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Featured Country: France

9 Hot Spots on the French Riviera

  • Cannes

    Cannes is most famously the "Capital of Cinema." In fact, if there's just one thing you know about the Riviera, it's likely to be that the Cannes Film Festival is held there. Every year in May, film stars, filmmakers, film producers, buyers,...

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  • Antibes-Juan les Pins

    Antibes-Juan les Pins is famous as the birthplace of the jazz age, with its indelible associations to such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie and Ray Charles. It is a town with atmosphere, to be sure. It is a party town, with a great buzz.

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  • Nice

    Nice is irresistibly frivolous, like a dotty and unexpectedly girlish old lady. From the crisp meringue of the Belle Époque hotels on the Promenade des Anglais, to the candy-colored buildings along the Cours Saleya, it is a thoroughly delicious...

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  • Menton

    Menton, the last major town on the French Riviera before the Italian border, is a work of art, a Baroque masterpiece. It is hard to imagine an angle from which Menton could not be painted. Many artists did paint in Menton. Yet, given the...

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  • Biot

    Biot is yet another impossibly pretty medieval village, perched above Antibes-Juan les Pins, just back from the coast. It is circled by delightful little forest paths that are accessible year-round.

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  • Grasse

    Grasse, perched in the hills above Cannes, has a unique distinction. It is the world's capital of perfume. Since the 16th century and continuing into present day, Grasse has been the premier maker of floral essences for the French perfume...

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  • Èze

    Èze is a French Riviera village with its feet in the sand and its head in the clouds. Spread across all three of the Corniches de la Riviera, Èze Bord de Mer is a beach resort on the Corniche Inférieure between Nice and Monaco, with pine-shaded...

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  • Mougins

    Mougins has a mind of its own. It’s not surprising that Catherine Deneuve, the cool and immaculate beauty, was a regular visitor to Mougins. This little medieval village, about four miles from Cannes, is lovely in a manner that can only be...

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  • La Turbie

    La Turbie, a village of about 1,000 people, surveys the entire coast from its perch high up on the Grande Corniche, at an altitude of 480 m/1,570 feet. The view of Monte Carlo, lit up at night, is one of the great sights of the Riviera and...

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