Cote D'Azur Villas Offer Sun, Sea and the Celebrity Lifestyle

The jet-set lifestyle is one that springs to mind when you imagine renting villas on the C'ote d'Azur. Whether you want to hire a beach villa in France to enjoy the area's vast coastline, or soak up the local Mediterranean culture, the Cote d'Azur has something for everyone. Many impressionist painters made the Cote d'Azur their home and St Tropez villas provide the perfect base from which to make excursions to see the work of well-known artists.

The capital of the area, Nice, contains work by the likes of Matisse and Chagall, and Antibes is the place to visit if you want to see works by Picasso. There are also numerous festivals which take place throughout the year. Of these, the most famous are probably the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix, both of which take place in May. Jazz festivals in Nice and Juan-les-Pins take place in July and music enthusiasts may well want to visit these towns from their Cote d'Azur villas in the height of summer. If you prefer to relax and enjoy the sunshine when on holiday you will not be disappointed - the Mediterranean climate means that there are 300 days of sunshine per year in the area.

What's more, there are 115 kilometres of coastline and beaches to relax on and some 3,000 restaurants where the local cuisine can be sampled. Visitors to the capital, Nice, will be able to taste the famous fish dish, bouillabaisse, or try the local speciality Pissaladiere, which is a tart made with anchovies and onions. Nice, also known as Nissa la Bella, which translates as Nice the Beautiful, will also be of interest to history buffs as it is thought to be one of the oldest human settlements. Antibes is a town nestled between Cannes and Nice, which may well appeal to beach lovers and culture vultures alike.

There are an astonishing 48 beaches on the stretch of coastline between Antibes and Juan les Pins. The area is also home to many museums including one dedicated to Picasso and an absinthe museum for those more interested in the history of their alcohol.

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