The French Riviera is a popular vacation spot because it hosts some of the season’s wildest parties, has the best upscale beach club, and features warm, clear waters. Because there are so many great places to stay in the South of France, we have compiled a list of our absolute favorites for you. These include everything from world-class hotels to sprawling villa complexes to luxury megayachts.

Visit La Croisette

If you’re looking to rub elbows with the well-heeled, La Croisette is the place to be. It is one of France’s most well-known boulevards, stretching a full mile and lined with opulent boutiques that are shaded by towering palm trees. This district links the city to the beach and features several high-end hotels as well as a number of casinos for those looking to try their luck.

Cannes Yachting Festival

You thought the local film festival was the biggest deal, did you? Think again. The harbor is completely taken up by the Cannes Yachting Festival every September, when the world’s wealthiest people display their largest boat acquisitions. If, on the other hand, you’re willing to merely gawk at the finish line from afar, then a day spent perusing the luxury yachts docked in Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto should do the trick. You can also see plenty that are available for charter or purchase.

Visit the Marche Forvillé

Close to the La Croisette promenade is the market Marché Forville, where you may sample some of the local fare. Travelers and locals alike come here to find the best price on their wares through a competitive bargaining process. For the best breakfast fare, plan your visit for the morning, but if you can’t make it then, try some of the locally grown golden peaches or sun-dried tomatoes. Is your romantic life feeling a little stale? Just like in the movies, picking up a bright bunch of flowers is a fantastic option.

Wonder Le Suquet

Located on a lovely slope above the coast lies the historic district of Le Suquet, which was previously the site of Cannes’ original fishing village. It’s the kind of setting where you might only intend to spend a few hours but wind up lingering all day since it’s filled with old-world beauty around every cobblestone corner and up every winding staircase. Although strolling around is pleasant due of the pedestrian-only streets, visitors should make a beeline for the Eglise du Suquet church and the Tour du Mont watchtower for the stunning views of the sea and the slopes covered with some of the world’s most extravagant mansions.

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