Festival de Musique de Menton

This spectacular classical music experience returns with performances by the world’s most gifted virtuosos in Menton’s enchanting landscapes. Pure bliss…Read more

A festival of stories: Le Temps des Contes

Discover fairy tales for the young and old between 25th and 30th July as 12 storytellers and musicians enchant their audiences in the perfumed settings of the Pays de Grasse. From Pégomas to Séranon, Spéracèdes, Mouans-Sartoux, Saint Cézaire sur Siagne and Grasse itself, reading sessions based on the theme ‘À la source’. Libraries and theatres in the municipalities will also host events.Read more

Water worries on French Riviera beaches

Nearly 2,000 beaches across France have been tested for water quality by the French Ministry of Health. Out of the 149 beaches registered in the Alpes Maritimes, 136 ranked very highly, but there are some that haven’t made the cut.Read more

Macron to reform unpopular housing tax for 2018

Last week, the French Ministry of the Economy and Finance announced the official absolution of the housing tax, the taxe d’habitation, for 80% of the country –  one of President Macron’s widely promoted commitment during his presidential campaign. On 17th July, Macron held the first national Conference of the Territories (Conférence Nationale des Territoires) at the Senate, bringing together the French Prime minister, Edouard Philippe, along with town hall representatives to discuss, amongst other topics, the new tax policy and its implementation.Read more

Tinder hot beaches

Single (or otherwise) and looking for love or a hangout on the beaches of the Côte d’Azur? Well, you’ve definitely picked one of the best locations in France according to dating app Tinder, which has ranked the country’s coastline to determine the hottest beaches for making a match. Corsica might lead the pack, but Antibes, Hyères, Cannes and Nice aren’t far behind…Read more

Update on Castagniers fire

On Monday afternoon, a fire broke out in the Castagniers area to the north of Nice. In total, 120 hectares of forest have been raised to the ground as 450 firefighters tackled the flames well into the night.Read more

Language learning with confidence

At IS Aix-en-Provence, the teachers focus on providing students with the necessary tools and expertise to go out and use their new language confidently in everyday life. Riviera Insider speaks to school director Anna Diaz to find out more.Read more

Know your limits: an interview with Antibes' tourism director

Philippe Baute has headed Antibes’ tourism office since 1999, but after almost two decades in the same job, his enthusiasm for his work, profession and city only seems to have grown. It is, he says, his greatest happiness.Read more

Marineland to appeal against Ségolène Royal breeding ban

Last week, the largest theme park in Europe – Antibes’ Marineland – announced that it is to appeal to the French State Council against former Minister of the Environment Ségolène Royal’s historical decree that recently banned the breeding of captive dolphins and killer whales in France.Read more

Nice Jazz Festival

The world’s first dedicated jazz festival was birthed in the city of Nice and offers, each summer, an eclectic choice of artists and personalities. The mother-festival of all jazz performances is an experience not to be missed.Read more

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