Visit the medieval village of Eze: Perched high above Villefranche and Cap Ferrat on the French Riviera, the medieval walled village of Eze is well worth a visit by car when chartering along the French Riviera. A luxury car or van can be arranged to take you to the parking lot just below Eze, and from here take the steps up to the village. Be sure to visit the Jardin Exotique (well-marked by signs indicating Jardin Exotique Panorama) at the very top of the hillside, for an eagle’s nest photo op of this terrific view, while wandering the little walking streets filled with little shops and boutiques. Call in advance for reservations for lunch or dinner at the award winning 2 Michelin star restaurant, La Chevre d’Or, and dine while enjoying a terrific view of the Cote d’Azur. Eze is located in the Grasse perfumeries district, and two Grasse parfumeries are represented in Eze village; Galimard with a shop and Fragonard with a shop as well as a factory.
Hotel du Cap Eden Roc
Originally built as a private mansion, this very chic hotel on the French Riviera that has housed royalty and celebrities alike was opened in 1889. Enjoy lunch or dinner (reservations required) at the Eden-Roc Restaurant on the tip of Cap d’ Antibes, after being delivered by ship’s tender to the restaurant’s private dock. Dine with a view of your yacht anchored in the blue seas between the restaurant and the lovely Lerin Islands that can be seen in the distance on the horizon.
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Cap Ferrat
Located in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat on the French Riviera, this once private mansion of the Rothschild Family is now open for touring to see life captured in situ in a French Riviera Villa, and to explore the many gardens. The Rothschild Villa was built in 1905; is filled with antiques and art, and is surrounded by 9 magnificent themed gardens, each of which is considered a great example of Mediterranean flora and fauna and are planted with many rare species. These gardens are a “must see” for any avid gardener.
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Monte Carlo
Part of the Oceanographic Institute, located in Monte Carlo, part of the French Riviera; the Oceanographic Museum was opened in 1910 by Monaco’s Prince Albert I and contains many exhibits including specimens found by Albert 1 on his scientific oceanographic expeditions. Jacques-Yves Cousteau was director from 1957 to 1988. Housed in a stunning building of Baroque Architecture, this museum is considered one of the finest oceanographic museums in the world.
The Antibes covered food market in Cours Massena in the heart of the Old Town on the French Riviera is open every morning during the summer, with a great array of fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, olives, hams and sausages, along with every product imaginable made with locally grown lavender. In the afternoon, food is replaced by art and crafts, with painters, ceramicists, sculptors, and woodworkers displaying their hand-made art and crafts.
Musee Picasso, Antibes
Located on the water in Antibes on the French Riviera, and the former Château Grimaldi, this museum was once home for 6 months to Pablo Picasso and houses paintings, drawings and ceramics all created by this great artist. Picasso donated works to this museum as did Jacqueline Picasso, Pablo’s second and last wife.