Cote d'Azur

The Côte d’Azur, otherwise known as the French Riviera, has been synonymous with chic elegance and lofty living for well over a century; however, its heydey was during the 1950s and ’60s, when practically everyone who was anyone seemed to have upped sticks and bought a duplex apartment along its pebble-strewn shores.

The breathtaking beaches on the Côte d'Azur are one of the region's greatest draws. There are many distinct sandy and pebbly beaches in the area, some of which are connected with beautiful beach clubs and others of which offer more serene and natural surroundings. While taking in the spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, beachgoers can indulge in swimming, watersports, and sunbathing.

It’s still a playground for the rich and beautiful, especially at stylish resorts such as Nice, Cannes, St-Tropez, and, of course, the epitome of extravagance, Monte Carlo, but less well-heeled visitors will find plenty to entertain them too.

The region served as a source of inspiration for many well-known artists, transforming it into a vibrant cultural hub for art. Explore the plethora of museums and galleries, or stop by locations and settings where numerous renowned artists have made references.

Spend your days soaking up the culture and lingering over long lunches. Elsewhere, there are the perfumed streets of Grasse, the balmy beaches of Menton, and the history-stained cobbles of Frejus and St-Raphael to explore.

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