The Best of Cote d’Azur, France: it is not only about the glamour of Riviera

Places like Nice, Monaco, Cannes and St Tropez may bring images of celebrities to the mind, but what really makes the French Riviera an attractive travel destination is its rich cultural heritage and fabulous sceneries.

Antibes, Riviera, France, old townLocated between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, Cote d’Azur (roughly the coastline from St Tropez to Menton) is a year-round destination – only outdoors activities vary depending on the season. People who haven’t visited the region may think it is primarily a beach destination. Well, it is that, but I don’t regard the beaches of the Riviera its main attraction. For me, the best of Riviera are the historical towns, glamorous cities, charming ports, rustic old town, and of course, the mountains.

Here are the best of the French Riviera/Cote d’Azur.

City: Nice
Town: Antibes
Village: Èze
Sight: Les Gorges du Verdon (the Grand Canyon of Provence)
Shopping: Avenue Jean Medecin, Nice
Food: Seafood restaurants around the old port of Cannes
Park: Le Château, Nice
Drive: Road D6202 (Route de Grenoble) from Nice to Touët-sur-Var
Cycling: Cap d’Antibes and Promenade des Anglais, Nice
Beach: Villefranche-sur-Mer
Art: St Paul de Vence for galleries, Nice and Antibes for museums
Hike: Mountain above Nice with views to Nice, the Mediterranean and to the valley of river Var
People watching: A café at the port of Monaco

The information for the best of ranking was extracted from the travel guidebook The Gems of Nice and the French Riviera.

the village of Eze at Cote d'Azur, France.

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