The Côte d’Azur, or French Riviera, is one of the most luxurious and sophisticated regions in the world! Know what to visit.
A Cote d’Azur it has the magic and glamor that countless films, books and songs have left for posterity. From the exclusive and seductive Monaco that Grace Kelly fell in love with, to the Cannes film festival, there is much to see in this Mediterranean region of France.
But don’t think that getting to know and touring the Côte d’Azur requires exorbitant expenses, because it’s not true. There are alternatives for all purses and for (almost) all tastes.
There are numerous points of interest and places to visit. Magnificent beaches, dreamy esplanades and breathtaking landscapes are just some of the proposals we leave you here.
So set out to discover a region full of history, heritage, nature and magnificent landscapes. Ready to explore all that the Côte d’Azur has to offer?
7 places to visit on the Côte d’Azur
In Nice, be sure to explore the old town and visit the Cours Salaya fruit and flower market (right at the foot of the mountain). It is also essential to go through Praça Massénaas well as the iconic Promenade des Anglais.
Between the port and the old part of Nice, there is the Parc de la Colline du Château, excellent for taking very beautiful and striking photos. Enjoy the views and be dazzled by the landscape of this iconic area of the Côte d’Azur.
This principality is located in a corner of southeastern France, on the Côte d’Azur, but its cultural influence is impossible to measure.
The Praça do Casino, the geometric mosaic of the apartments in the Marina and the Palace of the Princes are all references that are very present in the imagination of all of us.
They all refer to the universe of jet set, Princess Grace and the mythical Grand Prix. Also very present in the history of this place is the maritime explorer Jacques Cousteau, director of the Oceanographic Museum for over 30 years.
At 500 meters above sea level and a short distance from the coast, the setting of this village is truly extraordinary. The ocher tower of Notre Dame de l’Assomption is one of its icons, visible from a great distance.
From this villa, it is possible to reach incredible views over a small bay, the Mediterranean and the Côte d’Azur. Also a must is the Jardin Exotique, with stunning cacti.
The elegance and sophistication of Cannes is not new to anyone and La Croisette is “only” the most pleasant beach on the Côte d’Azur, with its golden sand and calm waves.
In summer, the bustle increases and it’s easy to see many tourists along the waterfront, between the Mediterranean and the fashion stores. In May, it must still go through the Palais des Festivals et des Congreswhere the Cannes Film Festival takes place.
Near the top of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat lies a mansion steeped in history. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, this was the home of the Rothschild and Ephrussi banking family and was specifically intended for Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild.
The villa has several views over the Mediterranean, a rich heritage of works of art and decorative objects and 9 gardens that are part of the list of the most remarkable gardens in France.
Each of these gardens has a different theme, from the Japanese garden (with its pavilion) to the rose garden which is painted with pink flowers in summer. The interior is that of a true palace, with an 18th-century taste.
This old part of the city deserves a visit. Its narrow streets (such as rue Saint-Antoine) are full of buildings with restaurants on the ground floor. In the past, this region hosted a fishing community.
Around here, you can also visit the museum that has an eclectic collection of primitive art from around the world, ancient artifacts from the Mediterranean and various musical instruments.
Close to the museum, the 16th century church is also worth a visit, but the biggest local attraction is the fabulous view over the port and the Croisette.
Another of the old areas of the French Riviera, Saint-Paul-de-Vence is located a few kilometers from the sea. This is a very well preserved medieval village, where cars are restricted.
For that reason, our suggestion is that you wear some very comfortable shoes and walk through its streets, full of art galleries and local artisan shops.
Several important personalities of the 20th century lived in this town, such as writer James Baldwin, actor Donald Pleasance and artist Marc Chagall.