Regions — Southeastern France – French Riviera
Region at a glance
Major Cities: Nice, Cannes, Monte Carlo (Monaco)
Mediterranean beach resorts and casinos
Sunny, mild climate
Small villages perched on cliffs or coastal fishing villages
Excellent and numerous golf course
The French Riviera along the Mediterranean coast, provides its guests with fashionable elegant surroundings in an international atmosphere. Visitors can choose between the livelier towns of Nice and Cannes, home of the famous film festival, and the calmer more discreet villages of Beaulieu, Menton or Cap Ferrat.
The quaint harbor fishing villages have become chic tourist destinations, now full of pleasure yachts and crowded summertime beaches. The famous resorts of Juan-les-Pins and Cap d'Antibes attract the stylish jet set.
Up in the hills are the quieter medieval villages. Sainte-Agnès offers magnificent panoramic views of the sea and mountains. In St. Paul-de-Vence tourists can browse through shops and galleries set on narrow winding cobblestone streets. Throughout the region are charming country homes and terraced private villas overflowing with colorful flowers.
Grasse is the perfume capital of the world. The factories invite tourists to visit and learn how French perfumes are made.
Places of interest
Antibes 17th-century ramparts, 12th-century castle with a 16th century tower, old city, Archeological Museum, Picasso Museum, beaches, Chateau Grimaldi, Marineland, Church of the Immaculate Conception
Biot Antique shops, outdoor cafés, Fernand Léger Museum
Cannes Popular for conventions and festivals, Cannes Film Festival, la Croisette, old city, Castre Museum, Palm Beach Casino, beaches
Grasse Capital of perfume industry, cathedral, Art and History of Provence Museum
Juan-les-Pins Popular nightlife spot
Mandelieu Famous golf course, chateau, casino
Menton Warmest of coastal cities year-round, Cocteau Museum, Parvis and Church of St. Michel, Promenade du Soleil, Bioves Garden
Monte Carlo Main city of Monaco, casinos, gardens, Napoleon Museum, Oceanographic Museum, Wax Museum, views from the Corniche
Mougins Golf course
Nice Promenade des Anglais, fine arts museum, Matisse Museum, Chagall Museum, Ruhl Casino, Parc des Miniatures
Roquebrune Chateau, Ste-Marguerite Church, golf course
Sainte Maxime Fishing port, Tour Carré des Dames, Phonograph Museum, golf course
Saint Paul de Vence Medieval village, Maeght Foundation
Saint Raphael Archeological Museum, old port, church.
Technical tourism and sports
Perfume factories, flowers, pottery, leather goods, wood carving, glass and stained glass.
Water sports, biking, golf, tennis, horseback riding, winter sports.
The Rivera shares its cuisine with Provence enjoying the same vegetable and fish dishes prepared with vivid seasonings. the most famous are bouillabaisse, a fish soup, anchoyade, soupe au pistou, pissaladière, ratatouille and salade Niçoise. Anise flavored pastis is the Riviera's favorite drink.
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