Cote d'Azur places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Cote d'Azur region. See also our Cote d'Azur travel guide.


photo of Agay

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

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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 Bandol

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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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 Bormes-les-Mimosas

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

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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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Calanques at Marseille

photo of Calanques at Marseille

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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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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Cap d'Antibes

photo of 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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Cap Ferrat

photo of 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 Carry-le-Rouet

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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photo of Cassis

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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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 Cavalaire-sur-Mer

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

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photo of Frejus

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

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photo of Gassin

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

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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 Grimaud

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

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photo of Hyeres

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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Ile Saint-Honorat

photo of 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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Ile Sainte-Marguerite

photo of 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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Iles d'Hyeres

photo of Iles d'Hyeres

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

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Iles de Lérins

photo of 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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La Ciotat

photo of La Ciotat

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

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La Croix-Valmer

photo of La Croix-Valmer

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

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La Turbie

photo of 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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Le Lavandou

photo of Le Lavandou

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

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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 Marseille

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

photo of Massif de l'Esterel

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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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 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 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 Peillon

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

photo of Port Grimaud

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

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photo of Ramatuelle

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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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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Route des Cretes

photo of Route des Cretes

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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photo of Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer

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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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 Saint-Raphael

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

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photo of Saint-Tropez

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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photo of Sainte-Maxime

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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photo of Sanary-sur-Mer

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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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 Toulon

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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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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Villa Ephrussi

photo of Villa Ephrussi

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

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Villa Kérylos

photo of 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 Cote d'Azur guide