Must-See Spots and Things to Do in Côte d’Azur

By Camille Poire | BLOG

May 10
must see spots and things to do in côte d'azur

The breathtaking views, the fascinating beauty of the sea and beaches, and a multitude of places to explore are only a few of the assets that make up the international allure of France's stunning, ritzy Cote d'Azur region. It's no secret that this is one of the most popular places to visit in France, and for good reason. Visiting the French Riviera will take your traveling journey to an entirely new level of thrill and excitement.

If you've decided to travel to the Côte d'Azur, then let us help you explore the boardwalks, medieval villages, and everything else that makes this area so charming and appealing to travelers from around the globe.


Places to Explore in Côte d'Azur

Côte d'Azur is a kid-friendly area that attracts art lovers and offers charming views of the beaches and outdoors. There are lots of things to do in Cote d'Azur, from visiting the amusement parks, casinos, museums, and wineries, to exploring the impeccable beauty of villages and beaches.

Below, we highlight a few of our favourite attractions that we suggest focusing on:

The Beauty of Menton

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Let's start with the town of Menton!

 If you're visiting the Côte d'Azur, you can't miss this coastal village. It offers fascinating views of the beaches and impossibly blue waters, but at the same time, it isn't as crowded as the rest of the Côte d'Azur, which makes it a perfect and serene place for you to enjoy at a leisurely pace. 

The Culture and History of Antibes

Another fantastic spot to explore is Antibes, a city famous for its history, culture, and arts. You can explore the vast mansions, a food market, and museums. If you're an aesthete, this place is for you.

Musée Picasso

While in Antibes, plan a visit of the Musée Picasso for a great cultural experience. This beautiful stone château standing on the remains of what used to be the Greek city of Antipolis served as Picasso's home, and has now been turned into a museum for art lovers.

Villa Noailles

Along with the medieval and ancient sights, Côte d'Azur also has ultra-modern architecture. The famous Villa Noailles in Hyères is a perfect place to discover and enjoy contemporary art and design.

La Colline du Château

Our next recommendation would be to visit La Colline du Chateau; it gives beautiful views of the old town and fascinating architecture. It's a perfect place for a day trip and offers views from the top of the city, overlooking the beautiful waters of the sea.

The Old Town of Nice

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You can't miss the old town of Nice if you're in Côte d'Azur. It's a fantastic place full of galleries, cafés, and shops - perfect for taking a coffee and strolling down the streets of France.

Another thing to do in the town of Nice is to pick up flowers from Saleya Market, a vibrant and lively place filled with fresh flowers and fruits.

Cannes, Eze, and Grasse

You can also visit nearby places and villages such as Cannes, Eze and Grasse, which are best known for their festivals, perfumeries, and beautiful gardens.

Cannes is best known for its film festivals, so you have a good chance to meet the stars on their way to the red carpet if you're there at the right time!

Things to Do in Côte d'Azur

Besides the suggested visits mentioned above, you should try to make the most of your Côte d'Azur trip by soaking up the lifestyle, traditions, and culinary specialties of this sun-drenched, characterful region for a truly immersive experience.

Menton is full of enchanting gardens and is known for its finest French and Italian cuisine. Especially in the month of February, Menton attracts a lot of travelers because of the Lemon Festival, or Fête du Citron, where people celebrate the coming of spring.

Your trip won't be complete without a dip in the sea and trying out the traditional foods in the alleyways of Côte d'Azur towns. If you're visiting with your family, it'd be an excellent idea to enjoy traditional dishes such as bouillabaisse in Marseille, or the world-famous ratatouille and salade niçoise. These tastes that you'll remember for days are what will make your trip to the Côte d'Azur unforgettable.

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A Final Tip for Travellers

Finally, If you're planning to keep your budget low, we'd recommend that you don't visit the city in July or August. The prices of hotels are soaring high in the summer, especially during school holidays, because of the massive number of travelers visiting the area from both within France and around the globe.

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About the Author

Hey, I'm Camille! I'm a 30-something "ex-French" girl turned world explorer. In 2013, I quit my life to travel the world - and I haven’t stopped since! I have lived in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, and Colombia, and have visited 50+ countries as a location-independent travel writer and affiliate marketer. I like sleeping in hammocks, riding scooters, eating all the foods, and scaring my mother trying adventure sports! I now share this journey with my nomadic boyfriend Mr B, with whom I recently bought a home base in the mountains of Bansko, Bulgaria.

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