If you have had the chance to visit the French Riviera it is a magical place. With Mediterranean sunsets, fishing villages, cliff embedded towns, and a beautiful turquoise coastline that you can’t take your eyes off of, there is all the reason to plan your trip to Southeast France. But before you take off to the majestic destination, here are eight amazing places to discover while in the Southeast of France.
This elegant resort city may look modernized, but it holds a ton of historical value. In fact, hundreds of years of history were made between this city’s walls. Back in the 11th century, the monks fearing an invasion of the Saracen built a watchtower, which still stands in Cannes’ Old Town. Strolling along the coast of the mile-long La Croisette, you will discover quaint shops and several designer boutiques. Dine at one of the many fabulous French restaurants after you have taken a hike in the Massif de l'Esterel, a coastal Mediterranean mountain range.
Nestled between cliffs and two 12th-century towers, Cotignac is full of stunning Provencal villages and vineyards. Not much further than the commune, you will find the famous Gorge du Verdon.
Near the border of Italy, the half-moon bay on the French Riviera is one of Menton’s most enjoyable sites. It is also one of the warmest resorts in the winter. As you wander through town, you may notice all of the citrus trees and giant sculptures. If you happen to be in town for it, don’t miss out on the annual Lemon Festival (Fête du citron).
The first thing you must do in this seaport city is head to the Cours Saleya flower market to smell and view all of the gorgeous flowers. Once you’ve had your fill of freshly picked flowers, make your way to view the Roman ruins on Colline du Château. Before you leave Nice, make sure you head to the Promenade for some shopping.
This barricaded village sits right in the mountains of the Alpes-Maritimes. Walking through the narrow passageways might get tricky, but it’s worth it to see all of the medieval houses, vaulted alleys, and last but not least, the painted wall at Chapelle des Penitents Blancs.
This charming 14th-century Niçoise fishing village on the French Riviera is talked about for its deep harbor, lovely old town, and excellent seaport overlooking the gentle Mediterranean waters. Walk down the cobblestone roads until you reach the Citadel St. Elmo and Port de la Darse.
As another harbor town, Antibes has one of the most impressive coastlines. It is also home to the Absinthe Museum, the Exflora Museum, and the Grimaldi château, a museum containing the works of Pablo Picasso.
Vence is a medieval village that definitely showcases its past. When you are here, visit the Cathedral of Nativity of Saint Mary, The Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs, and take a walk through the old town.
While visiting southern France – Provence is a must for any wine lover. In Ramatuelle – just down the coast from glitzy Saint-Tropez, lies one of Provence's most spectacular vineyards. Domaine de Tourraque overlooks waves crashing into a rocky bay – a stunning sight. This vineyard spanning more than 30 hectares has been committed to organic farming practices for several generations. Wine tastings here are free of charge, and their organic wines are high quality and well-priced. It is worthwhile to book a tour to walk the expansive grounds followed by a visit to the cellar to learn about the production methods.
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