The French Riviera is the sunniest region in France and the favourite holiday destination for many French people and foreigners. A calm and gentle sea, sunny beaches, many activities, it is a dream holiday and, thanks to a car rental in Nice, it will be possible to travel all along the coast and the hinterland.
A variety of landscapes
The Côte d’Azur is a region that extends over six departments, from the Bouches-du-Rhône to the Alpes-Maritimes, via the Var, the Vaucluse, the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and the Hautes-Alpes.
The first three are bordering the Mediterranean while the others are the hinterland. Its location between the sea and the Alps gives it a very varied landscape, both maritime and mountainous, and extraordinary landscapes.
Even the seashores do not have the same type of landscape from Menton to Camargue, the marshy delta of the Rhône valley, and this is even more true in the mountainous areas of the department.
As far as the climate is concerned, those who are attentive to the weather can easily see that, even when there is bad weather everywhere, there is almost always sunshine on the Côte d’Azur, but this situation is not only a good thing, since this region is often subject to heat waves and therefore sensitive to fires that are often serious.
The sea… but not only
Due to the department’s large surface area and varied terrain, the best way to discover the Côte d’Azur is undoubtedly to opt for a car rental in Nice, then to drive through the region by adopting various accommodations, hotels, bed and breakfast, cottages, rentals…
Indeed, if we always think of the Mediterranean, when we talk about the Côte d’Azur, we should also know that this region has three national parks and four natural parks, which offer sumptuous landscapes where you can enjoy memorable hikes.
In addition, there are magnificent artificial lakes such as Serre-Ponçon and Sainte-Croix, not to mention the rivers Durance, Argens and Var.