Frolicking on the French Riviera
Arts & Culture
South of France
The Côte d'Azure, is one of the most luxurious coastlines in the world. This guide will take you from Monte Carlo to Cannes with a stop in Nice. Immerse yourself in luxury as we take a trip down the French Riviera in style!
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Where to stay in French Riviera
Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo
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Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo
Luxurious accommodations in a 19th century palace ideally located on the legendary Casino Square with views over the Mediterranean Sea.
Hôtel Martinez - The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Upscale hotel overlooking the Bay of Cannes and art deco style rooms.
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Things to do in French Riviera
Harness your inner James Bond and arrive in Monte Carlo via helicopter from Nice. Take in the sweeping views of the beautiful French Riviera coastline on this 7 minute ride. Explore the Old Town (Monaco-Ville, Le Rocher) and Jacques Cousteau’s Oceanographic Museum. See the changing of the guard at the Prince's Palace. Embark on a day cruise on the Mediterranean and enjoy an onboard lunch, swimming, sunbathing and wine, of course! Continue with the James Bond theme and spend the evening at the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo, where gambling meets high fashion.
You'll feel like you're in Italy as you stroll through the Old Town. Pop into a wine shop and get a tour of the cellar, smell the flowers at the Cours Saleya market or enjoy cheese or pastries at one of the many bakeries or cheese shops in the area. If you're visiting in the summer, head to the beach and lounge in an iconic blue beach chair at one of the glamorous beach clubs - like Blue Beach or Castel Beach. Sip a refreshing glass of Rosé (you're in Provence after all) as you relax and sunbathe on one of the most luxurious coastlines in the world.
Start the day with an extravagant brunch at Hotel Martinez. Then, take a stroll on the Boulevard de la Croissette for some shopping. Visit the medieval town of Moujins, just a short drive from Cannes. This magical town is built in a spiraling circle on top of a hillside and is a hub for artists. Stroll through the circular town and enjoy the sweeping views of the area—a must do! In the evening, head over to Le Speakeasy for dinner and dancing. A small restaurant/lounge, this place comes alive after dinner with music, dancing and fire! Easily one of my best experiences in Cannes.
Places to eat & drink in French Riviera
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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to South of France.