All the towns on the coast evoke something special of us all
From East to West...
Here we're on the border with Italy, in a décor of baroque architecture sheltered by the nearby mountains and opening out to ample shores with limpid waters. Classified as a town of Art and History, Menton is an elegant and lively seaside resort. Overlooked by the hills of Garavan with their sumptuous gardens, Menton's shoreline accommodates two large yacht harbours as well as both sand and pebble beaches.
An ancient village clinging to the cliff, a bay with clear calm waters where fans of water sports and yachting live in harmony... That's the elegant report of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. Its Cape, well-preserved havens with typically Mediterranean vegetation, is a delightful place for walks, much appreciated by Le Corbusier. A path bearing his name leads to sumptuous viewpoints.
The famous Rock, the luxury and splendour of Monte-Carlo...in Monaco the extraordinary is quite commonplace. Between sea and sun, the Principality is the privileged rendezvous of racing boats, old-ships, and sleek yachts. It was in fact from its port that Prince Albert 1st, founder of the Oceanographic Museum, sailed off to discover the oceans and their secrets. The "Societe des Bains de Mer" was created in Monaco in 1863.
At the gateway to Monaco, Cap d'Ail mingles rocky promontories with luxuriant natures, maritime pines and Mediterranean fragrances with "Belle Epoque" villas. Surrounded by natural vegetation and accessed by a pathway right at the water's edge, the yacht harbour and beaches here are especially pleasant. Very attentive to the quality of its environment, Cap d'Ail has regularly been awarded the highly coveted "Pavillon Blue". Don't miss: the "Parcours d'interpretation" running along the superb coastal path (guided tour for naturalists on request).
Eze, an astonishing encounter between the mountains and the Mediterranean. This medieval village, a real eagle's nest, overhangs the spectacular peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, inviting one to discover a breathtaking panoramic view. "Eze-sur-Mer" is a pleasant seaside resort, its shoreline shaded by pine trees.
The extreme mildness of its climate, the limpidity of its "Baie des Fourmis", the luxuriance of its vegetation and its well-equipped harbour make Beaulieu-sur-Mer a seaside resort both authentic and chic, a real oasis highly-prized by all yacht enthusiasts. Don't miss: the Greek Villa Kerylos.
One of the pearls of the Riviera, that's Saint-Jean-Ca-Ferrat. This seaside resorts, endowed with a yacht harbour, is renowned throughout the world for its sublime cape, to be discovered along its many pathways. Creeks, sandy beaches, vegetation composed of pines and eucalyptus trees, de-luxe villas, an irresistible and enchanting setting.
Situated at the heart of one of the loveliest quaysides in the world, Villefranche has preserved its 17th-century prestige with its harbour, the colourful facades of the old town and the citadel. The quayside of Villefranche is the privileged anchoring spot for the most prestigious cruise ships. Bathers and divers especially appreciate is beaches lapped by clear waters.
Since the dawn of time, Nice has lived in symbiosis with the Mediterranean. Set in the middle of the Bay of Naples, the Capital of the Cote d'Azur offers multi-facetted possibilities for fans of the "Grande Bleue". Its 7 kilometres of pebble beaches, bordered by the Promenade des Anglais, invite visitors to sample the varied joys of seaside activities. From pathways such as that of Mont-Boron one comes across spectacular views of the shore. Many cruise ships drop anchor in its port alongside the pointed fishing boats.
Saint-Laurent-de-Var is a busy resort where the sea takes pride of place. Its waterfront is renowned for water sports, especially windsurfing. And its yacht harbour, one of the biggest on the Riviera shore, is bordered by the Promenade des Flots-Bleus, a pleasant place to stroll and enjoy the evening atmosphere.
A small and lively fishing port with the accent of the south, 5 km of pebble beaches, an intense light that Renior loved so much... Cagnes-sur-Mer lives in tune to the Mediterranean. Fans of nautical activities enjoy themselves alongside the old pointed fishing boats in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
4 km of beaches for fans of sea-bathing and water sports, a small yacht harbour at the foot of the attractively-named "Marina Baie des Anges", whose pyramid architecture evokes both surprise and fascination. Villeneuve-Loubet is a very lively resort, ideal for boatmen. Beyond the resort, the green parks of the village on the banks of the River Loup are there to complete your pleasure.
At Antibes Juan-les-Pins, the Mediterranean reveals itself in all its spendour and diversity. It zigzags its way beneath the ramparts of Old Antibes, hugs the steep contour of Cap d'Antibes and rolls up the fine sandy beaches of Juan-Les-Pins. In Port Vauban in particular, floating palaces, yachts and pleasure boats bob up and down. Water nymphs, sea dogs, dolphins and...sirens all bear witness: Antibes is the daughter of the sea.
By disembarking on the fine sandy beach on his return from Elba, Napoleon ensured that Golfe-Juan became part of history. This seaside resort, in the middle of a rounded gulf, is appreciated just as much by diving enthusiasts as fans of water sports. Golfe-Juan's very lovely yacht harbour is the most recent on the Cote d'Azur.
Cannes. A movie set for an azure-tinted symphony. Its world-famous bay with its sandy contour-the Croisette-is the privileged rendezvous of the entire world. Palatial hotels, beaches, yacht harbours, de-luxe boutiques have all forged the reputation of this town. Simultaneously a star and yet so authentic. Le Suquet and its old port, the Lerins Islands, citadels, abbey, museums and gardens, delight all those attracted here. Cannes is also a major meeting-point for pleasure-boat enthusiasts-with its "Salon Nantique" prestigious regattas-and competitive events.
Green, yellow and blue, three colours that symbolize Mandelieu-La Napoule. Green for its golf courses, yellow for the mimosa, and blue for the Mediterranean, which laps the sandy beaches and small isolated coves. In the middle of a gulf, highly prized for water sports, this seaside resort offers the largest mooring capacity on the Cote d'Azur.
Theoule-sur-Mer or the clash of the fiery-red rocks of the Massif de l'Esterel and the cobalt blue of the Mediterranean. In this striking setting, creeks and sandy beaches offer all the pleasures of bathing and underwater diving. The forest park of La Pointe de l'Aiguille covers a coastline area of 17.5 acres, providentially preserved on both sides from the Corniche de l'Esterel. This small seaside resort is also a privileged mooring spot for boatmen.