7 Things You Don't Know About The Cote D'Azur

Updated 5 March 2020 | by Emily Benton

Cote D'Azur landscape

The French Riviera, or the Cote d'Azur, is the beautiful stretch of coastline in the southeastern corner of France. The nickname of the Azure Coast was coined by the famous poet Stéphen Liégeard, who entitled his 1887 book La Cote d'Azur. It's now known as the ultimate holiday destination, offering white sandy beaches, a warm climate as well as world-class shopping and dining scenes. But what else is there to know about this stunning coastline?


1. 75 miles of coastline and 25 miles of beaches

From vast stretches of white sandy beaches to private, pebbled coves, the expansive coastline of the Cote d'Azur is iconically beautiful, making it perfect for a city-beach holiday!

Cote D'Azur landscape


2. Monaco is the second smallest country in the world

Home to the infamous Monaco grand prix, this city is also the second smallest country in the world after Vatican in Rome! They have also enjoyed a tax-free lifestyle since the 1870s!

Beach landscape in Monaco


3. Nice Carnival

Nice is one of the most celebrated carnivals in the world alongside Venice and Brazil. It has become one of the most important events on the French Riviera and this year's theme is "King of Energy".

Nice Carnival in France


4. Citizens of Monaco Are Forbidden To Enter Monte Carlo Casino

One of the grandest buildings in France, this iconic Casino also houses an enormous theatre. But did you know that the citizens of Monaco are forbidden to enter?!

Monte Carlo Casino


5. Marseille European Capital of Sport 2017

These awards are given to cities respecting the ethics and role of sport in the improvement of quality of life. Marsaeille has just been awarded this title for 2017.

Marseille European Capital of Sport 2017


6. Cannes Film Festival

The most prestigious film festival in the world is hosted every year in Cannes. Did you know that 2 km of red carpet used for the festival and is changed 40 times over 12 days?!

Cannes Film Festival


7. Capital of the perfume industry

Grasse is a commune in the French Riviera that has become better known as the world’s capital of perfume.

Grasse perfumery

Well, now that we have our facts straight, the Cote d'Azur certainly does seem like the playground of the rich and famous! Do you know any more interesting facts about the French Riviera? Leave them in the comments below!

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