Crazy as it seems it’s Nice Carnival time again, when for three weeks the seaside city just 90 minutes drive from our St Tropez House properties will be a mass of colour, music and partying people.
The massive street parade, which begins tomorrow and will run until March 1st, is renowned the world over and is now considered one of the oldest and biggest carnivals on the planet.
The atmosphere throughout the town is electric, and we thoroughly recommend a trip from St Tropez if you are staying in one of our luxury villas for half term or a late winter break.
By car the journet from St Tropez to the heart of Nice takes approximately 90 minutes with plenty of options for parking signposted clearly before you hit the city centre.
But if you fancy spalshing out and making a real day of it, why not reserve a luxury helicopter that will fly you there in 20 minutes. The nearest heliport is located at Nice Cote d’Azur International Airport, a five minute taxi ride from the thick of the action.
Whether you choose to come by car or luxury helicopter, we promise you will not be disappointed by this magical fiesta, which dates back to the 13th century when the first Corso Carnavalesque took place in the centre of Nice.
The event quickly became an institution, with a street parade taking place yearly until 1873, when organisers made changes which saw the fiesta starting to take the shape of the carnival as we know it today. Decorative floats were introduced and stands were set up for spectators, of which there are more than one million each year.
This year’s carnival, which celebrates the King of Music, will comprise of 18 floats which will take part in a continual moving procession day and night, involving more than 1000 musicians and dancers from across the globe.
Undoubtedly the highlight of the carnival is when the floats pass along the famous Promenade des Anglais, on the seafront, as spectators are showered with mimosas, gerberas and lilies.
For more information on the carnival go to www.nicecarnaval.com.