border, Menton has been called the Pearl of France. Menton is famous for its gardens, which include the Jardin botanique exotique de Menton and Jardin Serre de la Madone. While you’re there you should check out the basilica of Saint-Michel-Archange and Bastion Museum.
Every year, Menton comes alive with festivals. The Lemon Festival takes place in February, with different bands passing through the streets. There’s also the Menton Classical Musical Festival that’s held in the centre of the old town.