French Riviera - Côte d'Azur Destination Guide
The Côte d’Azur (Azure Coast), otherwise known as the French Riviera, consists of the French Mediterranean coastline from the Italian border to Saint-Tropez, including the Principality of Monaco. For thousands of years, the Cote d’Azur has attracted visitors from around the world. Even in Roman times retiring Generals would be given a luxury villa in Frejus. The port of Antibes dates back to the times of ancient Greece.
Today the largest city is Nice, which is also home to Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, France’s busiest airport after Paris, which offers direct flights all over the world. The Old Town is a must-see, with its numerous historical sites, cafés, quaint restaurants and the famous flower market selling not only a bright array of blooms but fruit, vegetables, spices and other Provençal delicacies. Summer may be the busiest season, but an estimated 4 million visitors come to Nice throughout the year.
The Riviera is a major yachting and cruising area with several marinas along its coast, each year the Cote d’Azur is host to at least 50% of the world’s superyacht fleet. With over 300 days of sunshine and warm temperatures all year round, 115 km of coastline & beaches, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts and over 3,000 restaurants, the French Riviera has more to offer now than over before.
Cannes is perhaps one of the most popular destinations on The Riviera. It features a combination of luxury, beauty and glamour. The Croisette famously offers luxury shopping, exclusive bars and restaurants and exquisite sandy beaches. Aside from the glitz and glamour, Cannes has a rich sense of art and history. There are many museums, art galleries, music and art festivals as well as Provençal markets to explore. The main beaches are sandy, and there are beachside restaurants and bars offering exquisite views out over the Mediterranean.
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