Visiting best Towns on the Cote d’Azur
What towns should you visit on the Cote d’Azur? Our list includes towns that are on or close to the Mediterranean coast. Many of these towns will host a weekly market (or more frequently).
Our Best Towns:
- Cannes (daily market)
- Cassis (Wednesday & Friday market)
- Grasse (Tuesday market)
- Marseilles (Daily Fish Market)
- Mougins (nearest market Valbonne)
- Nice (daily market)
- St. Paul de Vence (Wednesday morning market)
- St. Tropez (Tuesday and Saturday market)
Cannes is today world-famous for its movie festival and the Croisette Promenade lined with luxury hotels, restaurants and shops. It benefits benefits from a Mediterranean climate with warm and dry summers and winters which are soft and wet.
A small fishing town on the Mediterranean, Cassis is charming yet sophisticated. You can enjoy a delicious meal at several fine European restaurants, sit at an outside table and watch the world go by, or try your luck at the local casino
Views of Grasse are inspiring and the views of the coast from Grasse and the hills above are marvellous. The surrounding villages are generally charming and not as despoiled by tourists as their more famous neighbors towards the coast. Visit: Perfumeries in Grasse and the Olive Oil mills.
You can visit the fabulous restaurants and cafes. You can go and do many adventurous things such as diving and hiring boats! The calanques (fjords) between Marseille and La Ciotat are a very popular sports climbing area. Visit: le Vieux Port (old harbour) and Le Panier.
Mougins lies in the hills above Cannes, and many of the villas are owned by billionaires and stars. Mougins has art galleries, big restaurants and old stone houses. Mougins possesses more than 40 restaurants, including the famous Moulin de Mougins and the Restaurant Candille.
Nice is an established resort on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, in the Bay of Angels. Nice welcomes about 4 million tourists every year. Visit: Promenade des Anglais, its famous waterfront, several museums, entry to most are free. Some of the most famous are in Cimiez.
St. Paul de Vence
Saint Paul de Vence is a historical village – the perfect place to relax and experience its art and culture. Vence is full of flowers and, in the area around the town, aromatic flowers, olives and colorful orange trees are cultivated.
The waterfront is crowded with cafes and shops with “elite” offerings. Inland, through narrow streets and alleys, you’ll find fewer stores and cafes, quaint and interesting studios, homes and a few historical structures.