3 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

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Le Lavandou
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Nice — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, then steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a stroll along the water at Old Harbor (La Darse), see the interesting displays at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, then see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, then don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip planner.

Montpellier to Nice is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. October in Nice sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Le Lavandou.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Le Lavandou — 1 night

Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on Dune La Londe, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Cavaliere, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Saint-Clair, and finally trek along Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Le Lavandou day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Nice to Le Lavandou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

Landmarks · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.