The French Riviera is the ultimate vacation destination and our French Riviera Travel Guide is here to help! From their beautiful beaches to their amazing restaurants, we have all the information you need to plan a trip to the South of France! If it is your first time in the South it can seem intimidating knowing where to go and what to do. Our guide is meant to give you all the practical information so you can decide what will fit you best for your vacation.
Our guide to the Riviera has basic information like descriptions of cities, their main attractions and where to stay. Among our recommendations are restaurants and foods to try as well as practical information about public transport and driving in France. So, if you are planning a trip to the South, download our pocket guide to the French Riviera to help you ensure that your trip goes as smoothly (and as fun!) as possible!
What’s inside our French Riviera Travel Guide
Our travel guide to the French Riviera starts off with Nice. Nice is a great city to make your base in the South. It is easily accessible by plane, train and bus which also makes it the best gateway to other parts of the Riviera. There are cheap buses in Nice that can not only get you to other parts of the city but also to other cities and towns in the South. This makes it the best place to stay and take day trips. In Nice, we recommend a few must-do activities such as trying local food like Socca. We also recommend where to try it!
Cannes is best known for their world famous, Cannes Film Festival. However, the city has so much more to offer! From there old town to their incredible restaurants, it is a place to see, explore and shop! Our travel guide to Cannes has all sorts of practical information like where to stay if you decide to go for a few days and how to get there from Nice! We also recommend day trips to islands off the city for the ultimate day at the beach! You can book your half-day catamaran cruise with lunch here!
Antibes is a beautiful seaside town that is meant for exploring. It is beautiful and quaint and there is actually a lot of things to do! Our Riviera Travel Guide will help you navigate all the things you can do while visiting the city! Including, their Picasso museum, their old town and other more scenic activities! It is a great place to visit while in the South!
Monaco is the city best known for its wealth. While it’s not ideal to stay in due to how expensive it is, it is great for a day trip! Our travel guide suggests activities that surprisingly won’t cost a lot like museums and sites you can visit! One of them is the changing of the guard at the Prince’s Palace! If you do decide to stay in Monaco, we still have recommendations for luxury accommodation and a more affordable option!
Menton is known as the “perle de la France”. Perfectly situated near the border of France and Italy, the city has a micro-climate so different from the rest of the French Riviera that even lemons grow in winter. Our French Riviera Travel Guide highly recommends visiting it! The city is quite small so it is good for a day trip and we have all the must-sees and do’s while there. It is a great place to get all things lemon! They even have an annual Lemon Festival in the city!
Despite its big reputation, Saint Tropez is actually quite small. Despite this, the city has remained the top destination for partying the Riveria. If you decide to go we recommend tons of different activities that you can do before going out at night. The city has some great beaches and museums that are also worth a visit! We also recommend some hot spots for a fun night in the town!
Eze is another small city that is ideal for a quick trip or visit. This medieval city sits at the top of a mountain so there are incredible views of the ocean! It is a great place to see and explore. We recommend trails you can do from the city to the beach and other activities while at the top, like where to get a nice drink!
Saint Paul de Vence is located about an hour outside of Nice. It is easily accessible from the city and it is a wonderful little city to see! Similar to Eze, it is an old medieval town however this is one is perched at the top of a hill. It is quite small so it is easy to see within a few hours. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to do. The city actually has a lot of contemporary art museums for you to visit and their main street has tons of local shops to buy from!