The French Riviera

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  • 1. Chapelle du Rosaire

    On the outskirts of "new" Vence, toward St-Jeannet, is the Chapelle du Rosaire, better known to the world-at-large as the Matisse Chapel. The artist decorated...Read More

  • 2. Commune Libre du Safranier

    A few blocks south of the Château Grimaldi, aka the Picasso Museum, is the Commune Libre du Safranier, a magical little neighborhood with a character...Read More

  • 3. Fondation Maeght

    Many people come to St-Paul-de-Vence just to visit France’s most important private art foundation, founded in 1964 by art dealer Aimé Maeght. High above the...Read More

  • 4. Gorges du Verdon

    You are here for one reason only: to explore the extraordinary Gorges du Verdon, also known as—with only slight exaggeration over another, more famous version—the...Read More

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  • 5. Le Sentier du Littoral

    Bordering the Cap's zillion-dollar hotels and over-the-top estates runs one of the most spectacular footpaths in the world. Nicknamed the Sentier "Tire-poil" (because the wind...Read More

  • 6. Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins

    This hidden gem "highlights the dialogue between the old and the new" with Roman, Greek, and Egyptian art rubbing shoulders with pieces by Picasso, Matisse,...Read More

  • 7. Musée Matisse

    Cimiez

    In the 1960s, the city of Nice bought this lovely, light-bathed, 17th-century villa, surrounded by the ruins of Roman civilization, and restored it to house...Read More

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  • 8. Villa Eilenroc

    Le Sentier du Littoral passes along the beach at the Villa Eilenroc (designed by Charles Garnier, who created the Paris Opéra), commanding the tip of...Read More

  • 9. Villa Kerylos

    One manifestation of Beaulieu's Belle Époque excess is the eye-popping Villa Kerylos, a 1902 mansion built in the style of classical Greece (to be exact,...Read More

  • 10. Allée de la Liberté Markets

    Shaded by plane trees and sheltering a sandy pétanque field, this is a little piece of Provence in a big, glitzy resort town. Every morning...Read More

  • 11. Arènes

    The Arènes (often called the Amphithéâtre) is still used for concerts and bullfights, and can still seat up to 5,000. Back down on the coast,...Read More

  • 12. Basilique St-Michel

    This majestic basilica dominates the skyline of Menton. Beyond the beautifully proportioned facade—a 19th-century addition—the richly frescoed nave and chapels contain several works by Genovese...Read More

  • 13. Beau Rivage

    Located across from Cours Saleya. the Riviera's largest private beach is one of Nice's nicest; you can gain access by renting a lounger for the...Read More

  • 14. Café de la Place

    On your way from the overpriced parking garages, you'll pass a Provençal scene played out with cinematic flair yet still authentic: the perpetual game of...Read More

  • 15. Carlton InterContinental

    Built in 1912, the Carlton was the first of the grand hotels to stake out the superb stretch of beach and greenery on La Croisette,...Read More

  • 16. Casino Barrière

    Relaunched as a modern downtown recreation complex, the huge bay windows with sea views may distract you from the slot machines. Celebrate your winnings by...Read More

  • 17. Casino Barrière

    The famous Casino Barrière on La Croisette—open 10 am to 3 am (until 4 am on weekends and until 5 am during summer)—is said to...Read More

  • 18. Casino Barrière de Saint-Raphaël

    Looking out over the waterfront, catering to the city's many conventioneers, the casino's 158 slot machines operate daily 9 am–3 am (4 am on Saturday),...Read More

  • 19. Casino du Palais de la Méditerranée

    Promenade

    In the 1920s, the swanky Palais de la Méditerranée drew performers like Charlie Chaplin and Edith Piaf; however, the establishment lost its glory and was...Read More

  • 20. Castel Plage

    At the east end of the promenade, near Hotel Suisse, there is both a large public beach and a private one, where the water is...Read More

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