Feel Côte d’Azur: a golden thread of glamour, sunshine and superlatives
Wedged between the southern Alps and the Mediterranean, the Côte d'Azur (or French Riviera) is a paradise of sensory delights. It’s one of the most visited areas of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, stretching from Hyères to Menton on the Italian border and popular with the wealthy yachting crowd who buy villas overlooking the sea, as well as with families looking for beach holidays. The main seaside resorts are Nice, considered the Côte d’Azur’s capital; Cannes, famous for its annual film festival; Antibes with its Vauban fortifications and luxury yachts moored in the harbour; and fashionable and expensive Saint-Tropez further west in the Var department.
The living is easy in the sunshine of the Côte d’Azur. Take a boat to the exquisite Lérins islands for picnics and swimming off the rocks; browse world-renowned galleries, museums and colourful market stalls in Nice; try local seafood and Italian-influenced dishes in beachside restaurants; and take a drive inland to visit sleepy hilltop villages with fascinating medieval history. There’s a colourful calendar of festivals in the area, and even more colourful cuisine, mostly revolving around the staple ingredients of sun-ripened tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and herbs. The Côte d’Azur was a favourite spot of artists Monet, Renoir, Picasso, Chagall, Matisse and Dufy, and local crafts are honoured everywhere, from pottery to jewellery and glass. This is an undeniably glamorous, visually beautiful and culturally rich part of France that truly justifies its worldwide reputation.
Feel Côte d’Azur…
© Fabien Thibault/ Vésubia Mountain park
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