French Riviera

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Follow the world’s billionaires to the French Mediterranean’s eastern coast, which features lavish resort towns, remote island beaches and beautiful sea views.

For centuries, the French Riviera has been a muse for painters and a vacation spot for the world’s wealthiest. It comprises the eastern section of France’s Mediterranean coast, from Toulon to Menton. See its resort villages, islands and an exquisite landscape of the Alps meeting the sea.

Fly into Nice, the region’s largest city and its busiest airport. Stroll along the broad Promenade des Anglais running along the city’s long waterfront. When you’re not spending your hours on Nice’s endless beach, explore the Vieux Nice old town. Here, find fish markets and antique mansions along cobbled streets dating back to the 1700s.

Just east of Nice, the French Alps meet the Mediterranean coast in the rolling hills and cliffs of the Grande Corniche. Drive through the winding roads to Menton or continue on to the sovereign coastal state of Monaco.

Head west to find numerous resort towns, including the most popular, Saint Tropez. Outside the resort hotels and beaches, take a walk on the tree-lined central square of Place des Lices, which was immortalized in the works of many famous impressionist painters.

Several beautiful islands lie just off the coast of the Riviera. Take a boat from Cannes to the Lerins Islands, which feature beaches, forest and an ancient maritime fort. Head farther west along the coast to take a ferry from Hyères to the island of Port Cros to visit its national park. Seeing the bright blue-green color of the bay’s waters is worth the boat ride.

World-class art museums are common across the coast, which has commonly served as a favorite subject for European painters. Matisse often painted the region; see many of his Riviera works in Nice’s Musée Matisse. Picasso worked in the French Riviera for some time; his works are now on display in the Musée Picasso in Antibes.

Rent a car to navigate between every beach, beach town and island on France’s picturesque Mediterranean coastline.

Where to stay in French Riviera

Le Meridien Nice
Le Meridien Nice
4 out of 5
1 Promenade Des Anglais, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
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The price is $150 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in Nice City Centre, this beach hotel is steps from Casino Ruhl and Promenade des Anglais. Place Massena and Port of Nice are also within 1 mi (2 km). ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (144 reviews)
"The view was amazing, great location, very clean, nice staff, extremely satisfactory check in and check out process"

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Le Meridien Nice
Hôtel Martinez, in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Hôtel Martinez, in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
5 out of 5
73 La Croisette, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is $193 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in Cannes City Centre, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Promenade de la Croisette and Palace of Festivals and ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (315 reviews)
"The hotel is a dream! Beautiful and clean. The staff is very professional as well as very friendly. Love it and will return for our next stay."

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2022

Hôtel Martinez, in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel
Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel
5 out of 5
71 Boulevard du Général de Gaulle, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Alpes-Maritimes
Located in Cap-Ferrat, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Paloma Beach, Passable Beach, and Villa Ephrussi. Beaulieu-sur-Mer Casino and Villa Kerylos ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (99 reviews)
"The amenities were outstanding as well as the customer service of the staff."

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel
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Residhotel Villa Maupassant
Residhotel Villa Maupassant
8 Rue de la Verrerie, La Bocca, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is $45 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Located in La Bocca, this beach residence is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Midi Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cannes Harbour and Rue d'Antibes. Promenade de la Croisette ...
3.4/5 Good! (227 reviews)
Nice end of summer break
"Great location, nice room, clean and equipped"

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Residhotel Villa Maupassant
Apart'hotel Ajoupa
Apart'hotel Ajoupa
2 out of 5
4 rue Masséna, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
The price is $63 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Located in Nice City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Place Massena and Verdure Theatre. Nice Etoile Shopping Center and Opéra Beach are ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (687 reviews)
"Excellent location, the best breakfast ever, the mattress was extremely confortable . Charming room, old and well preserved building."

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2021

Apart'hotel Ajoupa
Aparthotel Adagio Monaco Monte Cristo
Aparthotel Adagio Monaco Monte Cristo
Rue des Martyrs de la Résistance, Beausoleil
The price is $73 per night from Feb 19 to Feb 20
Situated near the beach, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Monte Carlo Formula 1 Track, Casino Monte Carlo, and Monaco Harbour. Grimaldi Forum is ...
3.9/5 Good! (513 reviews)
"This hotel was great, it was clean, came with everything you could need and I really can’t fault it, it’s super close to the best things to see in Monaco too"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2021

Aparthotel Adagio Monaco Monte Cristo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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