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Hot Spots on the Cote d'Azur

The French Riviera is appealing for several reasons. The coastline along the Mediterranean accounts for warm sand by day and beautiful sunsets by night. There are beaches, cliffs, and pines on the Cote d'Azur that make for a wonderfully varied landscape. Then there is the celebrity crowd that the Riviera attracts, which in turn makes everyone feel more glamorous. This explains the French Riviera's general mystique, but for more concrete inspiration read the following list that includes museums, markets, and more.

Top Ten Attractions

1. Cannes Beaches. People flock to Cannes not only for its reputable film festival but also for its lovely seafront. There are many beaches along the French Riviera, but the Cannes Beaches offer that fantastic mix of famous stars, golden sands, and nearby cafes for afternoon cocktails.

2.Cours Saleya. This outdoor market in Nice isn't just renowned on the Riviera; its name carries weight throughout all of France. On Mondays shoppers come to peruse the antiques. Tuesday through Sunday people get an eyeful of fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, and handmade Socca.

3.D53 Road. This street in Monaco is suitable for bikers and pedestrians in search of salty breezes and dramatic sea views. If you've rented a car to get from Nice to Monaco, take the Basse, Moyenne, or Grande Corniche scenic road cut into the cliffs high above the Med.

4.Exotic Gardens. At this refuge in Eze, there are over 400 cacti and succulents growing around the ruins of a castle. The plants are naturally pretty, and the views all the way to Corsica are something else. Eze is fashionable and artsy. Look for craft shops hidden in small caves.

5.La Voile Rouge. This trendy beach strip in St. Tropez is another see-and-be-seen spot for those of you who like to travel in style. There's no shortage of attractive people or views on the Baie de Pampelonne, and la Voile Rouge is its essence. Shop, sunbathe, and then hit the clubs!

6.Monte Carlo Casino. This world-famous casino has been featured in movies and frequented by international notables. It's an architectural masterpiece of Charles Garnier's (Paris Opera designer) that lights up splendidly at night. Visit its many gaming tables, restaurants, or bars.

7.Musee Matisse. The Matisee Museum in Nice houses the world's largest collection of the artist's drawings, paintings, photographs, and sculptures. Also look for illustrations for Joyce's Ulysses. The villa itself entices you with its warm-hued red fa├žade and Genoese style terraces.

8.Musee Picasso. Head to Antibes to see Picasso's former seafront chateau atelier. The structure was meant to house art, history, and archaeological finds. Having used the space as a studio, Picasso left his work from that period - including ceramics, tapestries, and sculptures.
9.Place des Lices. This market in St. Tropez is one of the region's largest and a real treat for visitors because of all the local delicacies, arts & crafts, clothing, and antiques. Pick up snacks for an afternoon picnic and then go back for souvenirs.
10.Promenade des Anglais. Affixed to the side of the Baie des Anges in Nice is a wide, walkable promenade that tourists and locals use to get from place to place or to just sit and watch. Built by wealthy 19th Century Englishmen, the palm-lined promenade features Belle Epoque hotels.

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