Alpes-Maritimes is a department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in the extreme southeast corner of France. The Alpes-Maritimes department is surrounded by the departments of Var in the southwest, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in the north-west, Italy, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. It surrounds the Principality of Monaco on the west, north, and east.
The presence of the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps under a mild sky has favoured one dominant activity: tourism which accounts for 64,000 jobs directly in the Alpes-Maritimes. For only the city of Nice the tourism turnover represents a 12 to 13% share of the whole tourism market in France. The capital of the French Riviera is the sixth most populous city in France. The city of Nice also has the second largest airport in France (Nice Côte d’Azur Airport) after Paris and its three airports at Roissy, Orly, and Le Bourget. There are nearly 10.5 million passengers per year passing through Nice Airport (2011 data).
The seaside where the majority of the population resides is one of the most popular parts of the world with many attractions:
- Seaside resorts (Cannes, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, Nice, Menton)
- Convention cities that spread their business throughout the year (Cannes with its Palais des Festivals, Nice with its Acropolis, and Monaco)
The area inland from the busy Côte d’Azur is an excellent base for many outdoor sports: cycling, mountain biking, skiing, walking, rock climbing, canyoning, canoeing, rafting, fishing, horse riding, Adventure parks, caving and the area has the first ever underground via ferrata. The area has internationally renowned paragliding and hang gliding flying sites at Col-de-Bleyne, Gourdon, Gréolières, and Lachens.
In the mountains, skiing and hiking bring life to Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée (Auron), Beuil, Péone (Valberg), Saint-Martin-Vésubie, Isola, Gréolières, Peïra-Cava, col de Turini, and Turini-Camp d’argent in the Authion mountains.
Cultural life is rich and fully described in the daily regional Nice-Matin and announced in the weekly supplement JV Wednesday.
- Cannes Film Festival (theatrical)
- Pantiero Festival, Cannes (electronic and independent music) in August
- International Dance Festival, Cannes, a dance festival held in late November / early December every second year
- International Festival of Games, Cannes, in February
- Festival of Night music at Le Suquet, Cannes, classical music in July
- Fireworks Festival, Cannes, fireworks in July and August
- Festival of Performances of actors, Cannes, June
- Festival of dances “Break the Floor”, Cannes, January
- International Dance Festival, Cannes, November
- Festival of Russian Art and Dance, Cannes, August
- International youth ballets, organized by the Senior Dance School of École supérieure de danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower, Cannes, March
- Italian market, Mougins, (formerly the Piedmontese market before 2011)
- International Gastronomic festival, Mougins
- Festival of Juan-les-Pins (jazz), Antibes
- Nice Jazz Festival
- Nice Carnival
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