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Provence-Cote d'Azur, French Riviera, Alpes-Maritimes

With many of the most beautiful places to visit in France, Provence has scenery and highlights to satisfy the most discerning visitor.

The Cote d'Azur (or ) has long been one of the great attractions for visitors to France, for the glamour, sunshine, beaches and sophistication of resorts such as , and - a reputation that is well deserved. The Cote d'Azur is a lovely region to explore, with many less known gems to discover among the more famous.

Côte d’Azur

The Cote d'Azur is the region of south-east France that follows the Mediterranean coast from Bandol, west of Toulon, to Menton and the Italian border in the east. It is part of Provence and includes the coastal regions of the , and Alpes-Maritimes departments. The names Cote d'Azur and are often used interchangeably, although more usually it is the coastline closest to Italy that is known as the .

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Entering the '' you pass the small resorts of Theoule-sur-Mer and Mandelieu-la-Napoule the home port of our . Within 10 minutes of leaving La Napoule you will quickly reach , the major resort made even more famous by the annual festivals including the and the .

A short distance east of you will reach the important and popular resorts of and Juan-les-Pins. offers a spectacular showing of the world’s most magnificent super yachts and has emerged as a hot spot for the set. We also recommend following the coast road around the peninsula to the south of Antibes to the resort of Cagnes-sur-Mer. From here you can venture slightly inland to visit the artistic town of Vence and the most visited village in Provence, St-Paul-de-Vence.

Next is the major town of , one of the largest cities in France and the most popular seaside-holiday resort in France. Close to Beaulieu-sur-Mer and just a short distance east of Cannes, you can enjoy the coastal scenery of Cap Ferrat and the attractive old town and harbour at Villefranche-sur-Mer. No trip to the region would be complete without visiting the principality of . is not really part of Provence, being an independent principality, but it is a must see destination, especially when seen from the corniche road above the city. Finally before the Riviera enters Italy you reach Menton, a sophisticated port town on the Cote d'Azur.

Alpes-Maritimes

From the resorts of and to the mountains of the Alps, passing through scenic hill villages and dramatic craggy scenery, the Alpes-Maritimes is one of the most diverse and beautiful departments in France.

Heading north from the coast you quickly leave the crowds behind and reach the low mountains and smaller towns and villages that typify the inland region. Several of the villages have stunning views across deep valleys and olive groves and out across the Mediterranean.

Some of the villages that we recommend visiting during your stay in this part of the Alpes-Maritimes are Biot, a picturesque small village north of Antibes and the tiny village of Gourdon, set in an exceptional clifftop location and classified as one of the 'most beautiful villages of France'. The town of Mougins where Picasso spent the last years of his life still has an established reputation for its art and , while Grasse, well known as the birthplace of Chanel and the cradle of French perfumery, should also be high on any wish list to this wonderful region of France.

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