The French Riviera, for many years has been associated with celebrities, fame, and riches. Coastal marinas are filled with luxury yachts and restaurants are not shy with their prices for gourmet meals and fine dining.
Known as the playground of royalty, it has also been famous for events such as the Cannes film festival. Despite its fame, it is still an attractive choice for middle-stream holidays and more specifically a road trip of the coastline.
Covering the southeast there are many places to put on your itinerary. Ideally, you should avoid the months in the height of summer i.e. July to August because this is when the crowds gather. Fly into Nice airport and from there; hire a car to start your exciting journey
French Riviera Places That Are Worth Visiting
Nice is one of the largest cities in France so it goes without saying, there are an abundance of things to do. Art lovers should head to the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain or Musée Matisse, while wine connoisseurs should head to the restaurants to taste unique and vintage bottles. The Cathédrale Saint Nicolas is an old church with superb Russian architecture and the recommended local dish to try is Socca.
Antibes is an old town that is great for people watching but head first to the Musée Picasso, which was home to the artist in 1946 and today holds some of his remarkable paintings. Drop and see the church of the Immaculate Conception and stroll through the cobbled streets of the local marketplace.
Cannes is known for its Forville market that is proud of locally produced French goods such as cheeses and wines. Next, jump on board a boat to the island of Saint Honrat. The museum of classical art also has some interesting pieces, otherwise simply stroll along the boulevard and get a good sense of the region that has become world famous.
The large seaside town of Saint Raphael is mostly known for its beaches but there are other attractions such as the 12th century church of Eglise des Templiers and the Museum of Underwater archaeology. While there, a must do attraction is to walk along the promenade and sample delicious seafood.
Saint Maxime is nicknamed the poor neighbour but it still has all facilities for an enjoyable visit from numerous restaurants, long beaches, a gold course in the hills and water sports activities.
Further Reading: If time is still permitting on your road trip of the French Riviera, continue to the well-known Saint Tropez, then onto Le Lavandou, Hyeres, and Toulon. To source local suppliers in all these regions and dealers that operate from airports, have a look at our search engine that enables you to find the best prices and cheapest deals.