French Riviera Travel Guide

French Riviera Travel Guide

The French Riviera is one of the most famous coastlines in the world. It brings to mind breath-taking scenery, exclusive five star resorts, millionaire mansions and vivid colours which make it a favourite destination for artists.  Our French Riviera travel guide will provide full details of resort, excursion and hotel accommodation on the French Riviera – Cote D’Azur.

World famous cities line the coast: Nice with it’s annual carnival, Cannes with it’s international film festival and Monaco with it’s Formula 1 Grand Prix.

If it’s your first visit to the French Riviera then Nice or Cannes would be top destinations.  Both of these resorts have excellent public transport systems and are on the main coastal rail line which runs from St Raphael to Monaco.  From Nice you can also catch the bus 100 which takes you along the lower corniche road.  From the lower corniche road you will get magnificent views across the bay at Villefranche and of course the approach to Monaco and Monte Carlo.

For those looking for a beach then Cannes has the sandy beach along the Croisette and close to all the main hotels while Nice boasts the wonderful beach overlooking the Baie des Anges albeit not sand but pebbles.

The Travel Basics

Where To Stay


Map of French Riviera


Hotels in Nice

Hotels in Cannes







St Tropez


French Riviera Beaches

A general description would be the coastline of the south eastern corner of France.  The Riviera extends from Menton to Cassis in the West. Amongst other resorts, the  French Riviera contains the  seaside  resorts of Monaco,  NiceCannesAntibes,  Juan-les-Pins, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat  and St  Tropez.

Holidays on the Cote D’Azur

From the UK it’s probably easier and less expensive to organise your own French Riviera holidays as there are hundreds of choices available for booking flights, hotels and rental accommodation. If you decide to stay in Nice, Cannes or Monaco then Nice International airport is probably your best flight destination.
In fact Nice airport is suitable for all Riviera destinations although the cost of resort transfer will obviously be a consideration. Toulon Hyères airport or Marseille Provence International are other possibilities if you are heading for Saint Tropez or the surrounding district. There is no rail link to Saint Tropez and the nearest train station direct from Nice is Saint Raphael.