French Riviera - sweep of Mediterranean shoreline

Exploring the French Riviera

So Much to See...
So Much to Do....

French Riviera Vacations specializes in the French Rivera, and wants you to enjoy this spectacular area to its fullest.

There’s so much to do and see in March...when it’s spring on the French Riviera

  • Take in cultural events
  • See picturesque villages and towns
  • Visit museums and historic houses
  • Drive into the Maritime Alps
  • Explore Provence and the Italian Riviera

We could easily write over 1000 pages on the many towns and picturesque villages. Most travel guides do exactly that.

And, many guides include a lot of information on hotels and restaurants that you may not need. It takes time to wade through them to see what you want.

We recommend a few guides for specific reasons:

  • Michelin The Green Guide - French Riviera – a detailed guide for seeing all the sights on the French Riviera, including suggested driving trips. It is also very good for general information on the French Riviera. (The Michelin Red Guide is for hotels and restaurants)
  • TimeOut Nice and Cannes – detailed information on these two major cities.

We know that you want to have more travel information before you arrive on the French Riviera so you can plan some exciting trips and experiences ahead.

Listed below are direct links to the web sites of tourist information offices for the major towns and villages. You will also find direct links to the important sights and attractions. (If links go directly to sites in French, click English to get the information in English)

All towns between Menton and Cannes can be reached by public transportation (bus and rail). Information on self-drive programs – by regular, luxurious or classic cars – and optional guided minibus tours will be available prior to your arrival.

Consult this link (http://www.beyond.fr/villages/06villages.html) for all towns in the Alpes-Maritimes. Click "map" and use Google's option on the left to scroll up for close up maps and satellite maps. (Also for important sites, bus and rail travel, hotels, gastronomy, sports, books and more.) You can start your French Riviera Experience right now!!

Nice

The “2014 French Riviera Winter Experience” program is based in Nice, the major city on the French Riviera with lots of attractions and activities. All flights arrive at Nice Airport.

Nice is the center of the French Riviera with interesting towns along the coast - stretching EAST via Monaco to Menton (on the Italian border) and WEST via Antibes and Cannes to St. Tropez.

Your Discovery Itinerary of Nice

Direct links to museums and attractions:

Vieux Nice (Old Town) walking tour

Nice Webcams - link on top right

Chagall Museum (click for French). English information.

Matisse Museum

Modern and Contemporary Art Museum

Phoenix Floral Park

Russian Orthodox Cathedral

The Hinterlands of Nice – refers to a group of perched villages in the hills above Nice, brimming with history and traditions.
(http://www.frenchriviera-mountain.com/valleys-territories/the-hinterland-of-nice-canton-de-levens-06_1182-ete.html)

East of Nice – along the coast

Villefranche-sur-Mer
Enjoy lunch overlooking the harbor in this pretty town.

Villefranche-sur-Mer is the major port on the French Riviera for American cruise ships. (Advice from a local guide: If your friends are taking a Mediterranean cruise advise them not to buy the excursions on board the ship...they are overpriced, offer a mediocre meal, and they’ll be herded around. With two couples or more have you own minibus with driver-guide for up to 8 persons. (Contact us if you need the facts)

Your Discovery Itinerary of Villefranche-sur-Mer

Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat

Your Discovery Itinerary of Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat

Beaulieu-sur-Mer

Your Discovery Itinerary of Beaulieu-sur-Mer

Eze

Your Discovery Itinerary of Eze Village

There are two parts to this town.

  • Eze Village, the picturesque mountain village, offers a splendid view over the Mediterranean
  • Eze-bord-sur-Mer is on the coast.

Cap D’Ail

Monaco / Monte Carlo

Your Discovery Itinerary of Monaco / Monte Carlo

Roquebrune – Cap Martin - click tourist office link on this French site (soon in English)

  • Cap Martin is on the coast.
  • Roquebrune overlooks the Mediterranean.

Menton – The Garden city of the French Riviera

Your Discovery Itinerary of Menton

San Remo (nearby in Italy)

East of Nice – above the Mediterranean

La Turbie

Your Discovery Itinerary of La Turbie

Sainte-Agnes

Peillon

Sospel

West of Nice – along the coast

Saint-Laurent-du-Var

Cagnes-sur-Mer

Your Discovery Itinerary of Cagnes-sur-Mer

Villeneuve-Loubet

Your Discovery of Villeneuve-Loubet

Antibes / Juan Les Pins

Your Discovery Itinerary of Old Antibes

Vallauris – Golfe Juan

Your Discovery Itinerary of Vallauris

Your Discovery Itinerary of Golfe-Juan

Cannes

Your Discovery Itinerary of Cannes

  • La Castre Museum
  • Boat trips to the Iles of Lerins
    - Saint Honorat with Cistercian monastery
    - Sainte-Margherite (botanical trail, Museum of the sea)

Mandelieu – La Napoule - The Mimosa Capital

Saint-Tropez

Your Discovery Itinerary of Saint-Tropez

West of Nice – a short distance from the Mediterranean

Saint-Paul-de-Vence – Fortified town with 60 galleries and studios

Your Discovery Itinerary of Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Vence – Historic town with many art galleries and studios

Your Discovery Itinerary of Vence

Biot / Valbonne

Valbonne / Sophia Antipolis – Valbonne is the old village. Sophia Antipolis is France’s Silicon Valley.

Your Historical Tour of Biot

Tourettes-sur-Loup – city of Violettes, artist studios and crafts

Your Discovery Itinerary of Touresttes-sur-Loup

North of Cannes

Mougins – known for its gourmet restaurants and Photography Museum (click Mougins Tourisme on right)

Your Discovery Itinerary of Mougins

Grasse – “Capital of Perfune” with major perfumeries (free tours)

Your Discovery Itinerary of the Historic Center of Grass

Gourdon

Medieval village, known for its arts, crafts, and local products.

The village offers an incomparable panorama of the Cote d’Azur (50 miles Nice – Cannes – Theoule-sur-Mer)

Everything is open in March

The Painters Route of the Cote d'Azur - nine towns

The Mimosa Road - Bormes-les-Mimosa - Mandelieu-Napoule

Reign of the Baroque Art - on the French Riviera

The Route Napoleon - from Golfe Juan via Digne-les-Bains to Grenoble

Parks and Gardens - on the French Riviera

Scenic trains - This site offers links to information in English for:

- Nice to Digne - Provence Train - Train des Pignes - French only site

- Roya Bevera Valley - Train of Marvels - Train des Merveilles - French site only