Friday, December 15

French Riviera Day Trip Ideas

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Menton Closest French town to the Italian boarder, short drive from San Remo and Monaco, 45 minutes from the Nice airport, great sandy beach, very relaxing and calm atmosphere.

Eze Medieval village perched on a narrow rocky peak overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. There’s a stunning exotic garden of the top of the rock. The views are fab. From other attractions, museum and perfume factory “Fragonard” is a place I’d recommend.  

Antibes Port and Museum of Picasso are the highlights of this town. It’s a nice quiet place with a great sandy beach.

Cannes 45 minutes away from the Nice airport, nice sandy beaches, cruises to the nearby Iles de Lérins, a little bit overpriced overall.

Port Grimaud Lovely town, called the Venice of the French Riviera as it’s build on a laguna, nice beaches, short drive or boat ride to both St. Tropez and Sainte Maxime. It’s quite far from the Nice airport (over one hour).  

Saint-Tropez This is IMO the most overrated town in the entire Riviera. It’s very crowded what definitely takes away from the experience. As for the “famous” port I don’t find it that appealing either. Moanco’s port in La Condamine is much more interesting and beautiful. It has all the designer (high end) boutiques in the world!

Port Hyeres Sandy beach, nice port, small and relaxed town, half way between St. Tropez and Marseille.

Frejus Very similar to Hyeres, cute and calm little town with a nice beach, half way between Nice and St. Tropez.

Georges du Verdon and Canyon du Verdon The biggest canyon in Europe. It’s in Provenvce, 2 hours north of Nice. You can rent a boat (doesn’t cost much) and cruise the Verdon River. That’s a great experience and the views are unforgettable. You can also drive to Marseille or Avignon but that would be at least a few hours to get to any of those. The biggest pro of the Riviera is that all its most famous towns are located on a strip no longer than 150 kilometers so it’s easy to get just about anywhere in no time!

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