15 days in Arles, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & Dolceacqua Itinerary

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Arles, France
— 5 nights
Le Lavandou, France
— 3 nights
Taxi to La Londe-les-Maures, Ferry to Porquerolles Island
Porquerolles Island, France
— 1 night
Dolceacqua, Italy
— 2 nights
Nice, France
— 3 nights


Arles, France — 5 nights

Soul of Provence

Visit Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole and Abbaye de Montmajour for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eglise St-Trophime and Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons. Get out of town with these interesting Arles side-trips: Eglise St-Vincent (in Les Baux de Provence), Espiguette Beach (in Le Grau-du-Roi) and Les Antiques (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). There's much more to do: ride a horse along promenade a cheval, see the interesting displays at Les Trains du Colorado, tour the pleasant surroundings at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, and make a trip to Le Sentier des Moulins d'Alphonse Daudet.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Arles road trip site.

Barcelona, Spain to Arles is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in July, Arles is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Le Lavandou.
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Le Lavandou, France — 3 nights

Relax by the water at Port Grimaud 1 Beach and Plage de Saint-Clair. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Grande Plage du Lavandou. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Le Lavandou: La Ponche Beach (in Saint-Tropez) and Plage de Gigaro (in La Croix-Valmer).

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Le Lavandou trip planner.

Getting from Arles to Le Lavandou by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Le Lavandou are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Porquerolles Island.
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Porquerolles Island, France — 1 night

On the 10th (Sun), kick back and relax at Plage Notre Dame and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Courtade.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Porquerolles Island online journey planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Le Lavandou to Porquerolles Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Dolceacqua.
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Dolceacqua, Italy — 2 nights

You've now added Chiesa Parrocchiale S.Antonio Abate to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, and then make a trip to Chiesa Parrocchiale S.Antonio Abate. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Dolceacqua, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ampelio, and then don't miss a visit to Bordighera Alta.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dolceacqua day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Porquerolles Island to Dolceacqua takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Dolceacqua sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nice.
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Nice, France — 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Popular historic sites such as Villa Kerylos and Promenade Le Corbusier are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Haut de Cagnes and Chemin Frédéric Nietzsche. Step out of Nice to go to Vence and see Ville medieval, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: hike along Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike, explore the world behind art at Massena Museum, contemplate the long history of Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, and see the interesting displays at Palais Lascaris.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dolceacqua to Nice. In July in Nice, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

Landmarks · Beaches · Historic Sites
On the Mediterranean Sea coast, the French Riviera-Côte d'Azur has the glitz and glamour rivaled by few places on earth. It is a modern resort area with luxury shopping, seaside cafés for people watching, and several marinas for yachts and super-yachts along its coast. Although the Riviera is famous for the glamour of St. Tropez, Monaco, and the Cannes Film Festival, there are many other lesser known attractions and places to visit, such as the perched villages of Gourdon and Eze, the perfumeries in Grasse, the potters of Vallauris, and the glassblowers of Biot.The Riviera has been the inspiration for many works by artists, such as Picasso and Renoir, which are on display in local museums. Sea-front hotels and holiday resorts are the most expensive options, with smaller, modest, more affordable accommodations available as you move away from major cities or further inland. Cafés, bars, and restaurants are diverse enough to respect your vacation budget and tastes, with the vast majority of eateries serving food local to the area--Provençal cuisine with Italian influences, and Cassis and Bandol regional wines.The small independent state of Monaco is surrounded on three sides by France, and the fourth by the Mediterranean. It has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century and is a major center for tourism on the Mediterranean. The glamor of Monaco has been replaced by Monte Carlo for its opulence, designer and luxury shopping, and its casino.The busiest travel season is in July and August, when crowds and prices both skyrocket. But, with 300 days of sunshine per year, 115 km (71 mi) of warm blue coastline and beaches, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts, and 3,000 restaurants, you're sure to have a wonderful time and find plenty of things to do whenever you plan to stay.