The promenade on the bay of Cannes is one of the most beautiful boulevards in the world. At the Cannes Film Festival, "the Croisette" is the red carpet for the stars. At the bay of Cannes there are wide sandy beaches and a marina where you can see expensive boats. One luxury boutique is lined up after the other in the center of Cannes. Cannes has one of the highest glamor factors on the Côte d'Azur.
The small Principality of Monaco has only 2 square kilometers of land with about 36,000 inhabitants. The tax paradise lives from the glamor of the monarchy, from gambling and tourism. Although Monaco is so small there are 3 different parts of the city. The old town of Monaco is on a rock above the harbor and is a small village with cute houses. The Quartier du Port is located on the harbor and consists mainly of boring hotel towers built in the 1970s. Monte Carlo serves the jet set cliché with casino and luxury boutiques.
The world's most famous casino was built in 1878 by Charles Garnier the famous architect also built the Opera Garnier in Paris. The crowd in front of the Casino is always waiting for celebrities and billionaires to pass by. Everyone here can feel like James Bond or Grace Kelly for a moment.
The small fishing village was known by Brigitte Bardot, the famous French actress moved to Saint-Tropez in the 1960s. Since then, expensive yachts frolic in the small harbor. Tourists sit in the cafes and hope to spot a "celebrity" while siping an overpriced drink. Saint-Tropez is a nice small town like many others at the Cote d'Azur.
Sights on the Cote d'Azur
In addition to Nice, there are many other cities on the Cote d'Azur that are worth visiting. The best known is the small principality of Monaco, which is a magnet for millionaires with its low tax rates. This has made Monaco a destination for the international jet set. Cannes is also a hotspot for the rich and famous of this world. The International Film Festival brings stars and glamor to the city. Antibes and Saint-Tropez are beautiful towns with history at the sea.