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Located in the French Riviera and on the border with Provence, Nice is near many of the most famous touristic sites. Situated in the glamourous state of Monaco and the magnificent mansions of Cap-Ferrat and Beaulieu-sur-Mer with views of the shimmering, dark Mediterranean Sea, the idyllic Côte d'Azur is a dreamlike area.
A Mediterranean way of life and an artist's legacy characterise Cagnes-sur-Mer and Saint-Paul de Vence, which have excellent impressionistic galleries. In order to explore the most attractive small towns of Provence, you can go on to the mediaeval towns of Haut-de-Cagnes and Grasse or in the other directions to Peillon and Peille.
The mild climate and breathtaking coast make Cannes and Antibes the ideal vacation destination, two of the Riviera's most popular destinations, usually found (along with Monaco) on day trips such as the day excursion on the French Riviera of Nice. Be it picturesque rural cities or chic bathing establishments - the sights around Nice make you want to spend a longer time.
Planning your adventure with this top day trips from Nice: In a wonderful Mediterranean environment, the small city-state of Monaco has a particular mysticism. Monaco has many different characteristics: a Grimaldi dynastic regal kingdom, its own Monegasque (Munegascu) and its own world-class dance group.
The Palais Princier is open to the general public on the " Rock of Monaco ", the oldest part of the princedom. On the other side of the "Rock of Monaco" the city-state stretches around the coast. Only a few kilometres outside Fontvieille are the antique Roman aqueduct remains on both sides of the D33.
A simple way to see Monaco is the small group day tour from Nice with a minibus carrying no more than eight people. Cannes has an appealing lakeside promenade, gracefully palm-fringed avenues and the charming Belle Epoque style with its charm. As an example of the French Riviera's glamor, Cannes is the place where the beautiful months can dedicate themselves to good living.
Discerning guests visit the luxurious privately owned beach, go on cruising trips to the yachting clubs, buy in boutique designers, eat in high-class dining and indulge in luxurious hotel accommodation. Like other places on the Côte d'Azur, Cannes has a gentle, sun-kissed Mediterranean atmosphere, luxuriant flora and sub-tropical flow. Its protected position at the Golfe de la Napoule also provides moderate conditions in cold seasons (high seasons are from May to October).
Cannes' most expected annual occasion is the Cannes International Art House Theater Festivals, which attracts film celebrities from all over the year. An easy way to get to Cannes from Nice (45 minutes by car or train) is a half day tour for small groups.
You will have an opportunity to see the Cannes attractions, such as La Croisette Boulevard and the Palais des Festivals (where the French Riviera Filmfestival takes place), a round trip along the coast and a stop in Antibes with a stop at the old town and the Billionaire's Quay yachting dock.
Saint-Paul de Vence is a characteristic Provencal "village perché", located on a cliffy abyss overlooking Provence. Nice can be reached by road in about half an hours, but Saint-Paul de Vence is in a remote area. It is a beautiful town, attracting post-impressionist, abstract and surrealist painters who found Saint-Paul de Vence in the 1920s and produced extraordinary works of work.
In the Maeght Foundation on the Chemin des Gardettes, two kilometres outside the town' s mediaeval wall, visitors can see some of this work. The mediaeval atmosphere of Saint-Paul de Vence has been created within the well-preserved sixteenth cent. Saint-Paul de Vence's historical centre is best seen through the winding small paved avenues.
The Eglise Collégiale, a few metres from the keep, was erected in the Romance period in the fourteenth and extended in later years. One of the highlights of this chapel is the lush baroque chapel of Saint Clément, which contains remains from Roman tombs. Saint-Paul de Vence is often part of a mountain town that is often visited on one of the Nice itineraries, such as the Provence Countryside Small Group Day Trip, which includes a fragrance trip to Grasse and a trip to the glamourous Cannes.
It is a mediaeval town that clings to the dizzying cliff top. "Reachable from Nice (less than 20 kilometres away) by a hilly coast street, the hamlet gives a spectacular first view, with the steeple of its steeple and the remains of the old fort, which can be seen from afar.
As soon as the visitor enters the town through the ruins of the old city walls, a labyrinth of cobble stone roads offers a marvellous way out of the city. Situated more than 400 metres above sealevel, a breathtaking scenery of Mediterranean water amazes the visitor from almost every overlook.
It overlooks the coast from Nice to Monaco, as well as the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat promontory. The Château de la Chèvre d'Or, a noble Relais & Châteaux estate with a two-star Michelin wine and Fragonard perfumery, which is open to the general public for free visits to the perfumery, are decorated with a one-of-a-kind cross of Christ with a smile and modern sacred painting by Michel Marie Poulain.
Between Monaco and Cannes to discover the French Riviera and see small cities like Eze and the multi-million dollars boats in Antibes, try the day excursion of the French Riviera from Nice. This flawlessly designed estate comprises French, Spanish, Fleorentine, Japanese and Provençal backgrounds as well as an exotic garden and a scented rose garden.
Only five minutes by car from the Ephrussi mansion is Beaulieu-sur-Mer, a pretty French Riviera town with a small harbour. Situated on the banks of the Fourmis and shielded from the wind by the rolling countryside, Beaulieu-sur-Mer is an ideal holiday town year-round. Modelled on luxury noble homes on the island of Delos in Greece, the mansion was built entirely in 2 nd cent. BC using Greeks architecture (including the plaster and Carrara marbles used in antiquity).
Only a few kilometres from Beaulieu-sur-Mer, on the other side of Mont Boron, there is the small hamlet of Villefranche with a beautiful fourteenth-harbour. Gentle slopes with olives surrounding the town, and the micro-climate here is so gentle that the fruit is abundant like banana. It has a pictorial historical centre with a 1580 build fortress and an imposing temple.
One of the scenes from his movie "Le Testament d'Orphée" takes place on the Rue Obscure in Villefranche-sur-Mer. At a charming place on the French Riviera (about 12 kilometres westwards of Nice) Cagnes-sur-Mer was a small fishermen town. One of the oldest parts of the town, named Haut-de-Cagnes because of its position on the hill, has narrow winding roads and old buildings flanked by mediaeval fortifications.
A ten-kilometer journey through the valleys to the small town of St Jean-la-Rivière. A small, curvy street leads from here to Utelle to the pilgrimage cathedral Notre-Dame-des Miracles, which was established in the 9th cent. There is an extraordinary panoramic mountain and Mediterranean views from the temple.
A further delightful journey begins where the Tinée River runs through the Gorges de la Mescla. If you want to communicate with the countryside, you should take a trip to the Audides grottoes in Saint-Vallier de Thiey. Proof that the caverns were occupied by humans from prehistory, and they are part of the prehistory park, an open-air park that contains reconstructions of prehistory and a large number of geologic exhibitions.
Beautiful and unspoilt nature, cozy whitish sands, and crystalline water make the beach of the city of Antitbes a favourite destination for sun-worshipping holidaymakers in France. For those who are frustrated by the pebble beach of Nice and consider fine sands as a destination for holidaymakers, a day excursion to the city of Antitbes, only 30 minutes away by car, is worthwhile.
Those familiar with perfumes and beauties should plan Grasse as an essential stopover while discovering the touristic sights of the French Riviera and Provence. A picturesque mediaeval town in the Maritime Alps, near the Loup Valley, encircled by blossoms of fragrance made from the blossoms of lavander, hollyhock, rose petals and sycamore.
The Grasse Group has several prestigious fragrance plants, including Fragonard and Galimard, which are open to the general public. These include the following. Peillon is a stunning town less than 20 kilometres from Nice, embedded like an eagle's eyrie ("nid d'aigle") on a hill over a rock. To get here you have to take a short ride on a mountain track and then explore the hamlet on your toes.
Peillon is full of old-world atmosphere with its mediaeval paved alleys, pavement stairs and densely built-up historical outbuildings. The Saint-Sauveur Eglise, at the highest point of the town, the Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs with fine frescoes by Jean Canavesio from the fifteenth and the Chapelle Saint-Roch in a place with a splendid view over the town.
The Auberge de la Madone is a good choice if you are looking for accommodation in Peillon or a good dinner, offering luxury accommodation and genuine local food. From Peillon, another pretty mountain town, Peille, can be reached on foot (7 km away) by a two-hour walk along the Route Napoléon.
From Peillon to Peille it will take about 30 min. to get there. Though Peille is more secluded than Peillon, the small town has some remarkable sights to offer: the Eglise Sainte-Marie-de-l'Assomption, a roman icicle dating from the twelfth c...