Attractions

Top Choice Architecture in Nice

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 for it in 1822. It runs for the whole 4km sweep of the Baie des…
Top Choice Architecture in Roquebrune-Cap Martin

Cabanon Le Corbusier

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. The cabanon (small beach hut), which he completed in 1952, became…
Top Choice Architecture in Vence

Chapelle du Rosaire

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 persuaded him to design this extraordinary chapel for her comm…
Top Choice Architecture in Cannes

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 can enjoy strolling the palm-shaded promenade – a favourite p…
Architecture in Nice

Port Lympia

Nice’s Port Lympia, with its beautiful Venetian-coloured buildings, is often overlooked, but a stroll along its quays is lovely, as is the walk to get here: come down through Parc du Château or follow quai Rauba Cap…
Architecture in Gordes & Around

Village des Bories

Beehive-shaped bories (stone huts) bespeckle Provence and at the Village des Bories, 4km southwest of Gordes, an entire village of them can be explored. Constructed of slivered limestone, bories were built during th…
Architecture in Marseille

La Cité Radieuse

Visionary international-style architect Le Corbusier redefined urban living in 1952 with the completion of his vertical 337-apartment ‘garden city’, popularly known as La Cité Radieuse. Today it is mostly private ap…
Notable Building in Cannes

La Malmaison

Walk a few blocks along La Croisette to La Malmaison, a seaside pavilion in the former games and tea room of Cannes' grandest hotel of the 1860s, the Grand Hôtel (opened in 1864, shut in 1950, demolished and rebuilt…
Architecture in Menton

Salle des Mariages

In 1957 Jean Cocteau decorated Menton’s registry office, inside the town hall. It’s a distinctive space, with swirly drawings, leopard-print carpet and no windows. An audio commentary (French only) runs you through …