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An Introduction

The Côte d’Azur… this evocative name refers to the coastline of the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region in the south-east of France. The ‘azur’ alludes to the colour of the Mediterranean Sea, of course, but also certainly to the sky, this being the sunniest region of France. Its sparkling coastlines breathed new life into the works of famous 20th century painters such as Picasso in Antibes or Matisse in Nice. This century also marked the transformation of charming southern towns and small traditional harbours into chic and trendy destinations of global standing which have become synonymous with sun-drenched reverie: Nice, Cannes, St Tropez… The exceptional landscapes and the cultural offering of the Côte d’Azur make it an unmissable and unique holiday destination.



Monte Carlo
photo by Drozdin Vladimir / Shutterstock.com


The climate of the Côte d’Azur is typically Mediterranean, very sunny with little humidity and generally milder temperatures than in the other regions of France. Summers are dry and winters are mild.



Calanques de Cassis



The name Côte d’Azur is of literary origin and does not actually designate a region with official borders. There is a lack of consensus especially over its western boundary. The Bouches-du-Rhône department is commonly not considered part of the Côte d’Azur, whilst the area around Bandol in the south-west of the Var department, just before Toulon, is often designated as its starting point. The eastern edge is marked by the border between the Alpes-Maritimes department and Italy, a few kilometres beyond the superb ‘azur’ town of Menton. The Côte d’Azur is also frequently referred to as the Riviera. To the north, the southern Alps overlook the Côte d’Azur. The rolling views created by the mountains and the rocks and cliffs along the coast form a constantly arresting landscape, contrasting magnificently with the calm turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.



The Casino in Monaco
The Casino in Monaco


The Côte d’Azur surrounds the principality of Monaco, which lies between Nice and Menton. Nice, with 342,522 inhabitants at the last census, is the largest city of the Côte d’Azur, with its very attractive old town and the famous Promenade des Anglais. The Côte d’Azur also encompasses a bevy of other well-known towns whose names are enough to set one dreaming: Cannes, St Tropez, Antibes, St Raphaël, the Porquerolles and Gien islands…



Nice
Bay of Nice


Nice
Place Massena in Nice, photo by RnDmS / Shutterstock.com


The Côte d’Azur is the second most popular tourist destination in the world, thanks to its appealing way of life, and also due to myths about itself which it keeps alive. The Côte d’Azur embodies ‘Frenchness’ in all its glory: arts and culture in the Cannes Festival and the extremely rich literary and artistic heritage of the region – showcased in superb museums – and gastronomy with no less than 33 Michelin starred restaurants.



Cap Taillat
Cap Taillat


With its beautiful beaches and hidden creeks, its luxury seaside resorts where the partying is non-stop, its picturesque and lively villages with their shady squares and games of pétanque, fishing boats and yachts side by side in St Tropez, the clamour of the jet-set and the call of the cicadas, the Côte d’Azur possesses diverse scenery and atmosphere from place to place, but each equal in beauty. Authenticity and glamour, typical southern traditions and luxury pursuits, tranquillity and entertainment, the Côte d’Azur is all this and more.



Monaco
Monaco



As a leading tourist destination, the Côte d’Azur is well served. Those arriving by air can land at Nice-Côte d’Azur airport – France’s third biggest airport – or alternatively at Toulon-Hyères airport or Marseille-Provence airport. Nice-Côte d’Azur airport can receive private jets and has a helicopter service. It is also possible to speak to on-site agencies offering helicopter transport.



Nice Airport
Nice airport



Trains departing the Gare de Lyon in Paris serve Toulon, St Raphaël and Nice. Direct high-speed TGV trains also depart Lille and Lyon for Toulon, St Raphaël and Nice. Night trains for Nice go from Bordeaux, Metz, Reims and Strasbourg.

Those driving themselves may take the famous ‘route nationale 7’ (numbered DN7 in the Var, D6007 in the Alpes-Maritimes and M6007 in Nice). The A8 motorway crosses the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes from Aix-en-Provence in the west to Menton in the east. Naturally, hiring a car once you’ve arrived is possible and there are a large number of companies in the region offering rental vehicles, including sports and luxury models, which some may enjoy piloting along the magnificent corniche coastal road (D6098) between St Raphaël and Menton.



Menton
Menton