Dans la rubrique , le 20 juin 2011
The French department of Alpes-Maritimes (06) belongs to the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region with one over million inhabitants, and was initially created from the comté of Nice (Chef lieu), principality of Monaco, and the arrondissement of Grasse.
Its economy is mainly based on services, with well developed industries, such as perfumery in Grasse, new technologies in Sophia-Antipolis (also well-known for its university), or the spatial center in Cannes Mandelieu.
Sophia Antipolis :
- 2300 hectares
- 1 414 companies, of which 40% have an activity around R&D, and 11% are from foreign capital
- 30 000 employees of which 54% are executives, and 45% in information technologies
- 5 000 students and 4 000 public sector researchers
The French Riviera (côte d'Azur) and its back country have precious treasures. In addition to its famous coast, a craggy landscape close to the coastline allows, at certain time of the year, to ski and water-ski on the same day. Sunshine is also known there with 320 days of sun per year!
Nice Carnival, Jazz festivals in Nice and Juan les Pins, movie festival in Cannes, are now major cultural events, without mentioning the gastronomy festival in Mougins, the lemon Festival in Menton, south nights in Vence…
Prices are above the national average and 20% of properties are holiday homes. If the coast offers mainly apartments, the back country offers houses and properties, old style " mas or bastides " (highly searched for) or more modern cottages, with prices depending on the proximity of the coast or Business centers (Sophia Antipolis).
The French Riviera, very lively during summer, owes its reputation to its beaches, large avenues (Croisette in Cannes, Promenade des Anglais in Nice), without mentioning the charm of its old parts ("old Nice"), its flowers markets, and small fishing ports and marinas.
It's a prestigious location full of palaces et luxurious residences, where it's worth discovering the old Antibes, with its fortification and museums, Cap d'Antibes, Cagnes sur Mer, its mediaeval city and superb fortified castle from the XIV's century, Cannes, Mandelieu, European capital of mimosa, located at the bottom of the Estérel and the Tanneron, Mougin, with its pictures galleries and museums, Menton, with its subtropical microclimate, heaven of gardens, city of art and history, Monaco (Monte-Carlo, the Condamine and Fontvieille), Roquebrune / Cap Martin, seaside resort with its mediaeval village and castle, Eze, very nice village perched on top of a rock, Villefranche, nested in one of the most beautiful harbor, St-Jean Cap Ferrat, and its famous seaside track, the Esterel, between La Napoule and Fréjus / St-Raphaël. But also Cape d'Ail, La Turbie, Saint Laurent du Var, ...
As soon as you leave the seaside, the scenery becomes craggy, roads wind their ways through the hills and mountains overhanging the sea.
Vegetation becomes Mediterranean: pine and olive trees, thyme, laurels in bloom, cactus, singing cicadas. Grasse has become the world capital of perfumes thanks to the richness of aromatic plants.
It's worth discovering its surroundings: the mimosas from Auribeau, the old village of Valbonne, the superb view from the castle of Cabris or Gourdon, St Paul de Vence, one of the famous " perched villages ", and Vence, with its fortification and narrow streets, its cathedral and its fountains.
But also Sophia Antipolis, Biot, Carros, Contes, Villeneuve-Loubet, La Colle sur Loup, Tourrettes sur Loup,…
In winter, all snow sports are available, and in summer, the 325 km of rivers offer the possibility to do cannyoning, canoe, or kayak.
The Natural park of Mercantour offers exceptional landscapes with preserved animal and vegetal species.
Ski and hiking bring back life to places like Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée (Auron), Beuil, Péone (Valberg), Saint-Martin-Vésubie, Isola ...
Nice is the prefecture of the Alpes Maritimes.
The place Masséna is considered as the heart of the city, and the main axis linking south to north is avenue Jean-Médecin, different parts of Nice being located on each side.
South, there is the Mediterranean sea and the promenade des Anglais, as well as the baie des Anges !
The " old city " is packed with narrow back-alleys, offering to tourists a bit of freshness upon hot days.
Nice is a very nice place to live. The Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (second in France with over 10 million travelers each year), port and freeway infrastructure (A8) open-up this agglomeration snuggled between sea and mountain. A TGV project should allow reaching Nice from Paris in less than 4h in a few years time. The agglomeration offers good services and activities while still keeping a human size: tramway, universities, tourism, proximity of Sophia Antipolis, Monaco,...
Nice districts, ranked from most to less famous :
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