The French Riviera (Côte d'Azur in French) is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France The Cote d’Azur counts many rivals these days when it comes to high-end destinations, including St. Barth, St. Martin and the Italian Riviera.Yet the classic glamor and rich cultural infrastructure of the French Riviera set it apart, making it a consistently appealing place for the most discerning travelers. Few regions in the world offer its unique blend of prestige, natural beauty, architecture and culture. This coastline was one of the first modern resort areas. It began as a winter health resort for the British upper class at the end of the 18th century. In the first half of the 20th century, it was frequented by artists and writers, including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Francis Bacon. Many celebrities, such as Elton John and Brigitte Bardot, have homes in the region. Officially, the French Riviera is home to 163 nationalities with 83,962 foreign residents.