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  • 1 Kérylos Greek Villa Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    F - 06310 Beaulieu-sur-Mer

    This replica of an ancient Greek house was built in 1902 on a site reminiscent of the Aegean coast by and for the archaeologist Théodore Reinach. Original pieces stand alongside copies and reproductions of furniture and frescoes. All the windows offe..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 Le Mercantour Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06450 Saint-Martin-Vésubie

    The Mercantour National Park was created in 1979 and covers an area of 169 267 acres in the Alpes Maritimes and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Since 1987, it has been twinned with the Italian Argentera Nature Park, and both parks share the management of th..

  • 6 Vallée des Merveilles Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06430 Casterino

    Cirques, valleys, moraines and glacial lakes surround Mt Bégo (2,872m) in a spectacular location. Over 30,000 rock carvings produced between 2800 and 1300 BC have been identified here. They bear witness to the beliefs of the Ligurian tribes who are t..

  • 7 Giens Peninsula Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    rte de Giens F - 83400 Hyères

    On this peninsula, between the two tombolos (strips of sand), the old salt marshes of the Étang des Pesquiers are home to pink flamingoes. In the little resort of Giens, where Saint-John Perse rests in peace, there is a fine panorama and a pretty lit..

  • 8 Vallée de la Tinée Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06420 Saint-Sauveur-sur-Tinée

    A veritably uplifting landscape dotted with lovely villages (St-Sauveur-sur-Tinée, St-Étienne-de-Tinée...), perched ever-higher up spectacular hairpin roads. These outposts of civilisation (and the frescoes and reredoses that they retain) come as a s..

  • 9 Daluis Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06470 Daluis

    Hewn by the River Var through the red schist carpeted by fresh greenery, the Daluis Gorge is of a depth, fierceness and colour that is unparalleled. The overhanging walkway offers fine views of the gorge, especially on a bright afternoon. Popular wit..

  • 10 Val d'Entraunes Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06470 Entraunes

    100km from Nice, at the threshold of the Mercantour National Park, the Entraunes Valley seems far from it all and for that reason is well worth a visit. Among its many available walks, choose those through the Daluis Gorge, or up the Col de la Cayoll..

  • 11 Gorges of Haute Provence Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06850 Saint-Auban

    Hidden away in Haute-Provence's mosaic of enclosed valleys is a world of little hamlets and perched villages, each more charming than the last. From one valley to the next, rushing torrents have hewn through mountain ranges forming superb clues (gorg..

  • 12 Plateau St-Michel Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06000 Nice

    Heading east from Nice, the Grande Corniche heads up to the St-Michel plateau, offering views back over Nice and the Bay of Angels; to the front is La Drète fort. On the right a road leads to the Observatory of Mont-Gros, an international centre of a..

  • 13 Villa Ephrussi-de-Rothschild Gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    1 1 Avenue Ephrussi de Rothschild F - 06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

    Seven hectares of heavenly gardens surround the Villa Ephrussi-de-Rothschild. They follow a thematic scheme: the French garden has running water and a Temple of Love; the Spanish garden is planted with exotic species; the Florentine garden has a marb..

  • 14 Fernand Léger National Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    chemin min du Val de Pome F - 06410 Biot

    Sited on the Mas St-André estate, bought by Fernand Léger (1881-1955), for whom Andreï Svetchine constructed this sober edifice in 1960; the interior was renovated by Marc Barani in 2008. On the ground floor is a large stained-glass window inspired b..

  • 15 Vésubie Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06450 Lantosque

    The River Vésubie rises in the Alpes Niçoises and becomes one of the most beautiful valleys in the hinterland behind Nice. Its lower course from Plan-du-Var has hewn a steep gorge prior to its joining the River Var. The Mediterranean landscape betwee..

  • 16 Turini Forest Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06450 La Bollène-Vésubie

    This 3 500ha forest is situated between the valleys of the Vésubie and the Bévéra. From the south, the Col de Braus road climbs through beech, chestnut and maple trees. Beyond the Col de Turini, the D68 (Route de l' Authion) heads through fir trees a..

  • 17 Mont Vinaigre Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06590 Théoule-sur-Mer

    Mont Vinaigre was once a haunt of brigands and the most dangerous spot in the Esterel massif. From this high point (618m) there is a fine view: from left to right, Cap-d'Antibes, Pointe de la Croisette, Cannes, the Gulf of La Napoule; straight ahead,..

  • 18 Loup Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06620 Le Bar-sur-Loup

    During its short journey from rising on Mt Audibergue to flowing into the Mediterranean, the River Loup has over the ages hewn one of Haute-Provence's most beautiful valleys; a vertical gorge dotted with potholes. Heading upstream, visitors will disc..

  • 19 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..

  • 20 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..

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