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Côte d'Azur

Updated on December 17, 2012

The Côte d'Azur, located in France’s southeast, offers much more than just sunny beaches, it has a marvelous shoreline bordering famous cities like Cannes, Nice, St. Tropez and Monaco; it also has charming towns within these cities, where you can spot a few celebrities if you keep your eyes wide open. Panoramic views, Sandy beautiful magazine like beaches, glamourous yachts, boutiques and celebrity filled restaurants help the French Riviera keep it’s french luxurious and enchanted light alive.

Côte d'Azur can be quite expensive for the regular tourist and it is better off recommended to stay in an apartment rather tan a hotel because of their high fees. Cap Estere is one of the favorite towns for short term rentals. Most of the Côte d'Azur is better explored and discovered by foot and since it offers a Mediterranean climate, it is often influenced by the north breeze, but at some points in the summer it can be so hot that in past years like 2005 even fires have occurred due to the high temperatures.

It is one of the most frequented destinations in France by foreign and French tourists. The French Riviera gained popularity in the 19th and early 20th centuries as a fashionable resort for the upper class, very popular among the British. Home to some famous masterpiece creators like Coco Chanel, Picasso and Matisse; Winston Churchill was a regular visitor seeking inspiration for his memoirs.

Fort he artistic type, over 100 museums and galleries keep the artistic flame alive, and don’t forget to presence a magnificent performance in the Nice Opera or catch a play at the Nice Theatre. In July, 75 Jazz concerts are offered at the Nice Jazz Festival, the largest in Europe. Also, Cannes is home to the famous Cannes Film Festival, after pretending to be paparazzi, shop till you drop as Cannes is considered the designer shop capital of the world.

The French Riviera is the perfect location for the party goers with a wide variety of clubs and bars to choose from. Monte Carlo is targeted for the younger fashionable crowds. American College students often hang out at Nice and for celebrity-spotting be sure to hit one of the clubs at St. Tropez and Cannes.

While in France be sure to take a ride along the streets, enjoy the scenery and relax with a warm cup of local fresh coffee.


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