Rendez- vous in French Riviera

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Stars and glitter :

All the way down in the south-east of France along the Mediterranean , and next to the Italian border is the world-renowned Côte d’Azur. What makes this area so special is its craggy coastline, with the Alps plunging straight down in the blue sea. At certain times of the year one can be facing a difficult choice whether to ski or to swim. In fact, the slopes and the beaches are only a short hour apart by car.

From Cannes to Menton, going through Antibes, Nice and Monaco, this area is one not only of beauty but also of prestige. The coastline is dotted with first class hotels, “in” restaurants, chic boutiques, private beaches, casinos and luxury villas. During the summer months when the Côte d’Azur is particularly lively, one can find sunbathers on the beaches of sand and pebble and strollers walking along the fashionable Croisette in Cannes or the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. The quaint old district in Nice with its flower
market is a joy to explore.

But as soon as you leave the coast to head inland, the landscape changes dramatically. The roads spiral through the hills with the mountains jutting high above the sea. The hills are now covered with umbrella pines, thyme shrubs, flowering laurel trees, giant cactus plants and olive groves, all accompanied by the constant singing of cicadas. This is home to the city of Grasse, France’s perfume capital.

If major events are your thing, then note down the winter Carnival in Nice, the Lemon Festival in Menton, the Jazz Festival in Antibes and, the daddy of them all, the Cannes International Film Festival.

Didn’t we say stars and glitter ?

 

Not to be missed :

                            ●  The Promenade des Anglais in Nice that runs along the waterfront and its pebble beach.

                            ●  The world famous Croisette in Cannes and the Palais des Festivals.

                            ●  The Rock of Monaco: Prince’s palace, Oceanographic museum, the old town.

  •      The casino in Monaco

 

Web : www.guideriviera.com

Web : www.nicetourism.com/FR/som.html

 

Access :

SNCH railway stations : TGV and Trains Corail

Airports : Nice-Côte d'Azur, Cannes-Mandelieu (for business flights)

Sea Links : les ports de Nice, Cannes, Villefranche-sur-Mer and Monaco are regular ports of call for major shipping companies. 2 car ferry  companies run a schedule service between Nice and Corsica.

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