Nice, Marseille + The Côte d'Azur

Nice, Marseille + The Côte d'Azur Travel Guide

The museum, housed in a Genoese villa, is accessible by the No. 22 bus that runs from Pace Masséna. The museum is located in Cimiez, where the artist spent his later years.

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.

Stop by for the colorful and fragrant olive-oils soaps at this market. They make excellent souvenirs.

Navettes are crisp, orange-flavored pastries shaped like boats (commemorating a party of seafaring saints). Le Four des Navettes—the oldest bakery in town—has been making the classic cookies of Marseilles since 1781 and will happily ship a box home for you.

You'll get a glimpse of Marseilles's ancient Greco-Roman past at this garden, where, during the 1967 construction of the Centre Bourse (the Stock Exchange), archeologists unearthed the remains of the city's original port, dating back to the ancient Romans.

Its owners used to run a design agency in London, which is apparent the instant you step into the lobby.

You don't have to have a private yacht to enjoy evening cocktails with a view. Sip pastis at this port-side café and watch the jet set float by.

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.