Côte d'Azur Travel Guide

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.

La Vague d'Or

Richard Haughton

In 2013, at only 35 years old, Arnaud Donckele became the youngest chef to be awarded three stars by the famous Michelin Guide. Three years later, Gault et Millau awarded him a score of 19.5/20. Born in Normandy, chef Arnaud Donkele is in love with Provence, and describes his work as “a rustic journey through the Mediterranean”.

Restaurant Alain Llorca

Alain Lorca

Considered today to be one of the pillars of contemporary Mediterranean cuisine, Chef Llorca has had a passion for the culinary arts since he was very young. He opened his restaurant in 2009 in Colle-sur-Loup, starred since 2012, and together with his younger brother Jean-Michel, delivers a stellar interpretation of southern cuisine.

Marc Chagall National Museum

Adrien Didierjean

The permanent collection is the biggest public display of works by Marc Chagall. It is organized around the set of works produced by the painter on the Old Testament themes, supplemented by a large number of other works of religious and secular inspiration.

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

S. Lloyd

The villa, located 6 miles (10 km) from Nice and Monaco, is one of the gems on the Côte d’Azur. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century by Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild. Béatrice's great passion was collecting art, which she displayed in the pink villa she had built in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferret. Indeed the family motto was ‘Ars Patriae Decus’: ‘Art is the honor of the fatherland’. The villa is surrounded by nine gardens, each with a different theme, which for more than ten years have been tended using an eco-responsible approach and organic methods.

Golf lovers

Fregate Golf Club

Whether you're a beginner or an expert, you will love golfing in one of the prestigious golf clubs of the French Riviera, designed by some of the most famous international course builders. With more than 20 golf courses and the Côte d’Azur’s exceptional sunshine, you can play golf all year round!

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