The French Riviera

Map South of France

Map South of France

The South of France is often referred to as Le Midi and includes the wonderful area of Provence and of course the French Riviera or Cote D’Azur.  The centre of Provence is to be found around the areas of Aix, Marseille and Avignon whereas the Riviera is the strip of coast around Nice and Cannes.  Map South of France below:

The French Riviera listing the main Riviera resorts of Monaco, Nice, Cannes and St Tropez.


Full South of France Resort Information:

Nice  The Queen of The French Riviera

Cannes The glitzy resort with yachts and sandy beaches

Beaulieu  The resort with an air of elegance

Antibes  Antibes and Juan Les Pins with its Jazz festival

Monaco  The millionaire’s playground

St Tropez  The original Riviera hotspot

Menton  The resort with the mildest climate on the Riviera

Cannes old town
Hotels in Cannes

Want to know where to stay on the French Riviera? Then go to our page ‘Where to Stay‘.  It will give you ideas on travel arrangements and the best locations on the Riviera to be able to see all the glamorous resorts of the Cote D’Azur.

The Cote D’Azur is often referred to as The French Riviera in English.  Although there is no official boundary, it is often described as the coastline from Monaco in the East to St Tropez in the West.

If it’s your first visit to the French Riviera then a good place to stay would be Nice or Cannes.  The reason for this is that both 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.  At the last check, the cost was a mere 1.50 euros!  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.