The French Riviera

The French Riviera, known in France as the Cote d'Azur, is a great destination for a holiday. It has a plethora of jet set towns including Nice, Cannes, and Saint Tropez. The beaches of the French Riviera are known throughout Europe as the hottest and most glamourous places to tan, and as the sun goes down, the Cote d'Azur is known for wild all night parties. The coastline features stunning cliffs and sweeping beaches.

Popular cities along the French Riviera include Nice, the capital of the area. Nice is more affordable than many of its cousins, features good beaches, and the old city harbors baroque churches, stylish buildings, and art museums. Nearby, the charming French Riviera towns of Antibes and Juan-les-Pins are nestled on the peninsula. Cannes is known for the fancy enclave of stars that visit its hotels, nightclubs, and beaches. Cannes is full of yachts, shopping, a few objects of cultural significance. Cannes is also famous for the yearly film festival in May. Grasse is famous for its distinct red and orange tile roofs, and the perfume. St. Tropez is another high end Cote d'Azur destination, with plenty of beaches, nightclubs, and a modest collection of museums.

With three different bodies of water along its coastlines France has plenty of waterfront for its beautiful beaches, plenty of things to do, and a variety of settings to please any sunbather. From the warm crystal blue water of the Mediterranean Sea, to the long, sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, to the picturesque coastline along the English Channel, France has plenty of options. In addition, French beaches are know for their liberal attitude towards bathing attire, as many sunbathers tan topless, or even nude. For a more wholesome experience there are designated family beaches in some areas. Which coast you hit depends on what you're looking for.

If you're looking for other France attractions visit Marseille, with its charming street markets, old port, and historic sections. Stout supporters of the revolution, Louis the XIV built two fortresses on the port, with guns facing the city. In addition, France's national anthem is called La Marseillaise, named from the soldiers chanting the tune as the marched to Paris. Normandy is an historic area of France. Also on the list of France attractions is Normandy, home to the D-Day beaches, as well as many charming and picturesque towns. Joan of Arc was burned in Rouen, an ancient, inland town with superb medieval buildings and museums. Mont-St-Michael bay contains a beautiful seascape, with a 264 feet granite wall. Of course, some of the most famous France attractions area in Paris. Paris is a center for museums, restaurants, monuments, and shopping. The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre museum, and Notre Dame cathedral all reside in Paris. Bordeaux is home to amazing French wine and Lyon is a historic and well located metropolis, perfect for blitzing into Switzerland, Italy, and the Alps.

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