Explore the Mediterranean paradise of the French Riviera, known for its stunning coastline, luxury resorts, and vibrant culinary scene.

Visit in the summer and you’ll find plenty of activities and experiences perfect for travelers looking to indulge in the best the Riviera has to offer. 

Keep reading to find out some of the must-visit attractions and food activities that should be included in your itinerary!

Planning Your Summer Trip to the French Riviera

We share our top 6 must-visit places on the French Riviera to visit this summer. Whether you’re traveling the Côte d’Azur by train, car, or boat, there is something for everyone.

1. Explore Monaco Attractions and the Menton Lemon Festival 

Experience the glitz and glamor of Monaco, a tiny principality known for its luxurious lifestyle and stunning scenery. 

During your stay in Monaco, visit the Prince's Palace to see the grandeur of the Grimaldi family residence and catch the changing of the guard. Try your luck at the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino, an iconic venue, and, if you’re into marine life, spend some time in the Oceanographic Museum

Are you a nature-lover? Stroll through the exotic gardens in Monaco and enjoy the spectacular views of the Mediterranean. For dinner you can enjoy a meal at some of the Riviera's top-rated restaurants including Le Louis XV.

Near to Monaco is Menton, famous for its Lemon Festival which attracts over 200,000 visitors each year, The commune offers a charming blend of nature and culture. Its beautiful Jardin Serre de la Madone and the historic Basilica of Saint-Michel-Archange are must-sees. 

2. Èze Village Medieval Charm and Gourmet Dining

Èze Village is a picturesque medieval seaside commune, offering a picture perfect spot and incredible Mediterranean view from its hilltop. Its enchanting, movie set-like streets are fun to get lost in!

Chelsea Essig - Unsplash

The Exotic Garden (Jardin Exotique) displays unique plant species and panoramic views. For fresh local produce and local crafts, check out the Èze Village market on the Place de la Colette.

For a culinary feast, dine at Eze’s iconic La Chèvre d’Or restaurant which has the best views over the Côte d’Azur. 

The village’s many shops, art galleries, hotels, and restaurants make it the perfect stop on your trip. It’s definitely worth visiting, you can even go for a day trip from Nice or Monaco!

3. What To Do in Nice Côte d'Azur

Nice attracts over 5 million visitors annually, making it one of France's top destinations. This beautiful city offers a perfect blend of cultural experiences, scenic views, rich history, delightful cuisine, and welcoming locals. It also boasts more than 300 days of sunshine each year, perfect for enjoying its beautiful beaches and outdoor activities. 

Make sure to explore the iconic Promenade des Anglais, enjoy the stunning art at the Marc Chagall National Museum, and stroll through the vibrant, charming Old Town (Vieux Nice).  Don't miss the bustling Cours Saleya market and the breathtaking views from Castle Hill.


Not sure where to eat? Dine with an Eatwith host, and enjoy a seafood feast in their home, an apéro on their terrace, or accompany them as they go about their grocery shop in the local market. Get to know these locals and find out all about life in Nice.

4. Discover Picasso and Stunning Beaches in Antibes

Antibes has a rich past and for that there are many museums, art galleries and historical landmarks to visit. It is the perfect place for art- and history-lovers, and beach lovers. 

For the art fanatics out there, make sure to factor in a trip to the impressive Antibes Picasso museum, which exhibits over 250 works of art. Antibes’ 5th Century Cathedral Notre-Dame-de-la-Platea is a Roman Catholic church worth admiring.

When you have time to wander, stroll the streets of the historic old town, picking something up from  outdoor market Marché Provençal to eat. Here you can buy fresh produce, spices, and other local and natural products.

You definitely can’t miss the stunning Cap d’Antibes. This beautiful peninsula is located on the western side of Antibes and is a haven for nature lovers.

5. Cannes Summer Family-Friendly Activities

Ohh Cannes! Known for its Film Festival but with much more to it than that.

Walk along La Croisette and soak in the atmosphere, visit the Palais des Festivals where the famous Cannes Film Festival is held, step in the footsteps of celebrities on the Chemin des étoiles, or relax on the beautiful beaches.

Just a short distance from Cannes, you can explore the Esterel Massif mountain range. Hike through this dramatic red-rock landscape, enjoying breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. If city strolling is more your style, embark on a delightful pastry and dessert walking tour, or indulge in the exquisite creations at Pâtisserie Intuitions by Jérôme de Oliveira, renowned for its culinary artistry. For more local food, Forville Market is sure to cater to all your desires, or roll up your sleeves and learn to cook local French dishes that you can recreate at home!

Alexis AMZ DA CRUZ - Unsplash

6. Explore Saint-Tropez Nightlife, Beach Clubs, and Markets in the Côte d'Azur

Saint-Tropez is known for its stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife. Spending the day in a beach club in St. Tropez is a must, the most popular one being Le Club 55.

You can stroll through the charming old port, where luxury yachts anchor, and wander through the historic La Ponche quarter, the heart of the original fishing village. The town hosts a prestigious sailing regatta (Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez) that attracts over 300 classic and modern yachts each year.

For something a bit more lowkey, why not visit the beautiful and delicious open-air fresh markets on Tuesday & Saturdays in the Place de Lices. If you’re curious about St Tropez’s history, head to the Citadel, a historic 17th-century fortress now with a museum and roof terrace.

Time to discover the French Riviera!

So, what are you waiting for? Book your trip to the French Riviera and indulge in its beauty and local cuisine. Meet and dine with locals in the Côte d’Azur, experience the glitz of Monaco, the lively streets of Nice, the art in Antibes, and the vibrant nightlife of Saint-Tropez. The Riviera promises to be an unforgettable trip this summer!