Côte d’Azur is one of the most famous destinations in France, overpopulated in the summer but so pleasant the rest of the year. The French Riviera contrasts with the preserved inland countryside where perched villages such as the adorable Saint-Paul-de-Vence (home to the Maeght foundation for modern and contemporary art) offer a real postcard image. The city of Nice has two faces, the fancy Promenade des Anglais with chic hotels and the picturesque old town with colorful buildings, narrow streets, flower markets and food markets. The islands of Hyères are a real wonder just miles from the coast. A boat ride is the best way to discover the natural beauty of these jewels.