Alpes-Maritimes places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Alpes-Maritimes department of Provence. See also our Alpes-Maritimes travel guide

Antibes

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One of the most picturesque towns on the Riviera, Antibes also has a very lively town centre and a lovely market

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Beaulieu-sur-Mer

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One of the more low-key riviera resorts, Beaulieu-sur-Mer is a pleasant place to take a promenade and to visit Villa Kérylos, a recreation of a 2nd century Greek villa

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Biot

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The arcacded houses around Place des Arcades are the start of your visit to Biot, a picturesque 'perched village' in Provence

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Breil-sur-Roya

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One of the most impressive towns in the Upper Roya valley, Breil-sur-Roya has several sites of particular interest

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Cagnes-sur-Mer

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If you visit the resort and beaches of Cagnes-sur-Mer be sure to also explore the attractive old village of Haut-de-Cagnes on the hill behind

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Cannes

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Even without the famous film festival, the town and harbour area of Cannes would ensure its popularity

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Cap d'Antibes

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The Cap d'Antibes peninsula is a tranquil region between Antibes and Juan-les-Pins, with a nice coast path and public gardens

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Cap Ferrat

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Cap Ferrat has a pretty port, a lovely coast walk and the Ville Ephrussi among its highlights

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Castellar

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Castellar is a small 15th century village in the hills above Menton with various historic monuments to see

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Coaraze

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Coaraze is one of several picturesque villages in the mountains north of Nice that also have stunning views

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Eze

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Eze is one of our favourite villages in the whole of France, with exceptional coast views and a lovely traditional (pedestrianised) village

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Fondation Maeght

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Gorbio

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You should visit the quiet village of Gorbio as much for the scenery as the pretty historic village itself

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Gourdon

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Gourdon is practically the archetypal Provencal village, unmissable by you and by the many thousands of other visitors to the region!

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Grasse

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Grasse, the perfume capital of France, also has a very extensive old town with tall pastel-painted houses to enjoy

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Juan-les-Pins

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A short distance west of Antibes, Juan-les-Pins is one of the liveliest resorts in the riviera

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La Brigue

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La Brigue is a small, pleasant town to explore, and nearby visit the Sanctuary of Notre-Dame des Fontaines with its astonishing 15th century frescoes

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La Turbie

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The small village of La Turbie developed in medieval times, or earlier, around the imposing monument called the Trophy des Alpes

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Le Bar-sur-Loup

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An attractive village with ruins of a castle and fortified walls, and surrounded by attractive scenery

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Mandelieu-la-Napoule

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While lacking the attractions of the more important Riviera towns, Mandelieu-la-Napoule is well placed to explore the coast around Cannes

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Menton

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The beautiful town of Menton, on the slopes of a hill near the Italian border, is one of our very favourite towns in France

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Mercantour National Park

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The National Park of Mercantour, in the Alps near the Italian border, includes the Valléé des Merveilles with thousands of prehistoric rock carvings

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Monaco

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The Municipality of Monaco, with high-rise blocks squeezed onto every square inch, is a remarkable sight here on the riviera

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Mougins

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You will want to pause several times to admire the views across Cannes Bay as you explore the cobbled streets in the centre of Mougins

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Nice

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One of the largest towns in France, Nice is also the most visited resort and our favourite Riviera resort town in France

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Opio

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Opio is a tiny village in the hills, with very far-reaching views

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Pegomas

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The traditional Provencal town of Pegomas is ideally visited in early spring as part of the Route des Mimosas

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Peille

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Its remote location stops too many tourists reaching Peille but make the effort and you will discover a charming little medieval village

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Peillon

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Peillon is a small village, but the picturesque cobbled streets and the stunning views make a visit very worthwhile

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Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

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Medieval Roquebrune village and the coastal Cap Martin combine to make Roquebrune-Cap-Martin one of the most desirable locations on the Riviera

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Saint-Cezaire-sur-Siagne

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A visit to the small town of Saint-Cezaire-sur-Siagne might be combined with a trip to the nearby caves - Grottes de Saint Cézaire

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Saint-Paul-de-Vence

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On of the highlights in the pretty village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence is the famous Museum of Modern Art

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Sainte-Agnes

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Sainte-Agnes is the highest coastal village in Europe, 800 metres above sea-level and close to Menton - although the road here is rather steep and winding!

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Saorge

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The village of Saorge is spread along a high ridge, with dramatic views to the Tende Valley

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Sospel

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Between Menton and the mountains, the river and fortified bridge are a very scenic part of the town of Sospel

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Tanneron

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Tanneron itself is a small village, often visited by those enjoying the leisure lake at nearby Lac de Saint Cassein

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Tende

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Within the eastern Mercantour National Park, Tende is a very unspoiled and traditional mountain town with an extensive historic centre

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The Jardin Exotique d'Eze

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The Exotic Garden of Eze is a beautiful garden overlooking the Cote d'Azur

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The Jardin Exotique de Monaco

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Stunning exotic garden overlooking Monaco and the Cote d'Azur

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Theoule-sur-Mer

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The resort at Theoule-sur-Mer is on the coast near Cannes, and is a cheaper alternative to staying at Cannes or Nice

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Tourrettes-sur-Loup

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It is the medieval centre and the lovely views that will attract you to the perched village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup

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Valbonne

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Very quiet when we visited, we found Valbonne to be an almost undiscovered small jewel of a town

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Valmasque Parc

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Its location near Cannes means that Mougins is quite an upmarket town, and the medieval streets lined with art galleries and expensive restaurants

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Vence

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After exploring the walled historic centre of Vence you can take a stroll to the nearby Matisse Chapel

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Villa Ephrussi

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Villa Ephrussi is an beautiful villa with views across the Riviera, impressive architecture and extensive gardens

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Villa Kérylos

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Villa Kerylos is the recreation of a Greek Villa, with mosaics and frescoes, built on the Riviera in the early 20th century

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Villefranche-sur-Mer

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The small harbour town of Villefranche-sur-Mer is in one of the loveliest positions on the Cote d'Azur

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For more information see the Alpes-Maritimes guide

 
 

Market towns & days in Alpes-Maritimes

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Antibes: Wednesday & every day except Monday
Beaulieu-sur-Mer: Saturday
Breil-sur-Roya: Tuesday all day
Cagnes-sur-Mer: Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Friday
Cannes: every day except Monday
Cannes: Monday (high season only)
Carros: Saturday
Grasse: Wednesday & Tuesday
Le Cannet: Tuesday & Sunday
Mandelieu-la-Napoule: Wednesday & Thursday & Saturday
Menton: Tuesday & Monday
Mouans-Sartoux: Tuesday & Thursday
Nice: Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday all day & Sunday & Saturday & Friday
Peymeinade: Monday
Puget-Theniers: Sunday
Saint-Laurent-du-Var: Tuesday & Sunday
Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey: Sunday
Tende: Wednesday all day
Valbonne: Tuesday & Thursday & Friday
Vallauris: Wednesday & Sunday & Friday
Vence: Tuesday & Friday
Villefranche-sur-Mer: Saturday

Tourist attractions to visit in Alpes-Maritimes

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Zoo or wildlife park

Parc Phœnix

Parc zoologique du Cap Ferrat

4* Towns in Bloom

Cannes: Tourist guide

Menton: Tourist guide

Nice: Tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Grasse: Tourist guide

Menton: Tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Baou de Saint-Jeannet

Caires de Cougourde

Cirque du Gelas

Grottes de Saint-Cezaire

Tete de Chien

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Grasse: Tourist guide

Menton: Tourist guide

Nice: Tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Arboretum Marcel Kroenlein

Jardin botanique

Jardin botanique de la villa Thuret

Jardin de la Villa Fort de France

Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild

La citronneraie

Le Vallon du Brec

Palais Carnolès

Parc du château de la Napoule

Serre de la Madone

Religious Monuments

Abbaye de Lerins (Cannes)

National Monuments

Saorge Monastery

Trophy of Augustus

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Coaraze: Tourist guide

Gourdon: Tourist guide

Sainte-Agnes: Tourist guide

Aquarium

Marineland d'Antibes