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

photo of Antibes


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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photo of Basilica of Saint-Michael the Archangel in Menton

Basilica of Saint-Michael the Archangel in Menton

The basilica of Saint-Michael the archangel in Menton is a baroque style church built in the 18th century
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photo of Beaulieu-sur-Mer


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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photo of Biot


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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photo of Breil-sur-Roya


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


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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photo of Cannes


Cannes has a charming town and harbour area, and is one of the most visited resorts on the Riviera
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photo of Cap d'Antibes

Cap d'Antibes

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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photo of Cap Ferrat

Cap Ferrat

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


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


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


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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photo of Fondation Maeght

Fondation Maeght

The Fondation Maeght art gallery in Saint-Paul-de-Vence features works by famous modern artists such as Miro and Modigliani
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photo of Gorbio


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


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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photo of Grasse


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

Ile Saint-Honorat

The Ile Saint-Honorat, one of the Iles de Lerins south of Cannes, is best known for its abbey and fortress
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photo of Ile Sainte-Marguerite

Ile Sainte-Marguerite

The Ile Sainte-Marguerite is one of the Iles de Lérins on the Cote d'Azur and has a large fort with views of Cannes
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photo of Iles de Lérins

Iles de Lérins

The Iles de Lérins is a peaceful group of islands to the south of Cannes
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photo of Juan-les-Pins


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

La Brigue

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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photo of La Turbie

La Turbie

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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photo of Le Bar-sur-Loup

Le Bar-sur-Loup

An attractive village with ruins of a castle and fortified walls, and surrounded by attractive scenery
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photo of Mandelieu-la-Napoule


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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photo of Menton


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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photo of Mercantour National Park

Mercantour National Park

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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photo of Monaco


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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photo of Mougins


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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photo of Nice


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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photo of Opio


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


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


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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photo of Peillon


Peillon is a small village, but the picturesque cobbled streets and the stunning views make a visit very worthwhile
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photo of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin


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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photo of Saint-Cezaire-sur-Siagne


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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photo of Saint-Paul-de-Vence


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


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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photo of Saorge


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


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

Sospel cathedral

The cathedral in Sospel is an impressive example of baroque architecture in a small town
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photo of Tanneron


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


Within the eastern Mercantour National Park, Tende is a very unspoiled and traditional mountain town with an extensive historic centre
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photo of The Jardin Exotique de Monaco

The Jardin Exotique de Monaco

Stunning exotic garden overlooking Monaco and the Cote d'Azur
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photo of The Jardin Exotique d'Eze

The Jardin Exotique d'Eze

The Exotic Garden of Eze is a beautiful garden overlooking the Cote d'Azur
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photo of Theoule-sur-Mer


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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photo of Tourrettes-sur-Loup


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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photo of Valbonne


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

Valmasque Parc

Valmasque Parc is a tranquil park of trees and picnic areas
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photo of Vence


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

Villa Ephrussi

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

Villa Kérylos

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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photo of Villefranche-sur-Mer


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

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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: Monday (high season only)
Cannes: every day except Monday
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: See tourist guide

Menton: See tourist guide

Nice: See tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Grasse: See tourist guide

Menton: See 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: See tourist guide

Menton: See tourist guide

Nice: See 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: See tourist guide

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: See tourist guide

Gourdon: See tourist guide

Sainte-Agnes: See tourist guide


Marineland d'Antibes