Cote d'Azur places to visit and attractions

Agay

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Agay is a very small Riviera resort to the south of the Massif d'Esterel

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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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Bandol

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The beach and the harbour, the bustling old town and the vineyards nearby all contribute to making Bandol a very popular destination

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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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Bormes-les-Mimosas

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The lovely historic centre of Bormes-le-Mimosas overflows with plants and flowers

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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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Calanques at Marseille

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The white cliffs of the Calanques de Marseille plunging into the deep blue sea make it one of our favourite coastlines in France

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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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Carry-le-Rouet

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Slightly outside the main Riviera, the beaches and coastal paths of Carry-le-Rouet are very popular due to their proximity to Marseille

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Cassis

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The harbour area of Cassis, its beach and proximity to the Calanques de Marseille all help ensure the popularity of Cassis

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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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Cavalaire-sur-Mer

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The focus at family-friendly Cavalaire-sur-Mer is firmly on the beach and related activities

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Frejus

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Among other historic sites, the town of Frejus has one of the best ancient baptisteries in France

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Gassin

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Gassin, listed as a 'most beautiful village in France' is high on a hill above Saint-Tropez

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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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Grimaud

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The scenic village of Grimaud is made even more charming by the many gardens and flowers in the village

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Hyeres

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Hyères has an extended historic centre with parks and a castle as well as a charming 19th century quarter in the town

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Iles d'Hyeres

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The Iles de Hyeres, off the Riviera coast, are perhaps the most beautiful coastal islands anywhere in France

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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 Ciotat

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The attractive harbour and numerous chapels in the old town are the main attraction in La Ciotat

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La Croix-Valmer

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It is the wide choice of beaches that attracts most visitors to La Croix-Valmer

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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 Lavandou

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Le Lavandou is a quiet resort on the Cote d'Azur with several beaches close by

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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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Marseille

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Marseille is perhaps not a tourist town but is one of the most vibrant and exciting port towns in France

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Massif de l'Esterel

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The Massif d'Esterel is a substantial region of countryside on the riviera with hiking trails through the red-rock scenery

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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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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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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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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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Port Grimaud

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The port at Port Grimaud, and the colourful houses along the waterfront, is mostly quite new and very beautifully maintained

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Ramatuelle

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A small village just a short distance inland from Saint-Tropez, Ramatuelle can become rather busy - but is also very recommended...

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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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Route des Cretes

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The Route des Cretes between Cassis and La Ciotat is a beautiful route in Provence along the highest sea cliffs in France

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Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer

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The beaches such as Les Lecques, the forest and the pleasant town make Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer a popular summer resort

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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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Saint-Raphael

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The clean and popular resort of Saint-Raphael is one of our favourites along this section of the Riviera

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Saint-Tropez

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As well as its very famous harbour, town centre and beach Saint-Tropez also has a charming medieval village centre to explore

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Sainte-Maxime

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Sainte-Maxime has a small town to explore, but it is as a popular family beach resort that it is better known

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Sanary-sur-Mer

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The historic boats and the palm trees around the pretty harbour are the highlight in Sanary-sur-Mer, with various beaches close to hand

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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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Toulon

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A town with its focus firmly to the sea, Toulon is the base for the French Naval fleet and the National Museum of the Navy as well as having a large attractive pleasure port and harbour

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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 Cote d'Azur guide