Come and have a wonderful moment in French Riviera
Take a walk along the famous Promenade des Anglais and enjoy the warm Mediterranean climate. Come and discover or rediscover Nice, a city of multiple perfumes and flavours. Here, the gentle lifestyle is as much due to the city's beauty as to its exceptional climate.
The famous "Cours Saleya" and its markets will reveal their unexpected treasures stimulate your taste-buds. Come an taste some of our local culinary specialities : Socca or pissaladière washed down by Bellet Wine - a renowned vintage from the hills of Nice.
Flower markets, fruit and vegetable markets, fish markets... The Old City - with its picturesque narrow streets and « piazzettas » - has even more treasures in store !
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Nice provides ideal conditions for the development of art and culture, consequently it has an extraordinarily rich cultural and artistic heritage to which famous painters, writers and musicians have all made their contribution.
The Matisse Museum is situated on the hill of Cimiez, not far from the Franciscan monastery with its Italianate gardens, the Hotel Regina where Matisse resided, and the Gallo-Roman ruins. Since January 5th 1963 the Museum has been welcoming vistors to admire Matisse's famous works.
Nice makes a great base from which to explore the French Riviera thanks to its trains, buses and roads. There are many sites on the French Riviera which can be a day trip from Nice, even distant Saint-Tropez. Some of these places are just a half an hour away.
Set on the Mediterranean Sea between the French and Italian Rivieras, Europe travel to Monaco is synonymous with luxury and indulgence. Measuring less than one square mile in size, this small country has a big reputation for glitz and glamour attracting the rich, the famous, and anyone on Europe vacations seeking the high life. Shop at designer boutiques, enjoy gourmet cuisine, and discover the Palais princier de Monaco.
The city of Cannes is centered around the old port, with the central part quite compact.
The famous “Croisette” is the boulevard and the beach that extends around the bay to the east of the port, in the protected “Rade de Cannes”. Cannes, the home of the internationally renowned Cannes Film Festival. Every year in May, his film festival which welcomes famous actors and realisators worldwide proposes two weeks to celebrate the art of cinema. Come and see famous stars of cinema.
You also can visit beautiful islands called "Iles de Lérins", "Le Monastère Saint-Honorat" or "Sainte-Marguerite", where you will be subjugated by these landscapes and would not want to come back home. Be seduced by this wonderful town.
Antibes is just across the Baie des Anges from Nice but is much smaller and more intimate. Other than visiting the prestigious Picasso museum and the 12th century Chateau Grimaldi which once served as Picasso’s studio. You must visit the covered Provencal Market on the Cours Massena. Don’t forget to visit the Port with the most fascinating yachts.
- SAINT-PAUL DE VENCE
Saint Paul de Vence is a beautiful fortified hilltop village. Enjoy the delightful scene of the sea over the hills. Just outside of the village you will find the Maeght Foundation, an exceptional site that contains one of the most important collections in Europe, with paintings, sculptures, drawings and graphic works from the 20th century: Bonnard, Braque, Calder, Chagall, Giacometti, Léger, Miró…More than 200 000 visitors come each year to the Maeght Foundation, which has put on over 100 monographic or thematic exhibitions since its opening. Many exhibitions are also organized
every year in museums in France and abroad based on the Foundation’s collections.
Sure enough you’re not far from the Italian border. So, if you wish to have a quick taste of Italy on your visit to the Côte Azur take advantage of this journey. You’ll be surprised how the ambience can be so different. Ventimiglia is famous for its Friday market and take time to have an Italian expresso.
- SAINT-JEAN CAP FERRAT
Of all the fabled playgrounds along the Cote d’Azur catering to the world’s wealthiest and most privileged people, there is none more exclusive and appealing than Cap Ferrat. The seaside village of St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat is nestled around a lovely sheltered bay on a peninsula jutting into the blue Mediterranean between Nice and Monaco. Noted for its tranquility and warm sunny climate, it has become the destination of choice among the rich and famous. To better appreciate its beauty, visitors can stroll the coastal footpath through the pine-forest to the beach or hike the Maurice Rouvier Walk which links the town to Beaulieu.
Ephrussi de Rotschild in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat
Discover the most beautiful French Riviera Palazzo and its nine wonderful gardens with patios, fountains and ponds. The Villa overlooks the bay of Villefranche and you will discover the most incredible art from all over the world.
This hilltop village located on the Moyenne Corniche is a pleasant stop over. Visit the stony streets of the old town and enjoy the Exotic Garden with drop-dead views of the coast.
The small medieval village is famous for its beauty and charm. Its many shops, art galleries, hotels and restaurants attract a large number of tourists and honeymooners. As a result Èze has become a "museum village", few local residents live here. From Èze there are gorgeous views of the Mediterranean Sea. The Fragonard perfume factory has a sales outlet here.
The motto of the village is the phrase Isis Moriendo Renascor (meaning "In death I am Reborn") and its emblem is a phoenix perched on a bone.
The local dialect (nearly extinct) is similar to the Monégasque language of the nearby Principality of Monaco, and is related to Ligurian but with some influences from the Occitan language.
Saint Tropez was born in Pisa (Tuscany), under the name of Caïus Silvius Torpetius of patrician lineage.
A brilliant officer, he was chosen by the emperor, to hold the charge of steward of his palace. He was converted by Saint-Paul while he was his custodian. Torpetius solemnly professed his faith during a feast organized by the Emperor, who condemned him to death forthwith. But the wild beasts laid themselves down at his feet, the pillar he was chained to, to be flogged, collapsed and killed the executioner. To put an end to it, he was beheaded. Torpetius' head is still kept in a chapel dedicated to his name, in Pisa.
Every year, a group of Tropezians set off on a pilgrimage to Pisa on April the 29th, the day he was put to death.
His body was laid in a boat with cockerel and a dog (symbols of malevolence in the Roman bestiary), at the mouth of the River Arno. Borne along by the ligurian current, the boat with its precious load miraculously unharmed, ran on to the shores which were later to be named Saint- Tropez, on May 17th, 68 A.D.