Fact File for French Riviera (Côte d'Azur)
The French Riviera has always been synonymous with glamour, celebrity, sophistication and of course, superyachts, and a magnet to those with means seeking sunshine and pleasure. The South of France is a lovely stretch of coastline with charming seaside villages of Mediterranean beauty and sparkling bays and coves to discover on a charter vacation. Visitors will find French cuisine at its best with fresh seafood, creamy cheeses and rich wines.
COORDINATES: 43º21N, 06º51E
REGION'S CAPITAL: Nice
WEATHER: Nice and the Alpes-Maritimes are sheltered by the Alps. Winds are usually gentle, from sea to land, and summer temperatures are very pleasant at 27C (81F) in Jul-Aug. Saint-Tropez is slightly warmer and drier but it is less sheltered from the wind.
BEST TIME TO CHARTER: June-September
AIRPORTS: Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE)
TIME: UTC+1 (winter), UTC+2 (summer)
CURRENCY: EUR; although major credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa) are widely accepted, some restaurants and shops may refuse them. ATMs widely available.
ELECTRICITY: 230 V, 50 Hz
- 1 Jan - New Years Day
- Mar/Apr - Easter Monday
- 1 May - Labor Day
- 8 May - Victory Day
- May/Jun - Ascension Day, Whit Monday
- 14 Jul - Bastille Day
- 15 Aug - Assumption
- 1 Nov - All Saints Day
- 11 Nov - Armistice Day
- 25 Dec - Christmas Day
MAIN PORTS AND MARINAS: Menton, Monaco, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Nice, Antibes, Juan les Pins, Golfe-Juan, Cannes, Fréjus, Saint-Tropez
RECOMMENDED BEACHES: The French Riviera is studded with beautiful beaches, most of which are sandy. Beaches worth a short stop are in and around Menton, Cap Ferrat, Antibes, Golfe-Juan, Cannes, Saint-Tropez and Hyères, to name only a few.
CULTURAL: The French Riviera is one of Europe's most chic and glamorous destinations where the world's rich and beautiful spend their yachting vacations each summer. Although English is spoken in tourist areas, it is appreciated to know a few words of French.
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