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  • 1 Musée de la Castre Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 place 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 ..

  • 2 Musée International de la Parfumerie Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 boulevard 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..

  • 3 Marc Chagall museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    380 avenue 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..

  • 4 Jules Cheret Fine Arts Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    33 avenue 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, ..

  • 5 Musée d'Art moderne et d'Art contemporain (MAMAC) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Place 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..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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).

  • 9 Villa Ephrussi-de-Rothschild Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    F - 06230 St-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..

  • 10 Cap Ferrat Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 06230 St-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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 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 40,000 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..

  • 14 Giens Peninsula Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    route 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..

  • 15 Baptistère de Fréjus Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Rue de Fleury F - 83600 Fréjus

    This square building, with 11m sides and topped with a dome that was reconstructed in the 19C is one of the oldest baptistries in France (5C). Inside, digs have restored the original marble floor. The bishop would have washed the feet of those being ..

  • 16 L'Annonciade, Musée de St Tropez Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Place Grammont F - 83990 St-Tropez

    This museum housed in a former 16C chapel exhibits collections (Georges-Grammont Donation) of first-class paintings from the Fauvist, Nabis and Pointillist movements (Signac, Matisse, Braque, Bonnard, Maximilien Luce). They are a reminder of the disc..

  • 17 St Tropez peninsula via the headlands Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 83990 St-Tropez

    Miraculously preserved from developers (thanks to the Coastal Conservatoire) these 40km of coastline with rocky cliffs and long, fine-sand beaches offer exceptionally lovely walks. The whole route can be covered on foot (allow 11hr) or you can choose..

  • 18 Boat tour around the harbour Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Quai Cronstadt F - 83000 Toulon

    This tour takes in (albeit from afar) the military installations and Vauban Docks, the commercial port, the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, and the ex-shipyard of La Seyne with Balaguier Fort. But the best thing about this rath..

  • 19 Views from Vaumale Coombe Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 83630 Aiguines

    This magnificent beech-lined cirque stretches out around 700m above the Verdon. The best views of it are to be had from the stretch of road running between the Balcons de la Mescla and Moustiers-Ste-Marie, since here it reaches a peak height of 1 202..

  • 20 Col d'Illoire Pass Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 83630 Aiguines

    This pass marks the end of the gorge and gives you a final chance to admire the Grand Canyon stretching uphill as far as the eye can see. The view below takes in a stunning horizon of blue-tinged mountain tops, including the ridge of the Mt Sainte Vi..

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