Cote d’Azur – French Riviera

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Photo credit: Flickr

Cote d’Azur or French Riviera is known for its beauty and it is widely known for its glamor. It stretches over 100 kilometers and includes places like Monte Carlo, Nice, Cannes and Saint Tropez. For tourists,Cote d’Azur is one of the favorite parts of France. They’re attracted to the blue sea, picturesque towns and bustling cities, such as Nice and Cannes.

While today it does not look like it, France’s Riviera at the end of the 18th century was mainly a rural area, where people were engaged in agriculture and fishing. But wealthy British soon discovered this jewel and 50 years later, Cote d’Azur became well known in Europe.

Nice

You can start your journey along the coast from the east. To arrive in Nice you can pass through Monaco and Monte Carlo if you are into that kind of fun. After that you arrive in Nice, capital of the region. The city with 350,000 inhabitants is the tourist and economic center of this area.

Nice is seen, like most places on the Cote d’Azur, quite contradictory. Some see it like pleasant, lively, charming city, while others say it is overrated and not nice at all. You will, of course, experience it in your own way.

Along the beach the famous Promenade des Anglais stretches, a six kilometer long promenade, place in which you go to see and be seen. Another interesting thing is the Orthodox Cathedral of St.Nicholas, certainly an unusual building for the area.

Cannes

We leave and head towards Cannes, the city mainly known for its film festival which is held there.

It is one of the most prestigious in the world, and getting the Palme d’Or is the dream of many film workers.

Henry Brougham is considered responsible for the development of Cannes.

He was prominent British politician of the early 19th century, who stopped there by accident with his daughter on the way to Italy. He brought his rich and famous colleagues, which helped profiling Cannes as a luxury destination.

Cannes is most frequently mentioned for the sake of the film festival, which is held in the Palais des Festivals et des Congres. To experience something other than glamor and luxury, sail towards Le Suquet hill, the old town of Cannes.

There you can feel the true spirit of the Mediterranean while you walk along picturesque streets and scrawled restaurants. Don’t forget to climb the tower, which offers breathtaking view of the city and the Mediterranean!

Saint Tropez

And we are approaching the end with a last stop in St. Tropez. Long time ago it was a small fishing village which grew into haven for the rich and famous, and its name is world famous due to the legendary French actress Brigitte Bardot. Saint Tropez is expensive and elite, but at the same time it managed to preserve the charm of a small Mediterranean resort.

They say that the light is somehow special here and that’s why there are a lot of artists around town. Either way, if you want peek on their work, take a walk along the harbor, where the artists are located.

Our walk through the French Riviera is over. In conclusion, the Cote d’Azur interesting, but some will perceive as overvalued, it all depends on expectations. But one thing is certain – you need pretty deep pockets to stay longer! Bon voyage!



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