It’s no surprise that the French Riviera is a major tourist attraction. Situated at and to the east of the point where the Alps meet the Mediterranean, it is an area that enjoys a wonderfully mild to warm climate all year round, despite being one of the more northerly coasts on the whole Mediterranean.
Until a few eccentric Englishmen arrived in the late 18th century, France’s famous Riviera – known to the French as the Côte d’Azur – was an area of sleepy fishing villages, with little contact with the outside world. Then tourism was invented, and foreigners, at first mostly from Britain, began arriving in increasing numbers. The seafront at the little town of Nice became known as “La Promenade des Anglais” – and so it is still called to this day.
A land of wonder and emotion, the Côte d’Azur owes much of its success to its exceptional diversity: a unique identity contrasting between sea and mountain; preserved natural landscapes ranging from the Mediterranean coast to the Southern Alps.
It also boasts an extraordinary cultural heritage which embraces all eras, whose sites, villages, creations and monuments will be a revelation for the visitor. It is also a massive creative studio for artists from around the world, all of which fell in love with the landscapes. Everywhere you go, there is a flourishing of contemporary art.
And above all, thanks to its favoured climate, combined with God’s benign natural gifts, which flood the region’s vegetation with light and beauty, it is a delight to discover parks and gardens, villas and coastal paths.
Let’s just say it isn’t hard to fall in love with the region. The weather, the scenery, the history, the food, the wine – the list is endless. From Cannes to Monte-Carlo there are more photo taking opportunities than you can imagine. The beauty of the area is almost overwhelming. The south of France is a magical place where the ancient and the new blend together to form a truly unique culture and place. You can be on the beach and a few hours later be in a quaint mountain village. The scenery in between is as interesting and beautiful as a work of art.
Today the French Riviera is one of the world’s most famous coastlines; and in spite of heavy development, it still boasts many fine beaches and plenty of beautiful shorelines
Through Autumn and Winter, the Riviera is protected from cold north winds by the Alps in its hinterland; since frosts and snow are rare, Spring comes early, bringing the first mimosas into bloom by February; by April the days are normally sunny and warm, and gardens already filled with flowers. From May to September or October, the climate is ideal, with plenty of sunshine and warm to hot days and beautifully warm nights.