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8 of the Most Beautiful Towns to Visit in the Southeast of France

Updated: Nov 30, 2023

With Mediterranean sunsets, fishing villages, cliff-embedded towns, and a beautiful coastline that you just can’t take your eyes off of, there’s all the reason to book your flight to Southeast France. But before you take off to the majestic nation, continue reading for a little more knowledge regarding some of the region’s most amazing places to visit.

1. Cannes

This elegant resort city may look modernized, but it holds a ton of historical value. In fact, hundreds of years of history were made between this city’s walls. Aside from strolling along the coast of the mile-long La Croisette, dine at one of the many fabulous French restaurants and hike the Massif de l'Esterel, a coastal Mediterranean mountain range.

2. Cotignac

Nestled between cliffs and two 12th-century towers, Cotignac is full of stunning Provencal villages and vineyards. Not much further than the commune, you will find the famous Gorge du Verdon.

3. Menton

Near the border of Italy, the half-moon bay on the French Riviera is one of Menton’s most enjoyable sites. It is also one of the warmest resorts in the winter. As you wander through town, you may notice all of the citrus trees and giant sculptures. If you happen to be in town for it, don’t miss out on the annual Lemon Festival (Fête du citron).

4. Nice

The first thing you must do in this seaport city is head to the Cours Saleya flower market to smell and view all of the gorgeous flowers. Once you’ve had your fill of freshly picked flowers, make your way to view the Roman ruins on Colline du Château. Before you leave Nice, make sure you head to the Promenade for some shopping.

5. Peillon

This barricaded village sits right in the mountains of the Alpes-Maritimes. Walking through the narrow passageways might get tricky, but it’s worth it to see all of the medieval houses, vaulted alleys, and last but not least, the painted wall at Chapelle des Penitents Blancs.

6. Villefranche-sur-Mer

This alluring 14th-century Niçoise fishing village on the French Riviera is talked about for its deep harbor, charming old town, and excellent seaport overlooking the gentle Mediterranean waters. Walk down the cobblestone roads until you reach the Citadel St. Elmo and Port de la Darse.

7. Antibes

As another harbor town, Antibes has one of the most impressive coastlines. It is also home to the Absinthe Museum, the Exflora Museum, and the Grimaldi château, which is now a museum that contains the works of Pablo Picasso.

8. Vence

Vence is a medieval village that definitely showcases its past. As you’re here, visit the Cathedral of Nativity of Saint Mary, The Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs, and take a walk through the old town.

Are you ready to explore the beautiful coastal lands of Southeast France? Watch the video below to get excited. And then allow me to help you plan so that you can get the most out of your trip!


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Danielle Belyeu


I absolutely love to travel.  My husband always says I'm in planning mode, so even when I'm on a trip, I'm planning for the next one. 


This has led to some amazing destinations for our gastro experiences.  Some of our favorites have been Melbourne Australia, Auckland New Zealand, Milan Italy, Columbo Sri Lanka, and Lisbon Portugal.  And of course, I'm already planning for the next one.


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