The French Riviera marks the amazing coastline extending from Cassis to Menton. Shining sun, sparkling-blue Mediterranean sea and striped beach umbrellas are not just stereotypes in there.

The world famous French joie de vivre appears to be even more intense by its shores. The jet-setter vibes from Brigitte Bardot's favorite Saint-Tropez, the royal Monaco, the cosmopolitan Nice, the festive Cannes and its surroundings can also reveal great contemporary art museums, delicious restaurants and splendid botanical gardens that go way beyond the cinematographic Corniche.The water is stunningly blue in many other lovely cities and fishing villages by the coast, such as Cassis, Antibes, Villefranche-sur-mer and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

And be sure to put enough attention to the dreamy villages perched on the hills behind the coast too. Places like Èze, Biot, Saint Agnès and Saorge offer picturesque views and traditions that always turn themselves into unforgettable experiences.