When many people think of France, they think of Paris, but did you know that the southeastern coast is also rich in culture and beauty? Also known as the French Riviera, the string of towns along the Mediterranean sea has plenty to offer any traveler. Here are a few of our favorites.
Located on top of a hill between Monaco and Nice, Èze is often referred to as the most beautiful village in France. It’s accessible by bus or if you’re feeling adventurous, about an hour hike. It’s a quiet town where travelers can enjoy a visit to their 12th-century church, perfume factory, and even a botanical garden.
Nice is the capital of the French Riviera and has historically been a home for many famous artists like Matisse. The city has lots of museums for the art-loving traveler to enjoy along with plenty of opportunities to get outside. Bike or rollerblade down the English Promenade, take a stroll through the old town and check out the local markets, or enjoy a Nutella-stuffed crepe on the beach.
For breathtaking views, look no further than Beausoleil. This French commune, whose name means “Beautiful Sun,” is the place to go if you’re looking to visit Monaco without the Monegasque price tag. The town is less than a kilometer from the famous Monte Carlo casino and Monaco Yacht Club. As it’s situated on a hill, visitors can enjoy stunning views of the sunset over the ocean from almost anywhere in Beausoleil.