Brigitte Bardot first popularised the bikini on the beaches of
the Cote d'Azur, and close by, but a world away, Van Gogh and
Cézanne drew inspiration from the landscapes of Provence inland.
The French Riviera remains the most fashionable stretch of coast in
the Mediterranean for luxury holidays. Take a boat trip to explore
Cap Ferrat or Cap d'Antibes, enjoying beaches, watersports and long
lunches in the port-side restaurants of former fishing villages
such as St. Tropez. Other attractions range from the flower market
in Nice to the shops and casinos of Cannes and Monte Carlo. Inland,
the attractions of Provence are very different, but no less
appealing. Wander round any number of picturesque villages, tasting
local produce at farmers' markets or sipping pastis beneath the
plane trees of an outdoor café.