Is there anything more beautiful than the French Riviera? If you want to visit the iconic Côte d'Azur, rent a car, follow our itinerary and read this informative article about French Riviera travel.
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FRENCH RIVIERA TRIP
A concise guide about what to see in the French Riviera if you have vacation time constraints...
While you may already have a Provence itinerary or Provence itinerary for 7 days cued up, arriving in the South of France either by car or plane is half the fun! Driving to the French Riviera from Paris can take you from 1 day to 2 days time. If you want to visit Paris on your next vacation or even stop-over for a couple days (as we recommend you do!) you can then make your way down south either by driving and stopping in various cities over a couple days or by taking another small plane or train. If you happen to be coming from Burgundy in the Eastern part of France, you can also reach the French Riviera via car, taking in the sights during your road trip. Below is a guide for visiting different cities in the French Riviera, should you have only one day or up to four days vacation time.
One Day: Drive along the famous Côte d'Azur: Nice, Cannes, Eze, Monaco and Antibes
Two Days or Three Days: Visit Saint Tropez and Sainte Maxime/ Hike the limestone cliffs in Marseille and Cassis
Four Days: Take longer trips out to the world's capital of perfume, Grasse, and the lavendar fields in Aix-en-Provence
Confused about where to stay in the French Riviera? It is best to stay in one of the cities that is centrally located amongst the rest that you plan on visiting. Most visitors stay in Nice or Cannes.
FRENCH RIVIERA HONEYMOON
Can you think of a place more romantic than the lavender fields in the South of France?
Planning on spending your honeymoon in the French Riviera? Book a room at one of the luxurious French Riviera hotels and treat yourself and new spouse to:
Lavender fields in Provence (where to stay in Provence depends on how near you want to be to the country and lavender fields, as opposed to the city!)
Waterfront music festivals
Also, don't forget to eat the traditional seasonal produce and fresh ingredients from the French Riviera at local restaurants. A couple of dishes to try are as follows:
Bouillabaisse: a traditional Provençal fish stew that comes from Marseille, made from clam, lobster and fish
Magret de canard: seared duck breast that comes from the South-West of France, made with sweet and sour or soy sauce or honey depending where you get it
To learn about more French regional dishes: click here
WHERE TO TRAVEL NEXT?
Arles, Avignon and Nîmes
Heading West from the French Riviera will take you to these fantastic cities. Avignon was Vincent Van Gogh's home for many years and you can still visit his studio there today!
Montpellier, Sète and Narbonne
Heading towards Spain from the French Riviera will take you to these French cities. Sète is a coastal paradise whereas Narbonne is a more off-the-beaten-path town with local wine, food and equally beautiful landscapes.
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