Cote d’Azur or the French Riviera is one of the most picturesque destinations in Europe. Whether you’re visiting small villages like Èze, cosmopolitan cities like Nice or lavish destinations like Monaco, you will immediately see why the French Riviera is the ultimate travel destination. These are the 5 must see places when visiting the French Riviera:
Menton is situated in the far east of France bordering Italy, and has both Italian charm and French finesse. Nicknamed the ‘pearl of France’, Menton is hugely popular with tourists for its great views and excellent climate. In the 19th century many European aristocrats found there was something special about this place and added Menton to their list of dream vacations. To this day you can still see many luxurious hotels and palaces that were built by the rich and powerful of the 19th century. Other notable features of Menton are its beautiful gardens and long pedestrian streets.
The sovereign city-state is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. It is surprisingly small with a territory of just 2 km². Monaco now is the ultimate playground for the rich and famous, but once it was on the edge of a bankruptcy, that is of course before the decision of Prince Florestan I (or actually his wife Maria Caroline) to make Monaco a gambling Mecca. Now any Visitor to Monaco is sure to see priceless cars, magnificent yachts, beautiful architecture and breathtaking views.
Èze is a medieval town nestled on a rock over the Mediterranean. The climb to Èze may not be easy but once you reach the top, you will be rewarded with charming narrow streets, old buildings full of character and unparalleled views of the French Riviera. Some of the attractions worth a visit are the Botanic Gardens or the Chapelle de la Sainte Croix which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea.
Nice is one of the most beautiful and charming French cities. Its beaches attract millions of tourists and one of the best ways to spend a lazy afternoon there is just strolling down the Promenade des Anglais – the famous waterfront boulevard. The Old Town and the little streets with picturesque houses are also great for shopping and walking around.
Another favorite for the rich and powerful, the final destination here is Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. The little peninsula was once a favorite place for the Ancient Greeks, but it became really popular at the beginning of the 20th century during the lavish Belle Epoque era. It was the time when Beatrice Rothschild built the impressive Villa Ephrussi de Rotschild.