France’s French Riviera — Côte d'Azur in the local tongue — takes its name after the azure color of the Mediterranean Sea. A playground for members of the monarchy and an inspiration for many renowned artists, this pristine coastline delights its visitors with scenic beaches, luxury beach resorts, postcard-perfect towns, splendid villa rentals, and prestigious festivals.
The towns and cities that make up the French Riviera each offer a unique set of views and activities for travelers. Nice, the quintessential resort city, has a lovely promenade bordered by the Palais de la Méditerranée as well as the Villa Masséna and its formal French gardens. Saint-Tropez, once a humble fishing village, charms its visitors with its cobbled streets, stylish cafes, picturesque squares, and a harbor filled with yachts. Eze, a village set atop a steep hill, houses small galleries, artisan boutiques, and La Chevre d'Or, a luxury vacation home set in a 14th century chateau. Then there’s Monaco, the independent microstate famed for its glitzy casinos, luxury villas and hotels, and the Grand Prix motor race.
During the first half of the 20th century, the French Riviera welcomed many wealthy Europeans and Americans, as well as some of the world’s most prolific painters and writers, including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Edith Wharton. Aside from attracting famous personalities, the region also serves as a melting pot for different cultures. Inhabited since the prehistoric times, it has been influenced by the Greeks, colonized by the Romans, and came under the authority of Germanic peoples and Christians. Today, it is estimated that the French Riviera has a population of over 2 million people representing 163 nationalities.
While on holiday, travelers can take the opportunity to engage in yachting and cruising activities — both of which are very popular in the area. There are also many ski resorts and golf courses for those who wish to enjoy the height of each season along the Mediterranean coast.
You can begin planning your luxury vacation today by securing a comfortable accommodation from Villaway’s selection of villa rentals.