Five scene-stealing day trips in the French Riviera

With the launch of our newest destination, Cannes, we’re tempted to spend the whole summer in the South of France — are you in? Level up your French Riviera escape with our curated list of day trips. Choose Cannes, Nice, or both as your base and discover the best of the Côte d’Azur. 

Postcard-perfect coastal towns

Dreaming of a storybook summer? Discover the colorful coastal charm of French Riviera towns. Villefranche-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, and Èze are all within a 20-minute train ride from Nice. Stroll through cobbled streets studded with boutiques, bars, and seaside cafes, perfect for you and your summer reading list.

A beach club day in Saint Tropez

Nothing says summer on the riviera quite like a day spent in iconic Saint Tropez. The beach clubs are famous for good music, great vibes, and making sure your favorite drink is always near at hand. It’s the place to see and be seen, all while soaking up the sun in style.

Get lucky in Monaco

Go glam. Hop on a 30-minute train from Nice to Monaco. Immerse yourself in opulence at the yacht-filled marinas, star-studded Casino, and the Palace of Monaco, where Grace Kelly transformed from starlet to princess. Seeking something more low key? The Italian-border town of Menton waits with open arms, breezy vibes, and a little less foot traffic.

Take a hike in the Calanques National Park

Near the port town of Cassis, an adventure awaits in Calanques National Park. Follow the cliff trails to hidden inlets of crystal-blue water, perfect for swimming. Worth the 2-hour drive from Cannes (we recommend you rent a car), this is a slice of paradise you can’t miss.

Rent a boat for a picnic at sea

Why stick to the land when you can explore by sea? Whether you set sail from Cannes or Nice and opt for a yacht or a dinghy, taking a boat out on the Mediterranean is an ideal way to spend a day. Bring a picnic, and make a day of diving and discovering the coast from a new perspective.

Craving more of that je ne sais quoi?

Your riviera adventure deserves a sequel — there’s more of France to explore.

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