Autumn is officially the quietest season in on the Cote d’Azur. Visitor numbers may drop, yet throughout this sunny season the Nice municipality rolls out activities focused on locals. Which means all of this month is packed with plenty of hidden treats. Lucky are the year-round residents – or those fortunate enough to linger like a local along this pretty coastline. Following are some of our autumn highlights.
Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes: Who would swap jogging the pavement along Nice’s panoramic Promenade des Anglais for pounding a treadmill in some stuffy gym? Not us, that’s for sure. For the seriously fit, this weekend sees the return of the seventh edition of the Riviera’s annual marathon. On Sunday November 9, the race kicks off in Nice. Competitors cover 42 coastal kilometres, finishing up on Cannes’ Boulevard de la Croisette. For the more “athletically challenged”, simply spending the race morning in Cannes is a delight. Stroll the seafront and cheer on the runners finishing their epic efforts.
Matinées Musicales: A few times each month (with the exception of summertime), the Orchestre Philharmonique performs afternoon concerts within the Old Town’s Opéra de Nice. This month, these bite-sized chunks of culture take place either at 11am or 12.15pm on November 23, 25, 29 and 30. For further details, including exact concert times and ticket prices, see the Opéra de Nice’s website here or here.
Catherine Ségurane Day: In 1543, Niçois washerwoman Catherine Ségurane is said to have frightened off invading Turks by flashing her buxom bare bottom. Thus repelled, the Turks abandoned their siege and fled. Today, the legendary local hero is celebrated each year on November 26. A procession through the Old Town is followed by a mass in her honour, held in Niçois dialect, at the Église Saint-Martin-Saint-Augustin. Alternatively, take a stroll past the bas-relief sculpture depicting Ségurane in her moment of glory (although bottom covered) on rue Sinclaire, just off of place Garibaldi.