Known as the Florence of Provence, Aix has inspired countless artists including Cezanne. You can follow in his footsteps along the Cezanne walk to discover hidden secrets – and maybe a little artistic inspiration?
Riviera & Provence
Towns & Villages in The Riviera and Provence
The ancient town of Arles is a stepping stone to the Camargue. There is a superb amphitheatre, still in use for bullfighting, and a wealth of Roman remains. You might recognise the pretty coloured houses – they were an inspiration to one of the town’s most famous residents, Vincent Van Gogh.
You’ll feel just like one of the beautiful people as you stroll along the lovely beachside. Boulevard de la Croisette to the lovely Old Port and the Musée de la Mer. This pretty seaside resort has plenty of bars, restaurants and cafés for watching the world go by.
This charming medieval village sits among vineyards, high on a rocky promontory and offers spectacular views over bay of St Tropez, the surrounding countryside and the Mediterranean.
There’s a real buzz to Marseille, with its mix of old and new, diverse inhabitants and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
The Principality of Monaco is the 2nd smallest country in the world but there is still plenty to see; the Prince’s Palace and the colourful Botanical Gardens overlooking the bay, the opulent Hotel de Paris, and of course, the world-famous Casino.
Nice is a labyrinth of narrow streets, elegant architecture and plenty of restaurants and cafés - a great town to explore before relaxing over lunch or dinner.
Dating back to the 1960s, “Little Venice” was a built on a lagoon and is a maze of canals and piazzas. Choose one of the waterside cafés and restaurants for lunch and, if you visit on a Thursday or a Sunday, have a wander around the lively market in the Place du Marché.
Once a small port, St Tropez now has more yachts than fishing boats, but there is still plenty of old world charm under the glamorous cosmopolitan exterior.