25 Reasons The French Riviera Should Be On Your Travel Bucket List

Posted by , Updated on November 20, 2022

Are you familiar with the French Riviera? If not, you should be. From the incredible weather and beaches to the quaint towns and towering Alps, these are 25 Reasons The French Riviera Should Be On Your Travel Bucket List.


The French Riviera was considered one of the first modern resort areas

French RivieraSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

It began as a winter resort for the British aristocracy in the late 1700s

French RivieraSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

With the construction of the railway in the mid 1800s it really gained popularity

railwaySource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

The French Riviera hosts 50% of the world’s super yachts every year

yachtsSource: Côte d'Azur Economic Development Agency, Image: wikipedia

90% of super yachts will visit the area at least once

super yachtSource: Côte d'Azur Economic Development Agency, Image: wikipedia

French coasts are often named after precious stones. While in English it is often known as the French Riviera, it is also called the Azure Coast, or Cote d’Azur

Cote d'AzurSource: venere.com, Image: wikipedia

Riviera actually just means “coastline” in Italian

Italian flagSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

The region receives 300 days of sunshine per year

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The Cote d’Azur has no official borders but it is considered to run from Italy to as far as Toulon

Cote d'AzurSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Nice is the biggest city of the region

Nice, FranceSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

The Cote d’Azur surrounds the tiny nation of Monaco

MonacoSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Actually, Monaco is the world’s second smallest country, after the Vatican

MonacoSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

One of the most prestigious and oldest film festivals in the world is held every year in Cannes

Cannes Film FestivalSource: venere.com, Image: wikipedia

Grasse, a commune not far from Cannes, is responsible for nearly three quarters of the world’s perfume

GrasseSource: venere.com, Image: wikipedia

Although Monaco is known for its gambling, this is only done by foreigners because gambling is illegal for its citizens

Monte CarloSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Painters like Pablo Picasso spent a lot of time here and claimed to get inspiration from the vibrant colors of the countryside

Pablo PicassoSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

You can get here from Paris in only 5 hours by train

TGVSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

The Cote d’Azur is a very prominent archeological site as it has been inhabited since prehistoric times

prehistoric artifactsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Prior to the influx of vacationing aristocracy in the late 1700s, the Cote d’Azur was actually a remote, impoverished region

Cote d'AzurSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Not long after its discovery, a Scottish doctor named John Brown began prescribing a “change in climate” to his patients and many ended up along the French Riviera

Cote d'AzurSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

As a result, the French historian Paul Gonnet wrote that Nice was “filled with a colony of pale and listless English women and listless sons of nobility near death”

French RivieraSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Following World War I the British aristocracy was replaced by large numbers of American businessmen and celebrities as the primary source of tourism

CannesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Celebrities like Elton John buy prominent houses here

Elton JohnSource: bbook.com, Image: wikipedia

It’s not all beaches and yachts here…the Alps loom in the distance

French RivieraSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Which of course means you can go skiing in the morning and surfing in the afternoon!

skiSource: tripadvisor, Image: pixabay

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