Panorama of the French Riviera

Panorama of the French Riviera

Villefranche-sur-Mer. Photo by pirano Bob R (flickr)

The scenery along the Grande Corniche is amazing. Villefranche-sur-Mer on the Côte d’Azur offers a fabulous photo opportunity. It’s easy to see why the old town, the bay and the port have been the setting for so many movies. The unusual depth of the Villefranche harbor can accommodate large ships. It was a Russian Navy base in the 19th century and the homeport of the United States Sixth Fleet until 1966. Today, Villefranche’s harbor welcomes cruise ships.

Monaco. Photo by Teillas (flickr)

Visit the dazzling principality of Monaco. Explore the old town, which sits on top of “the Rock.” Enjoy the Cathedral and the Prince’s Palace, the home of Prince Albert and his princess. The colorful changing of the guard takes place at noon. See the extraordinary beach and the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit. Take a stroll on the famous square and see the Grand Casino and the Hotel de Paris.

Eze-le-Village. Photo by Trent Strohm (flickr)

Èze-le-Village is a beautiful medieval village perched on the cliffs above Monaco. Enjoy the wonderful shops, boutiques, artist studios, art galleries, charming hotels, restaurants and cafés. Take a personal guided tour of the Fragonard perfume factory. Climb the path to the incredible cactus garden for an extraordinary and unrestricted view of the coast and the Mediterranean Sea.

Saint Paul de Vence. Photo by Guillaume Laurent (flickr)

Generations of artists, writers, poets, actors and musicians have been captivated by the light and natural beauty of Saint-Paul de Vence, a fortified hilltop village overlooking Cannes. Home to the Maeght Foundation and its stunning collection, Saint-Paul de Vence is a major center of modern and contemporary art. Take a walk on the town’s fortress walls. Explore the many shops, boutiques, galleries, medieval homes and cafés that line the cobblestone streets of what many people believe is the most beautiful village in France.

Nice. Photo by @dino (flickr)

In Nice, visit the four-mile-long beachfront Promenade des Anglais. The famous Hotel Negresco is at one end and Castle Hill is at the other. Castle Hill is where the Greeks first settled in ancient times. Explore Old Nice, which dates back to the 13th century. Enjoy the lively spirit and the lovely shops, cafés, bakeries and homes of this sophisticated and beautiful Riviera town.

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