There are several routes and places to visit on the French Riviera. Whether you are a fan of nature, adventure or luxury itineraries

THE French Riviera comprises an area that goes from Toulon to the border with Italy, being also called as Blue Coast, or Cote d'Azur, in French. This region is part of the southern coast of France and is bathed by the Mediterranean Sea. As a range known for its natural beauty, the riviera presents us with fascinating cities that are favorable to tourism.

Among the many places to visit in French Riviera we can highlight Nice, Monaco and Cannes. Each one with its particularities and characteristics, making a tour of this beautiful part of the France something unforgettable. After all, in addition to nature, the region offers a rich gastronomy and great scripts luxury for all tastes.

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It is worth noting that the French Riviera does not have an exact definition of cities that form part of its territorial extension. Therefore, it is often confused with the region of Provence. The most common is a division that points out the area that goes from Toulon to the border with Italy as an integral part of the Riviera.

If you are looking for a more comfortable way to travel, we recommend the agency France among Friends, a receptive company based in France specialized in receiving Brazilian tourists in the country and promoting the best itineraries in France with guides who speak Portuguese. Therefore, before getting to know a good itinerary facing the south of France, let's get to know a little about these three most visited cities: Nice, Monaco and Cannes.

Nice is the fifth largest city in the France and the biggest of Blue Coast, which is also its capital. It is located 21 km from Monaco and 32 km from Cannes. Nice has a peculiarity that attracts more than 4 million tourists a year, which is its location, as it is located between the sea and the mountains. The municipality has an exceptional artistic heritage, being considered an open-air museum.

When we talk about luxury in Europe, Monaco soon stands out among the other destinations for this purpose. The principality is located 21 km from Nice and 53 km from Cannes. It is, in fact, considered a country, being the second smallest in the world, after the Vatican. On the other hand, it is the nation with the highest proportionate incidence of millionaires.

Their houses and buildings are often suspended over rock formations, which makes the urban landscape even more incredible. Its luxury reputation extends through the several million-dollar ships that dock in the locality, in addition to its casinos. Not to mention one of the stages of the Forumla 1 GP that takes place there, attracting the attention of all these millionaires.

Cannes also has an elegant and luxurious atmosphere. There is no way to remember the city without mentioning the famous international film festival that takes place there annually. Cannes is 54km from Monaco and 33km from Nice, making it one of the most beautiful places to visit in French Riviera. Its casinos and haute couture stores stand out. As well as the Palais des Festivals, where the film festival takes place, being the main tourist spot in the city.

Itineraries in the south of France

There are several routes to follow on a visit to the south of France. Whether you are a fan of nature, adventure or scripts luxurious. And, as we have seen, the distances between the main cities of the riviera are small. This makes it easier to move between them.

Starting with Monaco, a basic tour is to visit the Casino de Montecarlo. No need to place any bets on the spot. Just being in the most famous and influential casino in the world outside of Las Vegas is incredible. It is possible to get to know it by spending only the entrance fee for the visit, something around 10 euros. The outside area of the palace that houses the casino is one of the most beautiful postcards of the principality.

Continuing on to sunny Nice, after enjoying all the wonderful landscapes on the road, we will arrive at what is considered one of the most complete tourist destinations in the region. Among its tourist attractions, the highlight is the Russian Orthodox Cathedral Saint-Nicolas, called the most beautiful Russian church in Europe.

Nice also offers a guided tour of the 14 works of art that mark the Tramway (VLT) route. Some of them give a unique luminosity to the nightlife. All the works on the circuit together constitute the most important collection of artistic works of a city in France.

Cannes is the next stop. And, obviously, its main tourist spot is the Palais des Festivals, palace where the Cannes Film Festival takes place. The building is located on the Boulevard de la Croix promenade, where casinos and famous haute couture stores are also located. With extra time on your schedule, the tip is to take a 20-minute boat ride to the Lérins Islands. The site offers unparalleled natural beauty, with quiet sandy paths and rocky coves.

to finish a tour classic by the main places to visit in Blue Coast we will arrive in Saint-Tropez. The locality is famous for its popular beaches frequented by the famous. Saint Tropez has the best in terms of cuisine, with its unmistakable Provencal style. Coastal tours can be taken on luxury boats and yachts.

Monaco. Photo: via Flickr – mattravels

Other cities on the French Riviera:

THE French Riviera It still has several other wonderful cities, even if less known. Among them are: Antibes, Èze, Villefranche Sur Mer, Menton, Saint Jean de Cap Ferrat, Juan-les-Pins, Toulon, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Saint-Raphaël and Villefranche-sur-mer.

Antibes, for example, is a paradise resort just 12km away from Cannes. The municipality is home to Port Vauban (Port of Antibes), which is the largest port for private yachts in all of Eruopa. Èze, another interesting town on the Riviera, has shorter and narrower streets, where you can find stone buildings and some castle ruins.

Even small, Villefranche-sur-mer is one of the most popular cities for those who travel along the Côte d'Azur. Much due to Marinières beach, one of the most beautiful in the south of France. It extends for about 1km below the train line that connects Nice to Italy. But Villefranchefama gained fame even a while ago for housing the most expensive house in the world.

There are definitely many places to visit on the French Riviera. and the agency France among Friends, a receptive specialized in tours for Brazilians, is the best choice to guide you through the south of France.

Menton. Photo: LauterGold

Cassis. Photo: Roman Khudyakov

How to get to the French Riviera?

The city of Nice has the second largest airport in the France, operating national and international flights. Therefore, it is an excellent way to reach the region from Paris or other countries that have a direct flight there. The low cost company EasyJet has routes to Nice from several European cities.

There are also high-speed trains departing from Paris and making this journey in 5h30. But if you want to use a car, it's a 2-hour drive from Aix-en-Provence, in the Provence region, on the A8 motorway.

Now tell us if you liked our tips about Blue Coast, their cities and tours. Take the opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences with us about these beautiful places in the south of France.


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