Map of the French Riviera (Cote d'Azur)

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The Côte d'Azur, or French Riviera, is the southeast corner of France, bordering on Italy, which you see on the right on the map. The following are simple travel tips, city-by-city, to enhance your stay when planning a vacation in the area.

Nice

The French Riviera starts with France's largest resort town, Nice. Just to the west of Nice center is the Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, close to town and convenient to several compelling tourist destinations marked on the map.

  • If you're flying in or out of Nice airport, it could be helpful to know to spend a day at Nice Airport.
  • A small guided tour of Nice and adjacent areas is great for sight-seeing and museum-going. 
  • Clustered around Nice are some compelling destinations for anyone who doesn't like traveling far from an airport or train station. St. Paul de Vence is an adjacent hill town, away from the sea for anyone tired of endless beaches, with its own tours and attractions. It's also home to the amazing Maeght Foundation Modern Art Museum. Check into the rural Hôtel Marc Hely for an enjoyable and quiet stay when exploring the area around St. Paul de Vence.
  •  Villefranche-sur-Mer is just minutes from Nice and offers a wonderful beach and nice market. You can also get there easily by train.

Antibes

    Monaco

    • All 0.7 square miles of the tiny country of Monaco is embedded along the Côte d'Azur. You can take a picturesque Shore Excursion around town to catch some rays and see the sights.
    • Monaco is synonymous with luxury in the South of France – think Beverly Hills on the Mediterranean – but you won't have to break the bank to have a good time. Here are some pictures of Monaco, as well as a few great hotels for when you stay.
    • Near Monaco is the medieval hill town of Roquebrune, recommended highly as a place to spend a few days for folks interested in very old castles, great food, and interesting countryside hikes. See our Roquebrune-Cap-Martin Illustrated Travel Guide.

    Menton

    • Menton is near the border of Italy, and it's known primarily as a flower town, much like the Ligurian coast to the east.
    • If you're craving Italian food and don't want to cross the border, you'll find it in Menton. Be sure to visit the Serre de la Madone Garden at Menton, as well as the museums outlined in our guide linked above
    • Here is a list of cool hotels in Menton to research before your trip. 

    Cannes

    Grasse

    St. Tropez

    • St. Tropez is a popular French Riviera vacation spot made famous by Brigitte Bardot in the '50s, and has been home to the "jet set" ever since.
    • Perhaps its most famous beach is Plage de Tahiti, a naturist beach where you can work on your all-over tans with the beautiful people.
    • "Saint Trop'", as the locals call it, is home to many fancy hotels. If you're looking for a splurge, check out our ​list of hotels in St. Tropez.