The French Riviera has made France’s Mediterranean coast famous, but there are two regions that cover this southern border – Provence–Alpes-Côte d’Azur, which goes from the Italian border to around Arles/Avignon; and Languedoc-Roussillon, which goes from there to the Spanish border. Traveling along the coast through both regions is not only a fun break during a 10-day Paris vacation itinerary, but it’s also the perfect way to discover just how diverse and freaking gorgeous France is.
Three-Day Mediterranean Coast Itinerary: Nice, Marseille, Montpellier
Unlike the other three-day itineraries here on Why Go France, this one takes a bit of traveling. But the traveling part itself is so stunning, I don’t think it’s too much to say that it can be included as legitimate sightseeing.
- All three of these cities are connected to Paris via the
- You can start either at Nice or Montpellier and go in one direction or the other.
- If you go from Montpellier->Nice and you’re returning to the East Coast of the U.S., note that there are
- . So you can put it at the end of your trip without having to go back up to Paris to return.
- This is a great itinerary if you’re skipping Paris altogether and instead traveling from Spain to Italy, or vice-versa.
OK! Now, you’ll need places to stay. Check out these articles, which includes my top hotel picks for each city:
- Hotels Near the Place de la Comédie in Montpellier
- Hotels Near Vieux Port in Marseille
- Hotels near Promenade des Anglais in Nice
You can also check out our handy hotel search widgets to book right now:
Hotels in Montpellier
Hotels in Marseille
Hotels in Nice
Phew! Logistics are out of the way. Here’s the fun stuff:
Nice Itinerary Links
- Things to do in Nice, and free things to do in Nice
- The Cours Saleya Market in Vieux Nice
- The Nice Side of Cemeteries
- Celebrating Carnaval in Nice (if you’re there around Ash Wednesday)
- Day trips from Nice (if you’re feeling ambitious)
Marseille Itinerary Links
- Things you should know about Marseille
- 8 things to do in Marseille
- Free things to do in Marseille
- Day trips from Marseille (if you’re feeling ambitious)
Montpellier Itinerary Links
I don’t have nay links up for Montpellier yet, but this overview of the city includes sightseeing options and little side trips. And starting in February, Tram Line 3 will take you to the beach in just a few minutes! Don’t think February is a good beach month? Consider this: I got sunburned while sitting at an outdoor cafe on Christmas Eve this year.
Oh, one more thing that hopefully won’t confuse all the information I just gave you: If you have some extra time and you’re there at the right time of year (just before Easter), head to Perpignan, near the Spanish border, to see the super-creepy Sanch Procession. A definite off-the-beaten-path moment (that may never let you sleep again).