The Cote d'Azur ('Coast of Azure'), often known as the French Riviera in English, is the Mediterranean coastline of France's southeast corner, including the sovereign state of Monaco. Cote d'Azur has no official boundary, but is usually considered to extend from the border of Italy (Italian Riviera) in the east to Hyeres, Toulon, Cassis or Saint-Tropez in the west.
The Cote d'Azur coastline was one of the first contemporary resort areas. It emerged as a winter health resort for Britain's upper class at the end of 18th century. In the mid-19th century, with the arrival of railway, it became the vacation spot of Russian, British, and other aristocrats, including King Edward VII (at the time he was Prince of Wales), and Queen Victoria. In the summer, Cote d'Azur also played home to members of Rothschild family. During the first half of 20th century, it was frequented by writers and artists, including Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Edith Wharton, Aldous Huxley, Somerset Maugham, and wealthy Europeans and Americans. After World War II, Cote d'Azur became a popular tourist destination. Many celebrities, like Brigitte Bardot and Elton John, have homes in the area. Officially, the Cote d'Azur is home to a total of 163 nationalities with 83,960 foreign residents, though estimates of the non-French nationals are often higher.
Its largest city in Cote d'Azur is Nice, which in 2006 had a population of 347,060. The city is the center of Nice-Côte d'Azur communauté urbaine, bringing together 24 communes and a population of over 500,000 and 933 080 in its urban area.
Nice is home to Nice Cote d'Azur Airport, the third-busiest airport in France after Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris-Orly. A 2nd airport at Mandelieu was once region's commercial airport, but is currently mainly used by business and private aircraft. Through the region runs A8 autoroute, as does the old main road known as Route nationale 7 (now D N7 in Var and D6007 in Alpes-Maritimes). The coastal region is served by trains, with TGV Sud Est service reaching the Nice-Ville station in 5h and 30 min from Paris.
The French Riviera features a population of more than 2 million. It is home to a high-tech park or technopole at Sophia-Antipolis located north of Antibes, as well as a research and technology center at University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis. The Cote d'Azur region has 35,000 students, with 25% working toward a doctorate.
The Cote d'Azur is a major cruising area and has several marinas along its coast. Each year the French Riviera hosts 50% of the world's superyacht fleet, with 90% of all superyachts visiting region's coast at least once in a lifetime. As a tourist center, Cote d'Azur benefits from around 320 days of sunshine per year, as well as 115 km (71 miles) of coastline and beaches, 14 ski resorts, 18 golf courses, and 3,000 restaurants.
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