Nice, Marseille + The Côte d'Azur

Nice, Marseille + The Côte d'Azur Travel Guide

St. Tropez was a magnet for early-20th-century avant-garde artists, among them Matisse, Bonnard, Derain, Dufy, and Seurat, who were invited here by fellow painter Paul Signac.

The beachfront bar near the Plage du Prado is where young surfers and their admirers flirt over fruity cocktails.

A sister to a gallery in Geneva, the recently opened art house specializes in modern and contemporary paintings and sculptures by artists such as Arman, Tolla, and Sportes.

The St. Tropez branch of Paris's high-wattage nightclub has just been renovated. The walls, covered with image-projecting LED-screens, thrum to the beat, as does the crowd.

The museum holds more than 120 of the artist’s works in a 14th-century château.

Take home a swank pair of handmade Tropezienne sandals as a souvenir.


Established by a pair of local fashion-industry refugees, this cult bath and body-care store elevates the basic Provençal soap to a supremely chic level. The soap bars, foams, and shower gels are stylishly packaged in simple beige cubes or crystal-clear bottles.

Never mind the fancy name, the "château" is actually a former prison—the Mediterranean equivalent of Alcatraz. Built in the 16th century, the island jail was the setting for Dumas's classic The Count of Monte Cristo. Today, the guards have been replaced with guides.

The hotel's low-key yet elegant bar was once the favorite local watering hole of Errol Flynn (Orson Wells, Rita Hayworth, and Greta Garbo were regular patrons, too).

Pick up ingredients for a picnic lunch - olive breads and pizza with sautéed onions - at this colorful market. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.