Moving to the French Riviera

Get all the information about the different towns on the French Riviera, if you are planning a move or are already living on the Côte d'Azur. Find out about the neighbourhoods, schools, things to do and where to go for all administrative procedures...

The French Riviera is a dream destination for those seeking sunshine, blue skies, easy access to both sea and mountains, French food in an international environment, not to mention the proximity of Italy. With 310 to 330 days of sunshine per year, at certain periods one can swim in the Mediterranean one day and go skiing the next. The diversity of the scenery, the multicultural population of locals and foreigners, the culture and abundance of outdoor activities - all combine to make it an attractive place to live.

The cost of living is fairly high on an overall scale but considerably lower than, for example, Paris. Prices are significantly greater in the tourist areas and on the coast and drop quickly once heading inland or to more remote towns and villages.

The economy is centred around the thriving tourist industry as well as other sectors such as technology, services, innovation and, of course, the yachting industry. The Riviera boasts two major international business centres – Sophia-Antipolis and Monaco.

There are many excellent French schools in the area, as well as International schools and the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis.

There is no shortage of entertainment and music is everywhere – from Nice or Monaco’s active opera houses and classical music festivals across the region, to the famous jazz festivals and local venues providing an eclectic mix of live music. There is art in abundance too – numerous great artists are associated with the Côte d’Azur including Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Renoir and Dufy. Nice’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, MAMAC, houses an impressive collection of national and international works, as does the Fondation Maeght in St-Paul-de-Vence.

Nice International Airport offers flights to many French, European and Worldwide destinations. There is a direct TGV to Paris and Marseille and the efficient local bus and train services offer accessibility to most regional towns and villages.