Local Guide

The National Naval Museum (Toulon)

Enjoy a guided boat tour of “Europe’s finest bay” (Vauban) and discover Toulon’s military port, also France’s largest naval base.
Relive the city’s maritime history at the National Naval Museum (Musée National de la Marine).

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La route du sel (Hyères)

Closed to motorised traffic from November to April. Located on the western slope of the Giens peninsula's double tombolo, this walk allows you to find out more about bird fauna living in the salt marshes.

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Monastery of the Verne (Collobrière)

Pierre Isnard, bishop of Toulon and Frédol d´Anduse, bishop of Fréjus, founded the Chartreuse in 1170. It was constructed on the site of an abandoned priory with the name of Our Lady of the Verne. A the time of the Carthusian monks, the line dividing the two dioceses passed in the middle of the church and cloister, in the sense North-South.

 

Citadel of Saint-Tropez - Museum of Maritime History (Saint-Tropez)

The Citadel has crowned the town for 400 years. In 1602, the king’s engineer, Raymond de Bonnefons, who was in charge of the fortification of Provence, undertook the construction of a massive defensive tower on the “hill of mills”.

Abbey of Thoronet (Le Thoronet)

The "jewel" of Cistercian abbeys. Built between 1160 and 1230, Le Thoronet Abbey, together with Silvacane and Sénanque, is one of three Cistercian abbeys in Provence. In danger of falling into disrepair after the French Revolution, restoration work began on this masterpiece in 1841.

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La Belle Époque (Saint-Raphaël)

Guided tour of sumptuous houses, bourgeois villas or luxury hotels.

Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire (Saint-Raphaël)

Guided tour, the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Carrière des Grands Caous (Saint-Raphaël)

Discover many aspects of quarrymen at the quarry of Grands Caous (massif de l’Estérel).

Archeological Museum (Saint-Raphaël)

Guided tour of 3 parts of the museum, the Romanesque church, his archaeological crypts and his tower.

The Saint-Cézaire Cave (Saint-Cézaire-Sur-Siagne)

Situated in the Pays de Grasse region, 40 metres underground, the Saint-Cézaire cave is open to the public from February 1 to November 11.

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Fragonard Villa-Museum (Grasse)

This elegant, late-17th century country manor, boasting a magnificent garden, houses the works of the famous Grasse painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard and his descendants.

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Picasso Museum (Antibes)

Escapade de la Garoupe & Cap d'Antibes (Antibes)

Antibes is famous for its Fort Carré, Port Vauban, Old Town and Picasso Museum. However, it also boasts one of the Côte d'Azur’s unmissable promenades: the Tour du Cap d'Antibes.

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Maeght Fondation (St-Paul-de-Vence)

The Maeght Foundation is a story of family and friendship. Aimé & Marguerite Maeght came up with the idea and the funding in collaboration with Catalonian architect Josep Lluis Sert.

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Renoir Museum (Cagnes-sur-Mer)

Castle Hill (Nice)

The city’s original site, the Castle Hill once boasted a reputedly impregnable citadel that was entirely dismantled by the soldiers of the French King Louis XIV in 1706.

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Old Town (Nice)

Villa Massena (Nice)

Listed in the Historic Monuments inventory, the Villa Masséna is an architectural jewel in a tree-lined setting on the Promenade des Anglais that presents the history of Nice in the 19th Century.

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Matisse Museum (Nice)

In a fully renovated Genoese villa set in the olive grove in the Cimiez Gardens, this single-artist museum follows the artistic development of the painter who lived in Nice from 1917 to his death in 1954.

 

Marc Chagall National Museum (Nice)

The Nice national Marc Chagall museum, was created by the artist's will to bring together in one purpose-built place his most important biblical works : the 17 paintings which make up the Biblical Message.

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Jules Cheret Fine Arts Museum (Nice)

This museum is the heir to the first Municipal Museum of Nice featuring loans from the State, encouraged by Napoleon III.

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Villa & jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild (Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat)

The villa is surrounded by nine magnificent themed gardens, where visitors can discover, as they walk around, a typical French garden, the luxurious vegetation of Spanish and Florentine gardens, the richness of the rose garden, the rare essences of the exotic garden or the archaeological remains of the lapidary garden…

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Greek Villa Kerylos (Beaulieu-Sur-Mer)

A palace inspired from Ancient Greece

The Villa Kérylos was born of a meeting between an erudite patron of the arts, Théodore Reinach, and an architect, Emmanuel Pontremoli. This dream of ancient times gave rise to an atypical villa.

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Escapade Take a Stroll Along Cap Ferrat (Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat)

Even if, from first glance, the sky-blue coast line seems somewhat inaccessible due to the all the property development going on, it nonetheless offers some great opportunties for beautiful walks, paddling and being surrounded by luxurious flora.

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E.1027 House (Roquebrune-Cap-Martin)

Celebrated Irish designer Eileen Gray built her seaside villa E.1027 between 1926 and 1929 with the help of architect Jean Badovici, as an expression of modernism in architecture. She also designed all of its ingenious furniture.

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The Shed & Camping Units le Corbusier (Roquebrune-Cap-Martin)

Modest building of its size (3.66 x 3.66 m), but generous by his architectural proportions and plastic, Le Corbusier called the wood shed his "castle on the French Riviera.

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