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French Riviera: Three-Day Itinerary

French Riviera: Three-Day Itinerary

The French Riviera is filled with many delights, but if you only have three days to spend in this wonderful region in the south of France - you'll have a lot of great choices to pack into three wonderful days. To start on your three-day itinerary for visiting the Cote d'Azur, you'll probably want to head to Nice, France. Nice, France is considered the Queen of the Riviera for good reason! This is truly an outstanding city packed with shopping, dining and things to see and do.... More

French Riviera: Five-Day Itinerary

French Riviera: Five-Day Itinerary

If you have five days to spend enjoying the French Riviera, there's much to see and do! The best way to start is to make Nice, France your home base. Nice is a wonderful city with a variety of great shopping, dining and many hotels to choose from. If you are looking for a stunning view right on the coast then the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat is where you want to stay! Start your trip at one of the most elite hotels on the Riviera. The Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat dates back to 1908 and attracts international travelers from.... More

French Riviera: Seven-Day Itinerary

French Riviera: Seven-Day Itinerary

Seven full days in the French Riviera is sure to be a great time that you will remember forever. Most any traveler coming to the French Riviera will want to start their journey in Nice, France. The reason is that you'll probably fly in here, so it makes the most sense from a logistical standpoint. Arrive in Nice and take a short ride into the mountains to arrive at Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa. With spectacular views of mountains and sea, you will be able to relax and rejuvenate in no time. Take in an evening stroll before dinner at Le Saint-Martin, which received two Michelin stars in only two years... More

French Riviera: Ten-Day Itinerary

Ten-Day Itinerary Through The French Riviera

With its excellent transport connections Nice is the perfect place to start a tour of the French Riviera. After checking into your hotel head to Vieux Nice for lunch at La Voglia - their tartines go especially well with a carafe of rose. Afterwards take a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, tour the Roman ruins and return to the hotel for dinner. After breakfast walk to Rue des Ponchettes and take the free elevator to the top of Chateau Hill for some fabulous views. Head back to visit the Salaya... More

French Riviera: Fourteen-Day Itinerary

Fourteen-Day Itinerary

Arriving in Nice, either by train or TGV, spend the morning at the Matisse Museum and the Chateau highlights then onto lunch at the Place Massena - also good for a spot of shopping. In the afternoon stroll the old town, and enjoy a French macaroon and Cafe au Lait on the Promenade des Anglais then back to the hotel. From Nice head out to Monaco - it's worth hiring a car to enjoy the famous views from the coastal Corniche route. Visit the Oceanography Museum... More

  • 10 Good Reasons to Visit the...

    Come on, do you really need a reason to visit the French Riviera?  Most of us would say no – that just the words, French Riviera, are reason enough to grab our passports.  But, if you’re one of those who really does need a reason before booking your plane ticket, fear not.  Here are 10 of them. » Read More

  • Grasse – Perfume Capital of...

    Some people think that the French Riviera is only the swath of sand stretching to the Italian Coast, made up of a few sexy, jet-set resorts.  It comes as a surprise to learn that the Riviera also has a back country stretching well into Provence and the Alpes-Maritime, with a number of towns and villages also worthy of a visit. » Read More

  • 8 Places You Must Visit on...

    The French Riviera offers a smorgasbord of sun, sand, blue skies, glamor, history, world-class shopping, gourmet dining and 5-star accommodations.  There is so much to see and do that one trip, or even two or three, only offers a tantalizing taste.  There are some sites, however, that every visitor to the Cote d’Azur should make a point to see.   » Read More

  • Juan-les-Pins and...

    This month we travel to two more of the French Riviera’s lesser known gems – Juan-les-Pins and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.  While they may not be in the name recognition category of Cannes, Nice and St. Tropez, these two stunning towns have been luring jet-setters since the 1920s. » Read More

  • Beaulieu-sur-Mer and...

      When most people think of the French Riviera, they probably think of the glitzy beach resort of St. Tropez or the glamorous celebrity hangout of Cannes or the jet-set resort of Nice.  While these towns are the magnets that lure travelers to this slice of European paradise, there are many smaller locales that are equally worthy of a visit.   With 120 towns and... » Read More

  • Monte Carlo

    Monte Carlo – The Legardary...

      When it comes to glittering destinations around the globe, perhaps nowhere conjures up the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous as much as Monte Carlo in the principality of Monaco on the French Riviera.   The very name has become synonymous with jetsetters who fly their private planes or moor their yachts here, mainly to try their hand at its legendary casino... » Read More

  • Principality of Monaco

    Principality of Monaco

    In the length of time it would take most Americans to drive from their homes to the supermarket, drug store, shopping center and back, they could drive the entire length of the Principality of Monaco.   At just under one square mile in size, this jewel of the French Riviera is the second smallest nation in the world after Vatican City, and thanks to an influx of millionaires, a... » Read More

  • Palace of Monaco

    Monaco’s First American...

    Monaco is unquestionably one of the most glamorous, high profile locations on the entire French Riviera. Part of it has to do with its glittering gambling mecca, Monte Carlo; part with its fishbowl-sized harbor crammed with yachts that once belonged to the likes of Niarchos and Onassis, and part of it has to do with the principality’s international reputation as a tax haven for the... » Read More

  • Mougin

    Mougins – An Art Lover’s...

    There is perhaps no lovelier town on the French Riviera than Mougins, picturesquely nestled between the coast and the mountains about 15 minutes from Cannes.  The short geographical distance belies the opposing natures of the pulsating, star-studded Mediterranean resort and the peaceful, slumbering village, surrounded by forests of pine, olive and Cyprus trees. » Read More

  • St Tropez

    St. Tropez - The French...

    Even taking into consideration its collection of rainbow-hued buildings and prominent position overlooking the Mediterranean, many frequent travelers to the French Riviera contend that there are prettier towns than St. Tropez lining these sun-kissed shores. If Eze, Cap d’Antibes, Menton and others bring out the superlatives, then why is St. Tropez the best known name on the Cote... » Read More

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 Monaco
Monaco
Nestled at the northern tip of the French Riviera, the Principality of Monaco is the second smallest independent state in the world next...
 Cannes
Cannes
  Cannes has everything the French Riviera is known for—luxury hotels, pricey boutiques, and top-notch...
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Nice
Nice offers the luxurious amenities of a Cote d'Azur resort town along with all the perks of a large city with notable museums...
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Saint-Tropez
When artists and writers started coming to Saint-Tropez at the turn of the last century, the city was far from the place it would be just...
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Antibes
  Antibes strikes the perfect balance between a busy resort town and an under-the-radar seaside retreat. While glitterati...
 St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (Cap Ferrat)
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat rests on the outskirts of the Cap Ferrat, which is a gorgeous peninsula filled with the woods and many millionaire...
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Villefranche-sur-Mer
Villefranche-Sur-Mer (Villefranche)
The lovely town of Villefranche-sur-Mer is only a few miles outside of Nice, France. The town, (known also as Villefranche) is a beach resort...
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Juan-les-Pins
About Juan-les-Pins, France
Juan-les-Pins is a town located on the French Riviera in southeastern France. It is a major tourist destination with many beaches, nightclubs...
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Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo is a district located within the famously glitzy Monaco, which is the second smallest independent state in the world - second only...
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French Riviera: Beaches
The French Riviera is known for its beaches and the shimmering blue waves that lap at the edge of the shore. But if you want to know about...
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French Riviera: Can't Miss Attractions
There are so many amazing sights in the French Riviera that it is almost hard to figure out what do to first on an adventure here. Whatever you...
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French Riviera: Hotels
There are many places to stay in the French Riviera. You will find wonderful accommodations from simple motels to elaborate villas. You can...
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Splendid Hôtel & Spa
Splendid Hôtel & Spa
50 bd Victor Hugo, Nice, France 06000
The Splendid Hôtel & Spa Nice - part of the Warwick collection of hotels - is ideally located in the heart of Nice city and at only 7 km...
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Grand Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat
71 bd du Général de Gaulle, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, France 06230
The Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat is located between Nice and Monaco, at the tip of the Cap-Ferrat peninsula, facing the Mediterranean, in a private...
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Château Saint-Martin & Spa
Avenue des Templiers BP 102, Vence, France 06142
Enjoy 7 nights for the price of 6 at the Château Saint-Martin & Spa, located between Nice and Cannes, and which overlooks majestically the...
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There are few places on earth that have the allure of glamour like the French Riviera. This coastline spans over 500 miles along the southern border of France and sits against the Mediterranean Sea.

This area - known as Cote d'Azur - is known for its perfectly tropical climate, dreamy blue sea waters and stunning blue skies. The Alps mountain range edges one side of this majestic coastline. There are many beaches here - both with sand and hard stones. The coastline is dotted with small charming villages and towns with quaint squares to massive cities with high rises and billionaire mansions.

The area is known for the yachts that float in the crystal blue waters of the sea, as wealthy people come here to enjoy this playground.

Cote d'Azur has a number of amazing cities and towns that are worth exploring - from Nice, France to Monte-Carlo, Monaco and everything in between. There's an experience and a setting for most any visitor to enjoy.

The French Riviera is exceedingly popular in the summer with many tourists packing the coastline. These include wealthy socialites, French families and beach bums. Many hotels and restaurants cater to the heavy crowds in the summer, while the off-season tends to be much quieter with some establishments even closing down for the season.

There are a number of well-known annual events that take place in the French Riviera, including the Cannes Film Festival, jazz festivals, summer-time fireworks displays and much more.

Some of the most famous cities in the French Riviera are Saint-Tropez, Cannes and Monaco (which is actually an independent state - second in smallest size only to the Vatican). Yet there also are some true gems here that don't make it into popular media much, such as Ramatuelle in the Saint-Tropez Peninsula and Villefranche-sur-mer. These are much more quaint spots with sandy beaches for daydreams and great markets for shopping.

  • Saint-Tropez - This once sleepy town was made famous by Brigitte Bardot in the film And God Created Woman. Today, it's filled with lots of really rich guests with their yachts. But there also are more affordable spots. It's very crowded in the summer, which is also when prices are inflated. St. Tropez is known for its many private beaches, including Nikki Beach.
  • Nice, France - Known as the Queen of the Riviera, Nice (pronounced niece) is one of the largest cities in France. There are beaches here, but they are lined with hard pebbles and stones. Yet they remain popular. You'll find many great restaurants, good shopping and lots of cultural amenities. Many visitors make Nice their base when exploring the French Riviera.
  • Marseille, France - This town is on the beach and quite diverse. It has many colorful markets and tons of amazing seafood.
  • Menton, France - This is a port town that feels Italian as well as French! It has many famed gardens and is perfect for walking the lovely streets. It hosts a festival every February dedicated to lemons.
  • Cannes, France - Cannes is known for the Cannes Film Festival. This is a spot full of wealth and glitz. There are many private beaches here, and the Old Town is a popular place to stroll and enjoy.
  • Antibes, France - Many French families flock to the beautiful city of Antibes. It's known as a spot that Pablo Picasso loved. Today you can visit the famous Picasso Museum in Antibes. This is a very pretty spot with a great market.
  • Cassis, France - This is a really pretty spot that's not as packed as St. Tropez and Cannes and not quite as expensive. It's known for its wines and gorgeous seaside cliffs.
  • Monte-Carlo, Monaco - This is not technically part of France, but it's considered part of the French Riviera. It's an independent state known for its high rollers and the casino. Monaco also is known for its royal family - the House of Grimaldi including Grace Kelly.
  • Villefranche-sur-Mer, France - Located not far from Nice, France this is a beach-side town. It's also a popular port of call for cruise ships. There are many good restaurants here. It also has a beach with softer sand than the rocks on the beaches of Nice, France.
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