Mediterranean Musts: 12 Reasons Why You Should Visit The French Riviera

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The French Riviera is a summer hotspot for many reasons but is often overshadowed by its more well-known sister, Paris. If you're headed to Europe this spring or summer, you definitely need to look into the French Riviera. Nice, Cannes, Monaco, and St. Tropez are calling your name.

12 Reasons Why You Should Visit The French Riviera

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1. Located on the southeast coast of France near the Italian border, you'll find this incredibly beautiful coastal region.

French Flag in Southern France

2. The architecture is quintessential European with bright colors and a seaside flair.

Nice, France Architecture

3. Yes, a regular ol' building is that pretty. Let's take a closer look:

Architecture in the French Riviera

4. The rich and famous are notorious for spending summers here (it is home to the Cannes Film Festival and the Grand Prix, after all), and you can bet they'll be spending time on the water.

Marina in French Riveria Cannes

5. Yachts fill the marina.

Yachts in French Riviera

6. Hmm, do you think any of these boats belong to celebrities?

Yachts in France

7. When in France, you must try some fresh treats from the bakery.

French Bakery in Southern France

8. Enjoy some macarons on a leisurely stroll, and while you do, stop and smell the roses - or some of these gorgeous pink flowers.

Pink Flowers in Southern France

9. While in the area, cross borders to a whole new country - Monaco.

Castle in Monaco

Monaco is a tiny city-state country with its own royal government, run for centuries by the Grimaldi family. (Yes, that's same royal family that inspired Blair's prince in Gossip Girl).

10. Monaco is home to the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo, known for its presence in James Bond movies.

Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco

11. It's also home to views like this.

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12. By now, you must be convinced.

Nice, France, French Riviera

The French Riviera is the place to be during a summer on the Mediterranean.

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