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From the famous resorts along the French Riviera to the quaint medieval villages just inland the attractions of the Cote d'Azur never cease to captivate visitors. The beaches along this coastline are some of the most famous in the world and Cannes and St Tropez in particular draw thousands of tourists every summer to bask on their golden shores. But there is lots to see and do in Cote d'Azur apart from swim, suntan, shop and celebrity-watch at the fashionable resorts.

The Cote d'Azur boasts some very special medieval villages. Biot, apart from being a pretty and well-preserved ancient town, is well known for its traditional crafts and is a lovely place to go shopping for souvenirs. Eze is perched dramatically on a steep hill and the views from this charming place are astounding, particularly from the vantage of its botanical gardens. Grasse is famous for its perfume and visitors can learn about the production process and even create their own scents in this floral kingdom.

Along the azure coast Antibes, St Raphael, Frejus, Cassis and, of course, Nice are all exciting places to visit. A boat trip to the islands of St Honorat and St Marguerite is a popular excursion from Cannes and an extremely pleasant way to spend a day. The islands are perfect for lazy picnics and walks and there is an 11th-century monastery, an old fortress and a fascinating Museum of the Sea to explore.

Travellers in the Cote d'Azur will find that the coastline can get crowded and the roads congested during the summer months but with a little patience and good planning this area is magical.

La Croisette

La Croisette

The long, shop-studded promenade of La Croisette, and its seven miles (11km) of beach, is Cannes' major attraction. Palatial hotels line this strip, each with their own private beach, and this is where visitors are most likely to spot a familiar face, or...  see full details

Lerins Abbey

Ile St Honorat & Ile St Marguerite

The two islands of Lerins, Ile St Marguerite and Ile St Honorat, lie a 20-minute boat ride from Cannes. Ile St Honorat is a tiny forested island, the smallest and most southern of the Iles de Lerins. It has been the site of...  see full details

Plage de la Courtade

Côte d'Azur Beaches

The Cote d'Azur beaches range from intimate rocky coves to long swathes of golden sands packed with sun worshipers. Some are highly developed and will hire out loungers and the like but others are still fairly secluded; there should be something for everyone...  see full details

St Tropez

St Tropez

St Tropez has long held the reputation of being the 'black sheep' of the renowned French Riviera holiday resort towns. Sexy starlets were flaunting themselves topless here back in the 1930s, long before the beautiful people dared disrobe elsewhere. St Tropez' reputation as...  see full details



The village of Biot is more than 2,500 years old, and retains much of its medieval charm in the 15th-century architecture and narrow, winding streets. The town's old walls and gate can still be seen, as well as a number of other small,...  see full details



Perched on a mountain 1,400 feet (427m) above sea level, the medieval town of Èze is a popular stop on the route between the French Riviera and Monaco. The winding cobblestone streets lead visitors to the ruins of a 12th-century castle, and also...  see full details



Today it is hard to imagine that the quintessential, glamorous French Riviera holiday resort of Cannes was for centuries a simple, sleepy fishing village whose only visitors were the monks and wealthy pilgrims who came to visit the monastery on the nearby Island...  see full details