Côte d’Azur, as it was named by the author, Stéphen Liégeard, is a popular, world-renowned tourist attraction.
It is located on the Mediterranean coast in southeast France and stands out because of its impressive scenery. It is also the location of many important cultural events, including the famous Cannes Film Festival.
Since the region receives many tourists, the area is well prepared for visitors to make the most out of their visit.
Although the ideal time of the year to visit Côte d’Azur is the summer, since it is the best time to take advantage of the area’s beautiful beaches, bear in mind that the climate in this part of France is pleasant all year around.
Below, I will give you five excellent reasons that you should not put off a trip to the French Riviera any longer.
Visit the best beaches in France:
It is no secret that the most beautiful beaches in France are to be found in Côte d’Azur. These beaches have a privileged geographic location and are bathed by the warm waters of the Mediterranean, allowing both tourists and residents the chance to enjoy them almost all year around.
These beaches are distinguished by their turquoise waters that contrast with the warm golden colour of the cliffs surrounding the majority of them and creating a landscape of unparalleled beauty that captivates everyone that visits. The Côte d’Azur’s most popular beaches include Paloma Beach on the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula, Pampelonne Beach to the south of the town of Saint Tropez and Croisette Beach in Cannes. This area is very popular among celebrities so, if you visit one of these beaches it is likely that you’ll see someone famous.
Visit the historic centre of Cannes:
Another reason to visit the Côte d’Azur is to see the place that was the cradle of the luxurious city of Cannes.
According to history, this city’s glamour dates back to when European aristocrats began to settle in in the Le Suquet district, at the end of the 19th century, living there during the winter months. The city started to gain fame and popularity, especially in 1939 when it became the base for one of the world’s biggest film festivals, bringing together the most important show business stars every year.
Although Cannes is home to some of the most luxurious hotel chains, giving the city a modern and sophisticated feel, the Le Suquet district is still the main heritage area where the main monuments are located. If you walk through the picturesque streets of Cannes “Old Town”, you can visit the religious buildings and museums. However, for many people, the best thing about this district is the bohemian charm that permeates the atmosphere, its numerous colourful houses that conserve the architecture of yesteryear and the many restaurants and local businesses. Moreover, due to the location of Le Suquet, you can get a privileged view of the whole city and there are wonderful photo opportunities.
Visit the Marc-Chagall and Matisse Museums in Nice:
Nice is undoubtedly one of the French Riviera’s most beautiful cities. On admiring its scenery, it is easy to understand the reasons that led the author Stéphen Liégeard to describe this region of France as the Côte d’Azur, because any images you see of this vast coastline are dominated by the intense blue colour of the sea.
However, Nice also offers other gems that attract many visitors to the area. Nice’s museums are overflowing with important cultural heritage that is within reach of those visiting this beautiful city.
Located in the Cimiez district is the Musée Nationale Marc Chagall. This museum has a significant collection of this important avant-garde artist and you can visit his seventeen works dedicated to the biblical message, as well as an extensive collection of other work related to his religious thinking.
Another museum you can’t miss while in the Cimiez district is the Musée Matisse. This museum has an excellent collection of the artist’s work made up of sculptures, paintings, photographs, industrial graphic pieces and sketches. Moreover, the museum also exhibits some personal objects that belonged to Matisse and were even used to create his works.
Take a trip around the world’s perfume capital:
The only place we can be talking about when we mention the world’s perfume capital is the city of Grasse. This medieval city is located less than an hour away from Nice and is well-known for its work in the perfume industry since the 18th century until the present. It has earned its title thanks to a large flower crop that benefits from the optimum temperatures in the area.
Even nowadays, three of the most important perfumeries still exist: Galimard, Molinard and Fragonard. Each of these companies organises tours where you can see the perfume-making process as well as visiting the exhibition rooms, shops and cafés.
In Grasse, you can also visit the International Perfume Museum, where you can learn about how the industry has evolved, as well as the process of preparing scents and perfecting the perfumes throughout history.
As well as the above, you should know that Grasse’s historic centre is a jewel of medieval architecture, where you can see perfectly maintained old palaces and houses from the same era.
Visit the Principality of Mónaco:
Another place you must see on the French Riviera is the Principality of Monaco. Monaco boasts one of the best Mediterranean landscapes in the whole of the Côte d’Azur, as well as being one of the most elegant cities in the area.
If you visit Monaco, you will find many attractions to help you have some unforgettable moments. The most well-known attractions include the Oceanographic Museum, the Exotic Garden, the New National Museum of Monaco and the Japanese Garden. You can also organise a tour of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco and discover the reasons why Monaco is known as one of the most luxurious and sophisticated areas in this French region.
If you have always wanted to visit this incredible place, but you have not decided to do so yet, I hope that the five reasons above persuade you to spend your next holidays in this marvellous corner of France.