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The French Riviera – an enchanting region in the south of France, is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
The crystal clear sea, fields of flowers and charming towns of Côte d’Azur are a synonym of a dreamy holiday for many.
This beautiful area of France is a perfect beach vacation destination but lounging on the sun isn’t certainly the only activity available there.
In fact, the French Riviera attracts art and architecture lovers from all over the world who come to discover the places where famous artists such as Renoir, Picasso, Chagall, and Matisse lived and created their masterpieces.
If you’re a first-time visitor check out this article where we take a look at the top 5 things to do in French Riviera.
Soak in the art of Saint-Paul-de-Vence
The medieval town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence is a perfect place from which to start your French voyage.
Immerse yourself in the world of art from the first moment and visit the famous Maeght Foundation where you’ll get to admire some of the most important art pieces of the 20th century.
Afterwards, take a walk through the ancient alleys of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, you’ll be mesmerized by the countless art galleries, wine bars and colorful shops that you’ll find on your way.
If you want to learn a bit more about the history of this charming town make sure to visit the Local History Museum – a small but really interesting place.
Wrap up your day at one of the local restaurants where you can enjoy the typical French cuisine. Chances are you could very well be sipping your glass of wine in the same place that Picasso or Chagall frequented.
Getting a glimpse of celebrities life in Monaco
The Principality of Monaco – a synonym of luxury and elegance is a must-see location of French Riviera.
A real paradise for high-end shopping lovers and for Formula One and gambling enthusiasts this microstate is a beautiful place to explore.
Some of the most interesting historical and cultural attractions include the Prince’s Palace of Monaco from the 12th century, the Oceanographic Museum, and the Opéra de Monte-Carlo.
If you want to indulge in luxury shopping the choices are endless, Monaco is filled to the brim with the most important high fashion labels such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci or Armani just to name a few.
I suggest exploring Monaco by foot, it’s really easy and convenient to get around that way and you’ll be able to enjoy luxury car spotting at the same time.
In fact supercars such as Lamborghini, Ferrari and Aston-Martin are a common sight on the roads of Monaco.
A Day in Saint-Tropez
Who wouldn’t want to spend a day in Saint-Tropez – a seaside town that became internationally famous thanks to the actress Brigitte Bardot.
You don’t even need a specific plan for your day there since getting lost in Saint-Tropez is nothing but a pleasure.
You will find yourself in the picturesque alleys filled with local markets, you’ll be able to see the authentic products of French Riviera and enjoy the vivid scent of Provencal herbs.
Make sure to take a stroll along the Port of Saint Tropez – the heart of the town where the combination of luxury yachts, street artist, and charming restaurants create a magic atmosphere.
If you want to include some partying into your holiday Saint-Tropez is your go-to location with its wide selection of bars and nightclubs.
A Beach Day in Cagnes-sur-Mer
Cagnes-sur-Mer is another wonderful spot on the French Coast.
This old fishing village is now a scenic beach destination ideal for relaxing and recharging on your Vitamin Sea.
Cagnes-sur-Mer is also home to the Renoir Museum, in fact, this famous French Impressionist lived and created many masterpieces in the town for the last 12 years of his life.
After soaking up all the sun and taking advantage of the warm Mediterranean Sea make sure to go to the Haut-de-Cagnes, ideally right before sunset.
This is an ancient part of the town which offers a unique Provençal atmosphere with its cobbled streets, pastel-colored houses, fountains and lovely restaurants with outdoor tables.
Cagnes-sur-Mer is definitely one of my favorite locations in French Riviera. Don’t miss it!
Explore the scents in Grasse
Grasse is another place on the Côte d’Azur itinerary that simply has to be visited.
After all, you don’t get to spend time in the world’s capital of perfume every day.
This medieval city, surrounded by fields and hills of colorful flowers is one of the most important centers of fragrance production in the world.
In fact, the iconic Chanel No. 5 perfume was created there – it’s really interesting to know that all the key components of this fragrance were obtained exclusively in Grasse.
If you’d like to know more about perfumes consider visiting the International Perfume Museum where you’ll learn all about its history and production.
If you’re visiting during summer you’ll get to experience many fun flower festivals as well- you’ll be mesmerized by the amount of beautiful and colorful flowers exposed.
If you’re planning on buying some souvenirs for yourself or your loved ones back at home I think Grasse is the perfect place to do so.
Barbara is the founder of CrabInTheAir.com, a travel blog where she shares her passion for exploring the world. She loves writing about all the hotels visited, the wonderful cities discovered and the unique people met along the way.