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6 places on the French Riviera worth visiting – from Monaco to nudist islands

French Riviera
Photo taken by Travel On Spot.  French Riviera

France‘s Côte d'Azur is home to the most luxurious of the country‘s resorts. Travel On Spot presents you with the towns, cities and micro-states worth visiting whilst on a week‘s holiday there.

1. Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
Photo taken by Flickr | Claudio Vosti.  Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

The French are true masters of long-named small towns. Although the name Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is a little difficult to remember, the views are unforgettable. The old medieval town Roquebrune, built on a cliff and decorated with a 10th-century fort, perfectly suits the lower-lying resort Cap Martin, the latter one of the most stylish resorts in the Mediterranean. The resort is a melting pot of the world’s richest businesspeople, the influential, and fashion and pop culture icons.

2. Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo
Photo taken by Flickr | Chris Yunker.  Monte Carlo

To describe the small but glowing city-state Monaco and the city Monte Carlo would require a whole separate text, not just a few sentences. Here we could just mention Monte Carlo's casino, which is worth visiting not just for gambling, but for the building's beautiful architecture, interior and atmosphere. 

Monte Carlo Casino
Photo taken by Flickr | Dennis Jarvis.  Monte Carlo Casino

Monaco is the most densely populated state in the world, and its inhabitants are tremendously wealthy. The quay of yachts, luxurious cars, sophisticated hotels all bustling with world-famous stars... this is the reality of Monte Carlo.

3. Nice

Bird view panorama of Port of City of Nice
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Bird view panorama of Port of City of Nice

The heart of the Côte d'Azur – Nice – is one of France’s most important cities. It became a resort centre after the Napoleonic war in the 19th century, and slowly turned into a Bohemian paradise – it was a favourite destination of Pablo Picasso and Amedeo Modigliani, Fernand Léger and Jean Cocteau, Greta Garbo and Yves Montand. In 1950, the celebrated modernistic painter Marc Chagall settled and lived here for many years.

Now, asides being a city with fabulous coast, Nice is a place of the rich and home to some of the best restaurants in the world. You cannot visit without trying the French and Mediterranean seafood. The city is also home to fantastic markets, where you can find fresh ingredients for your culinary improvisations.

For more about Nice, click here.

4. Antibes

Antibes
Photo taken by Flickr | Dhinal Chheda.  Antibes

Many people know Cannes because of its annual film festival, but much fewer are familiar with the neighbouring city of Antibes. And unjustly so. It‘s one of the cosiest cities on the French Riviera, with a port, a quay for yachts, a sea full of expensive boats, and an impressive fort in the background.

On the other hand, Antibes is not just a resort, but also a city where people work and live, so you can also visit the city off season – you‘ll always find places to shop and dine well.

When in the city, it‘s well worth visiting the Picasso museum, which houses a large collection of the artist‘s work. The city‘s also more peaceful and the traveller can enjoy lower prices than elsewhere on the Côte d'Azur. Finding accommodation poses no difficulties, and Nice and Marseilles are easily reachable by train.

5. Saint-Tropez

Saint Tropez marina
Photo taken by wikimedia.org | Krzysztof Bieganski.  Saint Tropez marina

Many have heard about this resort. Some worship it; others find it a pretentious and empty place, where money escapes from your pockets by itself. It is true that the city is full of luxurious and expensive hotels, shops, restaurants and night clubs. As on much of the Riviera, the coast and quays are peppered with the most luxurious yachts imaginable. Many dress up in the newest and fanciest designer swimsuits, and for a week‘s vacation in a luxurious double room they fork out anywhere between a few and a several thousand euros

Brigitte Bardot at Saint-Tropez, 1963
Photo taken by wikimedia.org | Michael Royon.  Brigitte Bardot at Saint-Tropez, 1963

On the other hand, Saint-Tropez is a city that has the aura of an old town, made famous by the actress Brigitte Bardot and her husband, who vacationed here in their youth, and the former still visits to this day, now as a pensioner. It‘s a place where in the summer you can meet many music and film stars. You may dream of the city, or you may not like it, but it is surely worth seeing once in your life.

6. The Îles d'Hyères

Porquerolles
Photo taken by Flickr | Olivier Duquesne.  Porquerolles

The Îles d'Hyères, or the “Golden Islands” archipelago is another jewel of the Côte d'Azur. The easiest and fastest way to reach the islands is from the port of Toulon.

On the westernmost island of Porquerolles, visitors will be met with beaches and turquoise lagoons. The island also has its own distinct wine. 80% of it is now a national park with rare species of birds and plants. Near the island is the smaller Port-Cros, overgrown with trees.

The third main island of the small archipelago, Île du Levant, is a nudist‘s paradise. In 1931 brothers André and Gaston Durville founded the first nudist village in Europe here, Heliopolis. This is a simple village for lovers of fresh air, sunbathing and naturalism. There is a school, a police station, and a shop where you can buy special accessories for nudist sunbathing. Die-hard nudists have been congregating here for 85 years now.

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