The Côte d'Azur : An Outdoors Paradise

Published on January 29, 2014
The Côte d'Azur : An Outdoors Paradise mercantour fr


NEW YORK, NY, February 3, 2014 — Though the Côte d’Azur’s glamorous image is often at the forefront of the popular imagination, the destination’s most spectacular feature could be its wide variety of landscapes. The region might be one of the few places on earth blessed with over 300 days of sun and where the mountains and sea are within one hour’s drive of each other.

From towering peaks over 10,000 feet above sea level to the Alpine foothill plains, cross-country and alpine skiing enthusiasts can take advantage of more than 400 miles of trails in sunny countryside with an incomparable range of scenery. From mountain pastures and forests to majestic high peaks to picturesque perched villages, Côte d’Azur features a wide variety of landscapes.

During wintertime, the Alpes-Maritimes region boasts three international ski resorts (Valberg, Auron and Isola 2000) as well as eleven small family resorts all across the Massif. Skiers can enjoy snow merely 1.5 hours from the coast in the morning and hit the beach during the afternoon.

Once the snow melts, the Côte d’Azur becomes a balmy playground for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts featuring for example three high-altitude golf courses and some of Europe’s most picturesque canyons. Water, land and air activities can be practiced from April to October. Visitors can also discover local arts and crafts, culinary specialties and historic villages brimming with hidden treasures, such as painted chapels, museums and more.

One of the best ways to discover the Côte d’Azur is by bike where visitors can intimately discover the countryside and leisurely explore charming towns and villages along the region’s byways. The Gourmet Tour on Bike organized by the Azur Bike Tour is a perfect way to experience the best of the Côte d’Azur’s gastronomy while also exploring famed sites in a new way. Ideal for cyclists of all levels, visitors can choose from a variety of three-day routes while sampling specialties such as olive oil, local cheeses and tapenade. 

For more information about this bike tour, please consult the website below:

Another must-see in the region is the Mercantour National Parc with 170,000 acres of protected land stretching for more than 75 miles from Col de Tende to Ubaye. 

For more information on this national park, please click here:

For more information about outdoors activities in the Côte d’Azur, please consult the press kit and website below.

PRESS KIT: 2013/2014 Alpes Maritimes Mountain season : 

Côte d’Azur - Highland and foothills - Summer 2014: More information soon.



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