15 days in Arles, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & Dolceacqua Itinerary

15 days in Arles, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & Dolceacqua Itinerary

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Arles, France
— 4 nights
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Le Lavandou, France
— 3 nights
Taxi to La Londe-les-Maures, Ferry to Porquerolles Island
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Porquerolles Island, France
— 1 night
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Dolceacqua, Italy
— 3 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Arles, France — 4 nights

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole and Chateau de Tarascon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Eglise St-Trophime and Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Arles: Domaine du Grand Fontanille (in Saint Etienne du Gres), Eglise St-Vincent (in Les Baux de Provence) and Les Antiques (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), stroll through Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Camargue Alpilles Safaris, and examine the collection at Les Trains du Colorado.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Arles trip itinerary site.

Barcelona, Spain to Arles is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in July, Arles is little chillier at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Le Lavandou.
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Le Lavandou, France — 3 nights

Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Plage de Saint-Clair. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette and Plage de la Nartelle. Get out of town with these interesting Le Lavandou side-trips: Port Grimaud 1 Beach (in Port Grimaud), Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime (in Saint-Tropez) and Plage de Gigaro (in La Croix-Valmer). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Grande Plage du Lavandou, learn about winemaking at Figuiere, and stroll through Plage de Cavaliere.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Le Lavandou holiday maker app.

Getting from Arles to Le Lavandou by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July in Le Lavandou, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Porquerolles Island.
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Porquerolles Island, France — 1 night

On the 9th (Sat), head outdoors with Plage Notre Dame, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Courtade, and then steep yourself in history at Fort Saint Agathe.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Porquerolles Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Le Lavandou to Porquerolles Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dolceacqua.
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Dolceacqua, Italy — 3 nights

Dolceacqua is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Imperia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 120km southwest of Genoa and about 35km west of Imperia, on the border with France. Chiesa di Sant'Ampelio and Vieille Ville de Vintimille will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta and Bordighera Alta. Take a break from Dolceacqua with a short trip to Centro Storico di Vallebona in Vallebona, about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Dolceacqua, kick back and relax at La Spiaggetta dei Balzi Rossi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Calandre Beach, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dolceacqua road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Porquerolles Island to Dolceacqua takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Dolceacqua are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nice.
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Nice, France — 3 nights

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Explore hidden gems such as Villa Kerylos and Haut de Cagnes. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Promenade Le Corbusier. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Ville medieval (in Vence) and Basilica St. Michel (in Menton). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Place Rossetti, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, explore the world behind art at Massena Museum, and stroll through Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Nice trip site.

Drive from Dolceacqua to Nice in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

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On the Mediterranean Sea coast, the French Riviera-Côte d'Azur has the glitz and glamour rivaled by few places on earth. It is a modern resort area with luxury shopping, seaside cafés for people watching, and several marinas for yachts and super-yachts along its coast. Although the Riviera is famous for the glamour of St. Tropez, Monaco, and the Cannes Film Festival, there are many other lesser known attractions and places to visit, such as the perched villages of Gourdon and Eze, the perfumeries in Grasse, the potters of Vallauris, and the glassblowers of Biot.The Riviera has been the inspiration for many works by artists, such as Picasso and Renoir, which are on display in local museums. Sea-front hotels and holiday resorts are the most expensive options, with smaller, modest, more affordable accommodations available as you move away from major cities or further inland. Cafés, bars, and restaurants are diverse enough to respect your vacation budget and tastes, with the vast majority of eateries serving food local to the area--Provençal cuisine with Italian influences, and Cassis and Bandol regional wines.The small independent state of Monaco is surrounded on three sides by France, and the fourth by the Mediterranean. It has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century and is a major center for tourism on the Mediterranean. The glamor of Monaco has been replaced by Monte Carlo for its opulence, designer and luxury shopping, and its casino.The busiest travel season is in July and August, when crowds and prices both skyrocket. But, with 300 days of sunshine per year, 115 km (71 mi) of warm blue coastline and beaches, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts, and 3,000 restaurants, you're sure to have a wonderful time and find plenty of things to do whenever you plan to stay.
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