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On a day outing from Nice, the not to be missed Cannes and Monaco are just a short journey away ...

... however its also worth taking time to discover lesser-known treasures such as small fishing ports, perched villages, natural parks, ski-resorts...

The opening times shown below are for the high season : some tourist offices have reduced opening times in the winter and you are advised to contact them before visiting.

Tourist Offices

utelle
UTELLE
Perched on the peak, at the top of a steep slope on which the Utelle olive trees grow, the panoramic view of the peaks of Upper Vésubie is well worth the detour.
Sights : the mediaeval village, its original trompe-l’oeil façades, remarkable...



Mairie - Hameau Saint-Jean la Rivière - 06450 UTELLE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 03 19 85
peillon
PEILLON
This fortified medieval village is pitched against a cliff and towers over the valley from Paillon to l'Escarène.
Sights : White Penitents’ Chapel (1495), Saint-Sauveur de la Transfiguration Church, ruins of the fortress at the highest point in the...

Closed : Monday all day, Sunday all day,

Syndicat d'Initiative - 4 Carriera Centrale - 06440 PEILLON VILLAGE
Tel.: +33(0)6 24 97 42 25
LA TURBIE


Closed : Saturday all day, Sunday all day,

OFFICE DU TOURISME - 2 place Detras - 06320 LA TURBIE
Tel.: +33 (0)4 93 41 21 15
beaulieu-sur-mer
BEAULIEU-SUR-MER
Seven kilometres from Nice, Beaulieu, with its fine sandy beaches amidst luscious vegetation, provides a luminous and restful setting.
Things to see: the commune’s wealth of Belle Epoque heritage, the Greek Kerylos villa, listed as a historic...

Closed : Sunday all day,

Office Municipal de Tourisme - Place Georges Clemenceau - 06310 BEAULIEU-SUR-MER
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 01 02 21
l-escarene
L'ESCARÈNE
Located half-way between the sea and the Mercantour National Park, L'Escarène was once an obligatory stopping point on the Salt Route.
Sights : Square of the Saint-Pons Benedictin abbey, Saint-Pierre parish Church, former Hôtel de la Gabelle (where...

Closed : Monday all day, Thursday afternoon, Saturday afternoon, Sunday all day,

Office de Tourisme - 26 place Carnot - 06440 L'ESCARÈNE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 79 62 93
le-canton-aux-10-sourires
LE CANTON DU "PAYS AUX 10 SOURIRES"
This name refers to a group of perched villages in the hills above Nice, brimming with history and traditions.
Between the sky and snow, between the sea and the mountains, between the majestic Var valley and the erratic banks of the Paillon river, the...

Closed : Monday all day,

Maison du Tourisme du Canton de Tourrette-Levens - Quartier des Moulins-Médiathèque - 84 Place Alfred Bonhomme - 06670 CASTAGNIERS
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 08 76 31
auron
AURON
The resort offers activities for children and adults throughout the year. "Auron, the resort that's a great place for a holiday."
Less than 1hr30 from Nice, Auron is a real village resort that stands at a height of 1600m at the gateway to the...



Office du Tourisme - Av de Malhira - Grange Cossa - 06660 AURON
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 23 02 66
saorge
SAORGE
With its location, structure and monuments, Saorge is, in miniature, a captivating example of medieval town planning. A former reputedly impenetrable fortified town closing off the Roya Valley, Saorge is classified as a Monumental Village.
Sights :...



Mairie - Av Docteur Joseph Davéo - 06540 SAORGE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 04 51 23
saint-paul-de-vence
SAINT-PAUL DE VENCE
Located at the top of a rocky outcrop, this small village benefits from great luminosity, inspiring numerous famous artists, writers, poets and painters, some of whom have made it their permanent home.
Sights : the fortified village, 12th-century...



Office de Tourisme - 2 rue Grande - 06570 SAINT-PAUL-DE-VENCE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 32 86 95
menton
MENTON
A garden, marine town and bathing station, Menton has been awarded 1st prize in the "towns in bloom" competition five times.
Sights : the old town, the Saint-Michel-Archange basilica and its parvis, the harbour, Jean Cocteau Museum, Regional...



Office de Tourisme - 8 av Boyer - "Palais de l'Europe" - 06500 MENTON
Tel.: +33(0)4 92 41 76 76
luceram
LUCÉRAM
Located 25 kilometres from Nice in the Paillon valley, this beautiful fortified medieval village towers above a verdant landscape.
Sights : Sainte-Marguerite Church, defensive tower and ramparts (14th century), seven Chapels, Museum of old tools and...

Closed : Wednesday all day, Sunday all day,

Office de tourisme de Lucéram - 6 place Adrien Barralis - 06440 LUCÉRAM
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 79 46 50
villefranche-sur-mer
VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-MER
Overlooking the hills and luxury homes, this is actually one of the most sought-after areas in the Côte d'Azur.
From its turbulent history, Villefranche-sur-Mer has retained a varied and unspoilt heritage. Sights : the Bay, 16th-century citadel and...

Closed : Sunday all day,

Office de Tourisme - Jardin François Binon - 06230 VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-MER
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 01 73 68
gourdon
GOURDON
Perched in an eyrie on top of a rocky outcrop, the village offers a panoramic view over more than 80 kilometres of coast between Théoule sur mer and Nice.
A medieval village ranked as one of the most beautiful in France. Only 10 km from the...



Office du Tourisme - 1 Place Victoria - 06620 GOURDON
Tel.: +33 (0)811 811 067
isola--isola-2000
ISOLA - ISOLA 2000
Paradise for lovers of all kinds of "trendy" snow sports, skiing, snowboard or free-riding!
Just 1hr30 from the French Riviera and its international airport, the resort of Isola 2000, the summit of the Southern Alps, is open all year round to offer...



Office de Tourisme - Immeuble le Pélevos - 06420 ISOLA 2000
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 23 15 15
belvedere
BELVÉDÈRE
This hilltop village, towering over the Vésubie Valley, is an obligatory stopping off place for mountain dwellers descending to the famous Gordolasque valley.
Sights : its picturesque narrow streets, Maison du Tribunal, tall fortified houses, the...

Closed : Monday all day,

Office de Tourisme - Rue Victor Maurel - 06450 BELVÉDÈRE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 03 51 66
tourrettes-sur-loup-cite-de-la-violette
TOURRETTES-SUR-LOUP CITÉ DE LA VIOLETTE
Tourettes-sur-Loup is a charming medieval village 14 kilometres from the sea, between Nice and Cannes.
Sights : the mediaeval village and its ramparts, Rue de la Bourgade, Aqueduc du Moulin, Saint-Grégoire Church, Saint-Jean Chapel, Gorges of the...

Closed : Sunday all day,

Office de Tourisme - 2 place de la Libération - 06140 TOURRETTES-SUR-LOUP
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 24 18 93
saint-martin-vesubie
SAINT-MARTIN-VÉSUBIE - OFFICE DE TOURISME MUNICIPALISÉE
Famed for the beauty of its lakes and mountains, this prestigious site, once the winter snow has melted, gives way to some really lovely flower-covered meadows where the air smells of pine resin and larch.
Sights : rue Cagnoli, Sainte-Anne Gate, the...



Office de Tourisme - Place du Général de Gaulle - 06450 SAINT-MARTIN-VÉSUBIE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 03 21 28
la-bollene-vesubie
LA BOLLÈNE VÉSUBIE
In summer, this resort combines the benefits of the highly mineralized waters from the source of the Praï with pure and fortifying air. It is a family ski resort for all ages in winter.
Sights : Museum of Entomology, Saint-Laurent Church, flour mill,...

Closed : Sunday all day,

Office de Tourisme - Place du Général de Gaulle - 06450 LA BOLLÈNE VÉSUBIE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 03 60 54
breil-sur-roya
BREIL-SUR-ROYA
Known as "Olive Tree Country" with a significant amount of handicraft activity, Breil is a lively village offering numerous festivals including the famous "a Staccada", an historic reconstruction commemorating the abolition of the droit du...

Closed : Sunday all day,

Office de Tourisme - 17 place Biancheri - 06540 BREIL-SUR-ROYA
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 04 99 76
eze-village
EZE VILLAGE
Lush vegetation of date palms, carob, orange and lemon trees abound in this location, famed as much by walking enthusiasts as philosophers, since it is here that Nietzsche is supposed to have finished writing "Thus Spake Zarathustra".
Sights : the...



Office de Tourisme - Place du Général de Gaulle - 06360 EZE VILLAGE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 41 26 00