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What's On this May in Nice and the French Riviera

Spring has sprung, flowers are blooming, and in the month of May, all eyes are on the French Riviera. The prestigious Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix are watched all over the world and with Nice conveniently located between the two, we definitely have “front row seats”!

However, if chasing the glitz and glamour at 200 miles per hour isn’t your thing, there is plenty more to do and see this May on the Côte d’Azur.
Here’s our rundown of events in and around Nice:

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“La Vie En Rose”

Throughout May, towns and villages across the Côte d’Azur hold “fêtes des roses” (rose festivals) to celebrate the flower whose scent rolls across the hills from Grasse all the way to Nice. Enjoy relaxing meanders among the beautiful displays, admiring the sights and smells of this lovely flower.

-At the stunning Rothschild Villa in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, professional rose growers and gardeners exhibit their creations at La Fête des Roses (Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild – 2 & 3 May)

-In Grasse, the town renowned for it’s perfumeries, 50,000 roses are exhibited at the 44th International Rose Expo (8 May – 10 May)

-”Fête des roses” are also held in smaller towns, such as La Colle Sur Loup (8 May – 10 May) and Opio (17 May) in the Provencal tradition of celebrating the village flower.

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A Night at the Museum

On the 16 May, the whole of France is taking part in “Nuits des Musées” (Night of the Museums) and opening its museums late at night to showcase them with a totally different atmosphere! This could be the perfect opportunity to explore your favourite Nice museum by moonlight.

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A Spot of Tennis

Following Djokovic’s win at the Monte-Carlo Masters, tennis fans can look forward to the lesser-known but just as exciting Nice Côte d’Azur Open (17 May – 23 May). Come and enjoy a spot of tennis under the Niçois sunshine and they might even let you bring some strawberries!

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68th Cannes Film Festival

Of course, the event of the season, the iconic Cannes Film Festival (13 May – 24 May) will be attracting celebrities and film buffs alike for fortnight of fun, films and glamour. With its high-profile guest list and superb location, a visit to Cannes to get a glimpse of the stars is an experience not to be missed!

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Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix

While the arts world looks to Cannes, the sports world will be a few miles down the road for the Monaco Grand Prix (21 May – 24 May). Monaco has arguably one of the best circuits in the world and is surrounded by the history and luxury of its location. Tickets are still available for this exciting event, unrivalled by any other in the sporting world!

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A Taste of Italy

To round off the month, you can try some of the finest gastronomy Italy has to offer at “Italie à Table!” (28 May – 31 May), an event in Nice showcasing products and specialities from just across the border! Whether you’re a cooking enthusiast looking for some ideas or just enjoy Italian food, you will surely give your taste buds a treat. The event can be found in front of Place Masséna on Promenade des Anglais.

So, with all these exciting events to enjoy, it’s clear that the French Riviera is the place to be this May!

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