What to see in French Riviera

Guide of French Riviera, France

Author: wit

French Riviera Places And Charm, France

In the region known as PACA (Provence-Alps-Cote d'Azur), between the sea and the Maritime Alps, there is a territory that offers a fantastic variety of landscapes, with an enjoyable year-round climate and an ideal location for any type of vacation, whether for worldly pleasures, exploring nature, culture or bio-tourism.


When you see the yachts moored at Pointe Croisette, it's difficult to think of Cannes in the 19th century when it was a small fishing village. In 1834, a certain Lord Brougham fell in love with it and built a villa here. As always, one thing leads to another: a few years later, there was a transportation infrastructure, luxury hotels and the casino, and the famous international film festival was founded along with the golf and yacht clubs, glamorous night spots and chic beaches that contributed to making Cannes one of the richest and most magnificent resorts of the Côte d'azur. Here, everything is the biggest and the best: the nightlife, water sports, cultural events and performances through to the shopping streets, well-being centers, restaurants and most luxurious hotels. Thanks to the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes is also a location that can host meetings, conventions and high-profile events. The charm of its old port, Port Vieux, which welcomes the fishing boats and yachts, is more or less unchanged. Boats departing from the maritime station carry visitors to the fabulous Lerins islands. Rue Meynadier connects the modern part of the city to the Le Suquet quarter, in the fascinating old city that, dotted with stores and restaurants, is one of the most picturesque places in Cannes.


Would you like to have an intimate conversation with a sea turtle immersed in the blue water or do you long to discover the star of the moment trying to escape swarms of fans in a trendy club? This is one of the favorite Côte d'azur resorts for those who prefer nature to traffic and the jet-set and for those who want to escape the high-society of famous Cannes and St.-Tropez to spend time exploring splendid sea bottoms, strolling in the shadows of the characteristic palm gardens, visiting the old city perched on the hill and practicing windsurfing and funboarding along the 20 km of beaches. For the Robinson Crusoe in you, the “golden islands” of Hyères, Porquerolles, Port Cros and Le Levant, will whet your appetite for exploration: the crystalline blue sea, the idyllic beaches and typical villages where, as you land in the land port, you are inebriated by the scent of eucalyptus and fruit trees and can follow marvelous itineraries on foot or bicycle or enjoy the local cuisine. To get into the spirit of Jaques Cousteau and his dedication for the undersea world, you can explore the sea bottom in the Port Cros national marine and ornithological park. In this nature preserve, you can experience the ecosystem of the undersea itinerary along the beach of Palud, equipped only with fins, mask and snorkel. In short, it's a place that will astonish you.


Put on your sunglasses for a Belle Époque style stroll on the Promenade des Anglais and don't forget your credit cards: whether you it's a bistro in the old city that conquers you rather than a design store, an aperitif at the Plage du Sporting or a dinner at one of the aristocratic restaurants, the prices are, in fact, almost always prohibitive, but Nice will pay you back with entertainment, high-society, sports, art and culture.


The Principality of Monaco is the smallest nation in the world. During the F1 city circuit, Michael Schumacher crossed it in 1:14.439 in his Ferrari. But visitors will need more time to enjoy the marvels of this city. If gambling at the Casino of Monte Carlo, patronizing the most prestigious bars and restaurants, taking spa treatments at the Thermes Marins de Monte Carlo or mooring a boat at the Port de Monaco are the prerogatives of the most wealthy, the fantastic Oceanographic Museum is within everyone's reach. Located in a spectacular position on the rocks and open year round except the day of the Grand Prix, it is easily reachable from the train station. One can't help but be thrilled by its stupendous aquariums.


Before it had become part of the Olympus of the international jet-set, also thanks to the buzz created by a generational icon like Brigitte Bardot, this resort town was frequented by famous painters and writers like Guy de Maupassant, Paul Signac and Jean Cocteau, who left behind fascinating evidence of their stays. It's useless to mention that the charm of the old port or the morning market in Place de Lices take second place when the glossy magazines focus on the celebrities that have contributed to transforming “Saint-Trop” into a legendary place for the elite, to the extent that its most enamored visitors are unhappy about new plans to expand the free beach.


Add to your or


Search hotels in

When? (optional)