Things to Know
The French Riviera, also called the Côte d’Azur on account of its sapphire blue waters, is doubtless one of the world’s foremost seaside destinations. Inextricably linked with images of glamour and celebrities, it’s hard to resist feeling a bit like a star while visiting this part of the world and regardless of whether you actually care for that kind of lifestyle or not, there is something about the French Riviera that makes you feel special and privileged. The grand villas, the fashionable hotels, the striking yachts, the fine restaurants, the smart shops, the colorful beaches, the exotic landscaping, and the broad esplanades – all of these are at your fingertips for you to enjoy! From Hyères in the west, to Menton in the east, not to mention Monaco and Monte Carlo along the way, your time in the French Riviera is sure to be an unforgettable holiday experience.
Things to See
The Prince's Palace of Monaco
An impressive 16th century Renaissance palace that is the official residence of the Sovereign Prince of Monaco. Visit the State Apartments and discover their rich art collections.
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
Fittingly located on top of a cliff overlooking the sea, this fascinating museum is renowned throughout the world for its marine expertise and its displays of more than 6,000 aquatic specimens.
Masséna Museum Nice
An architectural jewel in a tree-lined setting on the Promenade des Anglais that showcases the history of Nice in the 19th Century.
Marc Chagall National Museum
A museum dedicated to the famous, Russian born French painter Marc Chagall, purposely built to house his most important biblical works that make up the Biblical Message.
A municipal museum devoted to the work of French painter Henri Matisse.
Overlooking the bay of the Angels and the town of Nice, this Franciscan monastery houses a beautiful church, a cloister, and a museum.
The Maeght Foundation
A unique architectural complex designed by Josep Lluís Sert that houses a collection of modern and contemporary art pieces.
Chapelle du Rosaire
A small catholic chapel located in the town of Vence that was designed by Henri Mattise. It also houses the artists murals that are regarded as some of the masterworks of modern art.
Things to Do
Visit One of the Oldest Medieval Towns on the Riviera
The town of Vence is a charming medieval settlement perched atop a mountain behind Nice that is almost entirely devoted to art and tourism. Admire the impressive fortifications, and a stunning collection of art at the famous Maeght Foundation – an art lover’s delight!
Fall in love with Saint Tropez
Over the previous century, this small French town went from being a sleepy fishing port to a fashionable seaside resort full of luxurious yachts, top notch restaurants and trendy cafes. Hit the beach, take in the beautiful views of the surrounding bay and revel in the glamorous atmosphere of Saint Tropez!
Day Trip to Antibes
The popular seaside town of Antibes is one of the Côte d’Azur’s longstanding fashionable resorts. Enjoy a walk through its wonderful flower gardens, visit its beach, and don’t miss out on the Musée Picasso that houses a collection of 245 works by the artist.
Day Trip to Nice
Nice is the largest resort town along the Riviera that has long enjoyed a reputation as a beloved holiday destination thanks to its mild, Mediterranean climate and a near endless supply of sunshine. Discover the town that captivated the imagination of Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, and Renoir as you explore its elegant restaurants, excellent museums, and vibrant street life.
Explore the City of Cannes
Cannes is probably the best known of all the cities along the French Riviera because of the Film Festival held here every May. Thanks to its sheltered location, it enjoys moderately hot summers and mild winters and thus has long been a favorite year-round seaside resort, with all the luxury hotels, restaurants and shops that pleasure seekers could want. From Cannes’ exotic vegetation and shoreline boulevard to its many art galleries and its thumping nightclubs, there’s plenty for you to enjoy in this glamorous city.
Hit the Beach
Plage des Mariniers
A large public beach at Villefranche that is right next to the charming old port area with steep cliffs rising in the background and very calm waters.
Type: Fine pebble beach, not organized with snack bars nearby
Promenade des Marinieres, 06230 Villefranche-sur-Mer
Plage de Pampelonne
A fashionable beach where you can spot A-listers, experience famous beach clubs, and admire the super yachts resting in the bay.
Type: Over 5 km of white sands and sparkling turquoise water spilt between public areas and a range of beach clubs.
Route des Plages, 83350 Ramatuelle, Saint-Tropez