The French Riviera is one of France’s best-known areas. This famous Mediterranean coastline stretches from Cassis to the Italian border. It’s a great year-round destination, thanks to its warm climate: temperatures never drop too low, but also rarely exceed 30 degrees. The warmest area is Menton — the most Eastern town of the region — as it is well-protected from chilly breezes by the Maritime Alps.
The Riviera’s French name is Côte d’Azur, named after its most-beautiful feature, the long, azure blue coast. Take a drive along the coast to see both the gorgeous waters, as well as the impressive mountains, with their steep cliff faces.
|The French Riviera is great for a road trip along the coast.
Whilst the coast attracts thousands of sun-lovers each year, the countryside — with its small, medieval villages, surrounded by forests, lakes, and fields of lavender — is a more peaceful destination. It’s also the perfect spot for hikers, thanks to its Alpine routes that look over the coast.
St. Paul de Vence is a great spot for those who don’t want to stray too far from the coast, but still want to take in some of the region’s most beautiful mountainous scenery. The popular medieval village is only a thirty-minute drive from Nice, and is worth a visit for its well-preserved fort, beautiful views, and local delicacies. The area’s natural beauty makes it a popular spot for artists and craftsmen, who sell their works in small galleries on the cobblestoned streets.
|St. Paul de Vence is a popular medieval village.
Other small villages along the coast include the medieval dwellings of Villefranche-sur-mer, and Èze. The latter is split into both coastal and mountainous regions.
As well as its natural beauty, the French Riviera is famous for its yachts, harbors, and glamorous parties. The region is popular among both the French high society, and international celebrities. Many of them own luxurious holiday homes in the area, where they escape the heat in summer, or hibernate during the winter. Nice, Cannes (famous for its Film Festival), and St. Tropez are particularly popular hotspots. The latter is home to some of the best nightlife in Europe, but be prepared: the clubs are pretty pricey!
|The Colline du Chateau offers the best views over Nice.
Travel further East and you’ll find the city state of Monaco, although this French Riviera city state doesn’t technically belong to France! As well as being home to many of the world’s richest individuals, Monaco is known for its luxurious casinos, beautiful marina, and Formula 1 Motor race track, which runs through the middle of the city.
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The beaches (and water temperature) were lovely in June. However, if you want to make use of a beach club each day, it can be pricey!
Countless beaches along the coast, some bigger cities with lots of shopping and nightlife opportunities, expensive