A Popular Tourist Destination
In the past, the French Riviera was considered a beautiful seaside playground only for the rich and famous and glamorous movie stars. In the 13th century, another powerful political force appeared, the House of Grimaldi Descended from a Genoese nobleman expelled from Genoa by his rivals in 1271, members of the different branches of the Grimaldis took power in Monaco , Antibes and Nice, and built castles at Grimaud , Cagnes-sur-Mer and Antibes Albert II , the current Prince of Monaco is a descendant of the Grimaldis.
Cannes lights up the sky each summer with the annual International Fireworks Festival , which started last month and continues August 7, 15 and 24. Also catch the Monte-Carlo International Fireworks Festival each July and August, with its competition happening August 8 and 25. If you feel a need for speed, the Grand Prix of Monaco races through this tiny principality's streets for several days each May.
During your short break in the French Riviera you will be based in the very heart of Nice and there is plenty of free time for sightseeing of your choice, you can take an optional excursion to Monaco & Monte Carlo, or you can simply sit back, relax on one of the many beautiful beaches and enjoy your short holiday to the south of France.
Now while the likes of Paris, Cannes and Nice have price tags for real estate as impressively high as the local architecture and ambiance is attractive, if you move away from these hubs you quickly find beautiful and very well priced real estate for sale.
Immerse in French language and culture in Antibes at our partner university, the Centre International d'Antibes, or take science, engineering, and business courses in English at SKEMA Business School, located in Sophia Antipolis (a.k.a. Europe's Silicon Valley).
Nice's famed Promenade des Anglais - a miles-long stretch alongside pebbly beaches and dominated by the Belle Epoque-era landmark hotel Le Negresco - is one rewarding route; the jaw-dropping allure of the walk between Côte d'Azur villages Villefranche-sur-Mer and next-door Beaulieu-sur-Mer is another.
If you're eating at the restaurant, you can park inside the heavy stone walls of the convent - just look for the big blue metal gates and buzz the intercom to get in. Otherwise, you can find parking around the Place de l'Hotel d Villa or the Town Hall square.
Generally located in historical Antibes, these apartments cater to the independent, do-it-yourself type students who want to experience La Côte d'Azur just as the locals do. Cook tasty French meals with your roommates in your kitchen, meet your new neighbors - local and international alike - and make your new French apartment a home.
Located a 16 minute drive from the chicly unmissable sites of Cannes , 36 minutes from Nice, and just over an hour from St. Tropez, the beautiful Southern France commune of Mougins is our top location for those wishing to explore different parts of the French Riveria from a comforting and calm base.
Perfect for sunbathing, the beaches of Antibes are renowned for their pristine nature and sandy shores. It is also exceptionally accessible, with flights to the main airport, Nice-Côte d'Azur, from no fewer than 14 UK airports. Rimmed by palm trees, you can ramble along La Croisette, Cannes' lively boardwalk bordering the Riviera coast with sanded beaches, not pebbled like in Nice.