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5 Great Places Away from the Tourist Beaten Paths of the French Riviera

The French Riviera, a symbol of luxurious tourism, the meeting place for lovers of celebration – as much during the day as the night, as well as beautiful beaches.

One directly imagines the Cannes Film Festival and the city of St. Tropez. These are indeed the central reasons for the French Riviera’s popularity. However, aside from all this, the Riviera actually has another side – in which it’s existence is little suspected and where calm is the key word.

Even I was greatly impressed by the existence of these places in the French Riviera, away from the tourist beaten paths!

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The Riviera Beyond the Beaten Paths: Antibes and it’s Beaches

The town of Antibes is one of the oldest cities of the French Riviera. It is located just between Nice and Cannes. The beaches here are open throughout the summer and guests can relax without any problems. In addition, you can also stroll through its historic center and enjoy the works of Picasso during your walks to the Port Vauban, where you can admire the most beautiful yachts in the city. The small creek that leads to the trail of Smugglers and the Crouton beach are the most beautiful places within Antibes, where you can swim and enjoy the sun without being disturbed by a large flow of tourists

Théoule-sur-Mer and the Beach of Trayas

Located near Saint-Raphael-Valescure, Théoule-sur-Mer is distinguished by its unusual seaside appearance. You will then head towards the beach of Trayas. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the French Riviera. You can swim quietly all the way out to the pontoon. From here, you can admire the beauty of the red cliffs. Whether you are an amateur or a professional when it comes to diving, head over to the coves where you can swim with the fish.

Cap d’Ail and the Mala Beach

Cap d’Ail is located just a few steps from Monaco. The area has an incredible charm that transports you to a whole new world. It’s beach, the Mala beach, is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen – despite that in order to access it, we had to cross through several private beaches. It’s quiet and you can fully enjoy the quietness that reigns the entire area.


This time, you will travel upwards, into the hinterland depths of Nice. The road leading to Bairols has a very hairpin structure, which allows for the admiration of a beautiful landscape, all the way to the Alps. The city is located very high up. It is quiet and peaceful. Here, you can breathe the fresh air and take beautiful pictures. The people are also very inviting.

Biot Village and Brague Park

Located at the entrance of the French Riviera, Biot village remains quiet and few tourists visit here. Hiking enthusiasts will find their happiness within this small village, as there are different paths that can take them to Valbonne, all the while following a magical landscape.

The French Riviera is this mythical place, where tourists from around the world will meet to enjoy the beach, the beauty of it’s atmosphere and the festive air. However, behind this mondaine atmosphere hides a world where we can enjoy peace and appreciate an extraordinary landscape.

Regarding the climate, this is the place in France where the temperature is the nicest. You can visit here between March and December without an issue. You can find details on the climate of the Riviera on this web page. If you want to avoid crowds, avoid July and August – which correspond to the school holidays in France. The best is during the pre-season, from April to June where the weather is nice and vacationers are fewer.