Explore the French Riviera
Explore the French Riviera with the magnificent cities of:
- Côte d’Azur, once the place to be for the rich and famous but now equally popular with a general crowd. Its sandy beaches, beautiful bays, rocky cliffs and lovely towns has made it one of the main yachting and cruising areas in the world as well as popular destination for land-bound travellers.
- There’s bustling Nice, where some 4 million tourists a year enjoy the stony beaches and stroll over the Promenade des Anglais.
- Avignonwith its splendid ramparts and Palais-des-Papes was once the seat of popes.
- Saint-Tropez gets overcrowded in summer; it’s a delightful place in any other season.
- The same goes for Cannes, where the jet-set of the film industry gathers each year for the famous Cannes Film Festival. From there, you can hop on a boat to the much more peaceful Îles de Lérins.
- Much smaller in size but just as gorgeous (and popular) are the perched villages of Gourdonand Èze, which is located on a 427 meter high cliff, much like an “eagle’s nest”. Both offer some stunning panoramic views. From Èze, it’s a very short trip to the glitter and glamour of Monaco.
- For the world’s millionaires and aristocracy, the green peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferratis an old time favourite with the impressive Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild full of impressionist art as its main sight.
- A bit more inland but well-worth a visit are the towns of Grasse, famous for its perfumeries, and Biot, known for its glass blowers.
- The huge city and arts-hub Marseille is usually not considered part of the Cote D’Azur, but is very close. It has plenty of historic sights and nearby are the stunning Calanques, a series of miniature fjords it shares with Cassis.