With 300 days of sun every year, an exceptional geographical position tucked between sea and mountains, breath-taking landscape, a rich heritage and a cultural scene that is constantly buzzing, the Côte-d’Azur is a favorite location among French holidaymakers and  foreign tourists. It also offers a fantastic lifestyle for the increasing numbers who are choosing to move here.

An exceptional quality of life

All those who move here say the same thing: people gladly move to the Côte d’Azur and they never want to leave.

Mediterranean know-how fuses with exceptionally beautiful natural surroundings, resulting in an atmospherethat promotes well-being.

Leisure and relaxation activities are spread across the 120km coastline and a magnificent Alpine natural park, in which a multitude of sports activities are offered – water-skiing, downhill skiing, windsurfing, jet skiing, off-short activities, canyoning, rafting, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, tennis, hang-gliding, paragliding, and so much more.

Experience the Côte d’Azur region
    • 300 days of sun a year
    • 120 km of coastline
    • 35 ports
    • 19 golf courses
    • 9 natural parks (Mercantour National Park, etc.)
    • 15 ski stations
    • 125 sports activities to enjoy
    • 84 museums
    • Over 6000 cultural events
    • 5200 restaurants: from little boutique restaurants to large 3-star fine-dining establishments
    • 17 casino 

      Source : Touriscope CRT 2013

A place for cultural discovery

From Nice to Monaco via St Paul de Vence, Grasse, St-Tropez, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Cannes, and Juan-les-Pins, the Côte d’Azur boasts a number of delightful, world-renowned hotspots.

With over 6000 cultural and sporting events, every year each summer the Côte d’Azur is transformed into a huge, international scene, showcasing the very best talent across a multitude of areas: classical music, baroque, jazz, contemporary and classical dance, opera, theatre, etc.

Among other must-see events, Jazz à Juan, Nice Jazz Festival, the Nuits musicales du Suquet, Les Baroquiales, Festival Pyrotechnique, the Cannes film festival, the Monaco Grand Prix (F1), Nice Carnival, Iron Man, the Tour de France 2013, Jeux de la Francophonie 2013, Euro 2016 (Nice is one of the host cities), and the Nice International Marathon are just some of the many that spring to mind.
› see the line up of ongoing events.

Nice is home to more museums and galleries than any other city in France with the exception of Paris, including the Museum of Asian Art, the Musée Matisse, the Museum of Perfumery, the Musée Chagall, and the Maeght Foundation.

‘And God Created Woman’, ‘The Big Blue’, ‘Ocean’s Twelve’, and ‘Brice de Nice’… the beauty and charm of the Côte d’Azur have always been a source of inspiration to directors, and thanks to the wealth of silver screen stars it attracts, the region is never short of  world-famous celebrities as well as tourists in search of a dash of glamour.

The Côte d’Azur is packed full of iconic locations that have seen many a cinema star pass through, such as the legendary Eden Roc hotel and its sumptuous garden, the Réserve de Beaulieu, the Voile d’Or, the Palais des Festivals de Cannes, the Riviera studios in Nice, the Château de la Chèvre d’or, as well as a panoply of villas that have housed Jacques Brel, Joséphine Baker, Greta Garbo, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Jacques Prévert and many, many more.

The area has benefited from the greatest of contemporary architects, who have sought to leave their marks on the landscape: Wilmotte and Associates (Allianz Riviera), REICHEN and ROBERT and Associates (South Nice Station), Josep Lluis Mateo (Grand Arénas), Devillers and Associates (Nice Méridia), …

Appeal that has been proven time after time

World-renowned as a tourism hotspot, the Côte d’Azur also attracts the best management professionals from France, Europe and beyond, drawing them in with its quality of life and exceptional working environment. Its strategic location in the heart of Europe coupled with incredibly easy access to the Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport make this area an open gateway to the rest of the world.

Did you know?

    • An extra 2 million people in 45 years (1962-2009, INSEE): Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur is France’s leading region in tterms of population growth thanks to extremely positive net migration intake (+ 13,000 residents/year since 2000)
    • 91% of French people of working age want to move to the PACA region, according to a French Provemploi survey (2012).
    • The Alpes Maritimes population includes almost 10% foreign nationals, over half of whom come from the European Union (INSEE 2010)
    • 10% of current residents did not live here 5 years ago (INSEE).

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