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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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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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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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Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon)

Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon)

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With its dramatic limestone cliffs and azure waters, the Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon) is one of the French Riviera's most delightful secrets. Escape the manicured glamour of St. Tropez and Cannes in favor of the canyon, which provides opportunities to swim, sail, sunbathe, and rock climb on routes that stretch as far as the eye can see.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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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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Palais des Festivals et des Congrès

Palais des Festivals et des Congrès

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The colossal Film Festival Palace hosts high-profile media and business events, most notably, the Cannes Film Festival, which draws movie stars and media from all over the world for two dizzying weeks in May. Its privileged location, across from the sun-kissed Boulevard de la Croisette and the Mediterranean Sea, is appropriately glamorous.More
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La Croisette Boulevard (Boulevard de la Croisette)

La Croisette Boulevard (Boulevard de la Croisette)

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The beating heart of Cannes, La Croisette Boulevard (Boulevard de la Croisette) is an oceanfront promenade lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants, and thronged with both vacationers and glamorous locals. Whether you’re stopping for lunch, dinner, or people-watching as you walk along, a stroll along this iconic street is a must-do for Cannes visitors.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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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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Port Vauban

Port Vauban

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The French Riviera reaches its glamorous pinnacle at Antibes' Port Vauban. Fortified by Louis XIV’s military engineer, Marquis de Vauban, in the 17th century, the harbor is now a hub for jetsetters and their superyachts. The port is home to the International Yacht Club Antibes, and is big enough to accommodate the record-breaking Dilbar superyacht.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 3 Days in Nice

How to Spend 3 Days in Nice

French Riviera Day Trips from Nice

French Riviera Day Trips from Nice

How to Spend 3 Days in Cannes

How to Spend 3 Days in Cannes

Monaco Tours from Cannes

Monaco Tours from Cannes

Provence Day Trips From Cannes

Provence Day Trips From Cannes

Top activities in French Riviera

Perfume Workshop in Grasse

Perfume Workshop in Grasse

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Catamaran from Cannes

Catamaran from Cannes

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Visit the fields of lavender and the gorges du verdon.
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French Riviera Sightseeing Guided Day Trip with Transfer from Nice
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Ferry from Cannes to St Tropez

Ferry from Cannes to St Tropez

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Eze, Monaco & Monte Carlo from Nice from Nice
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Ferry from Nice to St Tropez

Ferry from Nice to St Tropez

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Monaco, Monte-Carlo, Eze Half-day from Cannes small-Group and Shore Excursion
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Monaco, Monte Carlo, Eze, la Turbie Full-Day from Nice Small-Group Tour
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Provence Wine Tour - Private Day Tour from Nice
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Nice Local Vineyards Small Group Half Day E-Bike Tour with Wine Tasting
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Ferry from Nice to Monaco

Ferry from Nice to Monaco

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Recent reviews from experiences in French Riviera

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Magot was extremely...
Ron_B, May 2022
French Riviera Private Full-Day Tour
We had a fantastic time experiencing all there was to see and do on the French Riviera.
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Great experience
Sheila_T, Apr 2022
French Riviera Sightseeing Guided Day Trip with Transfer from Nice
Great way to see so many sights in a day.
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Best tour
Monica_C, Mar 2022
French Riviera Sightseeing Guided Day Trip with Transfer from Nice
It is truly the best way to see the French Riviera in one day.
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Awesome, incredible French Riviera experience!
Rajeev_P, Jun 2022
The Best of the Riviera Small group Guided full Day Tour
He gave us ample time to visit each spot and guided us with his tips & recommendations at all the locations so that we could see some key spots with better time efficiency.
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Great day on the Riviera.
Joseph_D, May 2022
French Riviera Cannes to Monte-Carlo Discovery Small Group Day Trip from Nice
We were picked up at our hotel in Nice and we were afforded ample time to visit Cannes, Monaco, Monte Carlo and Antibes.
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A beautiful sampler of the French Riviera
Inmaculada_A, Apr 2022
French Riviera Cannes to Monte-Carlo Discovery Small Group Day Trip from Nice
I wanted to see as much of the French Riviera as I could and this is the perfect way to sample each one.
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It was just perfect to...
anama95, Oct 2021
The Best of the Riviera Small group Guided full Day Tour
It was just perfect to see some of the towns at the French Riviera, very well informed tour guide, we wish we could spend a little more time at Monaco since we didn’t get to see the palace or the town.
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Wonderful tour
David_H, Oct 2021
★ Walking Tour of Old Nice and Castle Hill
Our guide, Chris, was amazing, had excellent English and was very knowledgeable.
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Very enjoyable Riviera excursion
Cliff_K, May 2022
French Riviera Sightseeing Guided Day Trip with Transfer from Nice
This is great way to see the French Riviera in one day.
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Pleasant boattrip !
Menno_A, Sep 2019
Mediterranean Coastal Sightseeing 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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Top Notch Tour Guide
Dina_S, 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...
Dipali_S, 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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Mesmerising French Riviera
Anu_p, Jan 2022
French Riviera Cannes to Monte-Carlo Discovery Small Group Day Trip from Nice
Our tour host Nadir was excellent he quickly understood what we wanted to see and explained everything so well and cleverly incorporated movie scenes in our tour around Monaco, Cannes and Eze.
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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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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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All about French Riviera

Currency
Euro (€)
Time Zone
CEST (UTC +1)
Country Code
+33
Language(s)
French
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