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About the French Riviera
French Riviera - Europe's most beautiful and famous coast is called Côte d'Azur in French and means the azur-blue coast.
Riviera has sun the whole year around with a unique micro-climate because it is protected by high mountains in the north and warms up by the Mediterranean. Up to 300 sunny days are not unusual. Rich people are attracted to the area, but also ordinary people come here because of the beautiful landscape and a pleasant climate. The region's official name is Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and it has 4.5 million inhabitants. From Menton in the east to St Tropez in the west it is about 100 km. They five major tourist destinations are Nice, Antibes, Cannes, St-Tropes and Monaco. Nice is the capital of the Riviera..   See the map of the Riviera

Nice has the second largest airport in France's after Paris. The bus takes 15 minutes to travel the 9 km between the airport and Nice. Nice have one of France's best nightlife with trendy nightclubs. But you can also find a huge cultural life. Nice is a city that also works in low season. The beaches consist of pebbles and about every other is free to visit. They speak French here
of course, but also a local language called "Nissart".

Nice's famous "The Promenade des Anglais" is a long seaside walkway along the beach. It is about 7 Km and is one of the most beautiful things to see in Nice. Nice have also two famous art museum dedicated after "Chagall" and "Matisse".
If you want to be a little luxury, you can fly with a helicopter to Monaco. It takes about 10 minutes and cost 110 €.


Antibes is located between Nice and Cannes. From Nice you can take local trains every half hour which only takes 18 minutes to Antibes. Antibes is the Scandinavians favorite city and is
alive even in low season. The nightlife is a bit quieter here
than in the twin town of Juan-les-Pins. It is only a 20 min walk between the towns. Between these cities you find the peninsula of Cap d'Antibes with the most exclusive millionaire villas.

All three beaches are free in Antibes. In the neighbourhood you find Marinland who do shows with Orca. Antibes Marina yachts harbour is the largest in Europe. Antibes has been home to Picasso and Napoleon. Antibes has an exceptionally good position as a starting point when you want to visit the rest of
the Riviera.

Cannes is one of the Riviera's most elegant towns and the
city is widely known for its annual Movie festival.
The Festival is going for 14 days in May.
Nice airport is located 30 minutes drive from Cannes.
In Cannes is a big difference between the old and new part
of the city. The old quarter of Susquet have not so many
streets but lot of restaurants. Street La Croisette, is the
hub for tourists with luxury hotels and casinos and shops.
Rue d'Antibes is the exclusive shopping street. .

Please see Cannes through the small tourist train that goes around the city. The Trains runs daily from 10:00 to 19:00. The tour takes about 45 minutes. The beaches here are long and consists of golden sand

Saint-Tropez, the French Riviera's westernmost outpost is located on a bay that bears its name (Golf de St Tropez). The resort has retained its character of a fishing village although the harbor and streets now lined with restaurants. Luxury and flair permeates the city, which has become the Riviera's most fashionable city.

The best beach is Plage Pampelonne, located just south of St Tropez which is world famous for the large number of beach clubs. Some beach clubs are like restaurants, while others are as large discotheque, where the champagne is flowing. In the evening moves the party into the centum of St-Tropez. In summertime is the population growing and St Tropez lives up
to its reputation.

The Principality of Monaco has an area of about 2 km and is surrounded by France. Monaco is located 18 km east of Nice. Monaco is known for extravagant hotels, luxury shopping,
non-stop nightlife, the Casino de Monte-Carlo and the
Monte-Carlo Rally.

Here, you pay no income tax. The country has its revenue from VAT and tourism. In order to become a citizen of Monaco must be staying here at least 180 days a year and have 100 000 € deposited in a bank account in Monaco. It is extremely expensive to live here. Monaco was once close to losing its independence to France when the Grimaldi dynasty was
almost extinct, it was a huge media coverage when
Prince Rainier was married to the film star Grace Kelly 1956.

Mountain village of Eze Village is on its 429 meters one stunningly eagle's nest with a mighty view of the French Riviera. The medieval houses stand close on the dramatic mountain peak and the thriving, car free streets winds its way up to the ruins of a medieval castle.
The atmosphere in Eze is fabulous and there is no doubt that Eze is one of the Rivieraabsolute highlights

In the picture you can see the annual Templar Festival. Like an quiet oasis lies the small village of Biot nestled in greenery just above the port city of Antibes on the central Riviera. The medieval mountain village of Biot, situated on a hill, at the heart of the city and is famous for handicrafts, pottery and glassworks. Biot has many restaurants, museums and golf course.
Below Biot near the sea, you find Marinland that has shows with Orcas

Menton is a coastal city located on the French Riviera between Monaco and Italy. The oldest part of Menton climbs along a steep cliff, and here are the houses built almost on top of each other. A street, Rue Longue, traverses the district. This street in the old town was actually right up to Napoleon's day the only way that interconnected Italy and France. The famous Lemon Festival takes place in February. The entire Menton is bathing in lemons!
Menton has one of the Riviera's most favorable microclimate.

Helicopter from Nice to Monaco
Two helicopter companies offer trips from Nice to Monaco at 10 Min for about 110 €. Helicopter flight is also possible to Cannes and Saint-Tropez.

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