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Panoramic view of Le Suquet- the old town and Port Le Vieux of Cannes, France ©amoklv/iStock

Cannes' Le Suquet and Port Le Vieux panoramic

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The Sarrazine Gate, known as the Porte Sarrazine, in the old city walls of Mougins in Provence, France.  The Porte Sarrazine is one of the last remnants of the medieval orgins of the circular village of Mougins. ©genekrebs/iStock

Mougins, porte sarrazine.

France, Alpes-Maritimes (06), Gourdon, labellisé Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, cascades du saut du Loup ©F. Chaput/hemis.fr

View to the medieval mountain town of Gourdon in the backcountry of the French Riviera (Cote d'Azur). In the background the French Riviera. ©aprott/iStock

Gourdon, French Riviera, France

Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France - July 13, 2016. Alley with stone houses and shops in the Saint-Paul-de-Vence village, stunning medieval town completely preserved. In Provence region, southeastern France ©Celli07/iStock

Alley with stone houses and shops in Saint-Paul-de-Vence.

International Perfume Museum & View of the Old Town Grasse Alpes-Maritimes France. ©C. Hellier/age fotostock

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French Riviera

Cannois, Vençois and grassois country

From the coast to the Prealps, shades of azure

  • Roadtrip
  • Culture & Heritage

From the azure coastline to the steep terrain of the Prealps lies a region of Provence rich in contrasts. A coastline of yachts and wild coves and small hilltop villages whose popular places were adopted by the greatest artists of the twentieth century. Follow the winding roads and be soothed by the colours and intoxicating scents of the south. Magnificent nature, charming towns, a touch of hiking and a dash of museums, the perfect cocktail to combine all pleasures.

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Cannes Cannes

Day 1 - Cannes - Antibes

Enjoy the morning atmosphere of Cannes. The historic district of Suquet overlooks the old port. Between the yachts and the fish market, take a small alfresco break before a stroll on La Croisette in the shade of the legendary palm trees. Head to Antibes via the coastal road. Park for free at Fort Carré. Adjacent, the Picasso Museum, once the painter’s studio, is a must before a stroll through the lanes of the old town. A shuttle takes you to the beach at Juan-les-Pins but walkers will enjoy a long stroll around the cape.

  • Distance : 26 km
  • Duration : 0h50

Day 2 - Antibes - Vence

In the hills that herald the Prealps, discover the sweet Provence that became the chosen holiday resort for many artists. Renoir’s estate in Cagnes-sur-Mer is now a moving museum whilst Saint-Paul-De-Vence, a victim of its own success in the summer, is a delightful village. It houses the Maeght Foundation, a mecca of contemporary art created in the 60s. Matisse created his famous chapel in Vence, a fascinating town steeped in history, with an old town full of medieval buildings such as its beautiful castle.

  • Distance : 13 km
  • Duration : 0h25

Day 3 - Vence - Grasse

Crossing some major sites of the Prealps natural park to reach Grasse. The beauty of the Gorges du Loup is revealed to walkers but waterfall sites like Saut du Loup are easier to access. Winding roads lead to the dizzying village of Gourdon and its castle, unsurprisingly ranked as one of the most beautiful villages of France. Continue your geological excursion up to the Caussols Plateau before exploring the depths of the Saint-Cézaire caves. Head to Grasse via the beautiful Route Napoleon.

  • Distance : 75 km
  • Duration : 1h48

Day 4 - Grasse - Cannes

Breathe the delicate scents of Grasse, the legendary city of perfume, at the International museum dedicated to this age-old craft. Stroll through the colourful historic centre, before arriving at les jardins du Musée du Parfum, 10km away in Mouans-Sartoux. This picturesque medieval village houses l’Espace de l’art concret in its castle, a delight for fans of abstract art. Art is also celebrated in Mougins, the superb Provençal town where Picasso lived out his final years. Museums and walks in the centre, enjoy this last step before returning to Cannes.

  • Distance : 22 km
  • Duration : 0h41

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