You probably know Nice and Cannes – but there is so much more to the Côte d’Azur then that. So I decided to list four cute villages we visited on our trip – all close enough to make a day trip no matter where on the riviera you are 🙂
On our way back from Monaco we stopped at Villefranche-sur-Mer and gosh it is such a charming place. With Monaco on one side and Nice on the other, it is hard to believe that it can retain its charm and authenticity of a little village. I recommend it if you want to just relax, enjoy the beach, sit in a café or bar and take in the beautiful scenery.
We were staying at Villeneuve-Loubet, not too far from the Nice airport and practically right next to Antibes. My boyfriend’s family has spent their last 15 summers there and it was my second time visiting this beautiful town. We went to the beach in Antibes to swim and sunbathe almost every day. The old town is beautiful and there is just such a lovely atmosphere.
3. Saint Paul de Vence
One of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera, Saint Paul is well known for its modern and contemporary art museums and galleries. Felt really cosy to walk to the old city while passing old men playing pétanque. Stopped at the Fragonard perfume store on our way back to the car and got some souvenirs.
Cagnes-sur-Mer is a picturesque French Riviera town between Nice and Antibes. After Auguste Renoir moved to the area in the early 20th century, more and more artists and celebrities followed. Visitors can still find reminders of this golden age of art at the Renoir Museum or Grimaldi Castle Museum.