Why the French Riviera?

    Welcome! You’re viewing the #1 most popular travel guide to the French Riviera. Part of the reason that Iconic Riviera is so popular is because it’s written by locals and we tell it like it is.

    In the navigation menu above you’ll see a list of towns (and if the list seems overwhelming, don’t worry — there’s a summary of each town below). Each contains travel guides and event listings, as well as recommendations for where to go for fun, to see nature, to a spa, shop and sleep, and more. We also have an events calendar that you can subscribe to via Google Calendar.

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    Whether you are looking for a day that starts (and ends) with rosé at a celeb-filled beach club or prefer a more secluded seaside or historic village escape, Iconic Riviera will fill you in on the very best places to find whatever you’re looking for. Read on to find out why the French Riviera towns attract so many artists, celebrities, sun-seekers, and jet-setters.

    To start you off on your French Riviera journey here is the perfect overview of the area:

    Why People Love the French Riviera

    The French Riviera is a blissful place where palm trees sway in the warm breeze and the sea is more blue than you’ve ever seen; where you can still spot the influence of European royalty from long ago; and where A-listers have called ‘home’ for years. Set in the south-east of France, the French Riviera stretches from Menton to Nice, Antibes, Cannes, St. Tropez and –depending on who you ask– Cassis.

    While the French Riviera has maintained a glam reputation since the ’50s (Brigitte Bardot basking on St. Tropez’s beaches; A-listers strutting down Cannes’ red carpet), there is more to the Côte d’Azur than just its jet-set resort towns—including idyllic bohemian islands, hilltop medieval towns housing their own Michelin-starred restaurants, and a world-class arts scene.

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    Французская Ривьера усеяна скрытыми жемчужинами, пропитанными местной историей, превосходной кухней и убежищами художников. Отправляйтесь вглубь страны от суеты набережной, чтобы исследовать города, погруженные в богатую средиземноморскую культуру, где нетронутые виноградники обрамляют контуры склонов, а множество ремесленных занятий обеспечивают бесконечную привлекательность.

    Впечатляющий, разнообразный и живописный, этот район является домом для многочисленных «деревенских окуней»; древние города на склонах холмов, заполненные процветающими общинами, где уединенная роскошь сочетается с историей. Такие уникальные анклавы вдохновения действительно излучают неподражаемую притягательную силу, готовую очаровывать и обманывать чувства тех, кто приезжает исследовать.

    Ни для кого не секрет, что запоминающийся Лазурный Берег уже давно большое привлечение художников, результатом которого являются шедевры которые изменили лицо искусства, каким мы его знаем. Эти излюбленные места пробуждают такие страстные видения благодаря бесподобным голубым водам и ярким закатам, и этот факт легко оценить, наблюдая, как изысканный свет мерцает на холмистой береговой линии.

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    Бейонсе и Джей-Зи часто посещают Французскую Ривьеру

    The French Riviera is known for its beaches, views, picture-perfect water, yachts, and as a playground for the wealthy. Этотот place for the world’s elite to rub shoulders every summer. The ports glitter with superyachts. Craggy cliffs jut over a turquoise sea, forming the French Riviera’s famously rocky coastline. Quaint villages and coves are hidden between the region’s cities and towns, the most famous of which are Monaco, Saint-Tropez, Nice, and Cannes.

    The area benefits from up to 330 days of annual sunshine, 115 kilometers of coastline, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts, and 3000 restaurants. So, wherever you visit the Riviera, you can be sure that there’ll be plenty to do!

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    Peeking at the sea, over Eze Village

    The nickname Côte d’Azur (or the Blue Coast) comes from the turquoise Mediterranean Sea. The word Riviera means coast in Italian. This area of ​​the French Mediterranean coast is one of the world epicenters of tourism. Luxury, tradition, culture, leisure, beach and mountains meet on the Côte d’Azur to make it a memorably special place.

    Where is the French Riviera?

    The French Riviera, which is also sometimes referred to as the Côte d’Azur, is arguably the most exciting place in the world. The French Riviera is the beautiful coastline in the south-east of France along the Mediterranean Sea. It covers about 550 miles and acquired the nickname Cote d’Azur or Azure (Blue) coast in 1887.

    The French Riviera is set between the Southern Alps mountain region and the Mediterranean. It is the beating heart of Mediterranean Europe. The Alpes-Maritimes département encloses it. There is no official boundary but most locals consider somewhere near Сен-Тропе to be the soft border on the west side, and the France-Italy border is on the east, twenty minutes past Ментон. Nice, a piece of jewel on the south-east coast of France, serves as the unofficial capital as it is the largest city of the region.

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    The French Riviera is at the heart of Europe, between the Southern Alps and the Mediterranean, from Cassis to Ментон. The Mercantour National Park, together with the 13 other natural parks in the Côte d’Azur department, make up a vast playground for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, canyoning, climbing, and caving. This region also houses 15 ski resorts with over 700 kilometers of slopes.

    A Visual Overview

    This video gives a great overview of the area:

    The Riviera Climate

    The French Riviera has a perfect Mediterranean climate. Mild winters balance sunny, hot, dry summers. There are almost no days of frost.

    It’s warmer by the water, and cooler as you move away from the coast. The surest thing is the presence of sunshine all year round, with 330 days of summer every year. With its Mediterranean climate and the Alps’ shelter from harsh winds, you can be sure to be comfortable at any time of year.

    Ознакомьтесь с нашим руководством по климат, погода и когда посетить Французскую Ривьеру.

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    Cap Martin, between monaco and menton

    The People of the French Riviera

    Let’s be real. For some time France has been a country that does not like itself. Somewhere on the road from its humiliation in World War II to its disappointment with European integration to its discomfort with globalization, France slid into moroseness. High-speed trains purred; France pouted. Teachers refuse to give A+ grades for A+ work while students grew up thinking they were never good enough. NON! became the mot-du-century, and grumbling became a way of life; the response to lost grandeur.

    One of the few exceptions to this is the French Riviera. Perhaps it’s the sun and beaches, the huge tourism business, or the fact that it’s generally a wealthy area, but people in the south of France are quicker to smile than their northern countrymen.

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    Villas on Cap Martin, between Monaco and Menton

    The French Riviera has a total population of over two million. As you may have guessed, most of the population is French, and the official language is French, but most people speak English since there are plenty of Brits and Italians who have second homes or who have moved to the area. It’s easy to get along in English and many signs are in both languages in the most touristy areas.

    Modern middle-eastern monarchs and nouveau-riche also want the taste of luster and wealth the French Riviera gives. In the past decade the French Riviera has seen a growing number of Russian, Middle-Eastern, and Chinese tourists, many who are scooping up luxurious waterfront villas and shipping in their custom Lamborghini for the season.

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    Бриджит Бардо помогла превратить Сен-Тропе в популярное место для элиты

    So, as you may have noticed by now, the French Riviera seems to be an area of great wealth. But has it always been like this? Well as a matter of fact, yes it has.

    Originally, the Riviera served as a winter resort for the British aristocracy who wished to escape Britain’s miserable weather. Coincidentally, around the same time, the idea of climatotherapy (a change in climate) was being advertised as a cure to major diseases such as tuberculosis. With the combination of the two factors, the Riviera became littered with British nobility.

    В дальнейшем строительство железной дороги обеспечило доступ к Ривьере из остальной Европы. Вскоре после его завершения, российский царь Александр II, Наполеон III и Леопольд II посетили Лазурный Берег. Вскоре королева Виктория и принц Эдуард VII также посетили побережье, и вскоре они стали частыми гостями.

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    What followed was a parade of famous artists, movie stars and film sets that cemented the French Riviera at the top of the list for luxury travel. The coast also attracted its fair share of world-renowned painters. Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, for example, frequented the Nice and Antibes area. While Auguste Renoir settled in Кань-сюр-Мер. Для любителей искусства — художественные галереи, посвященные этим художникам. можно найти по всей Ривьере.

    На протяжении прошлого столетия Французская Ривьера была излюбленным убежищем художников, знаменитостей и богатой элиты со всего мира. И все же сегодня, столь же очаровательный, как и прежде, Лазурный Берег должен занимать место на всеобщее обозрение. список желаний для путешествия.

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    томми хилфигер Прибыв со своей яхты на пляжи в Санкт-Петербурге. Тропе

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    Древняя история и как она сформировала Ривьеру

    Power struggles between France’s Provence and Italy’s Comte de Nice shaped its architectural heritage. But its history reaches back to the Romans, Phocean Greeks, and even cave dwellers.

    But the Romans left much more than crumbling stones. They were the first to introduce viticulture to the region – a tradition that lives on in a collection of world-class vineyards. And many of the historical remains are still present. Castles and forts have withstood the test of time. Cathedrals and baroque churches are proof not only of religiosity of the area but also the artistic spirit as well.

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    part of The jean cocteau museum in menton

    Latter visitors began Rennaisance structural changes. Palace-like hotels and lavish villas arose. Neo-Gothics Anglican Churches and exotic domed churches of the Russian Orthodoxy show the evolution of both faith and art. Then, there are the striking gardens and parks with tropical plants from the five continents.

    Many have long flocked to this region: from kings, queens and aristocrats of 19th century Europe to the most celebrated actors, writers, painters, poets, and philosophers of the 20th century. Architectural examples and museums from this time period are abundant, but don’t miss the Musee Chagall in the Promenade du Paillon in Nice и Жан Кокто Museum in Ментон.

    A Foodie Haven

    With more than its fair share of Michelin-starred restaurants plus a variety of homegrown dishes, the Côte d’Azur is a great place for both fine dining and rustic fare while overlooking the Mediterranean.

    Stop for lunch where internationally renowned cuisine is still informed by Provençal markets. Whether it’s an indulgent bouillabaisse or a hearty ratatouille, Mediterranean delights abound, predicated on sensuous wines, fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes and dishes drizzled in artisanal olive oil. Cornucopias of tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, onion, and garlic give a fresh flavor to dishes.

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    Ratatouille is a famous french riviera dish

    For every mood, occasion, or budget, there are plenty of places to dine. The linen-covered tables, silver cloches, and the hordes of well-trained servers make dining one of the area’s greatest pleasures. Beach restaurants have tables in the sand. DJs and the sea view accompany the delightful cuisine. The Mediterranean coastline offers a bounty of locally-caught seafood. We recommend scallops, oysters, and mussels, which are sustainable choices that you can find at most beach restaurants.

    А если вы увлекаетесь вином (а кто нет?!), на склонах холмов за набережной есть около 80 виноградников, из которых производят одни из самых ценных бутылок во Франции. Забудьте о Напе! Франция — настоящий эпицентр виноделия и лучшее место в мире для посещения виноделен.

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    The Market in Nice

    Если вы предпочитаете есть на ходу, на местных рынках каждый день продаются свежие местные продукты, такие как фрукты, овощи и цветы. Местные анчоусы, оливки, мед, травы и специи легко найти, а местные сыры и багеты есть в каждой пекарне. Ознакомьтесь с нашим путеводитель по лучшим рынкам.

    Note that in France, all citizens are paid fair wages and so tips are normally fairly small. Check out our guide to the блюда для гурманов, которыми славится Nice.

    Video Tour of the French Riviera

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    We’ve put together a list of the top towns (and broken them down by type: seaside cities, seaside towns, islands, and perched historic villages), with a quick summary about each town and with a link for more information. It should help you decide where you want to visit first.

    Not sure what to do? Here’s our guide to get you started.

    There is a lot to experience in the French Riviera / Cote d’Azur. All you have to do is dig around a bit more here in Iconic Riviera. Have a grand vacation in this wonderful spot on the Mediterranean!

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