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Guide to Monaco and the Surrounding Area

A preview of the beaches in Monaco and the surrounding areas

Take time to watch this Guide to Monaco and the Surrounding Area of the French Riviera or Côte d’Azur. In this Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide, we follow in the treads of 19th-century aristocrats along Nice‘s Promenade des Anglais. We then listen to the rhythmic jigger of personal wealth at the casino in fairy-tale Monaco. Finally, we will visit the picturesque artist hangouts of Chagall, Matisse, and Picasso.

An overview of French Riviera or Côte d’Azur

The French Riviera is also Côte d’Azur in the French language. The name in French means “Blue Coast”. Its location is in the southeast corner of France. The region runs along the Mediterranean coastline. France on the west and Italy on the east there is no official boundary of where it extends. The coast is entirely within the region of France’s Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA). The principality of Monaco is a semi-enclave within the region, France surrounds it on three sides and fronting the Mediterranean.

Data on Tourism in French Riviera (2016 Figures)

  • The total commercial accommodation capacity consists of 150, 000 beds;
  • About 46% of hotel capacity ranked 4* or 5*.
  • Nearly 180,000 secondary residences with 48,000 of it are foreign.
  • It has 8 convention and exhibition centers;
  • and 150,000 convention attendees (air travelers) per year.
  • There are 1 out of 5 visitors who traveled “on business or for a conference”.
  • The 15 ski resorts provide almost 700 km of slopes and nearly 100 lifts;
  • There are 600,000 stays (not counting Riviera residents) in the high country.
  • There are 8 million entries to the tourist attractions with 3 in 98 museums and monuments.
  • A total of 802,156 cruise passengers (season 2015) in 5 harbors;
  • 18,402 dock spaces in 35 harbors.
  • 11,000,000 tourists stay on average of 6.3 nights.
  • There are 70 million overnight stays, 7.6% of foreign overnight stays were in French hotels.
  • 4.2% of the total number of French and foreign overnight stays were in France.
  • 26% of tourists arrive by plane and 56% by car, bike or bus.
  • It has the 2nd airport in France with 12 million passengers.
  • NiceCannes-St Tropez is the 2nd European hub of business aviation.
  • 200,000: the average number of tourists present, ranging from 50,000 in mid-January to 650,000 during the August 15th weekend.
  • More than 1 out of 2 stays takes place outside the summer months.
  • The peak month of August represents only 14% of annual stays.
  • Foreign visitors made 48% stays and 51% overnight stays;
  • 18% of foreign tourists come from Italy, some 17% from Great Britain-Ireland, and about 8% from Germany.

Data from Tourism key Figures 2016 Edition

This travel guide video tells more about Monaco and the area around in French Riviera.

Visit the official tourism portal of French Riviera.