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French Riviera

Côte d'Azur (the French Riviera) is the Mediterranean coastline of the south eastern corner of France. Côte d'Azur contains many world famous seaside resorts like Nice, Cannes and Saint-Tropez.


Côte d'Azur is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeastern corner of France, extending from Menton near the Italian border to the east to Hyères in the west (about 50 km east of Marseilles). It is a great destination for holidays, and the beaches of Côte d'Azur are known throughout Europe as the hottest and most glamorous place to tan. The coastline features stunning cliffs an sweeping beaches.

 is the largest city, and capital of the area. Nice is more affordable than many of its cousins, features good beaches, stylish buildings and a charming old city with baroque churches. Among famous seaside resorts on Côte d'Azur are CannesAntibesJuan-les-Pins,Cap-FerratBeaulieu-sur-MerFréjusSaint-Raphaël and Saint-Tropez. There are also other maybe less known but interesting and charming cities a little inland from the coast, such as the perched villages of Eze and Gourdon, the perfumeries of Grasse and the glass blowers of Biot and the potters in Vallauris.

As a tourist center, Côte d'Azur benefits from 300 days of sunshine per year, 115 kilometres of coastline and beaches, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts, plenty of hotels in all categories, and more than 3,000 restaurants. Côte d'Azur is also a major yachting center, with marinas along its coasts. Each year 50% of the world's superyacht fleet visit Côte d'Azur.

Because of it's popularity, Côte d'Azur tends to be very overcrowded in the summer months (July/August), particularly on the strip of land between the A8 Autoroute and the coast, and it can take hours to get from one destination to the next because of traffic jam. Also accommodation should be booked well in advance of your arrival, and many restaurants are fully booked in the evenings, so reservations are recommended.


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