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

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


Arles, France — 4 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tour Carbonniere and Eglise St-Vincent. Discover out-of-the-way places like promenade a cheval and Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Arles: Chateau de Tarascon (in Tarascon), Saint-Remy-de-Provence (Les Antiques & Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole) and Domaine du Grand Fontanille (in Saint Etienne du Gres). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Le Sentier des Moulins d'Alphonse Daudet, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), don't miss a visit to Aqueduc Romain de Barbegal, and kick back and relax at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Arles route planning website.

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 slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Le Lavandou.
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Le Lavandou, France — 3 nights

Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Get outdoors at Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette and Plage de la Nartelle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Port Grimaud 1 Beach and Grande Plage du Lavandou. Get out of town with these interesting Le Lavandou side-trips: Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime (in Saint-Tropez) and Plage de Gigaro (in La Croix-Valmer). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Plage de Cavaliere, learn about winemaking at Figuiere, stroll through Plage de Saint-Clair, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Le Lavandou trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Arles to Le Lavandou in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Porquerolles Island.
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Porquerolles Island, France — 1 night

On the 9th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage Notre Dame, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Courtade, and then contemplate the long history of Fort Saint Agathe.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Porquerolles Island trip 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dolceacqua.
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Dolceacqua, Italy — 3 nights

Dolceacqua is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Imperia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 120km southwest of Genoa and about 35km west of Imperia, on the border with France. Chiesa di Sant'Ampelio and Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bordighera Alta and Ponte Vecchio. Take a break from Dolceacqua with a short trip to Centro Storico di Vallebona in Vallebona, about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Le Calandre Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville de Vintimille, make a trip to Dolceacqua, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Spiaggetta dei Balzi Rossi.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dolceacqua road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Porquerolles Island to Dolceacqua takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Dolceacqua are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. 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)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Explore hidden gems such as Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike and Ville medieval. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Promenade Le Corbusier and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate. Step out of Nice with an excursion to Basilica St. Michel in Menton--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Place Rossetti, steep yourself in history at Villa Kerylos, step into the grandiose world of Haut de Cagnes, and see the interesting displays at Palais Lascaris.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Dolceacqua to Nice. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. 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

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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.