Beautiful countryside and great beaches
Plenty of hidden gems to explore making it a great hiking spot
I have lived in France and Monaco for 3 years, taking any opportunity I have to explore the coast line and the beautiful countryside.
The best way to travel would be by car as it allows you to stop at any given moment and explore all the characteristic little villages; however the trains and buses network is very well structured across the country and good time schedules ( if there are not ongoing strikes , which is often the case in France).
The TGV is definitely the way to go if you wish to visit Paris and the French Riviera, connecting Paris to Nice, is fast (about 5.5hrs), clean and pretty reliable. ( www.sncf.com )
Best time to visit: April to October, but is good all year round depending on location.
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence: Mas Valentine
Nice: Boscolo Exedra
Nice: L'atelier du Port
Saint-Paul-de-Vence: Restaurant Alain Llorca
La Turbie: Cafe de la Fontaine
Eze: Anjuna Plage