Places to Visit

Museums, Beaches, Shopping, Historical Monuments, Island Tours and more…there are a host of amazing places to visit when you are on holiday here in the South of France and Provence. Each town and village has its own attractions and many of the most spectacular are hidden away. We suggest that when you arrive you take the time to visit your local Tourist Office who will be delighted to help you plan your holiday here in the South of France and Provence.

The Freinet Fort

The Freinet Fort

Fort Freinet is a historic walled relic from the Middle Ages which dominates the village of La Garde Freinet. It testifies of this period in history marked by the religious wars from the 12th to the 14th Century. Originally built as a fortress, the view it offers is incomparable: from the Alps to the Mediterranean Sea, passing through the forested mountains of the Massif des Maures.


Grimaud Castle

Grimaud Castle

Supervising the village although in ruins today, the attraction of this castle lies on the delightful promenade it . A low rise wide path under the trees makes you want to touch millennia stones and admire the view.


Port Grimaud Visit

Port Grimaud Visit

Port Grimaud is the fruit of the imagination of the bold French architect François Spoerry, materialized in 1966 in the hollow of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. This unique architectural ensemble registered in 2002 in the 20th Century Heritage has the distinction of being organized into private condominiums which ensure its maintenance. You will have to leave your car at the entrance of the small city, also called "The Provencal Venice"....


Cap Taillat

Cap Taillat

Cape Taillat is landlocked between Cap Lardier and Cap Camarat and is differentiated by its sandy beaches. It offers 2.5 kilometers of trail along the coastline bordered by lush vegetation, and lead to the top of Cape where to admire the magnificent view on the Gulf of Saint Tropez.


Port-Cros National Park Visit

Port-Cros National Park Visit

The island of Port-Cros, located 30 minutes by boat is one of the first natural marine park in Europe. The fauna and flora are preserved to allow tourists to contemplate the original nature. Check with the tourist office from Gassin for more information about excursions on the island, or under water ...


http://www.portcrosparcnational.fr

Sardinaux Point

Sardinaux Point

This little known place is a natural peninsula that gives the opportunity to picnic on the grass in the shade of pine trees or sunbathing on a sandy beach at the end of the peninsula. A true representation of the coastline at a human world scale, plants, algae and shellfish are observed, and you will see that land and sea create an environment conducive to their development.


Saint-Charles-Saint-Claude Chapel

Saint-Charles-Saint-Claude Chapel

This Chapel was renovated in 2012 by the artist from Nice, Paul Conte. This modest chapel invites you to walk through a marvellous woody and fragrant path before to discover the Monument. Sit a moment on the bench and admire the exceptional panorama over Saint-Paul de Vence, the hills and the sea...

 


The Fortified Walls of Saint-Paul de Vence

The Fortified Walls of Saint-Paul de Vence

Built during the reign François 1st in 1540, this fortification is one of the very first examples of high town fortification. Measuring nearly a kilometer, the perimeter of this walk around the village will let you enjoy magnificent views on the Riviera, and you will also discover the many historical remains of this classified village.


Maeght Fundation

Maeght Fundation

Tel:+33(0)4 93 32 81 63     Email: accueil@fondation-maeght.com     Address: 623, Chemin des Gardettes 06570 Saint-Paul-de-Vence

 

Inaugurated in 1964 by Andre Malraux, this architectural ensemble was entirely dedicated to contemporary arts in all its forms. The most important collections of modern art are gathered in this museum: works from Giacometti, Chagall, Braque, Bonnard, Leger, Miro... A must do...

 


http://www.fondation-maeght.com

La Maison des Papillons

La Maison des Papillons

"They are the picture of happiness. They pollinate flowers gathering nectar and live only from treats and love. They only think about that." D.Lartigue.

 

The artist bequeathed his home to the town of Saint-Tropez, which honored him by transforming this house into museum. A magical collection full of life and color.


The Annonciade Museum

The Annonciade Museum

Founded in 1922, the Annonciade Museum brings together the major masterpieces in the history of French painting, from Cross, Matisse, Derein, Marquet and others ... The collections range between 1890 and 1950  and it can just be considered as one of the first museums of modern art.


La Citadelle de Saint-Tropez

La Citadelle de Saint-Tropez

Built in the 17th Century, the Citadel of Saint-Tropez is a major landmark of the Var coast, today rehabilitated as a Maritime Museum. This site welcoming many visitors is witness to the past history of the Village. Open daily from 10am to 17:30.


Cathédrale Notre Dame du Puy de Grasse

Cathédrale Notre Dame du Puy de Grasse

Magnificent achievement of the 12th century, the Notre Dame du Puy is a Roman Catholic cathedral. A remminiscence of the medieval art.


Fragonard Perfumery

Fragonard Perfumery

Tel: +33(0)4 93 77 94 30       Email: tourisme@fragonard.com      Address: Les Quatre Chemins, Route de Cannes, 06130 Grasse

 

The visit of the manufacturing laboratory will introduce you to modern production processes the conditioning chains and soap manufacturing. The visit initiates the visitors to different extraction methods and processing of raw materials. By spring, the tour ends in the flowers garden where grow the main species used in the Grasse perfumery. Opened everyday.


http://www.fragonard.com

The International Perfume Museum

The International Perfume Museum

Address: 2 Boulevard du Jeu de Ballon 06130 Grasse

 

Unique museum, the International Perfume Museum was created in 1989 to show to visitors the traditional and industrial history of the luxury perfume, which Grasse was the birthplace. You will discover the history of fragrances including information about raw materials, manufacturing, industry, innovation, trade, design, purpose and through many forms. In summer from 10:00am to 7:00pm , winter from 10:30am to 5:30pm


http://www.museesdegrasse.com/

Castle of Le Puy

Castle of Le Puy

Built in 1830 by Alexandre Fabre, one of the first French Polytechnician. He was sent by Napoleon 1er to the Tsar Alexander as an engineer of the highways to trace roads inside the vast Russian empire. 20 years later, he returned to Fayence and built this castle he wanted as the replica of the Cadet School in St. Petersburg.


Saint Jean Baptiste Church

Saint Jean Baptiste Church

Church dating from the 14th Century, the Church of Saint Jean de Baptiste was the object of an extension in the 18th century to become one of the three largest churches in le Var.


Bouscarella Gardens

Bouscarella Gardens

Tel:+33(0)4 93 42 40 73     Email: jf.de.chambrun@orange.fr     Address: 870 Chemin de Saint-Jeaume 06 740 Chateauneuf

 

The Bouscarella is an old farm from the XVIII century that has been carved in the rock bars of the hill of Saint-Jeaume, east of Chateauneuf. The garden is based on 15 terraces carved directly into the rock, harboring each beautiful plant diversity of Provence. A true delight for nature lovers...


Place des Arcades

Place des Arcades

Place des Arcades is the center of Valbonne. A must see, and a must live. The atmosphere is really pleasant, lots of shops and restaurants creating a year round vibrant atmosphere. 


Art Gallery Ada Loumani

Art Gallery Ada Loumani

Ada Loumani, international glass-blower working in Valboone, specialises in glass blowing using the "Grail Technique". Loumani combines art work, technical competence and great energy. 


http://www.loumani.fr/

Valbonne's Abbey

Valbonne's Abbey

This Abbey was built in 123, by the monks of the Chalais Order. Living in the Alps, chalaisian monks constructed the abbey closer to the coast to enable them to house thier livestock during the winter months. 320 years later, the village of Valbonne was born. 


Photography Museum André Villers

Photography Museum André Villers

Tel:+33 (0) 4 93 75 85 67       Email:museephoto@villedemougins.com        Address: Place Sarrazine Mougins Village

 

André Villers is one who, by his work, the sharpness of his mind and his sense of observation helped forge the bonds that united Pablo Picasso, Mougins, and Photography. The Museum focuses on the works that marked the life of this artist, one of the most talented photographers of the twentieth century. Opened everyday except the monday.


Church Notre Dame de l'Assomption

Church Notre Dame de l'Assomption

The classic look of the front of the church contrasts with its baroque interior. Built in 1784 by Antonio Spinelli, it was classified as historical monuments of France in 1984.


Fragonard Laboratory Factory

Fragonard Laboratory Factory

Tel:+33(0)4 93 41 05 05

 

Between Nice and Monaco, just above the sea, stands the perfume, soaps, and cosmetics factory equipped with the most modern laboratories.

Available for visits, everyday from 8.30am to 6.30pm.


http://www.fragonard.com/parfums_grasse/GB/fragonard/eze/eze_usine_laboratoire.cfm

Exotic Garden of Eze

Exotic Garden of Eze

The Exotic Garden offers one of the most beautiful panoramas of the world. Situated at 429 metres between the sea and the sky, this stunning location wil llet you admire the beautifulness of the Riviera... Open everyday. Tarifs: 9€ per person; At Eze Village.


Côte Plongée Diving

Côte Plongée Diving

Tel: +33(0)6 72 74 34 94     Email: contact@coteplongee.com     Adress: Plage du Graillon 1758 Boulevard Marechal Juin 06600 Antibes

 

The Center is a also a scuba diving school, offering courses to all levels. For non divers, the Center proposes guided snorkeling and kayak renting. The Cap d'Antibes concentrates ones of the most beautiful diving sites of the riviera. 


http://www.coteplongee.com

Chapelle de la Garoupe

Chapelle de la Garoupe

From the Salis Port, take the "Chemin du Calvaire" to walk to the Chapelle. The view is stunning, panoramic 360° over the Riviera.


Billionaire's Dock of Antibes

Billionaire's Dock of Antibes

The International Yacht Club of Antibes (IYCA), better known as "Quai des Milliardaires" is one of the most prestigious boat docks in the world. It is home to some of the most beautiful megayachts in the world.

This extension of Port Vauban has been designed to accommodate yachts from 60 m to 160 m. On the French Riviera, in most marinas the maximum size of the yachts must be 40 m or 60 m, the Quai des Milliardaires of Antibes is an exception.


San Rafeu Tower

San Rafeu Tower

During the thirteenth century Saint-Raphaël was under the authority of the Bishop of Fréjus who occasionally lived in town when he wasn’t at his main residence in Fréjus. It is he who initiated the construction of the watch tower at the end of the 13th century.


Museum of Prehistory and Marine Archeology

Museum of Prehistory and Marine Archeology

Hosting a year-round collection of underwater finds from the Esterel Massif dating back to the Ancient Age. Remains of a distant past, this is a splendid collection of artifacts dating form the Paleolithic period. 


http://www.musee-saintraphael.com

Basilique Notre Dame de La Victoire

Basilique Notre Dame de La Victoire

This church is a stunning building in the centre of Saint-Raphael, inaugurated in 1887 and named in honour of a famous sea battle in 1571 when christians defeated the Ottoman troops, the Vatican elevated it to the rank of Basilica in 2004. The Basilica is a mixture of bizantine style, Moorish influence and inspired by the Hagia Sophia in Istambul.


Swim with the Dolphins

Swim with the Dolphins

Tel: +33(0)6 09 88 47 06     Email:mfremont@cala-rossa-dream.com     Adress: Port de Mandelieu, Place n°39

 

The boat Cala Rossa Dream will take you to the heart of Pelagos Sanctuary (about 25 000 dolphins identified), a natural reserve created at the initiative of France, Monaco and Italy for the protection of whales, dolphins, sea turtles and marine wildlife. Unforgettable moments...


http://www.cala-rossa-dream.com

Visit of the Esterel Coast - Kayak

Visit of the Esterel Coast - Kayak

Tel:+33(0)6 87 95 45 18     Email: contact@aqua-sport-evasion.fr

 

Impressive succession of cliffs and idyllic coves to discover through sea kayaking. The rental of sea kayaks is possible at Port Figueirette from May to September.


http://www.kayak-theoule-sur-mer.fr

Château de La Napoule

Château de La Napoule

 

 

The Château de La Napoule was built in 1387 on the banks of the sea. This military fort from the Middle-Age has survived the time till 1917 when the American billionaire Henry Clews bought it to renovate it with his wife. The restoration work of the ancient monument is of outstanding quality, and refinement of its gardens are not to be missed ... For more information please check the website


http://www.chateau-lanapoule.com

La Halle des Verriers de Biot

La Halle des Verriers de Biot

Fifteen Master Glassmakers draw in the fire the bright material used to shape and give birth to unique objects in the world. Since 1956 the public can visit the workshop of the Masters, so to understand the mysteries of Biot glass manufacturing and admire the skills of the artisans.


http://www.verreriebiot.com

Musée Fernand Leger

Musée Fernand Leger

Considered as a great figure of Contemporary Art, Fernand Leger works, rich and consistent, shined through the first half of the 20th Century. After The War, themes of the City and the Machine took all the attention of the painter. Inspired by the modern life, this artist who lived in New York asserts a "New Realism" dedicated to the plastic beauty of the industrial civilisation, integrating urban signs and mechanical design while the human figure, standardised, is reduced to geometry.


http://musees-nationaux-alpesmaritimes.fr/fleger/

Picasso Museum

Picasso Museum

Tel:+33(0)4 92 90 54 20

Located in a chateau and housing many works by Picasso. Check the website for opening hours and charges.


http://www.antibes-juanlespins.com/les-musees/picasso

The Citadel of Villefranche-Sur-Mer

The Citadel of Villefranche-Sur-Mer

Sitting above the coastal town of Villefranche sur Mer the Citadel dates from the 1500's. Used as a fort in several wars, the building now houses various administrative offices.


http://www.villefranche-sur-mer.com/pages/tourisme/decouverte_villefranche/historique/patrimoine/contenu_patrimoine_citadelle.htm

Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs

Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs

Of cultural significance, this chapel is decorated with the works of artist Jean Cocteau. Each of Cocteau's surrealist works is explained in English. There is a small entry fee. Opening hours vary, please see the website for more details.


http://www.villefranche-sur-mer.com/pages/tourisme/decouverte_villefranche/historique/patrimoine/contenu_patrimoine_chapelle.htm

Palais des Festivals

Palais des Festivals

This is the official conference and events centre, home of the famous Cannes Film Festival, MIPCOM, MIPTV and many other international events which take place in Cannes each year. There is also a programme of events which takes place each year including the 'Salon du Chocolate' and many music events and concerts. Visit the website for details of events throughout the year.


http://en.palaisdesfestivals.com/

Le Suquet

Le Suquet

Le Suquet is the old town of Cannes and sits above the main town and port. The cobbled streets wind upwards towards the Church and the Museum. It's all well worth the walk, or take the little tourist 'train' that starts on the Croisette.


http://www.cannes-destination.fr/culture-patrimoine-cannes/le-suquet-cannes

Abbey de Lerins

Abbey de Lerins

The Lerins Islands sit just 15 minutes off of the coast in Cannes and are home to the Abbey with its winery, restaurant and more. The boat departs at regular intervals from the port.


http://www.cannes-ilesdelerins.com

La Croisette

La Croisette

One of the most famous streets in the world, La Croisette is lined with 5 Star hotels, designer boutiques, cafes and restaurants. During the famous Cannes Film Festival this is the place to see and be seen.


Saint Hospice Chapel

Saint Hospice Chapel

Dating from the 11th century, the chapel is named after Saint Hospitius. Inside visitors will discover a series of paintings by Louis Marchand des Raux depicting the life of and miracles of Saint Hospice.The bronze statue of the Virgin Mary, next to the chapel was constructed in 1904 by the Italian sculptor Galbusieri, commissioned by a rich merchant in Nice.
Just below the chapel is the Belgian Cemetery housing 1st World War victims who died at the villa for the King of Belgium, it was then being trasformed as a hospital during the war.


The Seashell Museum

The Seashell Museum

Tel:+33(0)4 93 76 17 61
Unique in Europe with a collection of over 6000 shells. Opened throughout the year, please check the website for more details.


www.musee-coquillages.com

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Tel:+33(0)4 93 01 33 09     Email: message@villa-ephrussi.com


One of the jewels of the French Riviera. Dating from 1905 and built by Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild the villa and gardens are well worth a visit. Opening times vary according to the season, see the website for more details.


http://www.villa-ephrussi.com/

Notre Dame de la Vie

Notre Dame de la Vie

Dating from the 12th century, this chapel was made famous in the paintings of Winston Churchill. Recently restored.


http://www.mougins.fr/tourisme/en/decouvrir-patrimoine/chapelle-notre-dame-de-vie.html

Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins

Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins

Tel:+33(0)4 93 75 18 65

This privately owned museum houses over 700 works of ancient, neo-classical, modern and contemporary art. Opening hours differ according to the season, see the website for more information and ticket prices.


http://www.mouginsmusee.com/

La Tour de l'Horloge

La Tour de l'Horloge

The clock tower was built in 1807 and is the historic heart of the village. Its 360° panoramic view over the rooftops of Fayence and the mountains surrounding it is stunning.


Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Brusc

Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Brusc

Located at the highest point of a small plateau, in the plane dominated by Châteauneuf, this chapel is what is left of a vast 11th century basilica on the site of a 5th-century church. The chapel was restored and became a listed historic building in 1986.


Le Lavoir de La Grande Fontaine

Le Lavoir de La Grande Fontaine

Taking its water from the sources of La Brague River, the Lavoir de la Grande Fontaine was once an old wash house which has now recently been restored. The place also has two drinking troughs and a trough for washing wheat and wool. It is shaded by beautiful century-old plane trees can is considered well worth the visit.


Place Des Arcades de Biot

Place Des Arcades de Biot

This square was at the centre of the first commune of Biot. It is lined with two impressive walkways and the ground is covered with cobbles. The ceiling reveals beams on the first floor and this square is where the Knights of Templar had their base.


The Historic Centre of Biot

The Historic Centre of Biot

First belonging to the order of the temple, then succeeded by the order of the Knights of Malta, Biot still holds the grandeur of a fortified village with rampart-houses and medieval gates. Since its renaissance in the 15th century, Biot has successfully preserved its charm along with its impressive architecture with engraved stones and mosaic cobbles along flower-decked streets, typically representative of the perched villages of the Mediterranean coast.