Côte d'Azur

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The Côte d'Azur (French: Côte d'Azur, Occitan: Còsta d'Azur, that is ‘Azure Coast’) is a famous tourist region along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, in eastern Provence (France) and in Monaco, stretching between the cities of Cassis and Menton (or between Hyères and Menton, according to other sources). In English, the Côte d'Azur may be called also the “French Riviera” but it is erroneous since the city-state of Monaco does not belong to France and, furthermore, this name is locally unused. The Côte d'Azur is continued eastward by the Italian Riviera.

Famous cities of the Côte d'Azur are Toulon, Cannes, Nice (the largest one) and Monaco. They are among a range of reputed, beautiful towns which align like pearls on the seashore, from west to east: Cassis, Toulon, Hyères, Saint-Tropez, Fréjus, Saint-Raphaël, Grasse, Cannes, Antibes, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Nice, Monaco and Menton.