French Riviera: The Must See & Do Attractions


Read this summer destination guide by the Concierge at Château Saint-Martin & Spa, a luxury hotel in Vence, the French Riviera. With its sparkling seas and charming villages, it’s almost as though the region was crafted from whole cloth to ensure every direction you look is picture-perfect.

French Riviera: The Must See & Do Attractions

Retreat to the Hills

Perched upon a majestic hilltop in Vence, at the foot of Baou des Blancs mountain with views extending to the Riviera coastline, Château Saint-Martin & Spa is both a tranquil refuge and a prime destination for exploring the region.

Village pilgrimage

To get your historical bearings, a guided tour of the medieval villages surrounding the hotel offers a deep dive into the vibrant history of this fascinating part of the world. Each village has its own character and flavour, from the galleries and shops of Saint-Paul-de-Vence and the dizzyingly beautiful Eze to the ancient gastronomic must-visit, Mougins.

Connect with art

Discover why Sartre and Chagall were inspired by Saint-Paul de Vence at the Maeght Foundation. This fantastic modern-art collection is one of the world’s most prestigious, presenting pieces by Bonnard, Kadinsky and Miró. Keen to see more? Head to Nice, home to both the Chagall and Matisse museums, to immerse yourself in the works of these two masters of French impressionism.

Visit the market

On a sunny day do as the French have done for over a century and stroll the picturesque Cours Saleya Flower Market in Nice where the heart of the city blossoms each day Tuesday through Sunday. In addition to flowers, there are fresh fruits and vegetables to peruse for a delicious picnic, and local artisanal products for a spot of souvenir shopping.

Join the party

For summer 2023, Château Saint Martin & Spa is delighted to offer the second-annual Les Estivales evenings in the idyllic gardens of the hotel. These summer celebrations are an ode to the rarefied Riviera and Provençal lifestyle and will feature live music by Merry Mood in the lush setting of L’Oliverarie restaurant.

Riviera Tour

Fashion lovers will adore sailing along the east coast of the Riviera, feasting upon stunning views of Villefranche-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Eze from the water before spending an afternoon shopping, dining and galivanting in dazzling Monaco.

Lérins Islands

For a moment of peace, head to the Lérins Islands to enjoy the undisturbed natural surroundings and take a dip in the serene sea. While you’re there, don’t miss a visit to Lérins Abbey, a Cistercian monastery on Saint-Honorat Island. A private guide will give you a glimpse of the fascinating history and you’ll be invited to sample some of the famous wine still made by the monks today! 

If you are interested in booking your stay at Château Saint-Martin & Spa and enjoying some unique experiences while exploring the beautiful French Riviera, please call us on +44 20 7148 1778 or send us an enquiry.

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