By the way, the French Riviera, from where to where?

By the way, the French Riviera, from where to where?

 July 24, 2018
 about 3 minutes

By the way, the French Riviera, from where to where?

Maybe you've never asked yourself the question but do you know where it starts and where it ends?

Would this beautiful coastline be limited to Saint-Tropez to Monaco? Or from Marseille to San Remo?

You have noticed how we can look at the world thinking that it turns around us... let's take a little detour through history: the French Riviera, whose term was born in 1887 under the pen of a retired senior civil servant based in Cannes, actually refers to the entire coastline from the creeks of Marseille-Cassis to Italy!

This historical reminder does not prevent us from observing that the definitions are numerous and the contours are very blurred.

For example, according to the Comité Régional du Tourisme, the Côte d'Azur is the PACA region, while Géo magazine 's special issue on the Riviera takes readers on a tour of the region from Bandol to Menton...
The Guide du Routard has published a map covering the Var and Alpes-Maritimes departments.

In the end, I'll tell you one thing: born in Nice, and Côte d'Azur in my heart, my excursions and visits will cover Monaco, St Tropez, Nice, Menton l'Estérel as well as Ventimiglia... So, grab your backpacks, let's go!

Côte d'Azur panoramic view from the sky

But who is this retired senior civil servant?

Mr. Stéphen Liégeard! He will replace the "Riviera" by the "Côte d'Azur".
You will tell me that he was born on the French Riviera: not at all. Born in Dijon in 1830, in love with the region, he will settle for his retirement in Cannes. Mr. Liégeard was a high civil servant, lawyer, politician, writer and poet.
It was during his trip to the Riviera that he wrote his book "Côte d'Azur", and created the name. His book described the route of his trip from Hyères to Genoa, the Ligurian city.
If you want more information on this Mr. Liégeard, I propose you the link of wikipedia.

View of the sea from the hills of Château de nice Côte d'azur

Welcome to the Côte d'Azur!

This little corner of paradise is sure to blow your mind!

Between sea and mountains, you won't know where to turn! From dream beaches to crystal-clear waters, from secret islands like the Îles de Lérins to the rugged mountains of the Alpes-Maritimes, not forgetting the lavender fields of the hinterland... we've got everything to dazzle you.

Are you an art fan? You'll love strolling through the museums that have captured the spirit of giants like Picasso, Matisse or Chagall.
Don't miss the Maeght Foundation for a dose of modern art in the heart of nature, or take a detour to the Musée Picasso in Antibes to admire a few masterpieces.

Looking for glitter? Take a front-row seat at the Cannes Film Festival or make the engines roar at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Here, stars and racing cars shine brightest under the Mediterranean sun!

Gourmands, get ready! The cuisine here is serious business: ultra-fresh seafood, golden olive oil, and those colorful little markets where you can pick olives or fall for a tarte tropézienne.
Nice's Cours Saleya market? A must if you want to feel the pulse of Provence.

And where to sleep? How about taking it easy in hotels that are almost as famous as the stars who have stayed there? Le Negresco in Nice, Hôtel de Paris in Monte-Carlo...
Prepare to be treated like a star.

So, are you ready for adventure on the Côte d'Azur?
Put on your sunglasses, leave the guidebook at home and follow your instincts - every nook and cranny here has something unique to offer.
Let's get exploring!

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