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  • 1 Notre-Dame-du-Mai Chapel Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Roche-Blanche F - 83140 Six-Fours-les-Plages

    The highest point on the Cap Sicié Peninsula which stretches out from Sanary (318m), this chapel overlooks the cape and the sea from its steep height, providing a beautiful view from the Iles d'Hyères to the coves around Marseille. Many interesting e..

  • 2 Gros cerveau Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 83190 Ollioules

    Climbing up from Ollioules through the terraced fields and scrubland towards the top of Gros Cerveau, there is a view over the knoll of Six-Fours Fort, Toulon's Small Harbour, dominated by Mount Faron, and of Mount Caume which rises to 801m. The arid..

  • 3 Thoronet Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    D79 F - 83440 Le Thoronet

    Thoronet Abbey is located among oak trees in a wild and remote site between a river and a spring that fits right in with the austere rule of St. Bernard. The abbey affords a moment of serenity to those who come for a visit. It is the oldest of the th..

  • 4 Domaine du Rayol Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    av. des Belges F - 83820 Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer

    The exceptional Domaine du Rayol is one of the most beautiful sites on the Var coast. It takes its name from the stream that winds through its terraced slopes covered with cork oak, mimosa and pine trees. A vestige from an era of luxury, the Domaine ..

  • 5 Basilica of Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville F - 83470 Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume

    It was after the discovery of the tombs of St. Mary Magdalene and St. Maximin in the 13C that Charles d'Anjou built this basilica, a remarkable example of Gothic architecture. The exterior blends northern influences and local traditions. The interior..

  • 6 Sainte-Baume Massif Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 83640 Le Plan-d'Aups

    This massif is the longest and highest of the Provencal range, reaching 1,147m at the Signal de la Sainte-Baume. The bare and arid south face rises gently from the Cuges lake basin to the 12km-long ridge line, offering a splendid panorama from Saint-..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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 ..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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, ..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 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 ..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 Pointe de L'Esquillon Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06590 La Galère

    This headland offers a fantastic view of the Estérel mountains and the coast from Cap Roux to Cap d'Antibes, including the Îles de Lérins (viewpoint indicator).

  • 18 Villa Ephrussi-de-Rothschild Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    F - 06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

    Standing in a stunning location on Cap Ferrat, this Italian-style palace was built in 1905 by Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild to house her collection of almost 5 000 works of art (mosaics, Flemish tapestries, porcelain and furniture). After her death..

  • 19 Cap Ferrat Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

    Halfway between Villefranche and Beaulieu, the most prestigious headland on the Riviera is covered by dense vegetation. The peninsula is strewn with elegant houses such as the delightful Villa Ephrussi, home to a remarkable collection of works of art..

  • 20 Cap Martin Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06190 Roquebrune

    A rich suburb of Menton, the Cap Martin peninsula has retained the charm of its turn-of-the-20C elegance, with opulent villas hidden by a luxuriant vegetation. It is served by roads which cut through fragrant pinewoods and banks of mimosa. One of the..

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