The French Riviera, or Côte d’Azur, is both a playground for the rich and famous as well as the perfect destination for anyone looking to splurge on an ultra-glamorous holiday. This slice of Mediterranean coastline boasts opulent cities and villages that offer the finest when it comes to shopping, dining, and pampering.
The birthplace of seaside resorts, the French Riviera provides numerous locations where rubbing shoulders with the elite is a daily occurrence. Check out some of these top must-see spots you need to experience on your next French Riviera escape. And because a vacation in the French Riviera doesn’t come cheap, protect your lavish holiday with comprehensive travel insurance should anything not go to plan. To get a quote online, simply click here.
The crown jewel of the French Riviera, Nice is both the region’s largest and most popular city. Walk the famous seaside Promenade des Anglais and simply take in the deep blue sea, extravagant palaces, and idyllic palm trees. See Roman ruins on Colline du Château, check out the 16th century Fort du Mont Alban, and shop the Cours Saleya Market. Those finding themselves in the city mid to late February can take in the Carnival of Nice.
Menton is the perfect spot if you find yourself in the Riviera during the winter months due to the fact it stays rather mild. This time of year also offers up the chance to take in the Lemon Festival (Fête du citron), where the town is quite literally taken over by 145 tonnes of artistic citrus fruit creations including towering statues and monuments. Be sure to take in Bioves Gardens as well as the Jean Cocteau Museum along the stunning shoreline.
Popular for its beaches and nightlife, Saint-Tropez offers the ultimate decadent escape. Enjoy beachside restaurants and sunbathing on the famous Pampelonne Beach. Experience the town’s contemporary art scene and learn about its rich naval history. Enjoy panoramic views of the Mediterranean from the Cap Camarat Lighthouse and party away the night at the many clubs on offer.
Notable for hosting the annual Cannes Film Festival, Cannes has been featured in a number of blockbusters itself. La Croisette is one of the most beautiful streets in all of France and offers a seaside walk among the city’s fanciest hotels, many which offer private beaches. Step back in time at the Musée de la Castre or Notre-Dame D’Espérance and go island hopping to Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat.
Try your luck in the sovereign city-state of Monaco at the famous Monte Carlo Casino or simply admire the multi-million dollar yachts that grace the harbour. Here you’ll also find the home of the Monaco Grand Prix Formula One race as well as numerous lush and inviting gardens such as the Princess Grace Botanical Garden. Shop until you drop at the Metropole Shopping Monte-Carlo or experience the sea life of the Mediterranean at the aquariums of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.
Those looking for a more authentic and less commercialized Riviera experience can head to Peillon where you find a lovely pedestrian only village perched high upon the cliffs. Navigate the steep hills and staircases that wind their way through medieval stone buildings. Hike the many trails that lead of into the mountains or simply take in the beautiful frescoes of Chapelle des Penitents Blancs.