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The Loveliest Villages on the French Riviera

Grab a hire car from Nice Airport and drive up to one of these Côte d’Azur beauties

From glamorous, well-heeled beach resorts to dramatic red cliffs plunging into the sea, it can be pretty tough to tear yourself away from the coastline of the  French Riviera.


Hazard a glance inland, though, and you’ll be richly rewarded. Even in this part of southern France, known for its embarrassment of beauty, the villages hold their own.


From vertiginous hilltop spots to networks of cobbled lanes lined with craft shops, these are the best stops for lunch and a potter.

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Exploring Nice and beyond, the Riveria's loveliest villages