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Summer tourist attraction the Côte d'Azur is the coastal part of the French Mediterranean, bounded to the west by the towns of Cassis and Menton, while the main cities are Nice, Cannes, Antibes, St. Raphael and Saint Tropez.
In particular, the Côte d'Azur is famous for the charm of San Tropez, Monaco and the Cannes Film Festival, other lesser known attractions are the perched villages of Eze and Gourdon le perfumeries from Grasse and glassblowers from Biot and the potters from Vallauris. The Riviera was the inspiration for many famous artists such as Picasso and many of their works are exhibited in local museums and art galleries.


The official language in use is French, spoken by all the inhabitants, furthermore there are regional dialectal forms such as Provence or Nice, but they are not widespread.
The means of transport to get to the French Riviera are, the plane, Nice airport is the second French airport, with approximately 10 million passengers a year, offers direct flights to and from many European cities.

By train, Nice and Cannes are approximately 5 hours 30 minutes by TGV from Paris, these two stations also serve other cities in France or in Europe, thanks to direct routes. There are 3 railway lines that serve the region, the coastline serves most of the cities of the coast, Fréjus, Saint-Raphaël, Cannes, Antibes, Nice, Menton. The Nice - Tende - Cuneo line crosses from Nice, the Paillon and Roya valleys, where is the Valley of Wonders. The Nice - Digne line serves the Niçois villages, Puget - Thénier, Annot, it is a private line, the "train of pignes", it is not operated by the national railways SNCF.

By car, the A8 E80 motorway serves the Côte d'Azur, but you can alternatively take the roads National N7 or N98. By boat there are connections with ferries and ships between Nice and Corsica.

During the summer and particularly in the months of July and August, the Côte d'Azur is invaded mostly by tourists French and Italians, who go on vacation to the sea by booking hotels and apartments, or by taking advantage of last minute travel offers. Consequently crowding the major seaside resorts such as Cannes, Mandelieu, Théoule sur Mer, Sainte-Maxime, Antibes, Cagnes-sur-Mer Saint-Raphaël, St. Tropez, Nice, Monaco and Menton.

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.
The Côte d'Azur is included in the denominated region of southern France Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, which borders Italy to the east, to the north it borders with the Rhône-Alpes, to the west with Languedoc-Roussillon and finally to the south it is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea. With an area of 31 838 km², it is the seventh region of metropolitan France. The region is characterized by its Mediterranean coast where most of the population is concentrated.

he region in the past has always been frequented by tourism in particular in winter in the resorts of Hyères, Cannes, Nice, Menton and Monaco with tourists belonging to the European bourgeoisie and aristocracy. After second world war, the diffusion of the tourist system in the Côte d'Azur has reversed the main seasonal activity in the summer.
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