Nestled on the Mediterranean, the French Riviera has a culture of its own. From its lively cities like Nice to its quaint villages like Èze, this region of France offers a diverse range of destinations. Coco Chanel, the Rothschilds, Brigitte Bardot — the French Riviera has long attracted travelers and stars alike over the years. But knowing where to begin in such a rich region of France can feel daunting. At French Side Travel, we’re experts in organizing luxurious experiences. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite places to visit on the French Riviera.
Best Places to Visit on the French Riviera
How to Get to the French Riviera
Also known as the Côte d’Azur, the French Riviera is located in southeastern France. The best way to access the French Riviera would be flying into the airport in Nice. You can also fly into the airport in Marseille. The French Riviera can also be accessed by various train stations.
Driving up to Menton, you’ll immediately be awestruck by the sorbet-colored buildings lining the shoreline. Whether it’s wandering its darling streets or lying out at the beach, the town of Menton is the ideal place to enjoy southern French sunshine.
Menton’s claim to fame is its Fête du Citron, or Lemon Festival. Since 1934, this festival has been showcasing the lemon through parades, an arts and crafts show, floats and beyond. The Lemon Festival will be held in February and March 2024. Whether you can take part in the Lemon Festival or not, the town of Menton is a favorite for places to visit on the French Riviera.
Whether you prefer lounging at the beach or exploring its old city’s narrow streets, Nice has something for everyone. Get your steps in with a walk along the Promenade des Anglais, which lines the Mediterranean Sea. And for the best views, be sure to head up to la Colline du Château.
Although many think of French cuisine as homogenous across the country, it simply isn’t the case. France’s regions each have their own specialities, and in Nice, the cuisine is heavily influenced by the Mediterranean. Think olives, chickpeas and seafood. After strolling the markets, you can take a private cooking class in Henri Matisse’s Nice workshop.
Even with its rich history during medieval and Renaissance periods, much of France has modernized. But step foot in Èze and it’s as if you’ve rewound the clock hundreds, if not thousands, of years. The village of Èze’s history dates back to 220 B.C. We dare you to wander up the hilltop village’s windy paths to the castle ruins in its Jardin Exotique.
We’ll even set up your own private perfume atelier. You’ll meet the Maître Parfumeur, who will help you craft your own unique perfume. They’ll even save your precious concoction in case you’d like to order another batch in the future.
Ever wondered how the rich and famous lived many years ago à l’époque ? Come visit Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. We’ll organize a special tour of heiress Béatrice de Rothschild’s pink villa dating back to the early 1900s. We’ll take care of the hors d’oeuvres and champagne so that you can just imagine how this Rothschild lived lavishly. Outside of her luxuriously decorated villa, you can explore her elaborate gardens.
Another gem on the French Riviera, Villefranche-sur-Mer is another storybook-like village waiting to be explored. With a population of only 5,000, Villefranche will charm you with its tranquility and exquisite views. Spend the afternoon dining seaside at the Michelin-recognized restaurant La Mère Germaine. We’re certain you’ll be tempted by their wild catch of the day or gambas linguine pasta.
Whether you’re enchanted by exquisite architecture or postcard-worthy views, medieval villages or local festivals, there are ample places to visit on the French Riviera. We’d be happy to plan your trip to these dazzling destinations and personalize it for the needs of your travel group.
Where to Stay on the French Riviera
Hôtel la Perouse
This four-star hotel promises more than just luxurious rooms and exemplary service; it also boasts views of the Baie des Anges on the Mediterranean. Located in Nice, this hotel is a stone’s throw from a flower market and the city’s old port. Feel free to wander this boutique property’s fitness center, sauna, a rooftop terrace, and a heated outdoor pool with an epic backdrop. Hôtel La Perouse also offers private beach access so that you can make the most of your French Riviera stay.
Hôtel La Chèvre d’Or
Located in the charming village of Èze, this five-star château-hotel aims to impress. This 5-star chateau-hotel, built on the steep slopes of the French Riviera, offers breath-taking vistas of the Mediterranean Sea. The château offers several unique suites and rooms. We’re certain you’ll be tempted by its Panoramic Suite, complete with its own private infinity pool. The hotel has four different dining establishments including its eponymous restaurant boasting two Michelin stars. Take some time to unwind during your trip with a massage or a trip to its sauna.
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