About the French Riviera
The French Riviera (French: Côte d'Azur, Occitan: Còsta d'Azur) is part of France's southeastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, reaching from Cassis to Menton, at the border with Italy. Cannes is host to the annual presentation of the Palme d'Or, which attracts movie stars from around the world.
One of the most famous resort areas in the world, the French Riviera continues west from the Italian Riviera and Menton through Monaco, Nice, Antibes and Cannes, along the Mediterranean coast of the Alpes-Maritimes département. After Cannes, there is some dispute regarding its extent, with some authorities (including the official tourist bodies for the Alpes-Maritimes) arguing that it stops at the border with the département of the Var, after Théoule-sur-Mer. Others suggest it extends further along the Var coastline, at least as far as Saint-Tropez but possibly to Hyères or even the border with the Bouches-du-Rhône département.
The French Riviera became a fashionable resort in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and was particularly popular with the British upper class. Winston Churchill was a regular visitor who often stayed in Coco Chanel's villa where he wrote his memoirs. Initially it was a winter resort, valued for its mild winter climate in comparison with that of northern Europe. It later became much more popular as a summer resort.
Places on the French Riviera include, from west to east: