If you decided to amuse yourself by listing all the exceptional sites the Côte d’Azur jealously protects, a lifetime would be too short. Between the sea and mountains, wonder is everywhere – and all year round too. If you’re still not sure where to spend your next holiday, you have just found the perfect destination: the Côte d’Azur!
NICE AND THE PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS
Discover Nice, capital of the Côte d’Azur!
There are so many places to visit in Nice, but if there is one place able to plunge you into the glamour of the 30s, it is the famous Promenade des Anglais. Offering a unique view of the Baie des Anges, the Promenade des Anglais with its legendary blue chairs, is scattered with palm trees shading the resplendent luxury hotels in Nice – for example the Negresco or the Palais de la Méditerranée. The “Prom”, as the locals call it, has become a meeting place for anyone that loves rollerblading, cycling, running or simply strolling.
ILE DE SAINT-HONORAT IN CANNES
A few minutes from Cannes, discover Ile Saint-Honorat, a jewel on the Côte d’Azur.
Paradisiacal lagoons don’t just exist at the end of the world. Off the bay of Cannes are some protected lands: past the lush Ile Sainte-Marguerite, the quiet Ile Saint-Honorat is a listed jewel, carefully preserved by the monks in the Lérins Abbey. On an area of 40 hectares, you can alternate between the joys of the sea with its turquoise waters and visits to historic monuments. Take the opportunity to discover a place with a unique terroir that produces ancestral wines and internationally recognized liqueurs.
PINEDE DE JUAN-LES-PINS IN ANTIBES
Legendary place on the Côte d’Azur where the memory of jazz and its revival is developing!
You can’t’ separate Juan-Les-Pins from jazz! Since the 1960s, it has held a world-famous jazz festival blooming with international artists in the radiant seaside resort of Juan-Les-Pins. The Pinède Gould is an iconic location, where art meets the sea in its incredible bay. One of the oldest European festivals, over the decades Jazz à Juan has become one of the legendary international festivals where all artistic trends can be found. On the legendary Pinède Gould stage, young talents and popular stars succeed each other every summer.
THE PRINCIPALITY OF MONACO
Glamorous destination on the Côte d’Azur, why not enjoy a wonderful break in Monte-Carlo!
They are rare, these timeless places where as soon as you cross the border, a magical universe opens up. Monaco, a rock jealously guarded by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century, saw all its luxury grow with the arrival of the greatest fortunes in the world. Its unique topography and extraordinary architecture make Monaco an exceptional place. Among the highlights of your visit: Monte Carlo and its famous casino, the Jardin Exotique, the beating heart of the Principality, the Palais Princier and the Musée Océanographique.
SAINT-TROPEZ AND ITS PORT
The cinema has made the small fishing port of Saint-Tropez a mythical place that is famous worldwide!
This is cinema’s holy land! Going down the sumptuous hills of Gassin and Ramatuelle, the small fishing port of Saint-Tropez is revealed and the charm does its work… Here, everything seems to be out of a movie – the stone, boats and people radiate colour. Start your tour along the old port with its impressive armada of yachts, sailing and fishing boats, before heading to the old town and its colourful narrow streets. Look down from the citadel for an unobstructed view of Saint-Tropez and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.
MENTON, PEARL OF THE FRENCH RIVIERA
City of Art and History and lemon capital, Menton will work its charm on you!
One of the Côte d’Azur’s assets that the whole world envies: the French-Italian coastal border region. Menton, the last bastion of the Côte d’Azur, is the gateway to Liguria and to an exploration of the amazing Vallée des Merveilles and the picturesque and dynamic city of San Remo. You’ll be surprised by the authentic character of Vieux-Menton, its labyrinth of colourful streets, its covered market halls, the majestic Saint-Michel Basilica overlooking Garavan Bay and the many exceptional gardens. Menton is also famous for its delicately scented lemons and its Lemon Festival every year in February.
VILLA EPHRUSSI DE ROTHSCHILD IN SAINT-JEAN-CAP-FERRAT
Built on the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula, this villa is synonymous with nature and culture!
The golden triangle formed by Villefranche-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Beaulieu-sur-Mer is a fount of magnificence. Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is an ode to love. Not to be missed on the Côte d’Azur, straight out of a fairy tale, surrounded by lush gardens that will take you from continent to continent. This villa is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Renaissance residences open to visitors on the Côte d’Azur. Push open its gates and explore all its treasures! There is no end to its refinement – from the gardens, rose garden, archaeological remains and musical fountains.
NEXT STOP LE TRAYAS IN THE ESTEREL
The Corniche d’Or: one of the most beautiful panoramas on the Côte d’Azur!
The Estérel is in the border area between the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes. The area from Le Dramont coastguard tower to the Calanque de Maupas hides some amazing, mostly deserted, coves where the red rock with its garrigue landscape plunge abruptly into the turquoise crystal clear water. Did you know? The largest protected maritime area in France is Cap Roux. Following the famous Corniche d’Or road with its 36 kilometres of coastline connecting Saint-Raphaël and Mandelieu, no less than 30 beaches and small coves await you.
SAINT-PAUL DE VENCE AND THE MAEGHT FOUNDATION
Village of artists, you’ll fall in love with the beauty of Saint-Paul de Vence.
By going to Saint-Paul de Vence you take the road to Côte d’Azur art. The Maeght Foundation, much more than an exhibition space, is a true work of art: an extraordinary place paying tribute to the many international artists who came to write a page of their history here. While visiting the Foundation and its gardens, you’ll be able to admire a large number of important 20th century works – including those of Giacometti, Léger, Braque and, of course, Chagall and Maeght.
THE MERCANTOUR NATIONAL PARK
Visit the amazing and grandiose Vallée des Merveilles!
In a protected environment, the Côte d’Azur countryside is a haven of peace. 7 distinctive valleys make up the Mercantour park: Roya, Verdon, Ubaye, Tinée, Vésubie, Cians, Bévéra and Val Gesso in Italy. Spoiled for choice for unforgettable hiking or skiing excursions. From olive trees to mountain pastures, from larch forests to snowy peaks, the Mercantour is home to a wealth of fauna and flora and diversity that is rare on a global scale. With over 3000 metre peaks and glacial lakes, just one hour from the sea, the Mercantour is not to be missed!
THE TOP 10 PLACES
ON THE CÔTE D’AZUR!
Residents and visitors to the Côte d’Azur, discover the selection of places, recommendations and favourites of the Côte d’Azur France community of ambassadors.
Côte d’Azur France Ambassadors
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FROM ISLAND TO ISLAND
The Côte d’Azur offers a great getaway for those wishing to spend the day in harmony with the sea and tides and the song of cicadas on the many islands. Take a quick tour of these jewels in the Mediterranean. Here are the islands not to be missed during your stay on the Côte d’Azur!
LIKE A MOVIE SET
Silence! Action! The Côte d'Azur puts on a show... Every year, all over the world the spotlight is on the Cannes Film Festival, its famous red carpet and the procession of stars - but let's not forget that the Côte d'Azur has enjoyed an intense love affair with cinema for over a century! From mythical film locations to top events - everything you need to know about the Côte d'Azur and the cinema.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES
Everyone knows it as a holiday destination in the South of France where it is always lovely and warm. But the Côte d'Azur is also full of jewels perched on the slopes of its hills, overlooking the sea, and valleys – their stones embodying the wealth of regional heritage. Between the sea and mountains, these hilltop villages create the unique character of the Côte d'Azur: a harmonious blend of culture, art and festive pleasures in an exceptional natural setting. Discover the most beautiful hilltop villages on the Côte d’Azur.
DISCOVER THE GARDENS ON THE CÔTE D'AZUR
It’s the Côte d’Azur signature. Discover the gardens on the Côte d’Azur: gardens overlooking the sea, exotic gardens, remarkable gardens, French gardens, perfumed flower gardens. In the end the hardest thing was selecting just 12. Because all the exceptional gardens on the Côte d'Azur are worth visiting! It's sumptuous, unique, majestic: discover one of the most beautiful facets of the Côte d'Azur - its gardens.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL NATURAL SITES
From the sea to the mountains, you’ll love the most beautiful natural sites on the Côte d'Azur! Here, nature reigns supreme. From its unspoilt islands, jewels surrounded by the Mediterranean, to its headlands sprinkled with beaches and creeks, protected natural parks, gorges and the Mercantour lakes... The different natural landscapes are grandiose on the Côte d'Azur. Discover these natural sites and you will discover another Côte d'Azur in the heart of a protected natural heritage.
NOT TO BE MISSED EVENTS & FESTIVALS
Festivals and carnivals, fireworks, concerts and mega shows, magical places under the stars, major international sporting or artistic events, glamour, glitz and crazy atmospheres, passion for games and outings... Events are in the Côte d'Azur’s DNA. Discover the major events of the year on the Côte d’Azur.
ART AND CULTURE: EXCEPTIONAL SITES
Land of inspiration for artists from all over the world, the Côte d'Azur offers an extraordinary cultural and artistic heritage that embraces every era. Satisfy your curiosity, discover museums with exceptional collections, travel through towns and villages to explore exceptional sites and monuments or learn about the intense love affair between the Côte d'Azur and the cinema.