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Recommended attractions in Provence and the Cote d'Azur


Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence
This site contains information about Aix-en-Provence.
Web:   www.aixenprovencetourism.com/

Aix-en-Provence Tourist Information Office, 2 place du General-de-Gaulle
Phone:  04.42.16.11.61

Atelier Cézanne, 9 av. Paul Cezanne
Those interested in the artist shouldn't miss a visit to his studio.
He painted many of his best known canvases here and there are many of his personal effects.
Phone:  04.42.21.06.53
Hours:  April though September
10AM to noon and 2:30PM
to 6PM daily;
off season 10AM
to noon and 2PM
to 5PM daily
Admission:   5.50EUR

Bechard, 12 cours Mirabeau
This famous bakery has been serving delectable pastries for more than 100 years.
Phone:  04.42.26.06.78

Cathedrale St-Sauveur, Place des Martyrs de la Résistance
The 5th-century baptistery is the oldest part of this church that contains additions from the Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance eras. The cloisters here are lovely, and the 15th-century triptych by Nicolas Froment is exceptional.
Phone:  04.42.23.45.65
Hours:  9:00AM to noon and 2PM to 6PM daily
Admission:   Free

Église St-Jean-de-Malte, rue Cardinale and rue d'Italie
This 12th-century church was the chapel of the Knights of Malta. The counts of Provence were buried here until the 18th century.

Golf de Château l'Arc, Fuveau, 13710
18 Holes, Par 72
Phone:  04.42.53.28.38
Fax:  04.42.29.08.11
Greens Fees From:   38EUR Visitors must reserve on weekends

Golf des Milles, Domaine de Riquetti , Les Milles, 13290
18 holes, Par 72
Phone:  04.42.24.20.41
Greens Fees From:   23EUR

Hot Brass, chemin de la Pleine des Vergueiers
Two floors, each with a bar and dance floor. Occasional live music, often R&B.
Phone:  04.42.21.05.57

Musée des Tapisseries, 28 place des Martyrs de la Resistance
This former archbishop's palace displays three sets of 17th- and 18th-century tapestries.
Phone:  04.42.23.09.91
Hours:  Friday through Wednesday 10AM to noon and 2PM to 6PM
Admission:   1.52EUR

Musée du Vieil Aix (Museum of Old Aix), 17 rue Gaston-de-Saporta
Housed in a 17th-century mansion, this has an interesting collection of local objets d'art.
Phone:  04.42.21.43.55
Hours:  April through October, Tuesday through Sunday 10AM to noon and 2:30PM to 6:00PM; off season the museum closes at 5PM
Admission:   4EUR

Musée Granet (Musée des Beaux-Arts), Place St-Jean-de-Malte
This structure, once the home of the Knights of Malta, became a school of art in the 19th century. There are eight paintings by Cezanne here, as well as many of his drawings and watercolors. You'll also find work by Ingres, Rubens, and van Dyck.
Phone:  04.42.38.14.70
Hours:  Wednesday through Monday 10AM to noon and 2:30PM to 6PM
Admission:   2EUR

Route de Cezanne, leaves from place Général-de-Gaulle
You can get information about this three-and-one-half mile self-guided hike from the tourist office. The walk winds through the countryside between Aix and La Tholonet. En route, you'll pass numerous spots where Cezanne set up his easel to paint Mount Ste-Victoire.

Set Golf, Le Pays blanc, Chemin de Granet, 13090
9 Holes, Par 36
Phone:  04.42.29.63.69
Web:   www.setclub.com/
Greens Fees From:   15EUR

The Scat Club, 11 rue de la Verrerie
Live music from many different genres at this popular nightclub.
Phone:  04.42.23.00.23

Antibes
Antibes
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Web:   www.lecapdantibes.com/

Antibes Tourist Information Office, 11 place du Général-de-Gaulle
Phone:  04.92.90.53.00

Musée Picasso, Place du Chateau
The Grimaldi family ruled Antibes for almost 250 years. This Chateau was their home. Today, it houses one of the finest collections of Picasso's work in the world. In addition to paintings, drawings, lithographs, and ceramics by the Spanish master, there's also work by Miro, Calder, and Léger.
Phone:  04.92.90.54.20
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday 10AM to 11:50AM and 2PM to 5:50PM; closing one hour earlier off season
Admission:   4.60EUR

Phare de la Garoupe (Garoupe Lighthouse), Cap d'Antibes
Walk 3/4 miles along chemin de Calvaire from the Plage de la Salis in Antibes to this lighthouse for unforgettable views ? and holiday snaps.
Hours:  9:30AM to noon and 2:30PM to 7PM daily; off season 10AM to noon and 2PM to 5PM

Arles
Amphitheatre (Roman Arena), rond-pont des Arenes
Built in the 1st century AD, this 20,000-seat stadium is still used for bull fights. For great views, climb one of the arena's three towers.
Phone:  04.90.96.03.70
Hours:  April through September from 9AM to 12:30PM and 2PM to 5:30PM daily; off season from 10AM to noon and from 2PM to 4:30PM
Admission:   4EUR

Arles
This site contains information about Arles.
Web:   www.provenceweb.fr/e/bouches/arles/arles.htm

Arles Tourist Information Office, Esplanade des Lices
If you plan on visiting several of Arles's museums, purchase a billet global here for 12EUR. It includes admission to most of the town's museums.
Phone:  04.90.18.41.20
Web:   int.tourisme.ville-arles.fr/UK/index.cfm

Cryptoportiques, rue Balze
For another look at Arles's Roman history, visit this series of underground galleries under the forum dating from 30BC.
Phone:  04.90.49.36.74
Hours:  Mid-June to mid September 9AM to 7PM daily; off season the Cryptoportiques opens later, closes for lunch, and closes earlier.
Admission:   3.50EUR

Eglise St-Trophime, place de la Republique
This UNESCO World Heritage designated church has a magnificent Romanesque portal. The cloisters are among the loveliest in France.
Phone:  04.90.49.33.53
Hours:  8:30AM to 6:30PM daily; Cloisters are open from mid-June to mid September from 9AM to 12:30PM and from 2PM to 7PM
Cloister Admission:   3.05EUR

Espace Van Gogh, Pl. Dr. Felix Rey
Admirers of the artist may want to make a pilgrimage here to the hospital where Van Gogh recuperated after cutting off his ear. The garden courtyard has been restored to match his Le Jardin de l'Hotel Dieu.
Phone:  04.90.93.32.12

Le Café van Gogh, 11 place du Forum
Stylish singles and couples gather here for live music.
Phone:  04.90.96.44.56

Le Cargo de Nuit, 7 av. Sadi-Carnot, route pour Barriol
The play list at this lively bar includes reggae, blues, and salsa music.
Phone:  04.90.49.55.99
Cover Charge From:   6.50EUR

Les Alyscamps, rue Pierre-Renaudel
This ancient Roman necropolis was converted to a Christian burial ground in the 4th century. Its poplars and sarcophagi were painted by both Van Gogh and Gaughin. It's a great picnic spot.
Phone:  04.90.49.36.87
Hours:  Mid-June to mid-September 9AM to 7PM; off season from 9AM to 12:30PM and from 2PM to 7PM
Admission:   3.50EUR

Musée de l'Arles Antique (Ancient History Museum), Presqu'ile du Cirque Romain
This comprehensive museum is a good place to start your exploration of Arles. It has models showing Arles's Roman monuments in their original states and an impressive collection of artifacts and sarcophagi.
Phone:  04.90.18.88.88
Hours:  February to October 9AM to 7PM daily; November to February 10AM to 5PM daily
Admission:   5.35EUR

Musée Réattu, 10 rue du Grand-Prieure
In addition to a number of drawings by Picasso, this museum also has work by Dufy and some 16th-century tapestries.
Phone:  04.90.49.37.58
Hours:  April through September 9AM to 12:30PM and 2PM to 7PM daily; Off-season from 10AM to 12:30PM and from 2PM to 4:30PM
Admission:   4EUR

Museon Arlaten, 29 rue de la Republique
This folkloric museum was established by the poet Mistral. It has a curious collection of costumes, furniture, dolls, and other items from Provencal life.
Phone:  04.90.96.08.23
Hours:  April through October 9:30AM to 12:30PM and 2PM to 6:00PM daily; November through March, 9:30AM to 12:30PM and 2PM to 5PM
Admission:   4EUR

Palais Constantine, rue du Grand Prieure
The 4th-century Roman baths are all that remain of this imperial palace.
Hours:  9AM to 7PM daily
Entrance to the baths:   3EUR

Theatre Antique (Roman Theater), rue de Cloitre
Not much remains of the original 1st-century structure, but the pleasant park makes a nice setting for Festival d'Arles concerts.
Phone:  04.90.49.36.25
Hours:  9AM to 7PM daily (tentatively)
Admission:   3EUR

Van Gogh Walking Tours, sites throughout Arles
Self-guided tour information is available from the Tourist Office on Esplanade des Lices.

Avignon
Avignon Tourist Information Office, 41 cours Jean-Jaures
Phone:  04.32.74.32.74
Web:   www.ot-avignon.fr/

Cathedrale Notre-Dame-des-Doms, Place du Palais
This 12th-century Romanesque cathderal was so dwarfed by the Palais des Papes across the square that it was rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries.
Phone:  04.90.86.81.01
Hours:  9AM to Noon and 2PM to 6PM daily
Admission:   Free

Golf de Châteaublanc, Les Plans, Morières-lès-Avignon, 84310
18 holes, Par 72
Phone:  04.90.33.39.08
Fax:  04.90.33.43.24
Web:   www.golfchateaublanc.com/
Greens Fees From:   28EUR

Golf du Grand-Avignon, Les Chênes Verts, Vedène, 84270
18 Holes, Par 72
Phone:  04.90.31.49.94
Fax:  04.90.31.01.21
Web:   www.golfgrandavignon.com/
Greens Fees From:   31EUR

La Foundation Angladon-Dubrujeaud, 5 rue Laboureur
Once the home of the noted Parisian fashion designer, this mansion houses his art collection, which includes work by Cezanne, Degas, Sisley, and Duchamp.
Phone:  04.90.82.29.03
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday 1PM to 6PM
Admission:   5EUR

Musée Calvet, 65 rue Joseph-Vernet
In addition to work by David, Manet, Corot, and Brueghel, you'll find a superb collection of ancient silverware in this 18th-century mansion.
Phone:  04.90.86.33.84
Hours:  Wednesday through Monday, 10AM to 1PM and 2PM to 6PM
Admission:   6EUR

Musée du Petit-Palais, Place du Palais
Italian paintings from the 13th through the 16th centuries and Roman and Gothic sculpture are the main attractions here.
Phone:  04.90.86.44.58
Hours:  10AM to 1PM and 2PM to 5:30PM daily
Admission:   6EUR

Musee Lapidaire, 18 rue de la Republique
There's lots of history in this 17th-century Jesuit church. There are artifacts from the 1st and 2nd centuries, as well as from Etruscan times.
Phone:  04.90.85.75.38
Hours:  May through October 10AM to Noon and 2PM to 6PM daily; November through April 2PM to 6PM daily
Admission:   3EUR

Musee Louis-Vouland, 17 rue Victor Hugo
Lovers of antiques and objects d'art shouldn't miss this museum of decorative arts. There's Sevres porcelain, Gobelin and Aubusson tapestries, and lots of gold leaf.
Phone:  04.90.86.03.79
Hours:  June through September, Tuesday through Saturday 10AM to noon and 2PM to 6PM; off season 2PM to 6PM
Admission:   4EUR

Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), Place du Palais
This oppulent palace was the home of the popes for nearly seventy years. There are two palaces here ? old and new. Highlights include the Consistory with 14th-century frescoes by Simone Martini, the Chapelle St-Jean, the Grand Tinel or banqueting hall, and the Stag Room with magnificent frescoes and floor tiles.
Phone:  04.90.27.50.00
Hours:  April through October 9AM to 7PM; off season 9:30AM to 5:45PM
Admission:   9.50EUR

Bonnieux
Bonnieux
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Web:   www.provenceweb.fr/e/vaucluse/bonnieux/bonnieux.htm

Vielle Église (Old Church)
This 12th-century church with the pointed steeple towers over the town. It's reached by climbing 86 steps through tunnels and arches under the village's houses. The church is surrounded by pines and ancient cedars and the view from there is spectacular.

Cannes
Country Club de Cannes-Mougins, 175 rue d'Antibes, Mougins
Designer: Dye & Ellis; 18 Holes, Par 72
Phone:  04.93.75.79.13 Visitors should reserve ahead
Email:  info@golf-cannes-mougins.com
Web:   www.golf-cannes-mougins.com
Greens Fees From:   100EUR

Plage de la Croisette, between Vieux Port and Port Canto
Even as a non-guest, you can enjoy the beaches associated with the Noga, Martinez, Carlton, and Majestic Hotels. The fee includes freshwater showers, a chaise, an umbrella, and perhaps a mattress.
Web:   web.cannes.fr/en/tourisme/sejour/plages
Admission From:   16EUR

Plage du Midi, west of the Vieux Port
If you'd prefer not to pay for a day at the beach, this is the best spot in Cannes.

Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Chateau Beaucastel, chemin de Beaucastel, Courthezon, 84350
Taste big, red Cote du Rhone wines at this historic vineyard.
Phone:  04.90.70.41.00
Hours:  Tours and tasting by appointment only

Chateauneuf-du-Pape
This web site contains information about Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Web:   www.provenceweb.fr/f/vaucluse/chateau-pape/chateauneufpape.htm

Domaine de Mt-Redon, SA Château Mont-Redon, 84230
Taste Cote du Rhone reds at this award-winning winery.
Phone:  04.90.83.72.75
Hours:  Tours and tasting by appointment only

Fontaine de Vaucluse
Moulin Vallis-Clausa
This working paper mill features a reconstructed 15th-century waterwheel. You can see paper made here as it has been for centuries.
Phone:  04.90.20.34.14
Hours:  July and August, Monday through Saturday 9AM to 7:30PM and Sundays 10AM to 7:30PM; off season the mill closes for lunch and closes earlier in the day

Gard
Pond du Gard, midway between Avignon and Nimes
This spectacular three-story aqueduct was built 2,000 years ago.
Admission:   You'll have to pay for parking on either side of the river.

Glanum
Musée Archeologique, in the Hotel de Sade, rue du Parage
This museum with artifacts from local digs provides a better understanding of the Roman city of Glanum.
Phone:  04.90.92.64.04
Hours:  April through September 10AM to noon and 2PM to 6PM daily; off season closing at 5PM
Admission:   3.05EUR

Ruines de Glanum, Av. Vincent-van-Gogh, on D-5 south of St-Remy
The Mausoleum and Triumphal arch are the best preserved relics from this Roman city dating from 20BC.
Phone:  04.90.92.23.79
Hours:  April through September 9AM to 7PM daily; off season 9AM to noon and 2PM to 5PM
Admission:   5EUR

Gordes
Chateau
Oddly enough, to see Gordes' 16th-century Chateau, you'll need to visit the castle's museum which contains works by Victor Vasarely, the founder of Op Art.
Phone:  04.90.72.02.75
Hours:  July and August 10AM to noon and 2PM to 6PM daily; off season open Wednesday through Monday
Admission:   5EUR

Gorges du Verdon
Aboard Rafting, BP19 ? 8, place de l'église, Castellane, 04120
This Castellane-based company offers rafting trips on the Verdon River.
Phone:  04.92.83.76.11
Email:  info@aboard-rafting.com
Web:   www.provenceweb.fr/04/aboard/ukindex.htm

Adventures and Nature, La Palud sur Verdon, 04120
This adventure company offers climbing, canyoning, and swimming tours of the gorge.
Phone:  04.92.77.30.43
Email:  info@aventuresetnature.com
Web:   www.provenceweb.fr/04/faudou/gbindex.htm

Aqua Viva Est, 12 Bld de la République, Castellane, 04120
This company offers rafting, canoeing, and kayaking trips through the gorge.
Phone:  04.92.83.75.74
Email:  aqua.viva-est@club-internet.fr
Web:   www.guideweb.com/provence/activ/aquavivaest/indexa.html

Gorges du Verdon
This site contains information about Gorges du Verdon.
Web:   www.provenceweb.fr/e/groupes/verdon/pays.htm

Grasse
Golf de la Grande Bastide, Chemin des Picholines,Chateauneuf deGrasse, 06740
18 Holes, Par 72
Phone:  04.93.77.70.08
Greens Fees From:   62EUR

Grasse
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Web:   www.provenceweb.fr/e/alpmarit/grasse/grasse.htm

Parfumerie Fragonard, 20 Bvd. Fragonard
For an in-depth look at the making for perfume, you can't beat the villa, museum and 18th-century factory tour at this perfumerie.
Phone:  04.93.36.44.65
Hours:  9AM to 6:30PM daily; off season Monday through Saturday 9AM to 12:30PM and 2PM to 6PM

Villa Fragonard, 23 bd. Fragonard
The works of Rococo artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard, who was born in Grasse in 1732, are displayed at this lovely villa.
Phone:  04.93.36.01.61
Hours:  10AM to 7PM daily; off season Wednesday through Monday 10AM to noon and 2PM to 5PM
Admission:   5EUR

Haut-de-Cagnes
Chateau Grimaldi (Chateau de Cagnes), 7 place Grimaldi, Cagnes-sur-Mer
This castle, which dates from 1301, houses two museums: The Museum of the Olive Tree and the Museum of Modern Mediterranean Art. The former tells you more than you ever needed to know about growing olives and producing their oil. The latter contains work by Cocteau, Dufy, and others.
Phone:  04.93.20.87.29
Hours:  Wednesday through Monday 10AM to noon and 2PM to 6PM; off season closing one hour earlier
Admission:   3.50EUR includes admission to both museums

Les Collettes, 19 chemin des Collettes
This lovely house in an orange and olive grove was Renoir's home from 1908 until his death in 1919. Visitors enjoy splendid views of the Mediterranean and a large collection of his sculpture.
Phone:  04.93.20.61.07
Hours:  Wednesday through Monday 10AM to noon and 2PM to 6PM; off season closing one hour earlier
Admission:   4EUR

Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Brocante Market, 14 miles east of Avignon
Flea market lovers shouldn't miss this brocante market. There are lots of serious dealers here, most of whom can arrange shipping.
Hours:  Saturdays and Sundays until 1PM; shops in the L'Isle aux Brocante are open until 7PM.

Provence Country Club, Route de Fontaine de Vaucluse
18 Holes, Par 72
Phone:  04.90.20.20.65
Web:   www.provencecountryclub.com
Greens Fees From:   35EUR

Les Baux de Provence
Cathedrale d'Images, Route duVal d'Enfer
Carved from the stone mountain, this church has a multi-media presentation in which the limestone walls, ceiling, and floor are the projection screen.
Phone:  04.90.54.38.65
Fax:  04.90.54.42.65
Hours:  10AM to 7PM daily in summer; closes one hour earlier October through March
Email:  reservation@cathedrale-images.com
Web:   www.cathedrale-images.com
Admission:   7.30EUR

Eglise St-Vincent, Place St-Vincent
The modern stained glass windows here were donated by Monaco's Prince Rainier. The views from here are spectacular.
Hours:  April through October 9AM to 6:30PM daily; off season 10AM to 5:30PM daily

Golf des Baux de Provence, Domaine de Manville, St Remy deProvence, 13520
9 Holes, Par 36
Phone:  04 90 54 40 20
Fax:  04 90 54 40 93
Greens Fees From:   23EUR

Hotel de la Tour du Brau, rue du Chateau
This 15th-century mansion serves as the gateway to the 17-acre Citadel complex. Among the ruins here are the remains of the Saracen Tower and the Chapel of St-Blaise, where there's a slide show on Van Gogh, Gaughin, and Cezanne.
Phone:  04.90.54.55.56
Hours:  July and August 9AM to 8:30PM daily; off season from 10AM to 5PM or 7:30PM daily
Admission:   6.50EUR

Les Baux de Provence Tourist Information Office, Rue Porte Mage
Phone:  04.90.54.34.39
Fax:  04.90.54.51.15
Email:  tourisme@lesbauxdeprovence.com
Web:   www.lesbauxdeprovence.com

Musée de Santons, in the Ancien Hotel de Ville, Place Louis Jou
This 16th-century chapel now displays antique woodcarvings of the saints.
Phone:  04.90.54.34.39
Fax:  04.90.54.51.15
Hours:  April through October 9AM to 6:30PM daily; off season from 10AM to 5:30PM daily

Yves Brayer Museum, rue de la Calade and rue de l'Eglise
The paintings of Les Baux's native son are displayed in this 16th-century mansion.
Phone:  04.90.54.36.99
Hours:  April through October 10AM to 12:30PM and 2PM to 6:00PM, daily; off season Wednesday through Monday 10AM to 12:30PM and 2PM to 5:30PM
Admission:   4EUR

Monte Carlo (Monaco)
Collection des Voitures Anciennes, Les Terrasses de Fontveille
If you didn't visit the museum in Mougins -- or if you're a rabid car buff -- Prince Rainier's private collection of more than 100 rare automobiles will certainly appeal.
Phone:  92.05.28.56
Hours:  10AM to 6PM daily; closed in November
Admission:   6EUR

Monte Carlo Beach, 22 av. Princesse Grace, next to the Monte CarloBeach Hotel
Although this beach is technically in France, this is the beach in Monte Carlo. Admission includes use of the two swimming pools.
Hours:  Closed off season
Admission From:   40EUR

Monte Carlo Casino, place du Casino
The list of legendary luminaries who've gambled here only hints at the casino's glamour and caché. The building itself, designed by Garnier -- the architect of the Paris Opera -- is a Belle Epoque marvel. If you have the chance, visit the Opera which is part of the casino complex.
Phone:  92.16.20.00
Hours:  Slots open around noon; table games closer to 4PM; cabaret shows are Tuesday through Sunday at 10PM during the season
Web:   www.casinomontecarlo.com/en/
Admission:   Price varies but you must carry a valid passport; after 9PM, you must be properly attired (coat and tie for gentlemen)

Monte Carlo Golf Club, Route du Mont-Agel, La Turbie
18 Holes, Par 71
Phone:  33.04.93.41.09.11
Fax:  33.04.93.41.09.55
Web:   www.mccc.mc/
Greens Fees From:   46EUR

Monte Carlo Tourist Information Office, 2A bd. Des Moulins
Phone:  92.16.61.16
Fax:  92.16.60.00
Email:  dtc@monaco-tourisme.com
Web:   www.visitmonaco.com

Musée de l'Oceanographie, Av. St. Martin, 98000
This aquarium founded in 1910 is one of the best in Europe. It contains more than 90 tanks displaying marine life from around the world.
Phone:  93.15.36.00
Fax:  92.16.77.93
Hours:  9:30Am to 7PM daily; off season 10AM to 6PM
Email:  rp@oceano.mc
Web:   www.oceano.mc
Admission:   11EUR

Musée National de Monaco, 17 av. Princesse-Grace, 98000
The Garnier-designed villa which houses the museum is an attraction in its own right. This is one of the world's largest collections of mechanical toys and dolls.
Phone:  93.30.91.26
Fax:  92.16.73.21
Hours:  10AM to 6:30PM daily; off season from 10AM to 12:15PM and from 2:30PM to 6:30PM
Email:  musee-national@monte-carlo.mc
Web:   www.monte-carlo.mc/musee-national
Admission:   6EUR

Palais Princier, Place du Palais, 98000
This is the residence of Monaco's royal family. You can tour the Grand Apartments and visit a museum with items related to Napoleon and the history of Monaco.
Phone:  93.25.18.31
Fax:  93.50.81.73
Hours:  9:30AM to 6PM daily; the palace is closed from November through May; Changing of the Guard at 11:55AM
Web:   www.palais.mc
Admission:   8EUR for admission to the palace and the museum

Plage de Larvotto, off av. Princesse Grace This is Monaco's free beach.

Mougins
Musée de l'Automobiliste, Aire des Bréguileres
This museum founded in 1984 has 100 rare automobiles ? the oldest of which dates from 1894 - and temporary exhibitions.
Phone:  04.93.69.27.80
Hours:  10AM to 6PM daily; until 7PM in July and August; Closed in November
Admission:   7EUR

Moustiers-Ste-Marie
Moustiers-Ste-Marie
This site contains information about Moustiers-Ste-Marie.
Web:   www.ville-moustiers-sainte-marie.fr/indexgb.htm

Nice
Carte-Passe-Musée
Includes admission to seven of the city's best museums. A three-day pass costs 15EUR and is available from the Nice Tourist Office or any of the the municipal museums.

Casino Ruhl, 1 promenade des Anglais
Gamble at the slots any time after noon. It's free. If you prefer more sophisticated games of chance, dress up and visit the formal gaming rooms. La Cabaret du Casino Ruhl also offers Vegas-style shows.
Phone:  04.93.87.95.87
Hours:  Casino open nightly; cabaret shows Friday and Saturdays at 10:30PM
Casino Admission:   11EUR
Cabaret Show:  16EUR

Cathedrale Orthodoxe Russe St-Nicholas a Nice, Av. Nicolas-II
Tsar Nicholas II commissioned this lovely Russian Orthodox church, the most beautiful outside Russia. Look for its graceful onion domes.
Phone:  04.93.96.88.02
Hours:  9AM to noon and 2:30PM to 6PM daily; off season opens and closes later
Admission:   2.50EUR

Disco Butterfly, 67 rue des États-Uni
Recorded dance music, usually techno, keeps young people packing the floor here. Come late.
Phone:  04.93.92.27.31

Golf de Biot, La Bastide du Roy, Biot, 06410
18 Holes, Par 70
Phone:  04.93.65.08.48
Fax:  04.93.65.05.63
Greens Fees From:   45.70EUR

L'Ambassade, 18 rue des Congres
Two bars and a dance floor in a faux Gothic interior populated by all age groups.
Phone:  04.93.88.88.87

L'Ascenseur, 18 bis rue Emmanuel Philibert
One of Nice's newer gay bars. This is a very popular spot for fraternizing, but there's no dance floor.
Phone:  04.93.26.26.35.30
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday 9PM to 3AM

Le Blue Boy, 9 rue Spinetta
Nice is the gay nightlife center of the Riviera and Le Blue Boy is the oldest disco around. Lots of foreign visitors pack both floors.
Phone:  04.93.44.68.24
Admission:   Varies

Le Relais American Bar, in the Hotel Negresco, 37 promenade des Anglais
If ever there were a nice place for a before – or after – dinner drink, this is it. Beautiful, expensive, and stylish with many beautiful people.
Phone:  04.93.16.64.00

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire Palais Messena, 65 rue de France
This beautiful turn-of-the-century villa is next to the Hotel Negresco. Today, it contains Napoleonic treasures, period furnishings, 14th- and 15th-century paintings and many precious objets d'art.
Phone:  04.93.88.11.34
Hours:  Temporarily closed
Admission:   4EUR

Musée d'Art Moderne, Promenade des Arts
This modern building contains American and European art from the 1950s to the present.
Phone:  04.93.62.61.62
Hours:  10AM to 6PM daily except Mondays
Web:   www.mamac-nice.org
Admission:   4EUR

Musée des Beaux Arts, 33 av. Des Baumettes
Paintings by 19th-century French artists, the Vanloos, and works by Renoir, Monet, and Sisley.
Phone:  04.92.15.28.28
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday 10AM to 6PM
Admission:   4EUR

Musée Matisse, In Villa des Arenes-de-Cimiez, 164 av. des Arenes-de-Cimiez
Housed in a 17th-century villa, the Musée Matisse displays a large collection of Matisse's paintings and drawings, including preliminary sketches for the chapel in Vence.
Phone:  04.93.81.08.08
Hours:  Wednesday through Monday 10AM to 6PM
Web:   www.musee-matisse-nice.org
Admission:   4EUR

Musée National Message Biblique Marc-Chagall, Av. du Dr.-Menard
Dedicated to Chagall's depictions of Bible scenes, this museum owns more than 450 works by the artist. A must for Chagall fans.
Phone:  04.93.53.87.20
Hours:  Wednesday throuth Monday 10AM to 6PM; off season closing at 5PM.
Web:   www.musee-chagall.fr
Admission:   5.50EUR

Nice
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Web:   www.nicetourism.com

Nice By Bus Pass
Allows unlimited transportation on all city buses for one, five or seven days. Passes are priced from 4EUR and are available at various kiosks and tabacs around the town.

Nice Tourist Information Office, 5 Promenade Anglais
Phone:  08.92.70.74.07

Opera, 4 rue St-Francois-de-Paul
The only way to see the inside of this flamboyant opera house is to attend a performance. It was designed by Charles Garnier, who also designed the Paris Opera.
Phone:  04.92.17.40.40
Hours:  Opera season runs from September through June

Piano Bar Louis XV, 10 rue Cité-du-Parc
In a 200-year-old cellar beneath Disco Inferno, this is a quieter spot than many in Nice.
Phone:  04.93.80.49.84
Admission:   14EUR cover includes one drink

Train Touristique du Nice, Jardin Albert-1er
It leaves from the Jardin Albert-1er and stops at all Nice's main attractions every half an hour.
Phone:  06.16.39.53.51
Hours:  10AM to 7PM; closing earlier off season
Web:   www.petittrainnice.com
Price:   6.50EUR

Orange
Arc de Triomphe, avenue de l'Arc-de-Triomphe
This triumphal arch is 72 feet high and dates from 20 BC. It's elaborately decorated with battle scenes. You can see it anytime, but you'll have to cross traffic for a close view.

Théatre Antique, place des Freres-Mounet
This is the best-preserved Roman theater still in existence. It seats 10,000 and was built during the reign of Caesar Augustus.
Phone:  04.90.51.17.60
Hours:  April through September 9AM to 6:00PM daily; off season 9:30AM to 4:30PM
Web:   www.theatre-antique.com/orange/uk_index.htm
Admission:   7.50EUR

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
Musée Ile-de-France, Av. Denis-Séméria
This magnificent villa set on 12 acres is one of the most luxurious on the Riviera. Built for the Baronne Ephrussi who was a Rothschild, the villa contains exquisite furnishings from the 18th century. Gobelin and Aubusson tapestries, Sevres porcelain, and a ceiling by Tiepolo are highlights. The seven themed gardens have spectacular views.
Phone:  04.93.01.33.09
Hours:  10AM to 6PM daily, March through October; 2PM to 6PM Monday through Friday, and 10AM to 6PM, Saturday and Sunday, November through February
Admission:   10EUR

St-Paul-de-Vence
Foundation Maeght, outside the city walls
One of the pre-eminent modern art museums in the world, Foundation Maeght presents its world-class collection in an innovative way that makes the most of its natural surrounding. Work by Calder, Miro, Giacometti, Kandinsky, Braque, and Léger.
Phone:  04.93.32.81.63
Hours:  10AM to 7PM daily; off season 10AM to 12:30PM and 2:30PM to 6PM
Admission:   9EUR

St-Paul-de-Vence
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Web:   www.provenceweb.fr/e/alpmarit/stpaul/stpaul.htm

St-Paul-de-Vence Tourist Information Office, Maison Tour 2
Phone:  04.93.32.86.95
Web:   www.saint-pauldevence.com/tourism_uk.html

Tarascon
Tarascon Chateau
Rising from the River Rhone, this castle was begun in the 13th century. It's elegantly furnished, and the towers, moat, and drawbridge make it an interesting stop.
Phone:  04.90.91.01.93
Hours:  April through September 9AM to 7PM daily; off season 10:30AM to 5PM Wednesday through Monday
Admission:   6EUR

Vence
Cathédrale de la Nativité de la Vierge
Built on the site of an old Roman complex, this church combines Romanesque and Baroque elements. The main reason to visit is to see the mosaic of Moses in the bullrushes by Chagall.

Chappelle du Rosaire, Av. Henri Matisse
Matisse himself considered this chapel his masterpiece. The black and white decorations are colored by streaming light from the blue, yellow, and green stained glass.
Phone:  04.93.58.03.26
Hours:  Tuesday and Thursday 10AM to 11:30PM and 2:30PM to 5:30PM; 2PM to 5:30PM Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday; and by special arrangement
Admission:   2.50EUR

Vence Tourist Information Office, place Grande-Jardin
Phone:  04.93.58.06.38

Villefranche-sur-Mer
Romanesque Chapelle St-Pierre, quai de la Douane/rue des Marinieres
Cocteau painted murals on the walls of this 14th-cnetury chapel.
Phone:  04.93.76.90.70
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday10AM to noon and 4PM to 8PM; off season opening after lunch at 2PM and closing earlier
Admission:   2EUR

Villefranche-sur-Mer
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Web:   www.villefranche-sur-mer.com/

Villefranche-sur-Mer Tourist Information Office, Jardin Francois-Binon
Phone:  04.93.01.73.68