Culture and heritage

The côte d’azur discovery tours

The Côte d’Azur is famous for its beaches, its mountains, its natural sites, its historical monuments, its traditional villages, etc. Hiking, photographic or cycling tour… Many discovery tours of the region are available for everyone and every taste. Whether you prefer the countryside rather than the city, whether you are looking for tranquility or thrills, you will be delighted.

Museums and cultural activities

Picasso Museum, Fondation Maeght, Asian Arts Musem (« Musée Départemental des Arts Asiatiques »), Matisse Museum, Modern and Contemporary Art Museum (« Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain »), National Sports Museum (« Musée National du Sport »)… There are 34 museums in the Alpes-Maritimes, including 13 in Nice.

The region represents the largest museum collection after the Paris area, and doesn’t cease to inspire artists staying there, including the most renowned ones from the 19th and 20th centuries such as Picasso, Bonnard, Matisse, Chagall and Fernand Léger.

A lot of permanent and temporary exhibitions are available for visitors who can also enjoy advantageous pricing formulas during their stay :

  • The CÔTE D’AZUR CARD : free access to more than thirty museums during the validity period
  • The French Riviera Pass : 24h, 48h ou 72h ; free access to the Chagall Museum, to the National Sports Museum (“Musée National du Sport”) and to all of the Municipal Museums of Nice during the validity period

Discover the full list of Museums and the available Culture Passes below.


The Côte d’Azur is home to many cultural treasures. Some of the most famous monuments to visit include the Basilique Notre-Dame in Nice, the Opera of Nice, the Villa Kérylos in Beaulieu sur Mer, as well as the Villa and the Gardens Ephrussi de Rothschild, the Property of the Fines Arts of France Academy in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat.

Find out more about the most beautiful monuments and historical sites, as well as the relevant Tourist Offices for guided tours or other activities.

Parks and gardens

Thanks to its mild weather and the diversity of its landscapes, the Côte d’Azur has a lot of gardens with multiple and colorful origins. In particular, Nice has been designated “the Green City of the Mediterranean”. More than a hundred hectares of new green areas will be added to the existing 300 hectares of parks and gardens. Each area has its own identity and particular charm.

Towns and villages

Nice, Cannes, Grasse, Saint-Paul de Vence, Valbonne, Antibes, the Mercantour… Hilltop villages, natural parks, ports, ski resorts… The French Riviera provides a great number of renowned sites, from large cities to small hilltop historical villages, from sea ports to ski resorts.

Sea trips

Surrounded by the sea, the French Riviera offers unique cruise tours of the region. The tours of Nice-Villefranche sur Mer, Lérins or Sainte-Margueritte Islands, and Cannes are very popular.

Discover all useful information to plan your cruise and enjoy a unique experience.