The French Riviera

French Riviera includes the region of Côte d'Azur, which is located on the french coast of the Mediterranean sea. The region includes important cities of France like Marseille, Avignon, Nice and the principality of Monaco.

In this hub I will show the most known and touristic places of Côte d'Azur, from St. Tropez to Monaco. It is this part of the French Riviera that is most known worldwide and that is shown in almost every photo used to show the greatness of this region.

French Riviera has a mix of places that turn this place unique, the beaches in St. Tropez, a castle by the sea in Mandelieu-la-Napole, Cannes with the Film Festival, the Côte d'Azur Airport in beautiful city of Nice and ending in Monaco, with its unique landscape and the Monte Carlo Casino.

Depending on the time you want to spend on each place you may take more or less than a week. During winter I believe you can spend less than a week visiting the french riviera, but during summer, if you want to spend some time on the beach and due to the traffic jams that exist, a week may not be enough to fully enjoy the beauty and life of all these places.

Cannes

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Hôtel de Ville of CannesMonument in memory of the Dead Soldiers in CannesShining Path in CannesGarden in CannesCinema CannesStatue in the Cannes gardenHotel and avenue in CannesOld harbor of Cannes
Hôtel de Ville of Cannes
Hôtel de Ville of Cannes | Source
Monument in memory of the Dead Soldiers in Cannes
Monument in memory of the Dead Soldiers in Cannes | Source
Shining Path in Cannes
Shining Path in Cannes | Source
Garden in Cannes
Garden in Cannes | Source
Cinema Cannes
Cinema Cannes | Source
Statue in the Cannes garden
Statue in the Cannes garden | Source
Hotel and avenue in Cannes
Hotel and avenue in Cannes | Source
Old harbor of Cannes
Old harbor of Cannes | Source

Cannes is specially known for hosting the annual Cannes Film Festival. It is also known for the famous luxury shops, restaurants and Hotels. You can find the most famous luxury shops of Apparel and yachts.

You can also enjoy and relax in Cannes Beach, right in front of the main famous brand Hotels, such as Intercontinental and Marriott.

Cannes Film Festival

Founded in 1946, after the second world war, it is the world's most prestigious film festival. It is held annually, usually in May.

The most important award given out at Cannes is the "Golden Palm" (Palm d'Or), some of the winners are:

  • Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • Pulp Fiction (1994)
  • Elephant (2003)
  • Love (2012)

St. Tropez

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View from tour du portalet, Saint Tropez Fort in the center of Saint TropezView from tour du portalet, Saint Tropez Beach of  PampelonneView from the Pampelonne BeachView from the Pampelonne Beach
View from tour du portalet, Saint Tropez
View from tour du portalet, Saint Tropez | Source
Fort in the center of Saint Tropez
Fort in the center of Saint Tropez | Source
View from tour du portalet, Saint Tropez
View from tour du portalet, Saint Tropez | Source
Beach of  Pampelonne
Beach of Pampelonne | Source
View from the Pampelonne Beach
View from the Pampelonne Beach | Source
View from the Pampelonne Beach
View from the Pampelonne Beach | Source

Pampelonne Beach

Pampelonne beach is the most famous and nearest beach of St. Tropez. It is where the main clubs are located and where the sand is great for relaxing.

Is St. Tropez Expensive?

If you are just visiting the center of St. Tropez it is not so expensive as it appears in the magazines. You can notice that there are expensive places and shops but there are also other shops that are an alternative if you do not want to spend so much money.

If you go to the famous clubs and beaches in St. Tropez you may have to pay an higher price that you are used to. Clubs like Club 55, La Voile Rouge, Tahiti and the popular Nikki Beach can charge you more than €25 for a rental of a chair for a day in high season

Parking your car can be expensive, costing €4 per hour in the city center. but you can find cheaper places easily.

Villefranche sur mer

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Villefranche Sur mer
Villefranche Sur mer | Source
Cruise near Villefranche sur mer
Cruise near Villefranche sur mer | Source
View of Cap Ferrat near Villefranche sur mer
View of Cap Ferrat near Villefranche sur mer | Source

Villefranche sur mer is one of the villages between Nice and Monaco. It is a calm place with a nice beach with calm water, it is well prepared for tourists with lots of restaurants and hotels.

Curiosities:

  • It is the most visited cruise ship port of call in France.
  • Home of many film productions, video clips and commercials.
  • Villa Leopolda, one of the most expensive houses, is located near Villefranche.

Monaco

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Fountain in the gardens in front of the Monte Carlo CasinoThe Monte Carlo casinoHotel Paris in MonacoNormal street of Monaco where the formula 1 rally is heldStatue of a white pigeon in the hands of a person, symbolizing peace
Fountain in the gardens in front of the Monte Carlo Casino
Fountain in the gardens in front of the Monte Carlo Casino | Source
The Monte Carlo casino
The Monte Carlo casino | Source
Hotel Paris in Monaco
Hotel Paris in Monaco | Source
Normal street of Monaco where the formula 1 rally is held
Normal street of Monaco where the formula 1 rally is held | Source
Statue of a white pigeon in the hands of a person, symbolizing peace
Statue of a white pigeon in the hands of a person, symbolizing peace | Source

Monaco, reduced nowadays to the city of Monte Carlo, is one of the places in the world where the houses are most expensive, but I was not there to buy a house. I was there to see and confirm the glamour and the beauty of the city between the mountain and the sea.

You can get there by:

  • Car, it can get expensive to park your car in Monaco, but you can also get the experience of driving in the formula 1 circuit.
  • Bus, there is a route (100) that serves Monaco from the city of Nice and it costs only €1, it has also other stops.
  • Train, there is a central station in Monaco with three lines. You can get the train from Nice, Cannes or Menton as many other cities and villages.
  • Helicopter, if you want a different experience you can get to Monaco by Helicopter from the Nice Airport.

Map of the places in French Riviera

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A markerSaint Tropez -
Saint-Tropez, França
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Saint-Tropez has a mix of history and tourism. Known worldwide for the summertime wealthy tourists and for the beaches around.

B markerPampelonne Beach -
Plage de Pampelonne, 83350 Ramatuelle, França
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Pampelonne beach is also known as the beach of Saint-Tropez, it is where the most famous clubs are located.

C markerCannes -
Cannes, França
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The busy tourist destination that hosts the annual film festival with the name of the city.

D markerNice -
Nice, França
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Nice is the fifth most populated city in France and it is home of the "Côte d'Azur" Airport.

E markerMonte Carlo -
Monte Carlo, Monaco, Principado de Mônaco
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Monte Carlo/Monaco is known for the wealth and beauty of the Landscape.

F markerVillefranche sur mer -
Villefranche-sur-Mer, França
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Near the city of Nice, it is a small village with a bay and beaches.

James Bond in Monaco

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