South of France – soak up architecture and art on the Côte d’Azur

We tend to think of the South of France as a beach destination. But in the spring and autumn shoulder seasons, when temperatures are not as oppressive as they can be in the summer months, Nice and its environs have plenty to offer those who like to take in a bit of culture between glasses of rosé.

his cultural richness is the legacy of the artists who have always flocked to the Côte d’Azur — but especially in the first half of the 20th century. And while the area has a reputation for being pricey today, a well-planned cultural itinerary doesn’t have to cost the earth. Most of the highlights are an easy day trip from Nice, and accessible by public transport, either by bus or the handy train line that runs along the coast east and west of Nice. (It’s also worth checking out Riviera Pass to see if the places you want to visit are covered;


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