The French Riviera is famous not only for stunning beaches, warm crystal blue waters, but also for being blessed with all year round sunshine and moderate climate. It enjoys hot and long summers and relatively short and mild winters with an average temperature of 13°C. The best time to visit the French Riviera for a relaxing stay and sightseeing is from May to September, however the region has a lot to offer to those interested in hiking and practising outdoor sports in the Maritime Alps from October to April.
Formula 1 Monaco
The Monaco Grand Prix is organized by the Automobile Club Monaco and the first race took place in 1929. Since 1950 The Monaco Grand Prix has been considered Formula 1 race. Circuit de Monaco starts in Port Hercules, which is the very centre of Monaco, and goes through Monte Carlo district. It is considered the most difficult F1 track because of its dangerous turns, extremely narrow streets and tunnels. Formula 1 race fills this city-state with the roar of engines and attracts a lot of rich people. The stands are built 2 months before the race and are completely full with up to 100,000 fans. There are many parties organized, the most luxurious yachts are docked in the harbour and the hotel rooms are fully booked a lot in advance.
The Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Film Festival is a truly exceptional event, when once a year for two weeks this small seaside resort is flooded by Hollywood movie stars and crowds of tourists becoming the centre of world’s cinematography. This is the best time in a year to visit the French Riviera and Cannes. The Cannes Film Festival was organized for the first time in 1946. Even though it is hard to believe it nowadays, the first few editions struggled with financial problems. Currently, huge funds are invested during this prestigious film event that attracts not only celebrities, but also their fans and curious tourists. The streets are full of luxurious cars with famous actors and fans trying to take photos with their favourite celebrities. The town lives fully the event – there are new movies being promoted, concerts on the beach and in fashionable clubs as well as private parties. There is a chance to watch many interesting movies during the event and the Palme d’Or is the highest prize awarded at the festival.
The Nice Carnival
The Nice Carnival is one of the world’s major carnival events and has held annually in February for the last 140 years. It attracts even one million of tourists during the winter season and costs seven million euro. During the event 20 tons of confetti are used. The carnival used to provide entertainment to bourgeoisie (wealthy middle class) staying during the winter in the French Riviera. Currently, local people and tourists enjoy the carnival all together. In 2009 more than one million people visited Nice during the carnival. Every year a thousand of artists from all over the world perform on 18 moveable platforms with huge carnival effigies.
Lemon Festival in Menton
Lemon Festival in Menton (la Fête du Citron) is an annual event organized during the winter in the French Riviera. It is the second most important event in the region after The Nice Carnival and takes place off season. Even though the name suggests the festival promoting lemons, in fact both lemons and oranges are used. One of the biggest attractions is the exposition of sculptures made from those fruits that you can admire in the Biovès Park in Menton for the period of 3 weeks. The expositions have been organized there since 1936 and are definitely worth seeing. Sculptures are created by 300 people from 140 tons of citrus fruits and illuminated at night to look even more impressive.