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

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


Arles, France — 5 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Visit Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole and St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eglise St-Trophime and Eglise St-Vincent. Get out of town with these interesting Arles side-trips: Aigues-Mortes (Les Trains du Colorado & Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons), Les Antiques (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence) and Espiguette Beach (in Le Grau-du-Roi). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tarascon, look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and don't miss a visit to Le Sentier des Moulins d'Alphonse Daudet.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Arles trip planning website.

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, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Arles. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time 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. Relax by the water at Port Grimaud 1 Beach and Plage de Gigaro. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Grande Plage du Lavandou. Step out of Le Lavandou with an excursion to La Ponche Beach in Saint-Tropez--about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette and kick back and relax at Plage de Saint-Clair.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Le Lavandou travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Arles to Le Lavandou takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Le Lavandou are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Porquerolles Island.
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Porquerolles Island, France — 1 night

On the 10th (Sun), kick back and relax at Plage Notre Dame and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Courtade.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Porquerolles Island online journey planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Le Lavandou to Porquerolles Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Dolceacqua.
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Dolceacqua, Italy — 2 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. You've now added Chiesa Parrocchiale S.Antonio Abate to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, and then make a trip to Chiesa Parrocchiale S.Antonio Abate. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Dolceacqua, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ampelio, and then don't miss a visit to Bordighera Alta.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dolceacqua day trip planner.

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

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Popular historic sites such as Villa Kerylos and Promenade Le Corbusier are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Haut de Cagnes and Chemin Frédéric Nietzsche. Step out of Nice to go to Vence and see Ville medieval, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, explore the world behind art at Massena Museum, trek along Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike, and see the interesting displays at Palais Lascaris.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dolceacqua to Nice takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Nice, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to 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.