French Riviera Back to France


Courtesy Villa Kerylos

Stretching from the border of Italy all the way to Cannes and into the charming hilltop villages with expansive sea views, the coastline of the French Riviera is rightly fabled.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…in a Pierre-Yves Rochon-designed suite at the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat
  • Experience…the Riviera’s wonderful museums, including the Musée Cocteau
  • Splurge…on a coveted pool cabana at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc
  • Eat…with spectacular views of the coast at Château Eza
  • Drink…a cocktail on the romantic terrace lounge at Nice’s La Réserve
  • Savor…a challenging hike around Cap Ferrat
  • Visit…the Lérins Islands for a glimpse at a more laid-back Riviera lifestyle
  • See…the picturesque backroads of Provence from behind the wheel of a Ferrari
  • Shop…at Fragonard for perfumes as well as vibrant housewares and beach cover-ups
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team for customized recommendations and itineraries, including cooking classes, expert art guides and memorable boating days

Lay of the Land

“It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.”
~F. Scott Fitzgerald

The South of France has so many facets, so many faces of France that can be seen in one day that it can be overwhelming to map out a visit. You can explore the hill towns on tiny back roads (easier than ever thanks to a good GPS), have lunch poolside at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, shop and people-watch in Cannes and dine under a giant linden tree in St. Paul de Vence—all in the same day.

The department known as the Alpes Maritimes stretches along the Mediterranean coastline, extending from Menton near the Italian border to Cannes and into the hillside, home to such famous perched villages as Vence, Grasse and St. Paul-de-Vence. (St.-Tropez is located further west, in the department of the Var.) The main resort towns in this region are Cannes, Antibes and St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, home to the exclusive Grand-Hôtel du Cap Ferrat, sits to the north of Nice, while Antibes and the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc are located a half-hour’s drive to the south. The picturesque medieval villages, including Vence, Eze and Gourdon, are inland.

Getting There

International flights arrive in Nice. Visitors should rent a car but be wary that the roads are mostly single lane and traffic can be heavy, especially during the summer.


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