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

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Visit Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole and Eglise St-Trophime for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) and Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons. Get out of town with these interesting Arles side-trips: Espiguette Beach (in Le Grau-du-Roi), Eglise St-Vincent (in Les Baux de Provence) and Les Antiques (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tarascon, ride a horse along promenade a cheval, get interesting insight from Tours, and see the interesting displays at Un Siecle de Roulottes.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Arles trip 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, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Arles. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive 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. Relax by the water at Port Grimaud 1 Beach and Plage de Cavaliere. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Plage de Saint-Clair. 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). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette and enjoy the sand and surf at Grande Plage du Lavandou.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Le Lavandou trip builder website.

You can drive from Arles to Le Lavandou in 2.5 hours. Other options are to 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) so you can 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

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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, and then make a trip to Chiesa Parrocchiale S.Antonio Abate. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Dolceacqua, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ampelio, and then don't miss a visit to Bordighera Alta.

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Traveling by car from Porquerolles Island to Dolceacqua takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Dolceacqua can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can 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.
Popular historic sites such as Villa Kerylos and Ville medieval are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Haut de Cagnes and Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire. Step out of Nice to go to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and see Promenade Le Corbusier, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: hike along Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike, explore the world behind art at Massena Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Chemin Frédéric Nietzsche, 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.