The Côte d'Azur is a cosmopolitan Mediterranean destination situated at the heart of Europe. It enjoys a climate blessed by the gods with over 300 days of sunshine per year. Its unique natural environment, intense light and mild climate are key attributes of the stylish living synonymous with the French Riviera.
An exceptional region which inspires emotion, the Côte d’Azur owes much of its success to its extraordinary diversity and wealth. A unique identity forged by contrast between sea and mountains. Pristine natural landscapes stretching from the Mediterranean coast to the Southern Alps.
A wonderful cultural heritage embracing a large part of the history of humanity. An abundant cradle of creative activity for artists from all over the world. A profusion of international festivals and major events. Gourmet food bursting with sunshine given a contemporary twist by the greatest chefs. A wide range of leisure activities and infrastructure amenities which have seduced visitors from all over the world for over a century and a half.
Popular Destinations in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur: Nice, Cannes, Antibes, Saint-Tropez, Juan-les-Pins, Menton.
The Cote d'Azur, known in English as the French Riviera, is home to some of the world's most luxurious cities (did it again!) including Nice, Cannes, and Villefranche-sur-Mer.
The Côte d'Azur shoreline is 120km long. It is a string of famous resorts, 40kms of sandy or shingle beaches, beautiful sites, headlands and islands.
The Côte d'Azur, famous for the most beautiful light in the world has magnificent locations to enjoy the best that the sea has to offer. Revel in beauty, relaxation and live the dream..., let yourself be nourished by soothing and surprising treatments depending on your mood, as the fancy takes you. Venture out to sea on a boat trip or simply enjoy a stroll along the coast...
French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, Villefranche-sur-Mer
The beautiful region of Provence incorporates the French Riviera on the south coast of France facing the glorious Mediterranean Sea. Provence is a diverse yet incredibly scenic region of France with pebble beaches, long stretches of sand, steep twisting cliffs, rolling fields and domineering mountains. The region stretches from the borders of Italy on the south coast of eastern France, along to the Rhone River (home of the Cote de Rhone vineyards), and inland to the [southern Alps].
MOUNTAINS, SUNSHINE AND THE SEA ALL WITHIN ONE HOUR’S DRIVE!
From towering peaks over 3,000 metres above sea-level to the Alpine foothill plains, cross country and alpine skiing enthusiasts can take advantage of more than 660 kilometres of trails in sunny countryside with an incomparable range of scenery: mountain pastures and forests, majestic high peaks and picturesque perched villages, such is the variety of the Alpes Maritimes region.
The Alpes-Maritimes region boasts 3 international resorts (Valberg, Auron and Isola 2000) and 11 small family resorts all across the Massif. Enjoy guaranteed snow and sun a mere 1 ½ hour drive from the coast! After the skiing. Enjoy a wealth of activities ...
Try your hand at a range of extreme sports including ice climbing, dog sledding, igloo building in the Mercantour National Park or simple pursuits such as snowshoeing, ice driving, horse-drawn carriage rides or even a few fitness sessions.
You can also discover local arts and crafts, culinary specialities and historic villages brimming with hidden treasures (painted chapels, museums, etc.).
Why not enjoy the contrast between sea and mountains. Make the most of the late afternoon sunshine sitting on a terrace on the Croisette or the Promenade des Anglais. Round it off with an exceptional evening at the Cannes Shopping Festival, Nice Carnival or Citrus Festival in Menton!
CÔTE D’AZUR GARDENS
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate, there is an abundance of parks and gardens, result of the creativity of “inventors” and cosmopolitan enthusiasts...
The diversity of its landscapes and its mild climate have made the Alpes-Maritimes an ideal place for developing the Art of Gardening. The work of travellers or artists with the added blessing of a subtropical climate, the Riviera’s gardens display their colours and luxuriance: purple bougainvillea, fiery lantana, intense blue ipomoea, orange and lemon trees...
From the eighteenth century onwards, amid Mediterranean vegetation, between olive, pine and carob trees and vineyards, the British introduced countless exotic plants: palm, banana and eucalyptus trees, bougainvillea, hibiscus, agave, prickly pear, aloes...
Sharing their passion has even led some private owners to open their gardens, confidentially, to disclose their knowledge to true aficionados, an opportunity to exchange information and seeds and a moment of peace in wonderful pristine sites.
11 OUTSTANDING CÔTE D’AZUR GARDENS
• Antibes - Villa Thuret Botanical garden
• Coursegoules - Vallon du Brec
• Grasse - Villa Fort France garden
• Mandelieu-La Napoule - Château de La-Napoule park
• Menton - La Citronneraie
• Menton - Palais Carnolès garden
• Menton - Serre de la Madone
• Nice - Botanic garden
• Nice - Nice Phoenix flower garden
• Roure -Marcel Kroenlein Arboretum
• Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat - Ephrussi de Rothschild villa garden
THE MOST POPULAR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
• Russian Orthodox Church - Nice.
• Chagall National Museum - Nice.
• Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild - Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.
• Maeght Foundation - Saint-Paul de Vence.
• Exotic Garden - Èze.
• Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art - Nice.
• Matisse Museum.
• Monaco Exotic Garden.
• Picasso Museum - Antibes.
• Cagnes-sur-Mer race course.
The Côte d'Azur and film. a match made in heaven. From the moment the ambassadors of the silent film industry first discovered the destination and succumbed to its charm, it was inevitable that the "Côte d'Azur - Film" love story would last forever.
Nice became the technical capital of film-making. From 1946, Cannes became a prestigious showcase for international cinema. The creative work happens in Nice. The watching and discussion in Cannes.
The Côte d'Azur has the full package. It has been wonderfully conducive to the mutually beneficial rise of film. Its idyllic setting, mild winters and sheer number of days of sunshine, beauty of the Mediterranean, sublime villas and hotels up on its headlands, remarkable landscapes and light all proved to be alluringly "seductive" selling points attracting the leading lights of the film industry. The Côte d'Azur as film location is worthy of its reputation as the French Hollywood or "Californie".