Monaco: Picturesque villages on the French and Italian Riviera


Monaco is a marvellous place to stay and the perfect take-off point for discovering the picturesque villages of the French Riviera and Italy.

Monaco and its typical Rivieran villages: From Eze, this haven of tranquility to Grasse with its famous perfumer’s apprentice workshop.    Cinqueterre


Among these marvellous villages of the French Riviera there is : Èze. This is a haven of tranquillity located a mere 8.5 km from the Principality. Just imagine a village like an open balcony overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and an old castle surrounded by a botanical garden filled with exotic plants.

When you think of the Riviera, authentic regional artisanship quickly comes to mind. The best example is the famous old town of Grasse (65 km away) where perfumes such as Fragonard, Galimard and Molinard are made, and you will be able to team up to take on the role of perfume-making apprentices. Of course, there’s also Biot and Vallauris (48 km), with their singular expertise in glass-making and pottery studios.

And if you love art, boy, you are in for a treat in Saint Paul de Vence (41 km), a hub where all the local painters meet against a Provençal backdrop, like a landscape in a painting.


Monaco and its charming Italian villages:  From medieval villages in the Ligurian mountains to distinguished small fishing ones.    Cinqueterre


Monaco is also the gateway to visit the most beautiful and quaint Italian villages. You’ll also have the chance to see isolated medieval villages in the Ligurian mountains, such as Dolceacqua (30 km), famous for its houses, which look as if they were built on top of each other and hanging off the mountain.

Just 3 hours from your hotel, you’ll have the chance to discover Cinque Terre ! That’s right: these five famous villages are on everybody’s lips for their location right on the water and fishing ports nestled in beautiful coves. And if you like small fishing villages, you’ll love Portofino (214 km), a stunning village is full of natural wonders that will take your breath away.