The mild temperature throughout the year makes the French Riviera an attractive region not only in terms of the weather but also thanks to its diversified architecture. That said, expect 300 days of sunshine! For beach moments, June to September are the best months. Nevertheless, la Côte d’Azur offers more than sun and sea. It has some of the most charming little towns located a short distance one from another. They will leave you astonished with their architecture and magnificent views.
- You can start the road trip from Nice since the airport is located there. Head to Cannes, the city of stars and the red carpet.
- Drive up to Saint-Paul-de-Vence floral village that is nested on the hill, take a stroll in the narrow charming streets and on the top of the 16th century Town Wall that surrounds the village.
- Continue 40km to the East of the French Riviera to reach the medieval village Eze-Village located on the hilltop. La Turbie, another charming town is 10min away, famous for its monument, the Trophy of Augustus.
Day 2 :
- Start a day by an energetic walk along the promenade from Mala beach in Cap d’Ail.
- Then visit the second smallest country in the World, Monaco with its famous Monte Carlo casino.
Day 3 :
- Spend a full day in the last town on the French Riviera before the Italian border, Menton which colourful and picturesque streets will leave you in awe.
One of the most popular destinations on the French Riviera, Cannes is associated with red carpet and its annual Film Festival that hosts many international celebrities. Alongside the promenade La Croisette, the beach stretches from one side and from the other, numerous luxury hotels and boutiques are overviewing the sea.
Not as famous as La Croisette, Le Suquet is the old quarter above Cannes that offers a beautiful view on the port and the city. It showcases a different side of Cannes, a more authentic and historical one with its castle on the hill and medieval buildings.
To find out what is going on, you can refer to the agenda of events on tourist office website : https://www.cannes-destination.com/agenda
Saint-Paul-de-Vence is considered one of the most beautiful villages of France. Lying on the hilltop and surrounded by ramparts from the 16th century, the town is vibrant and full of character. Lose yourself in the maze of charming streets, the floral exuberance visible on the facades, the little shady squares, ancient fountains, and soak in the village life.
3. Eze Village
Like Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Eze Village was also built on a hill with a slight difference that it is overviewing the sea. This medieval town has a fine botanical garden that offers a view on the French Riviera and its azure water of the Mediterranean.
4. La Turbie
Another town nestled on a hill, La Turbie is somehow spared from the crowds, unlike Eze Village or Saint-Paul-de-Vence. The second thing I liked about this place is that it offers a splendid view on the entire French Riviera and particularly on Monaco. It has cute narrow streets with stone pavements. On top of that, you can visit a historical monument “The Trophy of Augustus” dating back to the Roman Empire.
5. Cap d’Ail
Cap d’Ail is situated just before Monaco. The most pleasant thing to do is to walk along the promenade starting from Mala beach. The promenade stretches alongside the sea front from where you can even reach Monaco by foot.
Did you know that you can walk across the width of Monaco in…56 minutes? Monaco is the second smallest country in the World after Vatican. Yet, it has the world’s highest number of millionaires and billionaires per capita and third most expensive real estate. Quite a few records for such a small coutry!
Last town on the French Riviera and lying on the French-Italian border, Menton is a “lemon town” since the lemon is grown here and it hosts an annual Lemon Festival. It is considered a pearl of the French Riviera and I couldn’t agree more as the town truly charmed me with its colourful streets. It has numerous picture-perfect spots outside the old town on the beach as well as inside among the narrow streets. Don’t forget to taste a refreshing limonade!
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