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Moving to the Côte d’Azur

Updated: Sep 9, 2022

Who among us wouldn't dream of calling the French Riviera home? The Côte d'Azur will entice you with its constant sunshine and beautiful sky, its breathtaking landscapes, its delicious food, and its lifestyle that complements it all.

The Côte d'Azur, often known as the French Riviera, is located in the southeastern region of France along the Mediterranean coast. It begins in Menton, which is near the Italian border and ends in Hyères, which is in the west. Included in this route is the Principality of Monaco.

Because of its high level of life, little pollution, and excellent transit options, it is considered to be one of the best locations to live in all of France. Additionally, some of the most expensive properties in the whole globe may be found there.


You'll discover the most attractive folks, complete with their dainty lapdogs and enormous boats, along the shore. Deep gorges plunge through the slopes of the mountains that may be found inland. These gorges are flanked by almond trees, vineyards, and lavender fields that cover the richly colored ground. Of course, you'll also discover more attractive individuals inland.

The city of Nice, which is located in the middle of several beach resorts along the Côte d'Azur, is home to an international airport. These seaside destinations include Antibes, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, Villefrance, Juan-les-Pins, and St. Tropez. St. Paul de Vence, Valbonne, and Eze are just a few examples of charming historic towns and villages that can be found inland; these places are rural, have lower prices (relatively speaking), and are near the coast. A little distance to the north of Antibes lies the French equivalent of Silicon Valley known as Sophia-Antipolis. A home in the middle of the country may be purchased for the same amount of money that would get you an apartment on the seaside. The present circumstances have resulted in a reduction in activity on the property market; yet, it is quite unlikely that you will ever find a good deal in this location.

The coastal lifestyle

Liz lives in what she calls a "completely small" apartment in what was formerly a 19th-century hotel in the town of Hyères, which is the oldest resort on the Côte d'Azur. Hyères is located a few kilometers inland from the coast. "I'm almost able to make out the ocean!" She claims that it is still feasible to dine out on a budget, although the whole neighborhood is costly. She notes that even in the center of some of the most expensive neighborhoods, you can still discover wonderful places to stay at affordable prices. "We head to a tiny pub that's right on the harborside of Cap Ferrat, which is located farther down the coast. It is very unpretentious and serves reasonably priced and delectable mussels and frites.

"The region has a wonderful climate, with the sun shining for five hours per day in January and for twelve hours per day in July."

However, there are likely to be quite a few mosquitoes in the area.

Liz claims that some of the nicest aspects of living on the Côte d'Azur include "the light — painters such as Matisse & Picasso came here for a reason." It's incredible, and you just can't help but feel better after experiencing it. The food: "The quality of what is on sale in the stores and marketplaces is exceptional." She also acknowledges that "the sheer glitter of it..." is one of the reasons why she loves living there so much. Driving on the Grande Corniche in a convertible while not acting as a tourist during the Cannes film festival still excites me.

And what are the drawbacks of living on the Côte d'Azur, other than the high expense of living there? There may be more criminal activity here than in other parts of the south. If your vehicle has local license plates, you are less likely to be a target for auto thieves; as for visitors, "during July and August, the beaches and highways are jammed to capacity." That is the time of year when I often take a vacation and visit friends in other places.


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