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More commonly known as the French Riviera, the Cote d'Azur is one of the most storied destinations in not only Europe, but the entire world. Legendary for its glitz and glamour, the Riviera is home to beautiful beaches, quaint resort towns and quiet inland villages as well as the bustling metropolis of Nice and the famous principality of Monaco. The region also hosts the Cannes Film Festival, inspirational museums, and the Monaco Grand Prix. Camping in Cote d'Azur is also a delight; with an average of more than 300 days of sunshine a year, it's no wonder this is one of the most popular vacation spots in Europe.
The Cote d'Azur boasts endless attractions for people of all tastes and ages, but some of its most popular attractions include:
- Saint Tropez: Despite its reputation as a playground for the world's elite, Saint Tropez offers plenty for visitors on any budget. With a quaint, walkable old town and some of the best beaches in the region, staying here is a holiday unto itself.
- Nice: The Riviera's biggest city is filled with things to do and see, from the pedestrian quarter and boardwalk to the pebbly beaches.
- Monaco: Between the Alps and the sea, Monaco is the world's second-smallest independent political entity, but you'd never know it from all the luxurious splendor and dazzling architecture.
- Antibes: Founded over 2,000 years ago by the ancient Greeks, Antibes has been a favorite vacation destination of Europeans for over 130 years. Scenic and hilly, Antibes is very picturesque, with a coastline that's perfect for soaking up the sunshine.
- Bormes-les-Mimosas: Protected by a special order of the French government, Bormes-les-Mimosas is a medieval town stopped in time. With lush gardens, blooming flowers and, striking, centuries-old buildings, it is well worth a look if you want a break from the hustle and bustle.
From private apartments to beachfront villas, a vacation rental is the perfect choice for accommodation in Cote d'Azur. While rates vary, there are plenty of options in all budget ranges. If you're in the area for an extended period of time and want to sample a bigger slice of the region's attractions, take a train into one of the many beautiful Italian border towns.