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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