A glamorous and luxurious destination
The French Riviera is a highly attractive destination since the 18th century when the first tourists from England, Russia or the north of France were enjoying its mild winters. They were also coming on the coast to cure themselves from breathing diseases or simply to relax looking at the beautiful panorama offered by the sea. The proper name French Riviera has been given by the English visitors.
Nested between the southern Alps mountains and the Mediterranean sea, this part of the southern french coast benefits from a wonderful climate year round. The Alps mountains protect it from the cold northern winds. You can even see people swimming in the sea in January.
The French Riviera is not an official geographical appellation. It is part of the coast of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region. Historically the French Riviera starts by the Italian border east and extends itself to Cannes to the west. Nowadays people also tend to include the resorts of Saint Raphael and Saint Tropez under the appellation.
Saint Tropez, Saint Raphael, Antibes, Cagnes sur Mer and Cannes are also historically part of Provence. Nice and Villefranche used to belong to the Kingdom of Savoy. Monaco remains an independent city-state since the end of the 13th century.