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  • 1 Estérel mountains Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06150 Cannes

    This low-lying, ravined mountain range extends to the sea with promontories, deep creeks, headlands and beaches. Its fire-red colours form a striking contrast with the indigo blue of the Mediterranean. The Corniche d'Or coastal road running between C..

  • 2 Porquerolles Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Île de Porquerolles F - 83400 Hyères

    Seven km long, 2.5km wide and covering 1 254ha, the largest and most most eastern of the Hyères Islands was named after this village. The northern coastline boasts numerous sandy beaches bordered by pines, heather and sweet myrtle. The southern coast..

  • 3 Port-Cros Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Île de Port-Cros F - 83400 Hyères

    A day at Port-Cros is a real delight. With its small harbour where you can discover underwater flora and fauna and a botanical path overlooking the sea which, after the Estissac fort (exhibition) leads to Palud beach. Here the braver visitors take th..

  • 4 Mount Faron Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Mont-Faron F - 83200 Toulon

    One reaches this mount (584 m) which dominates the city, by one of the few cable-cars in the world situated by the seaside: during the ascent and over the cliff road, the view over Toulon and its harbour is magnificent. Prepared paths and play areas ..

  • 5 Îles d'Hyères Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 83400 Hyères

    The short crossing and walks around these well-preserved islands are bound to be a highlight of any trip to the Côte d'Azur. Inhabited in turn by monks, pirates and garrisons, the three Hyères Islands are each different but all idyllic: Le Levant is ..

  • 6 Cians Gorge Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06470 Beuil

    Between Beuil and the Var Valley, the River Cians has cut through red schist and limestone to create some of the most beautiful steep gorges in the Alps. Its powers of erosion are increased tenfold in the weakest places, and thus the river has carved..

  • 7 Saint-Pilon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 83640 Plan-d'Aups-Sainte-Baume

    There is a magnificent panorama (with a viewpoint indicator) from Saint-Pilon in the heart of the Sainte-Beaume massif: to the north, of the Hôtellerie de la Sainte-Baume in the foreground, Mont Ventoux in the distance, the Luberon, Montagne de Lure,..

  • 8 Monte Carlo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du casino MC - 98000 Monaco

    With its casino, palaces and luxuriant gardens, the name Monte Carlo is synonymous with gambling and the high life. Developed in the late 19C by the Bains de Mer company, Monte Carlo is today a tightly packed haven of rich villas and buildings. To th..

  • 9 Monastère de la Verne Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 83610 Collobrières

    Most of the buildings of the Monastery de la Verne date from the 17C and 18C. The former hospitality rooms are open to visitors (grain store, bakery...), as are the "testimony cell", where the monks prayed and worked, the surbased groined v..

  • 10 Musée Picasso Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Château Grimaldi F - 06600 Antibes

    In 1946, Picasso was looking for a studio where he could create large-scale works. Museum curator Romuald Dor de la Souchère offered the painter a large room in the Château Grimaldi. The eager artist said "I won't only paint for myself here. I'l..

  • 11 Musée de la Castre Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 pl. de la Castre F - 06400 Cannes

    A fabulous collection of musical instruments and rooms displaying art from the Near East, Oceania and pre-Columbian America. This museum was founded a year before the Musée de l'Homme (museum of mankind) in Paris after distant expeditions undertaken ..

  • 12 Musée International de la Parfumerie Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    8 cours du Jeux de Ballons F - 06130 Grasse

    Reopened in 2008, this museum extends over nearly 3,500m2. The extremely modern interior was designed by Frédéric Jung. Highlights include a "scented" video screening; presentation of plants used in the perfume industry; rotating chronologi..

  • 13 Marc Chagall museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    380 av. Dr-Ménard F - 06000 Nice

    This museum contains the largest permanent collection of works by Marc Chagall (1887-1985). His Biblical Message cycle consists of 17 large paintings depicting scenes such as The Creation, Adam and Eve Expelled from Paradise, The Flood and Song of So..

  • 14 Musée Matisse (Villa des Arènes) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    164 av. des Arènes-de-Cimiez F - 06000 Nice

    Dominating the sea, this 17C villa, with its Sienna earth colour, houses around 30 paintings by Matisse (1869-1954). From dark palettes to canvases lit with the Mediterranean sun, then, after a stay in Morocco, to pure colour, and finally to the refi..

  • 15 Jules Cheret Fine Arts Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    33 av. des Baumettes F - 06000 Nice

    Housed in a residence built in 1878 for Princess Kotschoubey in the Genoese Renaissance style, the Musée des Beaux Arts (Fine Arts Museum) exhibits European works from the 17C-19C. One room is devoted to the Van Loos, the most famous of whom, Carle, ..

  • 16 Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. Yves Klein F - 06364 Nice Cedex 4

    This museum exhibits works by the Nice School and the movements that preceded and followed it. Nouveau Réalisme is shown through artists like Arman, César and Spoerri, with pride of place given to Yves Klein (1928-62) and his blue monochromes. The ne..

  • 17 Île St-Honorat Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Île St-Honorat F - 06400 Cannes

    This island is a private estate owned by the monastery and is partly covered by a beautiful pine, eucalyptus and cypress forest. The old monastery, which is lapped by the water on three sides, was built in 1073. The current monastery and church date ..

  • 18 Musée des Arts Asiatiques Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    405 prom. des Anglais F - 06210 Nice

    This museum was designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange and is built over the lake in Parc Phoenix. It presents traditional sacred Asian art by geographical area (India, Cambodia, China and Japan) - beautiful works whose minimalism and simplicity ..

  • 19 Le Vistaero Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D2564 F - 06190 Roquebrune

    Situated at an altitude of 300m above sea level, this restaurant has magnificent views of the Bordighera headland, Cap Mortola, Menton, Cap Martin, Roquebrune, and Monte-Carlo Beach. To the right, Monaco and Beausoleil are dominated by the Tête de Ch..

  • 20 Notre-Dame-des-Fontaines chapel Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 06430 La Brigue

    The remote Notre-Dame-des-Fontaines chapel stands in the Mont-Noir valley overlooking a mountain stream. First built on the site of a holy spring in the 2C or 3C, its high windows date from the 18C, main body from the 14C-15C and chancel (from a prev..

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