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5 Hidden Gems You Must Visit on the French Riviera

The French Riviera, a paradise on Earth where azure oceans collide with sun-kissed coastlines and a rich tapestry of history and culture is woven through picturesque cobblestone lanes. The region’s enticing beauty is a must-see for a calm and relaxing trip. 

While Cannes, Nice, and Monaco revel in the limelight, let’s set out on an enthralling quest to uncover other equally riveting locations that may be considered the French Riviera’s best-kept secrets.

Uncover the hidden gems and intriguing destinations by boat in this blog. So let’s hoist up our sails and commence our incredible journey of discovery, shall we? 

Discover the Unseen: Five Hidden Gems in the French Riviera to Explore by Boat

Èze, a mediaeval jewel overlooking the azure expanse 

Our first stop is at Èze, a mediaeval jewel standing like a sentinel on a clifftop overlooking the wide turquoise expanse of the Mediterranean Sea. 

The mesmerising sight of this charming village’s landscape stretches out as you cruise along the coast. Step ashore and explore the narrow cobblestone alleyways lined with fragrant bougainvillaea, which lead you to quaint cafes and artisan businesses. 

Don’t miss the Jardin Exotique, an enchanted garden filled with unique succulents and breathtaking views that will remind you of ancient times. 

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the Riviera’s secluded paradise

Next, let’s set sail towards the quiet peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, a refuge of peace nestled between Nice and Monaco. 

Luxurious properties grace this stretch of the French Riviera coast, nestled amidst opulent gardens. Immerse yourself in the enchanting scenery as your boat gracefully navigates into secluded coves. Take a stroll along the coastal path, serenaded by the soothing melody of drifting waves. Discover one of the region’s hidden sanctuaries, Paloma Beach, boasting golden sands—a perfect spot for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Truly a hidden paradise you shouldn’t skip while on the French Riviera! 

Gourdon, a mediaeval aerie with panoramic splendour

Venture further to discover Gourdon, a perched village embraced by lush hills. Marvel at how this medieval village appears suspended at the edge of the earth, perched atop a rocky spur.

Immerse yourself in its picturesque streets, adorned with artisan stores offering handcrafted treasures. Climb to the historic castle ruins for awe-inspiring panoramic views. Gourdon epitomises the essence of Provence, where history and nature harmoniously intertwine.

Villefranche-sur-Mer, the undiscovered fishing haven

Villefranche-sur-Mer, a fishing community with unquestionable charm, is located in the heart of the French Riviera. The community is gently ensconced in a beautiful harbour, with colourful buildings trickling down the slope and overlooking pristine waters. 

Immerse yourself in the laid-back ambience as you dock your boat, exploring the narrow alleys and savouring delectable seafood specialities. Charming nooks along the rocky shoreline are waiting to be discovered, ideal for solitary contemplation or snorkelling in hidden grottoes.

Porquerolles Island, nature’s unspoiled canvas

Despite not being located on the French Riviera, Porquerolles Island is but a short boat ride away from Hyères.

Here you can feast on gorgeous beaches and picturesque coves as you cruise around the coastline. Disembark on the island’s shore and explore the gorgeous pathways, and immerse yourself in a scene of wild beauty. The island is surrounded by glistening blue waters, enticing you to take a relaxing swim or go on a snorkelling expedition to discover the secrets of the underwater world.

Plan your unforgettable French Riviera adventure 

As we end our journey across the French Riviera’s hidden gems, we’re reminded of how the beauty and appeal of these lesser-known sites leave an unforgettable imprint on our souls. If you’re planning to experience all this beauty yourself, we hope we’ve given you a clear first-person tale of what’s to come as you embark on these yet-to-be-found gems. 

And with that, our boat charter and rental services are eager to accompany you on future adventures, revealing new secrets hidden along this wonderful coast.

Charter these amazing destinations with us at Rent A Boat, and let the hidden gems of the French Riviera become your cherished memories, forever etched in the sands of time. 

Bon voyage!