French Riviera

Plan your holiday on the French Riviera  with me, Jeanne Oliver, author and French Riviera resident. I've written about the French Riviera for Frommer's and Lonely Planet travel guides and now I want to share my insider information with you. You'll discover all my favorite hideaways, hidden bistros and local travel trips. So plunge in and start planning your trip!

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Provencal house with wisteria

When to go?

The best time to visit the French Riviera is. . .all year! Seriously, it's a beautiful region to visit any time of year. Spring is best for vegetation. Summer is crowded but with many exciting festivals including the world-famous Nice Jazz Festival. More

Storm on the baie des anges

And the weather?

The French Riviera has a Mediterranean climate. The summer heat is tempered by sea breezes along the coast. Winter snow is rare but rain is common. June and September have the most reliable weather. More

European money

What about money?

The unit of currency is the euro. Although the Riviera has a reputation as an expensive destination, it's possible to save money by staying in an apartment and taking public transport instead of renting a car.More

Airport crowds

How to Get There?

The main entry point is Nice Airport which receives dozens of national and international flights. Trains link much of the coast to Paris and Italy.

Nice train station

How to Get Around?

The public transportation system on the French Riviera is excellent with trains and buses connecting all major destinations. Yet a car is convenient for visiting
hilltop villages and remote destinations. More


Top Things to See?

The treasures of the French Riviera are inexhaustible. The beaches are legendary and the cities are alive with culture. Plus, there are mountains, hilltop villages and itineraries for art-lovers.Top things to see

Cours Saleya, Nice


Most people find Nice the most convenient base for taking day trips around the region. There are dozens of things to see, accommodation is plentiful at all price levels and it's easy to get around. More

Hotel Negresco

Where to Stay?

Start with my advice on choosing where to stay on the Riviera: Nice, Cannes, Monaco, Menton. Need to stay near Nice Airport? Check out my selection of the best hotels on the Riviera--all five-stars!

To truly experience the heart and soul of Nice, follow my self-guided walks in Nice Uncovered: Walks Through the Secret Heart of a Historic City. Little-known facts, fun stories and vintage photos allow you to see Nice like a true Ni├žois. More about the book.



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