Monaco and The French Riviera


Brigitte Bardot, an icon of beauty, emerges from the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea in the film ‘And God Created Woman’, defining the glamor and glorious good looks of the Côte d’Azur. The French Riviera is arguably one of the most stunning coastlines in the world, running down the eastern shore of France, with Monaco standing out along the shore.


Jewel in the Côte d’Azur crown

Gorgeous beaches, beautiful bays, and endearing destinations flow down from the lovely Italian Riviera to the golden sands of Saint-Tropez and beyond. Monaco, its sovereign state, is the jewel in the crown of the Côte d’Azur. Monaco is a shining example of a community that thrives on living by the Med, with fine dining by the water, superb properties, and a fresh, outdoors lifestyle reaching back to the mountains and a ski resort wonderland.

Living in Monaco means living in one of the most spectacular coastal regions in Europe with incredible places to visit right on your doorstep. Whether venturing out for a day trip, weekend getaway or a longer vacation stay, Monaco is the ultimate base from which to explore the rest of the French Riviera. Living in Monaco expands out to the divine beaches, wonderful old towns, and glamorous cities nearby which give the French Riviera its eternal appeal.


Resort living for residents

The French Riviera is the epitome of resort-style living, and it is this relaxed and wonderfully enjoyable holiday lifestyle that is now afforded to those who are lucky enough to live in cities such as Monte Carlo. Before the glitz of Cannes and excitement of Monaco, the sheer head-turning loveliness of the French Riviera attracted the well-heeled at play. From royalty and aristocrats to artists and celebrities, the Côte d’Azur draws in a refined, international set to its shores that is deliciously dynamic and diverse.


French Riviera facts

The climate of sunny days is an essential part of Monaco living and looking out to clear, Riviera-blue skies from your Monaco apartment is the best way to start the day before basking in 310 days of sunshine. Monaco has a coastline of just over four kilometers, whilst this expands luxuriously out to some 115 kilometers across the whole of the Côte d’Azur.

Golf courses, ski resorts, and thousands of restaurants make up this stretch while the focus is also not surprisingly on yachting and cruises. Monaco boasts many upmarket marinas and the Monaco Yacht Show is a highlight of yachting events across the globe, with the Riviera hosting 50% of the world’s superyacht fleet. The Riviera attracts 10 million visitors a year ensuring that destinations such as Monaco, are perfectly formed for Villa buy-to-let investments for the holiday rental market; satisfying the luxury traveler’s desire for the laid-back, yet energizing Mediterranean lifestyle. Related: Monaco’s Yachting Lifestyle


Monaco’s beach

As well as life centering around the harbor in Monaco, the beach is where everybody who lives in Monaco comes to relax, dine, and have fun. The manmade Larvotto Beach, which is really made up of different parts, has round, smooth gravel rather than powdery-sort sands, and wonderfully warm waters. The backdrop of luxury living and with an upscale atmosphere, the beach is divided into public zones where you can simply lie back and people-watch or private beach clubs where you can become part of the luxury beach crowd with a far more refined beach experience. Water sports abound too, from wake boarding to windsurfing, and water-skiing with the renowned Monte Carlo Sporting Club right by the beach too.


Monaco attracted visitors as a wellbeing resort and today, residents can enjoy the same daily breath of fresh air and sense of Mediterranean wellbeing that the principality of Monaco inspires.