France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Côte d'Azur, France Guide
Sun, sand, sea...and glamour! The French Riviera (Côte d'Azur) drawns the wealthy, celebrities, and many normal French people both summer and winter.





France's Côte d'Azur (Azure Coast, map), commonly called the French Riviera, boasts a balmy climate, beautiful Mediterranean coastal scenery, good yacht harbors, and a fascinating history.

These advantages have attracted royalty, nobility, wealthy, and celebrity visitors for over a century.

Although the Cote d'Azur's Mediterranean climate is the warmest in France, in winter mink coats are worn unashamedly even on warm days for reasons of fashion and status more than warmth.

For summer wear, briefest is best.

But the Côte d'Azur is much more than beaches. You'll find several good museums, plenty of good restaurants, and other things to keep you amused and happy when away from the sea.

Here are the principal points of interest along the French Riviera:


Largest and most varied of Côte d'Azur towns, with the big airport and busiest train station, Nice makes an excellent base for all your travels in the area. More...


Famous for its film festival, Cannes attracts a wealthy, sophisticated crowd. There's ore to Cannes than its festivals, though: a historic quarter, and good beaches. More...

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Technically a separate country, Monaco is in fact easily accessible from other Côte d'Azur towns, and is well worth a visit, whether or not you try your luck in its famous casino. More...


Smaller, less crowded, beautiful and historic, Antibes is a prime destination for yachters. More...





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Beach in Nice, France

The beach in Nice, on France's Côte d'Azur.

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