Must-see attractions in Côte d'Azur

  • Restaurant in le Vieux Nice.

    Vieux Nice


    Getting lost among the dark, narrow, winding alleyways of Nice’s old town is a highlight. The layout has barely changed since the 1700s, and it’s now…

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    Promenade des Anglais


    The most famous stretch of seafront in Nice – if not France – is this vast paved promenade, which gets its name from the English expat patrons who paid…

  • Cabanon Le Corbusier, Roquebrune Cap Martin, France.

    Cabanon Le Corbusier

    Côte d'Azur

    The only building French architect Le Corbusier (1887–1965) ever built for himself is this rather simple – but very clever – beach hut on Cap Martin…

  • Chapel of the Rosary, designed by Henri Matisse, in Vence.

    Chapelle du Rosaire

    Côte d'Azur

    An ailing Henri Matisse moved to Vence in 1943 to be cared for by his former nurse and model, Monique Bourgeois, who'd since become a Dominican nun. She…

  • Colline du Château


    For the best views over Nice’s red-tiled rooftops, climb the winding staircases up to this wooded outcrop on the eastern edge of the old town. It’s been…

  • Musée Masséna


    Originally built as a holiday home for Prince Victor d’Essling (the grandson of one of Napoléon's favourite generals, Maréchal Massena), this lavish belle…

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    La Croisette


    The multi-starred hotels and couture shops lining the iconic bd de la Croisette (aka La Croisette) may be the preserve of the rich and famous, but anyone…

  • The Annonciade Museum in Saint-Tropez, France.

    Musée de l’Annonciade


    In a gracefully converted 16th-century chapel, this small but famous museum showcases an impressive collection of modern art infused with that legendary…

  • Cloister of the cathedral Saint-Leonce in Frejus, France.

    Cloître de la Cathédrale de Fréjus

    Côte d'Azur

    Fréjus’ star sight is its 11th- and 12th-century cathedral, one of the region's first Gothic buildings. Its cloister features rare 14th- and 15th-century…

  • France, Alpes Maritimes, Nice, district of Cimiez Hill, museums and archaeological sites, thermal baths of the ancient Roman city of Cemenelum, Matisse museum in the background

    Musée Matisse


    This museum, 2km north of the city centre in the leafy Cimiez quarter, houses a fascinating assortment of works by Matisse, including oil paintings,…

  • Paloma Beach, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France.

    Plage Paloma

    Côte d'Azur

    A dreamy spot for swimming, sunbathing and water sports of all kinds, this secluded crescent of sand 1km east of St-Jean has an iconic bar-restaurant,…

  • Crystal clear water on Pampelonne beach near Saint Tropez in south France.

    Plage de Pampelonne

    Côte d'Azur

    The 5km-long, celebrity-studded Plage de Pampelonne sports a line-up of exclusive beach restaurants and clubs in summer. Find public entries (and parking…

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    Cours Saleya Markets


    Split between its beautiful flower market and rightly famous food market. On Mondays, flowers and food make way for a flea market.

  • Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

    Côte d'Azur

    An over-the-top, belle-époque confection, this villa was commissioned by Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild in 1912. She was an avid art collector…

  • Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins

    Côte d'Azur

    The brainchild of compulsive art collector and British entrepreneur Christian Levett, this outstanding museum contains 600 works spanning 5000 years. The…

  • Villa E-1027

    Côte d'Azur

    Irish modernist architect Eileen Gray designed this tour de force of a Mediterranean villa, complete with highly inventive furniture and fixtures, in the…

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    La Ponche


    Shrug off the hustle of the port in St-Tropez’ historic fishing quarter, La Ponche, northeast of the Vieux Port. From the southern end of quai Frédéric…

  • Musée International de la Parfumerie


    This whiz-bang museum is a work of art: housed in an 18th-century mansion enlarged with a modern glass structure, it retraces three millennia of perfume…

  • Les Jardins du MIP

    Côte d'Azur

    These gorgeous gardens belonging to Grasse's Musée International de la Parfumerie showcase plants used in scent-making. Half the garden is displayed as…

  • Citadelle de St-Tropez


    Built in 1602 to defend the coast against Spain, the citadel dominates the hillside overlooking St-Tropez to the east. The views are fantastic, as are the…

  • Renoir Museum in Cagnes-sur-Mer.

    Musée Renoir

    Côte d'Azur

    Immersed in greenery 6km southeast of St-Paul-de-Vence, Le Domaine des Collettes in Cagnes-sur-Mer was home and studio to an arthritis-crippled Renoir …

  • The Picasso Museum at Grimaldi Castle in Antibes, France.

    Musée Picasso


    Picasso himself said, ‘If you want to see the Picassos from Antibes, you have to see them in Antibes'. The 14th-century Château Grimaldi was Picasso’s…

  • Trophy of Augustus, aka Trophy of the Alps, iconic landmark in La Turbie, Cote d'Azur, France.

    Trophée des Alpes

    Côte d'Azur

    Perched on a hilltop just outside Monaco that’s visible from all directions, this amazing monument was built by Emperor Augustus in 6 BC to celebrate his…

  • Luxurious interiors of the famous Greek-style villa Kerylos built at the beginning of the 20th century on the French Riviera.

    Villa Grecque Kérylos

    Côte d'Azur

    This magnificent dwelling is a reproduction of a 1st-century Athenian villa, complete with baths, stunning mosaic floors and furniture such as dining…

  • Scenery from Jardin Exotique d'Èze.

    Jardin Exotique d’Èze


    The best panorama in Èze village is from this cactus garden right at the top of the craggy hilltop village. Take time to relax in the ruins of Èze's…

  • Îles de Lérins

    Côte d'Azur

    Although just 20 minutes away by boat, Cannes' tranquil islands feel far from the madding crowd. Île Ste-Marguerite, where the mysterious Man in the Iron…

  • Vieil Antibes


    Ringed by sturdy medieval walls and criss-crossed with lanes and shady squares, old Antibes is a delightful place for a wander. The wonderful Marché…

  • Espace de l’Art Concret

    Côte d'Azur

    Modern-art and architecture lovers shouldn’t miss Mouans-Sartoux’ contemporary-art centre, housed in the 16th-century Château de Mouans and the purpose…

  • Fort de la Revère


    Sitting just below Èze, this fort is the perfect place to revel in 360-degree views. An orientation table helps you get your bearings. The fort was built…

  • Fort Ste-Agnès

    Côte d'Azur

    The drawbridged entrance to this huge underground fort sits at the top of Ste-Agnès village. The 2500-sq-metre defence was built between 1932 and 1938 as…

  • Plage de Tahiti


    This famous nudist beach is also a naturally magnificent stretch of sandy beach, about 4km southeast of St-Tropez.

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    Fondation Maeght

    Côte d'Azur

    St-Paul's renowned art museum features works by a who's who of 20th-century artists – including many who found inspiration along the Côte d’Azur. From…

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    Musée National Marc Chagall


    The strange, dreamlike and often unsettling work of the Belarusian painter Marc Chagall (1887–1985) is displayed at this museum, which owns the largest…

  • Plage Publique des Ponchettes and promenade adjacent to Quai des Etats-Unis.

    Plage Publique des Ponchettes


    Right opposite Vieux Nice, this is generally the busiest beach of all, with oiled bodies either baking in the sun or punching a ball on the beach…

  • Villa Santo Sospir

    Côte d'Azur

    Long home to the Weisweiller family, patrons of Jean Cocteau, this villa contains a fabulous series of Cocteau's original frescoes. In 1950 Cocteau asked…

  • Musée Bonnard


    Easily recognisable by their intense, vivacious colours, the works of neo-impressionist painter Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947) form the backbone of the…

  • Place des Lices


    St-Tropez’ legendary and very charming central square is studded with plane trees, cafes and pétanque players. Simply sitting on a cafe terrace watching…