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Exotic Garden of Monaco

The Exotic Garden of Monaco has a unique collection of succulent plants, as well as an old prehistoric cave: from this garden, you can enjoy the most beautiful view over the city!

exotic garden of monaco, the french rivieraThe Exotic Garden of Monaco is a unique botanical garden situated on a Cliffside. It was built by Albert I, Prince of Monaco in 1912, thanks to the help of Louis Notari (the Chief Engineer) and directed by the French agronomist Louis Vatrican.

There, you can find several species of succulent plants – such as cactus – and other particular plants which will delight those who are interested in botany. From the Garden you can enjoy a great view over the city and the Mediterranean sea. Don’t forget to visit the natural cave – only with a specialized guide – and the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology!

The Exotic Garden of Monaco is open all year except for the 19th November and 25th December.
January:  9.00 – 17.00
February to April: 9.00 – 18.00
May to September: 9.00 – 19.00
October: 9.00 – 18.00
November to December: 9.00 – 17.00

Guided tour of the Cave every hour from 10 am, last visit one hour before the closure.

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Places to visit in France

France has got a lot to offer. There’s no question about it. But how to choose from this wide range? We have created a little overview of the must-see places to visit in France.

Paris

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Certainly, Paris the most visited place in France. The City of Lights invites everyone who is planning to do some sightseeing, those who are interested in culture, art and architecture as well as guests who just wish to go out and have a good time. The surrounding area around Paris should be mentioned. For example, you can go to Versailles and visit the breath-taking castle of the former French kings and its marvelous gardens. For those who feel like having a bit more action can visit Disneyland.

Champagne region

places to visit in FranceIn the Northeast of France, the Champagne region is most famous for its production of fine sparkling wine – the real Champagne. Wine lovers can visit vineyards and wine cellars or participate in wine and Champagne tastings.

Reims is one of the cities in the Champagne region with several monuments designated to the UNESCO world heritage, like its giant cathedral. Especially for those who are interested in medieval traces, the castles in the region are worth a visit, for example the Castle of Sedan.

On top of that, the landscape of the Champagne region is particularly charming because of its many lakes and forests, for example in the natural park Montage de Reims. There are even limestone caves tourists can visit.

NormandyMont Saint Michel, places to visit in France

Apart from beaches, cliffs and museums, you can visit Mont Saint-Michel – a small fortified town on a tidal island on the coast of Normandy. Don’t miss visiting the Abbey and the winding alley of the town below. Learn more about Mont Saint-Michel here.

Strasbourg

strasbourg, france in 15 days all inclusive, places to visit in FranceLocated in the region of Alsace, Strasbourg is the capital of Europe and seat of the European parliament with numerous museums. Besides, the Roman-gothic cathedral is one of its most important sights. The architecture of Strasbourg is particularly charming because of the great number of half-timbered houses of Alemannic and South German style. Since it there are two rivers, you can participate in a boat cruise to see all the monuments and sights. Especially in Christmas time, the center of Strasbourg enchants with its Christmas markets.

Loire Valley

This region captivates tourists with breath-taking landscapes, ancient castles and fortresses, old villages and impressive monuments. For example, you can visit the UNESCO-designated cathedral in Nantes. Learn more about travelling to Loire Valley here.Loire Valley 2 Days, loire valley private in 1 day, places to visit in France

Provence

Provence, Lavender, places to visit in FranceEspecially in summer, the Provence region in the south of France is worth a visit because of its amazing landscapes with olive trees and the fragrant lavender fields. The Provence region also has some wonderful cities. Marseille is the second biggest French city after Paris. Located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, it does not only offer culture but also magnificent beaches. If already in the Provence region, make sure you stop by Arles and Aix-en-Provence – two cities full of ancient Roman and medieval traces.

Lyon

lyon, france in 15 days all inclusive, places to visit in FranceLocated in the Southeast, Lyon is one of the best places to visit in France. It is the third biggest city of the country and its old town was designated to the UNESCO world heritage. Amongst other things, you can visit its religious buildings like the Saint-Jean Cathedral or the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière.

Don’t miss the capital of French gastronomy! Great chefs like Paul Bocuse left their marks on the regional cuisine of Lyon. The small restaurants serving traditional regional dishes attract lovers of good food from all over the world. The regional food is simple but exquisite using the huge variety of cheese, fish, vegetables and fine wines from all around the city.

Bordeaux

bordeaux, bordeaux wine trip, places to visit in FranceBordeaux is probably most famous for the regional fine wine. It is the largest wine region in the world and offers a great deal of culinary delight. Besides, it is a university city and the political and intellectual center of the Southwest of France. The city has got a lot to offer – art, culture, museums and extraordinary architecture. Visitors are attracted by its impressive ecclesiastical buildings, for instance the Saint-André Cathedral.

French Riviera

The French Riviera is certainly one of the most important places to visit in France! It is a popular destination for both French and foreign tourists because of its magnificent beaches and cities, such as St-Tropez, Cannes or Nice.

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Hotel Negresco

The Hotel Negresco is a luxury hotel which, throughout the years, has become one of the most important historic monuments in Nice. With its pink dome and its elegant interiors, this amazing building will bring you back to the 18th century!

hotel negresco, the french rivieraThe Hotel Negresco is a luxury hotel located on the Promenade des Anglais with a breathtaking view over the Mediterranean. Henri Negresco, director of the Municipal Casino in Nice, built it in order to attract wealthy clients: there you can find a spectacular crystal chandelier, the famous pink dome and other amazing elements designed by the great architect Édouard-Jean Niermans.

Today, the luxuriously decorated and furnished rooms (119 guest rooms and 22 suites) also house the two-star restaurant Le Chandelier. The Hotel Negresco is considered to be a national historic monument, thanks to his museum-like interiors based upon the 18th century. You can have a drink in the Salon Royal lounge room, where elegant exhibitions are usually held; otherwise, you can take a look at the Relais Bar and stroll around.

Perhaps, who knows, you can also book a room or an unforgettable dinner at the Chandelier: they are both really expensive, but it will definitely be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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Nice

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Vieux Nice

Vieux Nice – literally The Old Town – is the perfect place where you can discover old local habits, enjoy local markets and experience tradition.

vieux nice, the french rivieraIn Vieux Nice (the Old Town), you can enjoy many different delights: first, you can visit Cours Saleya, with its colours, its sights, its atmosphere (it was the main market of Nice in ancient times). Indeed, Nice is very famous for its flowers, then, don’t miss the chance to take a look at the largest flower market of the whole French Riviera, full of roses, carnations, flowers and plants of any kind. Within the market, you will also find different seasonal products, directly sold by the local farmers in their stalls.

In Rue de la Poissonnerie, take a look at Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden right above an old decorated door, then go down until the old baroque church of Notre-Dame-de-l’Annonciation. In the Old Town, you will have the opportunity to feel the Medieval atmosphere, enhanced by the narrow streets, old mansions and magnificent Italian-style balconies. Once in Place Rossetti, you might think you are in Rome: indeed, this famous Piazza links the French atmosphere to the Italian architecture.

Don’t miss out the Old Town nightlife, with relaxing and elegant cafés, cool bars and a friendly atmosphere!

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Hotel Negresco

Cannes

 

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Antibes

In Antibes you will find the more relaxed and easy-going atmosphere in the whole French Riviera.  With its narrow streets and its colours, the sandy beaches and the amazing harbour, you can find the characteristics of a small village which mix with cultural sights – such as the Picasso museum – and nature.

WHAT TO SEE

antibes, the french rivieraThe Old Port is certainly one of the main sights in Antibes: it is probably the biggest pleasure-boat harbour in Europe and it is linked to Fort Carré, a star-shaped fort which used to protect the town from enemies. Then, you can have a walk in the Old Town, where boaters use to gather, and enjoy the market hall, where you will find stalls with local products or restaurants.

There are several museums you should not miss: first of all, the Picasso Museum, a three-floor building which offers one of the world’s largest collections of the artist (with paintings, sculptures and ceramics); secondly, you can visit the History and Archaeological Museum, where you will find Roman, Greek and Etruscan collections which show the old roots of the town.

antibes, the french rivieraHowever, the best thing to enjoy in Antibes are probably its beaches: there are more than 20 beaches along the 25km-long coastline, though the best ones are between the port and Cap d’Antibes.  Besides, you can also try some walks or hikes  along the beaches and up the hill to get the best view over the city!

FORT CARRÉ IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

PRACTICAL INFORMATION & TIPS

Avoid Antibes on Mondays, when every important sight is closed.  Antibes has many different dining options: you can eat at the Marché Provençal, packed with tourists looking for local gastronomy; you may try a romantic picnic on the beach or, if you prefer, a typical dinner in one of the restaurants or Tavernes.

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Monaco

Monaco is a must-see of the French Riviera: this minuscule principality is worldwide known for the Grand Prix, the luxury lifestyle of its inhabitants and the Casino. Some romantic people may also remember the glamourous marriage between Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier, which gave to the city a fairy-tale and luxurious atmosphere.

WHAT TO SEE

monaco, the french rivieraIn Monaco, there are 3 main areas: Monaco-Ville, the oldest part home of the Prince’s Palace; Monte Carlo, the area around the casino and La Condamine, the official port. All the main sights are in Monaco-Ville (except the Casino) and they are all really close to each other. First, you can walk around the Palace Square and, a few steps away, you can reach the Prince’s Palace, a medieval castle where the Prince and his bride still live. There, you can also enjoy the old ceremony of the Changing of the Guard, which gives the impression of being part of an important royal community.

If you are interested in art, don’t miss the Napoleon Collection, where you can find several items – such as hats, swords, guns, letters – which napoleon left behind when he occupied the town. Close to this Collection, you can have a walk around – and inside – the beautiful Cathedral, where all the royal members are buried. Last but not least, you can experience the Cousteau Aquarium, a magnificent oceanographic museum displays tropical and Mediterranean fish, as well as whale skeletons, tools and ship models.

monaco, the french riviera, casinoHowever, we haven’t talked about the most important sight yet! Hold on, we will see the Casino later. First, let me introduce the wonderful Exotic Garden: it is the municipal “jardin” and mixes both the Italian and the French style. There, you can find several species of cacti and other plants which will make those who love botany really happy. After the Garden, you can finally move towards the Casino, which is situated in Monte Carlo, It is the most famous Casino in Europe and was designed by the great Charles Garnier. There, you can enter private gaming rooms, enjoy different types of slot machines and, paradoxically, relax while spending money!

BOTH THE NAPOLEON COLLECTION AND COUSTEAU AQUARIUM ARE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE.

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In Monaco you will find some of the most elegant – though expensive – restaurants of the whole Riviera: don’t miss out the chance to live as price or a princess for one day! In addition, you can also enjoy a cruise trip, even you can easily reach everything by foot.

If you go to the Casino during gambling hours and, of course, if you are a man, don’t forget to wear jacket and slacks!  The dress code for ladies is way more relaxed.

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Cannes

Antibes

Promenade des Anglais

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Cannes

Cannes is the gem of the French Riviera: not far from Antibes, this city is worldwide known for the annual Film Festival, one of the most important in the world. However, Cannes has also many different interesting sights and a unique Mediterranean elegant atmosphere.

WHAT TO SEE

cannes, the french rivieraThe Promenade de la Croisette is, without a doubt, the the most important sight in Cannes: it consists of a 2km-long road which extends along the shores of the Mediterranean. There, you can find the famous Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, where the Film Festival is held, along with chic boutiques, restaurants and expensive hotels. You can spend some time in one of the elegant cafés or, if you prefer, you can walk along the Promenade and take a break in one of the beautiful beaches. Then, you can visit Le Suquet – the Old Town – where you can find an exotic Russian orthodox church and amazing viewpoints over the city. There, you can also find the Museum de La Castre, situated within the Chapel of St. Anne, which houses collections from Pacific atolls and Pre-Columbian cultures.

Half a mile off shore from Cannes, you can find the Île Sainte-Marguerite, with the famous fortress – called Fort Royal – where the Man In The Iron Mask was held around the 17th century. However, within the tiny island, you can also spend some relaxing time walking through the woods of umbrella pines and eucalyptus. Not far from Sainte-Marguerite, there is the Île Saint-Honorat, another tiny island which houses an old Cistercian monastery.

cannes, the french rivieraGoing back to the mainland, you can visit le Palais des Festival et des Congrès, which hosts the famous Film Festival and other relevant conventions and, if you are interested in modern art, you cannot miss the Art Center of La Malmaison, with masterpieces by Picasso, Matisse and Mirò.

THE MUSÉE DE LA CASTRE IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

PRACTICAL INFORMATION & TIPS

If you choose to go to Cannes during the Film Festival (around the end of May), remember that the town can be very crowded and there may be a shortage of hotel rooms! The city of Cannes also hosts the Midem  (the most important tradeshow for music industry), as well as a great Carnival Parade. Within the city, you can also find chic restaurants and renowned boutiques, thus, you will never risk to get bored!

Additional sightseeings along the French Riviera

Monaco

Nice

Hotel Negresco

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Promenade des Anglais

The Prom – as those who live in Nice call it – was once a safe walkay for English aristocrats. Today, it has become a long and relaxing walk full of people who enjoy themselves and a beautiful view over the Mediterranean.

promenade des anglais, the french rivieraThe Promenade des Anglais is a famous walk, or better, a famous Prom – as the local inhabitants call it –along the Mediterranean. In this 4-mile long promenade, you can join all the strollers, the bicyclists, the skaters and the families who usually or occasionally go there to relax and enjoy the amazing view over the Bay of Angels. Famous events, such as the Carnival, take place along the promenade.

This belle époque-style walk extends from the Hotel Negresco to Castle Hill: along the way, you will pass by several beaches, Albert 1st Park and you will feel like the aristocrats who first created the promenade, in order to have a safe place to admire the beauties of the coast.

Without a doubt, the Promenade is the perfect place to experience the Mediterranean lifestyle of Nice: take a break and relax along the way or in one of beautiful beaches, you deserve it!

Additional sightseeings along the French Riviera

Hotel Negresco

Villefranche-sur-Mer

Nice