There is plenty to do and see for sports enthusiasts visiting the French Riviera! Whether you're looking to be active or simply a spectator, you will find everything in the French Riviera from walking to jogging, swimming, sailing, scuba diving, tennis... and car races.

For starters, weather conditions and very well equipped marinas have made the Riviera the best coast for sailing in France. Port Vauban in Antibes has over 1,000 berths and, similar to Monte-Carlo's, the yachts housed here are fascinating to walk through... or just stare at. In most resorts and sailing clubs it is possible to rent a sail boat. Avid sailors will discover that the sailing season on the Riviera is packed with regattas. Check out the Voiles d'Antibes - Trophee Panerai. This is an international championship of classic yachts and each year it welcomes the world's most beautiful yachts built before the 1950s. This event is accompanied by exhibitions, concerts and coctail parties and it annually runs from May 31-June 4.

Scuba Diving is also a popular activity in the French Riviera. There are centers in St-Tropez, Ste-Maxime, St-Raphael, Cannes and Villefranche-sur-Mer. Check out the Federation Francaise d'Etudes et de Sports Sous-Marins, an umbrella organization for over 100 local clubs, for detailed information.

Not surprising, the French Riviera is golden for other water sports: water skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, kite surfing. During the summer, a number of operators are set-up by the beach with water skiing boats to pull you on skis, boards, buoys or even parachutes for a thrill ride above the sea. Nautical centers will also rent out sea kayaks. 

And when you're not on or in the water, you can go hiking through the hills, or walking through the many small towns of the Riviera. Try the water-edge walk from Beaulieu-sur-Mer to St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Other gorgeous areas for hiking are the Esterel Mountains between Cannes and Saint-Raphael with their reddish pitons that dive into the blue sea.

As for spectator sports, do not skip a  visit to Monaco! You will not want to miss the Monaco Grand Prix. If you don't have tickets to see the track directly, it is still worth the visit just to hear the sounds and feel the energy of such a massive event. The Tennis Masters also takes place in Monte Carlo annually - it celebrated its 100th tennis tournament this year.