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Nice, Monaco and San Remo
A small stretch of the coast of the Liguria Sea is the Riviera that is famous for film festivals and car races. The unique climate and rich history have made the region an ideal place for relaxation, where you can enjoy luxurious beaches and a variety of entertainment. Until now, the Cote d'-Azur and the Italian Riviera are popular with European aristocrats and wealthy people from all over the world, but, fortunately, now you do not have to be a millionaire to go there – you can get acquainted with the legendary coast on sightseeing tours, including those from Barcelona.
A small town in the South of France is famous all over the world as a fashionable resort, honored to receive royalty, kings and Dukes. In Russia, Nice is known largely because of the Empress Alexandra Fedorovna – after her vacation, an entire Russian community was formed here, whose representatives bought up land and built houses, Orthodox churches and cultural objects.

In General, internationality seems to be evident in the entire history of the city. Situated on the territory of France, Nice in many ways resembles the Italian coast, because the city became French only under Napoleon (although they tried to conquer it before). And the most famous embankment and the symbol of the Cote d'-Azur was built by the English.
What to see in Nice?
The Negresco hotel is a symbol of the Cote d'-Azur. Built in the early twentieth century in the neoclassical style, it is included in the list of historical heritage sites in France. The interior of the hotel is magnificent, especially the Royal carpets created hundreds of years ago, and the fact that the interior of the apartments is not repeated. Many world celebrities have stayed in Negresco, including Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Marlene Dietrich, Michael Jackson, and others.

The Promenade des Anglais is the most famous and luxurious street in the city. Here are the best hotels, including the Negresco. The history of the embankment began in the XIX century with an amazing history of charity: the road was built to support the unemployed, and later numerous palaces, casinos and hotels grew along it.

The old town
It is difficult to distinguish individual attractions of the historical center, since there are several dozens of them in this area. The appearance of the Old city is familiar to many from photos of colorful houses, which are often published in guides to Nice. Walking along the winding streets, you can see the famous Lascari, Justice and Ruska palaces, Baroque and classicist cathedrals, as well as the famous market, which is worth mentioning separately.

The Flower Market is not only the place to buy things. The aromas of flowers and fruits, a variety of sweets and unique local dishes attract Hedonists from all over the world. Here you can eat delicious food, enjoying views of the architecture of the historical center, and the lively atmosphere of the street gives a sense of celebration. The flower market is open 6 days a week, and on Monday, antiques are sold in its place.

The Russian Nice
Russian aristocrats, intellectuals and forced migrants of the beginning of the twentieth century left their mark on the architectural appearance of the city. Built with the participation of the Royal family, St. Nicholas Cathedral is one of the largest Orthodox churches in Europe. Famous poets are buried in the Russian Caucade cemetery, and the chapel of St. Nicholas is located in the center of the cemetery. The grave of Alexander Herzen, who lived here for several years, is also among the Russian sights of Nice.



The capital of festivals and a favorite resort of aristocrats – today Cannes is known all over the world. But this was not always the case. Once there was a small fishing village, later-a fortress, for which fierce battles were fought, and only since the XIX century in the history of the city there was a turn that determined the direction of development and modern status.

Today, Cannes combines luxury beaches and cultural holidays. The most famous events here are the international film festival and the "Cannes Lions" advertising festival, the pyrotechnics festival, the retail real estate exhibition, the music fair, and the global forum of manufacturers in the field of digital and interactive technologies.
What to see in Cannes?
The Croisette Embankment is a beautiful place for walks along the sea. The most expensive hotels of the city are situated here complimented by seascapes and views of the islands. Promenade de la Croisette is only 2,8 km long, but the abundance of architectural wonders, shops and cafes makes this stretch of the coast rather attractive for tourists.

Le Suquet quarter is an old part of the city with beautiful medieval architecture. Here is the famous Suquet tower with the height of 22 m, the Church of Notre-Dame de L'Esperance in the Gothic style, the Chateau de La Castres, where today the Museum of Art and Ethnography is located. But no less interesting in the quarter are the narrow streets, simple small houses, and, of course, the incredible panoramas of the city.

Lerin Abbey is a Catholic monastery located on the island of St. Honorat off the coast of Cannes. The monastic brotherhood settled here at the beginning of the fifth century, in the XI century a large fort and chapels were built. Despite the fact that some buildings were destroyed, newer buildings organically complemented the overall picture. Today the ensemble of the monastery is a combination of architecture from the fifth century to the present day.

The Festival Palace, which hosts the city's most exciting events every year, and the Avenue of Stars, which stores the prints of celebrities, are especially interesting on event dates. However, it is quite difficult to get here during festivals, but at other times you can walk and appreciate the beauty of the place, see the handprints of Charlie Chaplin, Princess Diana, Quentin Tarantino and other celebrities.

Principality of Monaco

What associations do you have when you mention the Principality of Monaco? Most people immediately think of rally cars and Formula 1, the Monte Carlo casino and luxury, luxury, luxury... Of course, these ideas are true, but there are other delights in Monaco. Ancient architecture and quaint interweaving of streets, numerous museums and cathedrals, breathtaking panoramas of bays and harbors, and in the summer – beaches with warm clear sea.

Once upon a time, the history of Monaco began with a small settlement, and the Principality began to acquire luster and glory only in the nineteenth century. At that time, many Mediterranean resorts flourished, but some of them were particularly lucky. This luck was in the favorable attitude of the powerful Prince Charles III of Monaco, who did a lot for this. The Monte Carlo gambling house he built brought a stream of people who liked to spend money with taste and passion to the Principality, which can still be seen today.

However, now the country can be visited not only by owners of solid accounts. Excursions to Monaco are sold at quite reasonable prices, and you can walk and enjoy the beauty almost for free.
What to see in Monaco?
The Palace of the princes of Monaco is one of the main attractions of the country. The luxurious building in Monaco-Ville has been the only official residence of the Royal family for seven centuries. Some parts of it are open to the public, and the Napoleon Bonaparte Museum is located here.

Monte Carlo casino is the starting point in the modern reputation of the Principality. The first building was opened in 1863. After the fire, a new casino was built, which has survived to the present day. It would be extremely difficult to list the celebrities who left mind-boggling amounts of money here – the monarchs and aristocrats of Europe appreciated the proposed conditions and liked to spend time here.

St. Nicholas Cathedral serves as the tomb of the princes of Monaco. The white-stone building looks openwork and almost weightless, the interior decoration is striking in luxury and artful decoration, and regular concerts of organ music allow you to double the pleasure of visiting this place.

The Japanese garden in Monte Carlo is a place whose beauty can be envied by the Japanese themselves. The landscape Park is built in the best traditions of the land of the Rising Sun and, perhaps, reflects the philosophy of the Principality itself very well: everything that is taken in Monaco is made of the highest quality, with taste and Royal scope.

San Remo

They say that in San Remo there are so many flower beds and greenhouses that are impossible to see in other cities. It is fair to say that the flower industry is developed in the surrounding area – the local climate contributes to the riot of greenery. This feature has

formed not only the image, but also the culture of the city - flower festivals and holidays are very bright and colorful.

San Remo became a popular resort only in the nineteenth century, and the Romanovs took part in its formation. After Maria Feodorovna and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, representatives of the Russian aristocracy came here, as the houses and temples they built remind us today.

In the twentieth century, the resort's fame was enhanced by the Italian song contest, first organized in 1951. It gave the world a lot of big names, including Adriano Celentano, Eros Ramazotti and others. Today the competition is better known as the San Remo Music Festival.
What to see in San Remo?
The Church of Christ the Savior with five domes looks very exotic against the background of palm trees. It was opened in 1913, but according to the architects ' idea it was built in the tradition of Orthodox architecture of the XVII century. Outside, the temple impresses with its beauty and refinement, and inside, in addition to the rich decoration, visitors will find an exhibition of Russian icons.

The Villa of Alfred Nobel was not only his home in the last years of his life, but also the laboratory of the famous chemist. Today there is a Museum, which is worth visiting not only for those who are interested in science. The building itself, the luxurious and unusual park, the interior of the house accurately convey the atmosphere of rich houses of the XIX century.

San Remo Casino is famous not only for gambling, but also for cultural events. Literary Mondays, concerts and performances are no less popular here than roulette, and in general, the building itself, built in 1905, deserves attention.

Villa Hanbury with luxurious botanic gardens is a great place for walks. Thousands of plants are collected here, many of which can rarely be found in other places.

The La Pigna Quarter is a picturesque district of medieval architecture. There are many interesting ancient buildings, but it is difficult to single out separate sights. Winding streets, ancient houses, alleys and squares, and mainly the cozy atmosphere of the quarter, leave unforgettable impressions of the walk.
How to get to Cote d'-Azur?
Perhaps the most difficult thing is to choose the city you want to visit. Each of them is beautiful, and ideally you should see them all, which can be done with a tour group, by public transport or in a rented car.

The nearest airport to San Remo is in Genoa. Trains and buses run between these cities, and the travel time is about two hours.

It is convenient to get to Cannes and the Principality of Monaco from Nice airport – there are trains and buses in both directions, and the journey takes 30-45 minutes.

If the Cote d'Azur is not the main goal of your trip, you can visit it with a two-day tour. This time is enough for visiting the main attractions and exploring the fashionable region with a minimal budget.
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