Warmed by the Mediterranean sun, each of the idyllic towns and villages along the French Riviera offer visitors a unique and captivating destination to immerse themselves in. Boasting ocean views, towering hillsides and charming streets, shops, eateries and attractions, each one offers an exceptional holiday experience.
The comparably sleepy town of Menton has captured the hearts of all who embark on the journey to experience it. Crystal clear waters lap onto the shell and pebble beaches that run parallel to the town, while the pastel pinks and yellows of the Belle Époque architecture buildings offer a postcard worthy backdrop. As the final town on the French Riviera before the shared Italian border, the culture of Menton, including the food and drink, in some circumstances the language, the arts and heritage have all been influenced by the neighbouring country.
Contemplating and watching the world go by is done with ease in Antibes. The atmosphere in the town is relaxed, beachy and oozes charm. Famed for the luxurious harbour, which is known to be filled with pristine multi-million-pound yachts, the horizon is frequently dotted with those enjoying their time both on top of and in the mesmerising mirror-like ocean. The town is small, yet compact, and the historic cobbled streets are lined with gastronomic delights, museums and fascinating shops.
Vence is steeped in history and evidence of this can be seen all over the town, from the ring of ancient houses, the five assertive and protective gateways, the Cathedral of the Nativity of Saint Mary which dates to the 4th-century and the Chapel of the Penitent Blancs. Much of the joy of exploring this quintessentially French town comes from wandering around the maze of streets which all lead you back to the stunning central square, Place Maréchal Juin. Along your route you will stroll past cafes, galleries, markets, museums and an array of captivating residential properties.
Located less than 10 miles from Nice, is the awe-inspiring town of Peillion. Perched high in the hillside, the buildings appear to dramatically merge from and cling to the white stone cliffs beneath it. During your visit, you will be transported back in time, as the winding narrow and cobbled streets draw you further into your exploration of this stunning destination. The historical houses which display varying shades of white contribute to what is a once in a lifetime setting, surrounding the town is an equally as captivating landscape, with hillsides covered in trees and wild foliage.
Best famed for the annual film festival, there is more to this captivating town than the arrival of glamorous, world-renowned film stars. The wealth of naturally beautiful scenery is what draws many visitors to the area, with a stunning harbour, beautiful bay and nestled on the horizon, a cluster of small islands.
Amongst steep limestone cliffs, the fishing town of Cassis is enclosed by the breathtaking Calanques National Park. Those searching for a quieter, yet equally as captivating coastline to enjoy the warming sun’s rays on will rejoice when Cassis is put on their map, as the much of the crowd’s head to the neighbouring and better-known beaches along this stretch of coast. Yet if it is your urge to discover that has brought you to this destination, you will be equally as delighted, as the network of hiking trials both inland and along the jagged coastline rewards all who embark on this exploration with otherworldly views.
We have a gorgeous selection of holiday villas in the French Riviera which offer a dream-like base for your exploration of this incredible part of the world. Whether you choose to visit all of the nearby towns and villages, or just a handful, be sure to choose accommodation that provides luxury, privacy and a unique and charming stay.