The French Riviera Map and Towns to Visit

My trip to French Riviera was a memorable experience and I enjoyed each and every minute of it.

With many wonderful towns, dreamy beaches and perfect weather Cote d’Azur totally lives up to its renowned reputation.

If you are in Europe and French Riviera is on your travel itinerary I prepared a list of towns that simply can’t be missed.
Take a look at the map below as well to get an idea about all the places I visited.

French Riviera Map

french riviera map

French Riviera Towns

Toulon

My holiday in Cote d’Azur started in this charming beach town – Toulon.

It was a fantastic location to kick off the trip and my days were mainly focused on taking in as much sun as possible and doing a little bit of sightseeing.

The old town and the port of Toulon were my favorite places for an evening stroll and I fell in love with picturesque fountains that can be found around every corner.

Also, if you like art and history there are some really interesting museums in Toulon such as The Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Asian Arts and the Museum of Old Toulon just to name a few.

Îles d’Hyères

During my stay in Toulon, I discovered there was a group of Mediterranean Islands – Îles d’Hyères located only 1 hour 30 minutes away.

As I only had one day left in the area I decided to see only one of the three Islands and after much thought and careful consideration, the choice fell on the Porquerolles.

I really enjoyed this experience, from taking a ferry to get there, through biking around the Island to relaxing on the beautiful beaches.

I also managed to grab a delicious ice cream before catching a ferry back to the port of Giens.

Saint-Tropez

None of the trips to French Riviera can be considered complete without visiting the famous Saint-Tropez.

This quintessential Cote d’Azur town is all about luxury yachts, colorful buildings, hot weather and celebrities passing by in their posh and expensive cars.

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You can enjoy some of the most amazing beaches in French Riviera located nearby – perfect for relaxing and catching a much needed Vitamin D.

There is no shortage of nightlife as well as St.Tropez is home to many renowned nightclubs with world class DJs.

If you want to learn more about this gorgeous town check out this quick Saint-Tropez guide I wrote for all the first-time visitors.

Port Grimaud

Port Grimaud which can be defined a Venice of France is another crucial town in French Riviera.

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You can easily forget about the entire world in this picture perfect place with romantic canals and bridges, boats and ferries and cute restaurants in the unique locations.

I loved walking around and getting lost in the magical alleys of this town, each time discovering new picturesque and fairy-like spots.

Sainte-Maxime

Sainte-Maxime is a very popular holiday destination with beautiful sandy beaches waiting for the sun worshipers from around the world.

The main walking street of Saint-Maxime bursts with energy with many bars, restaurants, and shops open till late at night.

I loved the energy of this place – intense and dynamic but at the same time never overwhelming.

The long stretches of white sand and crystal clear water will remain etched in my memory forever.

Sainte Maxime French Riviera

Cannes

If you like myself are obsessed with movies than Cannes doesn’t need to be introduced to you.

I’ve followed the Cannes Film Festival since forever so finally visiting this city in person was kind of a dream come true.

After visiting all the key points of the Festival such as the Cannes Walk of Fame for example (with hands of the stars embedded in the sidewalk) and then moved onto discovering the rest of the city.

My favorite part of the trip was getting to see the Museum of the Sea located on the Island of Sainte-Marguerite.

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Juan-Les-Pins

Another amazing town in French Riviera that can’t be missed it certainly Juan-Les-Pins.

If you are looking for the sunshine, relax and warm Mediterranean sea this place is ideal for you.

Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Saint-Paul-de-Vence is a magical little town filled with art and history.

In fact, some of the most famous artists were connected to this place and one of them was the modernist Marc Chagall.

The town itself is very well preserved and easy to get around.

All the main points of interest are within a walking distance and it’s a pleasant stroll around art galleries and little shops.

I also made sure to reserve some time for the Maeght Foundation which includes works of some of the most important artists of the 20th century.

I really loved Saint-Paul-de-Vence and will sure go back one day.

Saint-Paul-de-Vence French Riviera

Nice

Nice is a big and important city in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur with many attractions and things to do.

One day is hardly enough to see all the main sites so stay longer if you get a chance.

Here are some of my favorite places to see while in Nice:

  • Floral Parc Phoenix
  • Chagall National Museum
  • Matisse Museum
  • MAMAC – the Museum of Modern Art
  • Palais Massena
  • Asian Art Museum

I also loved walking along the Promenade des Anglais – burning the calories after delicious dinner and admiring the beautiful view of the sea at the same time.

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

If you are holidaying in French Riviera make sure to go and visit the charming town of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

The beaches there are amazing and you will get the best view of the sea possible.

Eze

Eze is a perfect combination for those of you who want to incorporate some sightseeing and history into their holidays.

In fact, a lovely medieval village (Eze Village) is located nearby and once you get there you will enjoy one of the most stellar panoramic views of the entire Cote d’Azur.

Monaco

Monaco or the Principality of Monaco has a lot to offer to its visitors especially considering that it’s the second smallest country in the world.

Apart from being a playground for the rich where you can admire some of the most expensive super yachts and Ferraris, there are also other fun attractions available.

The key points of Monaco which can’t be missed include Monte Carlo Casino, the Palace, the Exotic Garden and my personal favorite – the Oceanographic Museum.

If you want to relax and enjoy the sunshine you don’t need to look far as one of the most amazing beaches in French Riviera – Larvotto is located in Monaco.

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Menton

Menton is the last town you find before the Italian border and a perfect holiday destination in French Riviera.

I particularly liked the port and the old part of the city and a long promenade along the beach.

If you have some extra time in Menton I suggest that you visit the Jean Cocteau Museum – a great place for to learn more about the art of this French artist.

Barbara

Barbara is the founder of Crab In The Air, a blog primarily focused on luxury travelling. She loves writing about the high-end hotels visited, the wonderful cities explored and the stunning landscapes viewed.

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