Tropez is a place that is especially famous among the rich and famous, who give the special character to the place and that’s why it cannot be omitted while visiting the French Riviera. And Vence is an ancient city that’s famous for its art and especially for a chapel decorated by Matisse who lived here. Only St-Tropez, Cannes, and isolated bits around Fros and Antibes have sandy waterfronts, hence their legendary popularity. Many beaches are privately operated, renting parasols and mattresses to anyone who pays; if you’re a guest at one of the local hotels, you’ll get a discount. St-Tropez, Cannes and isolated bits around Frojus and Antibes have sandy waterfronts, hence their legendary popularity.
Guests of Cannes villas and vacation rentals can stroll down the La Croisette promenade, lined with palm trees, beaches and boutiques, or visit the casinos. The beaches here are sandy, but most are reserved for the use of the resort guests. There are quiet, tranquil hillside villages with unmatched views of the country scenery just half an hour away from the hustle and bustle of Cannes and Nice. Five days is considerably more ideal, allowing time to factor in some side trips to glamorous nearby resorts like Monte Carlo or Cannes. You could also spend some time exploring the lavish villas and ancient Roman ruins in Nice’s swanky Cimiez quarter, and indulging in quintessential Riviera opulence with dinner (or just a drink) at the renowned Hotel Negresco followed by a date with Lady Luck at the Le Ruhl Casino.
Head down to Cannes, home of the famous film festival, less than an hour away. The best beaches near Cannes are sandy, packed and topless bathing is the order of the day. Finally, see the sea side croisette of Cannes. The line attributed to both Matisse and Picasso that Cozanne “is the father of us all” cannot be easily dismissed.
We will often also visit San Remo in the afternoon, and then head back to Cannes for dinner. Find out more about Ventimiglia under our Shopping pages, with additional photos from our own daytrips here . Opened in 1971, this highly acclaimed park, located just out of Cannes, was specially designed to let its animals live in as natural a habitat as possible. Admission is $11 adults, $7 ages 10 and up, and under age 3 are free. Halfway between Nice and Cannes, Antibes offers silky sandy beaches, an enjoyable old town, good hiking, and a great Picasso collection. The town’s glamorous port glistens below its fortifications, with luxurious yachts and brightly painted fishing boats.
Visit Europe’s last untouched bastion in the south west of France; holiday villa rentals offer an authentic escape. Monte Carlo, within the principality of Monaco, is the ultimate chic destination for a wedding in the South of France. With its royal palace, once home to Princess Grace, exclusive casinos, and luxury boutiques and jewellers, Monte Carlo has attracted millionaires, movie stars, models and famous sports stars for decades. Your visit to France will never be complete if you have never been to the French Riviera. Whether summer or winter, this place is still perfect for many travelers.