Do you love France? Still planning your summer escape to Europe? There are plenty of reasons (and good explanations) why the French Rivera, or in French Côte d’Azur, is amongst the most admired coastlines in Europe.
Nice beaches. Exploring one of Europe’s smallest micro-states, Monaco. Good food. Good vibes: If that all still hasn’t convinced you to go there soon, then you should consider these factors as well:
1. Towns and villages are closely connected via railway system
Thanks to the TGV railway system, it’s very simple to head from one town to another one. France’s TGV operate daily from Paris to Marseille where travellers can reach the Provence. From there, it’s possible to continue the journey either with a TGV or with a local train to one of the other cities, such as Nice, Cannes or Saint Tropez.
2. It’s more than just some beach resorts
If you truly think the French Rivera purely offers some resorts along the coastline, then you are completely wrong. This part of the region in particular also offers some incredible hilltop villages, retreats, hiking and cycle paths that just simply invite you to be explored.
However, keep in mind that those destinations further inland are hardly accessible by trains. It’s worth to rent a car for a day or two and also spending a night in one of the local hotels in the hilltop villages to get a completely different Côte d’Azur experience that will definitely enrich you.
3. The cultural heritage is GIGANTIC
A great local cuisine. An enriching and fascinating local culture that enjoys different streams of influences from other parts of Europe. Local artists and museums invite you to learn more about the local culture and history of the French Rivera. The region gained popularity in particular after the Second World War. Prior to that, the French Rivera was an exclusive retreat for the British upper class. Queen Victoria enjoyed much of her summer vacations in this region.
4. Sunshine? No worries.
While minimum temperatures can vary from 5 – 16 degree Celsius from January until April on average, it is relatively mild and not too cold in the region. Maximum temperatures during the summer can vary between 28 and 30 degrees Celsius. Even after the high-peak season, travellers can enjoy warm and comfortable temperatures between 25 and 15 degrees up until November.
And by the way: Places like Nice, Toulon and Marseille enjoy annual sunshine hours of 2,800 hours, or 161 days of strong sunshine which makes approx. 44% of the whole year.
5.Continue your journey
If you still want to explore more of this part of Europe, you can easily continue your journey to Italy, both by car and by train. Liguria, the southern coastal region that borders to the Côte d’Azur, has its gateways open for you. You can continue your journey along the coastline up until Genoa and explore other parts of Italy as well. For example, connections to Tuscany and to the Piedmont region are possible.