Cote d’Azur (French Cote d’Azur) or French Riviera – a resort coast in the southeastern part of France. It stretched almost half the length of the Mediterranean coastline belonging to France, from the city of Toulon to the Italian border. The border separates the French Riviera from the Italian, a region of Italian coastal resorts between the shores of the Ligurian Sea and the mountain range formed by the Apennines and the Alps. The name Cote d’Azur appeared with the light hand of a writer unfamiliar to our contemporaries, Stephen Liege, who published the book “Cote d’Azur” in 1870. The new name of the riviera was to the taste of the French and foreigners and since then has not gone out of use. But the geographic filling of the term was not finally defined: if from the east the Cote d’Azur is clearly limited by the Italian border, then the westernmost settlement Cote d’Azur is called, in addition to Toulon, Hyères, Cassis and Marseille. Cote d’Azur resorts Marseille Marseille, not always included in the Cote d’Azur, attracts tourists not with its beach life, but with the amazing color of the multinational Mediterranean port city. Marseille is museums and architecture of different eras, a unique fusion of cultures and expats from all over the globe, shopping in boutiques and markets, seafood and the famous Mediterranean soup bouillabaisse. Nice Nice is the main resort of Cote d’Azur since the time of the Napoleonic Wars. By the number of museums it is second only to Paris and is the universally recognized cultural center of the whole of southern France. The “Pearl of the French Riviera” is famous for the historical sights of Old Nice, fashionable hotels and shopping at the famous flower market, which sells vegetables, fruits, fish, and antiques on Mondays. Near the famous Promenade des Anglais is not the best, but a public and free pebble-and-cobblestone beach of dubious purity. More decent beaches are worth looking for in the eastern part of the bay. Here, in a picturesque area near Old Nice, there are about two dozen paid private beaches. The beautiful sandy beach is located in Villefranche-sur-Mer, a 20-minute drive from Nice. Cannes Cannes is the city of the famous film festival, magnificent sandy beaches, wealthy tourists, fashionable hotels and fantastic views of the bay from the hill of Suquet. There are thirteen free beaches in the city, but you will have to pay from 20 to 30 euros for entering the best beaches (Ondin, Festival) with a high level of service. However, the quality of water and sand on paid and free pieces of coastline is practically the same and, if you are not very concerned about the service, then why pay more? Also in Cannes there are two “semi-paid” beaches under municipal control. These are Zamenhof and Mase. Entrance to them is free, but for sun loungers, sunbeds, umbrellas you will have to pay 2-6 euros. Saint-Tropez Saint-Tropez has been well-known to our compatriots since the time of travel abroad in the film “And God Made a Woman” with star blonde Bridget Bardot and films about the gendarme, in which the famous French actor Louis de Funes was shot. The picturesque Provencal resort town is famous for its pine forests, chic celebrity villas, sandy beaches (in particular the legendary de Pampelonne beach), stylish restaurants and clubs. Other resorts of the Cote d’Azur Antibes, Menton, Juan-les-Pins, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Often, the independent dwarf state of Monaco is also ranked among the resorts of Cote d’Azur. Resorts are expensive and cheap. The Cote d’Azur is the most expensive resort area in France. Traveling to Nice and Cannes (especially during the famous film festival) are considered the most expensive. But despite the prevailing stereotypes, in almost every corner of the French Riviera you can find more or less budget hotels and entertainment. How long does the beach season on Cote d’Azur last? The high season on the Cote d’Azur lasts from mid-May to the end of October, but not all tourists travel to the southern coast of France to swim – in May the water is still cool and at sunset it is already cool. For many guests of the country, beach vacations are less important than restaurants, nightclubs, discos, casinos and other entertainments, as a rule, not cheap. Air traffic: charter and regular flights. Main airport Cote d’Azur – Nice – Cote d’Azur. From here every 20 minutes a helicopter flies to Monaco and it is easy to get through the air to Marseille. A significant part of the “summer” tourists reach the Mediterranean coast through Paris, from where TGV trains run 3-4 times a day, reaching the main resorts of the Cote d’Azur in 5-6 hours.