The French Riviera

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The French Riviera - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Cathédrale de la Nativité de la Vierge

    In the center of the Vieille Ville, the Cathédrale de la Nativité de la Vierge was built on the Romans' military drilling field in the...Read More

  • 2. Cathédrale Notre-Dame-du-Puy

    On a clifftop overlook at the Old Town's edge, the Romanesque Cathédrale Notre-Dame-du-Puy contains no fewer than three paintings by Rubens, a triptych by the...Read More

  • 3. Citadelle St-Elme

    Restored to perfect condition, the stalwart 16th-century Citadelle St-Elme anchors the harbor with its broad, sloping stone walls. Beyond its drawbridge lie the city's administrative...Read More

  • 4. Colline du Château

    Centre Ville

    Although nothing remains of the once-massive medieval stronghold but a few ruins left after its 1706 dismantling, the name château still applies to this high...Read More

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  • 5. Fragonard

    Built in 1782, this perfume factory is open to the public daily for free guided tours, and has the best boutique: look for the chocolate...Read More

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  • 6. Galimard

    Tracing its pedigree back to 1747, Galimard is one of the world's oldest perfume houses. Today its factory is open to visitors 365 days a...Read More

  • 7. Jardin Albert Ier

    New Town

    Along Promenade des Anglais, this luxurious garden stands over the delta of the River Paillon, underground since 1882. Every kind of flower and palm tree...Read More

  • 8. Jardin Thuret

    To fully experience the Riviera's heady hothouse exoticism, visit the glorious Jardin Thuret, established by botanist Gustave Thuret in 1856 as a testing ground for...Read More

  • 9. Molinard

    Established in 1849, Molinard offers an extensive tour that includes visits to the Soap Factory, the Distillery (witness "the nose" at work concocting new fragrances),...Read More

  • 10. Monastère de Cimiez


    This fully functioning monastery is worth the pilgrimage. You can find a lovely garden, replanted along the lines of the original 16th-century layout; the Musée...Read More

  • 11. Musée Archéologique Marin

    On the same quiet square as St-Pierre, this intimate museum offers a fascinating collection of ancient amphorae gleaned from the shoals offshore, where centuries' worth...Read More

  • 12. Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence

    Just up from the Fragonard perfumery and open every day, the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence has a large collection of faïence from the...Read More

  • 13. Musée de la Photographie

    Near Porte Sarrazine, the Musée de la Photographie permanently displays André Villers's portraits of his good friends—Picasso, who gave the French photographer his first camera...Read More

  • 14. Notre-Dame-de-Vie

    You can find Picasso's final home, where he lived for 12 years until 1973, by following the D35 south of Mougins 2 km (1 mile)...Read More

  • 15. Théâtre Romain

    Northeast of Old Town and near the Porte de Rome is the Roman theater (circa 1st century); its remaining rows of arches are mostly intact...Read More

  • 16. Villa Musée Fragonard

    This museum headlines the work of Grasse's own Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806), one of the great French "chocolate-box" artists of his day (these artists were known...Read More

  • 17. Musée des Beaux Arts

    At the far west end of town stands the 18th-century Palais Carnolès in vast gardens luxuriant with orange, lemon, and grapefruit trees. This was once...Read More

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