French Riviera

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in French Riviera

Cannes Beach

Cannes’ sandy beaches facing La Croisette are among the best in the Riviera – paying entrance to these upscale private beaches is worth the splurge for the chaise lounges, parasols, restaurants, and bar service.

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Tags: beach | family | smart splurge | things to do

Casino de Monte Carlo

Indulge your James Bond fantasy and go for broke at this famed casino, contained within an opulent example of 19th-century architecture designed by Charles Garnier.

Place du Casino, 011-377-92-16-2000, www.casinomontecarlo.com
Tags: gambling | nightlife | casino | things to do | architecture

Cruise the Corniches

For about 20 miles these three serpentine roadways run alongside one another from Nice to the Italian frontier. The highest, the Grand Corniche, provides the most dramatic views of the Mediterranean Sea and its settlements.

Cavil Mall, Sanctuary Cove, and Pacific Fair, Gold Coast,
Tags: views | things to do

Fondation Maeght

Just outside of Saint-Paul de Vence is the Fondation Maeght, a small museum founded in 1964 that reopened in spring 2009 after a renovation. Amid a cool stand of umbrella pines, sculptures by Miró lurk in a labyrinth of water and trees, a huge Calder sculpture springs from the front lawn, and a peaceful mosaic pool by Georges Braque invites contemplation.

, 011-33-4-93-32-8163, www.fondation-maeght.com
Tags: art | things to do | culture | architecture

La Croisette

Trace the graceful curve of Cannes’ beaches on this mile-long, waterfront pathway dotted by palm trees, gardens, restaurants, upscale hotels, and glitzy designer shops.

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Tags: beach | dining | things to do | outdoors | designer

Marché aux Fleurs

This is the place to discover the art of market shopping in southern France. Colorful and fragrant flowers are sold every day except Mondays, when the blossoms are replaced by the Marché à la Brocante, an antiques market.

Cours Saleya,
Tags: things to do | outdoors | traditional

Musée Matisse

This impressive collection of artworks by French artist Henri Matisse, who lived in Nice during the last four decades of his life, is housed in a light-bathed, 17th-century villa.

164 Ave. des Arènes de Cimiez, 011-33-4-93-81-0808, www.musee-matisse-nice.org
Tags: art | things to do | culture | architecture | museum

Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall

Featuring late works by Russian-born Chagall (including 17 biblical scenes on large canvases), this natural-light-filled museum is enhanced by surrounding gardens and pools.

36 Ave. Docteur Ménard, 011-33-4-93-53-8720, www.musee-chagall.fr
Tags: art | things to do | culture | museum

Musée Picasso

Above Antibes’ old port presides Château Grimaldi, once a residence for the Antibes’ royals and today the home of the Musée Picasso, which is world-renowned for its staggering Picasso collection. Closed for renovations through early 2008.

Château Grimaldi, 011-33-4-92-90-5420
Tags: art | things to do | culture | museum

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

A quartet of marble towers connected by glass passageways house a collection of French and American art that spans from the ’60s to the present.

Promenade des Arts, 011-33-4-97-13-4201, www.mamac-nice.org
Tags: art | things to do | culture

Plage de Tahiti

Sun-kissed St. Tropez, once a sleepy fishing village, has long been the most irresistible of French Riviera resort towns, attracting sunbathing beauties from Brigitte Bardot to Beyoncé. This Mediterranean beach-trip mecca of summer beach lounging and late-night partying sees chic scenesters arrive in droves between June and September to stake claim to their own little sandy piece of the action. Plage de Tahiti, one of the northern beaches along the Baie de Pampelonne, is one of the best spots to bask on golden Mediterranean shores and soak up the carnival atmosphere created by flamboyant and fashionable beachcombers. Note that the prudish needn't apply, as this haunt is notorious for itsy-bitty and teeny-weeny bathing gear. Aside from the sun-soaking and people-watching, the beach is also conveniently lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops, to boot.

Plage de Tahiti, 011-33-4-94-97-92-72 (St. Tropez Tourism Office), www.ot-saint-tropez.com
Tags: beach | summer | things to do | naturist

Promenade des Anglais

Wide and well landscaped, Nice’s four-mile-long “La Prom” is perfect for biking, alfresco dining, strolling, or simply for people watching from one of the many blue chairs that line the Baie des Anges waterfront.

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Tags: family | views | things to do | outdoors

Vieux Nice

Wander the atmospheric streets of Old Nice. Pastel yellow- and ochre-colored buildings line the city’s historic core which today teems with shops, restaurants, bars, markets, and a hodgepodge of architectural highlights.

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Tags: family | shopping | things to do | architecture | history

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Built in the early 20th century for Baroness Ephrussi, a wealthy woman with an insatiable taste for the arts, this palatial home is now a museum for her eclectic collection of tapestries, china, and 18th-century furniture and paintings. Outside, there are nine gorgeous gardens.

, 011-33-4-93-01-3309, www.villa-ephrussi.com
Tags: art | things to do | culture | architecture

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