Insight Guides: Explore Nice & the French Riviera (Insight Explore Guides) (2015)

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ARCHITECTURE FANS

There’s Baroque in Vieux Nice (route 1) and Menton (route 8); Belle Époque on Nice’s promenade des Anglais (route 2), in Cannes (route 11) and Monte-Carlo (route 7); and modern on Nice’s promenade du Paillon (route 4).

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CHILDREN

Antibes (route 10) and the Maures (route 14) have lovely sandy beaches, the Citadelle in St-Tropez is a hit with kids (route 13), and the colourful fish are a winner at Monaco’s Musée Océanographique (route 7).

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FOOD MARKETS

Succumb to the colourful fruit and vegetables at cours Saleya and St-François fish market in Vieux Nice (route 1), and the animated covered markets in Cannes (route 11), Antibes (route 10) and Menton (route 8).

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GARDENERS

The Riviera’s tropical vegetation is astonishing. Visit Val Rahmeh and the gardens of Menton (route 8), Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild (route 6), Domaine de Rayol (route 14) and Monaco’s Jardin Exotique (route 7).

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MODERN ART LOVERS

The Côte d’Azur was a hub of the 20th-century avant-garde. Visit Matisse and Chagall museums in Cimiez (route 3), the Musée Picasso in Antibes (route 10) and Matisse’s chapel in Vence (route 9).

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PEOPLE-WATCHING

Enjoy celeb-spotting from a terrace on the Vieux Port in St-Tropez (route 13), the obligatory stroll along La Croisette in Cannes (route 11) and the constant activity on place du Casino in Monte-Carlo (route 7).

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SUPERB VIEWS

Get a bird’s-eye view from the perched villages of Èze and Roquebrune (route 6), look down on Vieux Nice from the Colline du Château (route 5) and see the sea from the Corniche des Maures (route 14).

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YACHTING AND SAILING

Admire the luxury craft in Antibes (route 10) and at St-Tropez (route 13), Cannes (route 11) and Monaco (route 7). Learn to sail at Bormes-les-Mimosas (route 14) and Nice’s Vieux Port (route 5).

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The famous red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival

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