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French Cities bordering Monaco: Discover the Jewels of the Côte d'Azur

Monaco is a Principality with nearly 39,000 inhabitants. Located on the Côte d'Azur, 18 km from Nice and 12 km from the French-Italian border, the Principality is landlocked in French territory, more precisely in the district of Nice and the Alpes-Maritimes department. The Principality of Monaco covers an area of 2 square kilometres, and enjoys a maritime border stretching over a distance of 65 kilometres. The principality is surrounded by four neighbouring French communes: Beausoleil, Cap d'Ail, La Turbie and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. If you are looking for exciting activities and scenic places to explore, here is a list of activities to do nearby, which will allow you to fully enjoy the French Riviera :

 

Beausoleil: A Cosmopolitan Commune at the Porte de Monaco

Beausoleil is a young town bordering Monaco, overlooking the Principality and populated by 14,000 inhabitants. Closely linked to Monaco, Beausoleil forms practically a single agglomeration with the Monte Carlo district. Here are the different activities that can be carried out :

Le Sentier du Littoral: Enjoy a scenic stroll by the sea by taking the Beausoleil coastal path. This walk offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean and the Principality of Monaco, while allowing you to discover the magnificent capes of the Côte d'Azur.

Prince Jacques Cultural Centre: Immerse yourself in local culture by visiting the Prince Jacques Cultural Centre. This modern and colourful space offers artistic, musical and exhibition activities throughout the year.

Riviera Palace and its winter garden: Inaugurated in 1903 and listed as a historical monument since 1989, the Riviera Palace is a former luxury hotel in Belle Epoque style. Its winter garden, protected by a sumptuous glass roof designed by Gustave Eiffel's company, is home to subtropical plants and custom-made rockeries, offering a real journey back in time.

Grima Park: A true bucolic setting, this park offers an instant change of scenery in the surrounding nature. Enjoy rejuvenating walks in the heart of the Mediterranean pine forest for a peaceful getaway.

 

Cap d'AIL: A seaside resort near Monaco

Cap d'Ail is a charming seaside resort located near Monaco, with about 4,517  inhabitants. This small town offers an idyllic setting for lovers of the sea and nature. Here are some of the essential activities to discover during your stay in Cap d'Ail:

La Mala Reserve: Go to the beautiful private beach of the Réserve de la Mala, located in a cove, it is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the Côte d'Azur. Enjoy luxury and comfort while relaxing in an unspoilt setting.

Coastal Path: The Cap d'Ail coastal path is a magnificent walk along the Mediterranean coast and offers breathtaking panoramas. Walking along this trail, you can admire varied landscapes, secluded coves, spectacular rock formations and lush Mediterranean vegetation. It's a great way to experience the area's natural beauty and enjoy a refreshing stroll by the sea.

Villa les Camélias: Discover the history of Cap d'Ail by visiting the Villa les Camélias, a Belle Époque building that bears witness to the prestigious past of the town. Explore the floors to admire an exceptional collection of paintings, drawings and enamels by Basque painter Ramiro Arrue.

 

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin: A Charming Village between Monaco and Menton

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is the last village before the Italian border and is located between Monaco and Menton. This village of 12,000 inhabitants is perched at 800 meters above sea level, offering breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea. There is no shortage of activities, here are some of them:

The Medieval Village of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin: Perched at 300 meters above sea level, the medieval village of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is a real historical jewel. Walking through its narrow streets, you will discover a rich architectural heritage with old stone houses, picturesque passages and vaults. Don't miss the medieval castle built in 970, which offers stunning panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Carnolès Beach: Carnolès Beach is one of the main beaches of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. This beach is ideal for relaxing in the sun, swimming in the warm waters of the Mediterranean and practicing various water activities. You will also find many bars and restaurants along the promenade to cool off and enjoy a pleasant gourmet break.

The Exotic Garden of Cap-Martin: This botanical garden is a veritable green setting housing an impressive collection of exotic and Mediterranean plants. You can stroll through the shady walkways and discover a wide variety of cacti, agaves and other rare species. The garden also offers panoramic views of the sea and the surrounding area, making it a place of relaxation and contemplation.

Le Corbusier's Trail: The Sentier du Corbusier is an 11-kilometre pedestrian walk linking Roquebrune-Cap-Martin to Monaco. It takes its name from the famous architect Charles Édouard Jeanneret, known as "Le Corbusier", who built a shed listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you walk along this trail, you'll discover stunning coves, stunning seascapes and impressive rock formations.

 

La Turbie : a journey back in time

Nestled in the heights, the charming town of La Turbie offers a journey back in time with its historical monuments and architectural treasures. Here are two must-see activities not to be missed during your visit to La Turbie:

The Trophée des Alpes: The Trophée des Alpes, also known as the Trophée d'Auguste, is a historical monument. Erected by Emperor Augustus in 6 BC, it commemorates the victory of the Romans over the Ligurian peoples of the region. You can visit this iconic landmark within the Edward Tuck Museum and learn about its fascinating history while enjoying spectacular panoramic views of the Mediterranean coast and Monaco.

Saint-Michel Church: Saint-Michel Church is a beautiful religious building located in the heart of La Turbie. Built in the eighteenth century, it is a remarkable example of neo-Romanesque architecture. Its interior is richly decorated, with an altar composed of 17 different marbles and two triptychs of the seventeenth century. You can also admire a Virgin in Majesty by François Brea. But what makes this church truly special are its sumptuous stained glass windows that illuminate the interior in vibrant colors.

 

Choosing an Exceptional Living Environment Near Monaco

The surrounding municipalities of Monaco have exciting activities in store for you that will allow you to fully enjoy the beauty of the Côte d'Azur. From picturesque beaches to breathtaking panoramas to places steeped in history, these nearby destinations are ideal for day trips or relaxing moments with family or friends.

Take advantage of this opportunity to discover new horizons while staying close to your beloved Rock. The activities and discoveries that await you are sure to amaze you.

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