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Welcome to French Riviera

Along the southern coast of France, between Provence and the Mediterranean Sea, is an area known as the French Riviera. This collection of seaside resort towns is famous for its gorgeous scenery, laid-back lifestyle, sandy beaches, boutique shopping, and beautiful people. The French Riviera, or Côte d'Azur, as it's more technically known, stretches from St-Tropez in the east all the way to the French-Italian border. The biggest city is Nice, and other popular destinations include Cannes, home to a famous annual film festival; Antibes, where visitors can see Roman ruins; the pretty hilltop town of Eze; and the independent city-state of Monaco. Spend time strolling the beachfront promenades, people watching from sidewalk cafés, or soaking up the sun on the beach. If you're looking for a taste of the high life, charter a private yacht from Cannes, fly over Nice in a helicopter, or get behind the wheel of a Lamborghini or Ferrari. While cities along this pretty coast are popular day trip destinations on their own, they're also good bases for exploring other parts of Provence. Travelers can head into the hills to explore the town of Grasse and its Fragonard perfumery, or see the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard in Verdon Gorge. It's even possible to spend a day shopping in some charming Italian markets on a day trip from Cannes or Nice.

Top 10 attractions in French Riviera

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Île Sainte-Marguerite

Île Sainte-Marguerite

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A 20-minute ferry ride across the waters of the Mediterranean Sea transports travelers from the high-class commotion of Cannes to the tranquil Île Sainte-Marguerite, a small island with more pine trees than people. Bring your walking shoes and your love for the great outdoors for the perfect day trip away from it all.More
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Port Vauban

Port Vauban

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The largest marina in Europe, with over 100 berths, Antibes’ ritzy Port Vauban is one of the most popular spots for yachts on the French Riviera. Originally a natural port run by everyone from the ancient Greeks to the Romans and the Barbarians, it wasn’t until the 15th century that the site was given adequate protection from raiders, when Louis XIV ordered military engineer Seigneur de Vauban to fortify the marina.Port Vauban Antibes is home to the Yacht Club d’Antibes and has its own private heli-pad for all those superyacht owners like Roman Abramovich. Berths at Port Vauban don’t come cheap—eachspot costs between 1 and 4 million euros. Each spring, the marina hosts the Antibes Yacht Show, which attracts more than 15,000 visitors every year.Just behind the archway to Antibes’ Old Town on the western edge of the marina is a lively market that is open every day except Monday. After checking out all the glittering yachts, the market serves as a great place to order all kinds of Provençal cheeses and fruits, and to stop and enjoy a drink at one of the many bars and restaurants.More
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Picasso Museum (Musée Picasso)

Picasso Museum (Musée Picasso)

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One of the cultural highlights of the French Riviera, the Picasso Museum (Musée Picasso) is located in the heart of Antibes, between Cannes and Nice. Housed in the 14th-century Grimaldi Castle—where Picasso lived in 1946—the museum exhibits several hundred works by the modernist master.More
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Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais

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A stylish walkway monopolizing four miles (six kilometers) along the Bay of Angels, the Walk of the English (Promenade des Anglais or La Prom) is a Nice icon offering stunning views, enticing pit stops, and the best people-watching in the city. Grab your bike, skates, or shoes—and don’t forget your swimsuit—for a sunny afternoon in Nice.More
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St-Tropez Citadel (Citadelle de Saint-Tropez)

St-Tropez Citadel (Citadelle de Saint-Tropez)

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Though Saint-Tropez is famous for its glamour and glitz, the city also has a rich and eventful past. The St-Tropez Citadel (Citadelle de Saint-Tropez) is a prime example, having been the town’s crown jewels since the 17th century, and one of the few monuments of its magnitude to still stand today on France’s southern coastline. In fact, the Saint-Tropez Citadel is one of the city’s most visited historical and cultural sites, both for its history and its panoramic views over the Bay. The Citadel was built between 1602 and 1608, based on the drawings of engineer Raymond de Bonnefons. The building, composed of a thick-walled hexagonal tower, a concealed interior courtyard, towers with cannon openings, and a bastioned outer wall, was used to defend the strategic port of St-Tropez, the most important strongholds between Antibes and Toulon for centuries. Its location on a hill with slopes bare of vegetation helped the military spot and bomb all vessels that came too close to the walls of the city.More
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Eze

Eze

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With its twisting cobblestone lanes, jumble of medieval houses, and shady courtyards lined with traditional cafés, Eze is a tranquil village high above the glamorous resorts and golden beaches of the Cote d’Azur. The hilltop town, traditionally written Èze, is undeniably picturesque, affording panoramic views over the Mediterranean, and its timeless charm has made it a firm favorite on French Riviera itineraries.More
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Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)

Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)

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A honeycomb of narrow streets dotted with baroque churches, lively markets, bustling squares, and a thriving nightlife scene, Nice’s Old Town (Vieux Nice) remains the buzzing heart the modern French city. This seafront historic center offers an atmospheric introduction to Nice.More
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Grasse Fragonard Perfumery (Parfumerie Fragonard)

Grasse Fragonard Perfumery (Parfumerie Fragonard)

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As important to French culture as Paris and paté, the art of perfume is on display at the Fragonard perfumery in Grasse, one of the oldest-running perfumeries in France. Dating to 1926 and featuring plenty of artifacts from the original distillery, the historic factory functions as a modern artisanal perfume factory deeply rooted in tradition.More
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Chateau Font du Broc

Chateau Font du Broc

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Built on the Var heights between Esterel and the Gulf of St Tropez, the Château Font du Broc is set amid lush vegetation overlooking the sea. The grounds of this impressive wine farm are sprawled out over 250 acres that encompass vineyards and olive trees – and even an Olympic-sized arena for horses.Producing both wine and olive oil, the owner of Château Font du Broc, Sylvain Massa, insists on organic and traditional farming methods and restricts the volume of wine produced in order to ensure its quality.Although the beautiful surroundings and the building’s architecture are high points for some visitors to Château Font du Broc, for others it’s simply all about sampling the delicious wines. The tasting room welcomes visitors and sampling the local vintage is positively encouraged, either on its own or with locally produced cheeses, meats and other delicacies.More
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St. Tropez Our Lady of the Assumption Church (Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption)

St. Tropez Our Lady of the Assumption Church (Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption)

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The Our Lady of the Assumption Church (Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption) in St-Tropez is in the Old Town of Saint-Tropez and is now considered to be one of the city’s emblems, with the ocher-colored steeple and bell tower being visible from miles around. Built in the Italian Baroque style, the church has a white limestone façade with distinct yellow and red accent hues that were selected to contrast with the blue of the sky and the sea. Construction took many years, ending in 1784. In 1820, the Archbishop of Aix-en-Provence Pierre-Ferdinand Bausset-Roquefort consecrated the church. Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption underwent extensive renovations and repair works in 1990, and was made a historic monument shortly after. Inside the church, visitors can see the bust of Saint Tropez (patron saint of sailors and patron saint of St-Tropez) as well as the bust of Saint Pierre (patron saint of fisherman and masons). The church is home to many events during the year, including the bravade (a religious and military festival held in May) and a renowned nativity scene in December and January.More

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French Riviera Day Trips from Nice

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Top activities in French Riviera

Ferry from Cannes to St Tropez

Ferry from Cannes to St Tropez

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Ferry from Nice to St Tropez

Ferry from Nice to St Tropez

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French Riviera Cannes to Monte-Carlo Discovery Small Group Day Trip from Nice
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Coastal Cruise from Nice

Coastal Cruise from Nice

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French Riviera in One Day

French Riviera in One Day

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Catamaran from Cannes

Catamaran from Cannes

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Recent reviews from experiences in French Riviera

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Great tour
Annie_B, Jul 2021
French Riviera in One Day
A long day but worth it to see so much of the french Riviera.
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French Riviera small group day trip
Tina, Feb 2020
French Riviera Cannes to Monte-Carlo Discovery Small Group Day Trip from Nice
Andreas our guide was very gracious and so informative This was a great day trip included just what you need to see on the French Riviera and what it’s all about .
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Pleasant boattrip !
Najeeb421, Sep 2019
Coastal Cruise from Nice
It took us along the coast line of the French Riviera with very informative comments in the English and French language.
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Small group tour of French Riviera
mrkhoughton56, Aug 2019
French Riviera Cannes to Monte-Carlo Discovery Small Group Day Trip from Nice
We were able to see so many areas of the French Riviera in one day.
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Top Notch Tour Guide
268dina, Aug 2019
Cannes Shore Excursion: Private Tour of the French Riviera
We booked this tour off a cruise to see the french riviera and our guide Rene was Awesome!!
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So happy we did this tour! Jenna our...
dipali13, Jul 2018
Monaco, Monte-Carlo, Eze Half-day from Cannes small-Group and Shore Excursion
Definitely, a nice way to see the French Riviera with so little time when taking a cruise.
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A good way to see some of the French...
Simon R, Sep 2017
Monaco, Monte-Carlo, Eze Half-day from Cannes small-Group and Shore Excursion
A good way to see some of the French Riviera when limited for time.
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If you have limited time it was a...
LUANA T, Oct 2014
Small-Group Evening Tour and Dinner in Monte Carlo from Nice
If you have limited time it was a good way to see a little bit of the French Riviera and take a glimpse of Monte Carlo.
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A great day trip out to St Tropez on...
Leanne B, Sep 2014
Ferry from Cannes to St Tropez
A wonderful way to see the coastline of the French Riviera and beautiful Mediterranean Sea.
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Great way to see the countryside of...
Abigail, May 2013
Provence Countryside Small Group Day Trip with Grasse Perfumery Visit from Nice
Great way to see the countryside of the French Riviera.
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We thoroughly enjoyed our day with...
John M, Aug 2011
French Riviera Small-Group Day Trip from Cannes
Manuel was knowledgeable and very responsive to making our tour suited to what we wanted to see and do.
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NINA, May 2011
Monaco and Eze Small-Group Day Trip with Perfumery Visit from Nice
Eze is a charming town and gives stunning views, can't wait to visit again.
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Great condensed tour of the French Riviera!
Lilybeth E, Oct 2019
Best of the French Riviera with Cannes, Monaco & More shared guided tour
It was the best way to see bits of the French Riviera if you only have a day to spare.
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We had a wonderful time on this...
Demarie A, Dec 2017
Provence Countryside Small Group Day Trip with Grasse Perfumery Visit from Nice
This is a great tour for people who want to see various parts of the French Riviera but aren't sure how to do it.
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Great overview of the French...
hvenable, Jun 2016
French Riviera Cannes to Monte-Carlo Discovery Small Group Day Trip from Nice
We highly recommend this tour if you want to see the surrounding cities from Nice.
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This tour was nothing short of...
Bigblue527, May 2017
Cannes Shore Excursion : Private Custom Tour French Riviera Highlights with Local Guide
She took us to all the places we asked to visit and provided plenty of historical facts about the Cote D'Azur along the way.
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Ambernay T, Jun 2018
Côtes de Provence Small Group Day Trip with Winery Visits & Tastings from Nice
This tour was a great way to see some of the lesser traveled parts of the French Riviera and the Provence region.
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This was an AMAZING tour. Our...
Kat S, Aug 2018
Monaco, Monte Carlo, Eze, la Turbie Full-Day from Nice Small-Group Tour
She showed us the best spots to see the best sights.
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Our experience was wonderful. Our...
Kenneth B, May 2016
Monaco and Eze Small-Group Day Trip with Perfumery Visit from Nice
Easy way to see the French Riviera!
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We really enjoyed our trip from...
Bonnie H, Sep 2014
Monaco and Eze Small Group Day Trip from Cannes
We were picked up and dropped off, minutes from our front door and it was an excellent way to see more of the French Riviera, while we were staying in Cannes.
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