Tuesday, December 26, 2023

New Year’s Eve 2024


The Côte d'Azur/French Riviera and Monaco are known worldwide for an abundance of glitz and glam with New Year’s Eve being no exception.

Throughout the area, no matter how big or small the location, several activities, nightclubs, and parties will be underway, with every place celebrating in its unique or more traditional manner.

Let's start with Monaco.

This year the Principality of Monaco is doing something a little different. Monaco City Hally will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party in the Christmas Village on Port Hercule starting at 9 pm on December 31st.

In attendance will be two DJs who will set the tone with dance club-themed music until 2 am the next morning.

Instead of fireworks, the highlight of the night will be a spectacular display of lighted fountains lasting 20 minutes at the stroke of 12 at the Stade Nautique Rainier III swimming pool as the countdown for the New Year. All is presented in collaboration with the Prince Rainier III Commemoration Committee.

Saint Tropez is normally quieter this time of year but the locals are still in a festive mood with the community gathering along long tables that are set up along the port at the waterfront for ‘Grande Anchoïade’, which is an anchovy dip served with crusty bread and aperitif.

Once evening arrives, everyone at the port can take in the fireworks at midnight.

Cannes is known for putting on one of the best fireworks displays in the region and this New Year will be no exception with the best spot to take in all the activities being along the waterfront at the Boulevard de la Croisette, so be sure to arrive early to take in the light show at midnight.

Nice is the hub for almost any big event in the region and traditionally for the New Year people gather at the beach along the stretch of the Promenade des Anglais to take in the midnight fireworks. Also this year, next to the Christmas Market at Place Massena will be a large outdoor dance party open to all.

Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve everyone and all the best for 2024!

Thursday, December 21, 2023

French Riviera Real Estate Options Seventeen


To close out a remarkable year on the French Riviera, while looking toward what 2024 has to offer,  I thought I’d showcase some long-term property villa rentals in the region for those planning on moving to this part of France next year.

Typically before people move here, people have come on scouting trips seeking out a property to buy in an area they would like to live in. Some people also want to “test the waters” so to speak, and see how they like living in a location first before committing to buy, especially if their previous visits have been brief. All completely understandable, as every village and city, location by the sea or in the countryside here has its vibe and list of amenities available.

Purchasing a property in France also takes its own time in the hands of a notary which can be a minimum of three months before getting the keys to your new home.

So finding a place to settle, even for a little while lessens the stress of a big move, slowly integrates, and helps you take those steps to fully move into a location.

With that, some people are also simply looking for a long-term villa rental property, so here are some options to give you an idea.



Offering this elegant neo-Provençal style villa, available for long-term rental. Boasting a splendid sea view, it is prominently located in the heights of the picturesque town of Antibes. Nestled within a secure private estate, its 233m² of living space is designed to provide optimal comfort, all set within a spacious 2200m² plot featuring a vegetable garden and various cozy areas. 

With its capacity to accommodate 7 people, this villa is ideally designed for family living. It boasts 5 meticulously decorated and air-conditioned bedrooms, including 2 master suites, ensuring everyone has their own private relaxation space. The terraced garden, thoughtfully landscaped, offers various restful spots to gaze at the sea and surrounding hills. For the younger ones, numerous play areas have been set up for their delight. The residence also features a magnificent salt-heated pool, perfect for relaxation moments.

The villa comes with a double garage, as well as ample parking spaces for your utmost convenience. The perfect blend of comfort, conviviality, and security makes this residence ideal for peaceful year-round living in Antibes.

Rent at 10,000 EUR per month.



Charming villa of approximately 220 m² located on wooded grounds of approximately 1,000 m², enjoying a sublime view toward the sea. Able to accommodate up to 8 people, this property is made up of 4 ensuite bedrooms as well as an extra room for 1 person.

A stone's throw from the old village of Mougins and a few minutes by car from the most prestigious international schools, this pretty villa is ideal for a family with children.

On the ground floor, a fully equipped kitchen and a dining room open onto the main terrace also giving access to the swimming pool and the summer living/dining room. This same level also gives access to an independent extra bedroom.

On the first floor, a large TV lounge decorated with an authentic fireplace offers a breathtaking view of the bay of Cannes and the Mediterranean. This floor also offers access to the master bedroom as well as the 3 en-suite bedrooms, all with double beds and access to a terrace with a summer lounge.

Rent at 5,625 EUR per month.

Saint Jean Cap Ferrat


Beautiful villa of approximately 225 m2 located in the center of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, just a few minutes walk from the village, the port as well as a pretty seaside stroll. This air-conditioned townhouse has been completely renovated with high-end services and has been decorated with taste and refinement in a contemporary style. The main level consists of a large reception room with an open-fitted kitchen, a living room, a dining room, and a guest toilet.

On the first floor, you will find two bedrooms sharing a shower room as well as a master suite with a balcony and a magnificent ensuite bathroom.

On the garden level, there is an indoor salt-heated swimming pool opening onto a large terrace, a sauna, and a shower room.

Independent accommodation ideal for staff or for a teleworking space as well as two parking spaces complete this property. 

Rent at 20,000 EUR per month.

Saint Paul de Vence


Nestled on the hills of Saint Paul de Vence, in the heart of a private domain, this magnificent villa of 200 m2 has been completely renovated.

With a triple South-West-East orientation, it offers a breathtaking view of the picturesque village. Just ten minutes from amenities, this villa can accommodate up to eight guests in the comfort of its four en-suite bedrooms.

The decoration combines authenticity and modernity, reflecting the warmth and charm of the old village. The living rooms and bedrooms open onto a spacious garden of around 3000m², decorated with century-old olive trees.

A 50m² pool house is available for friendly meals. Finally, to relax in the sun, lie down on one of the deckchairs by the swimming pool, while admiring the view of the ancient village.

Rent at 9,500 EUR per month.

No matter the location, if you are seeking a long-term rental in the region, be sure to connect with us at: Info@experiencethefrenchriviera.com

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Movies Made in the French Riviera


The Côte d'Azur has been a popular filming location for many international movies due to its stunning landscapes, glamorous real estate, and picturesque cities. Here are some notable international movies that were filmed in the French Riviera, some that are well known, and a few that are obscure but could be considered cult classics.

To Catch a Thief (1955): Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, this classic film starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly was filmed in various locations along the French Riviera, including Nice, Eze, Cannes, and Monaco.

And God Created Woman (1956): Directed by Roger Vadim and starring Brigitte Bardot, this French drama was shot in and around Saint-Tropez, showcasing the beauty of the town and its surroundings.

Bay of Angels (La baie des anges) (1963): A French romantic drama film written and directed by Jacques Demy. It stars Jeanne Moreau and Claude Mann, who play characters driven by their passions for love and money in the gambling world. Filmed mainly in Nice with segments in Monte-Carlo Monaco. A true classic of the Cote d’Azur.

La Piscine (The Swimming Pool) (1969)
: Directed by Jacques Deray with Alain Delon, and Romy Schneider. A must-see, cult film shot in and around a fabulous villa in Saint Tropez.

The Day of the Jackal (1973):This political thriller directed by Fred Zinnemann features scenes shot in various locations in the French Riviera, including Nice and Villefranche-sur-Mer.

The Last of Sheila (1973): Written by Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins. This who dunnit mystery film was filmed at many ports throughout the region but mainly in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Antibes, Nice, and the Lerins Islands. The movie featured notables such as Dyan Cannon, Raquel Welch, James Mason, Ian McShane, and James Coburn, and is considered a cult classic.

Never Say Never Again (1983): Sean Connery starred in the famous adaptation of Ian Fleming’s ‘Thunderball’, in the film, 007 fights his way through the streets of Villefranche-sur-Mer and Nice and the main antagonist, Maximillan Largo, shows off his yacht in the bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Under The Cherry Moon (1986): An American musical drama film starring and directed by Prince and Filmed primarily in Studios de la Victorine in Nice, and on location throughout the French Riviera.

Le Grand Bleu
(The Big Blue) (1988): Directed by Luc Bessonluc and starring Jean-Marc Barr, Rosanna Arquette, and Jean Reno, with music by Eric Serra. Scenes were shot at the Marineland in Antibes among many other locations. This movie is still shown in outdoor cinemas locally during the summer season.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988): Starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine, this comedy was filmed in the towns of Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat and Cap d’Antibes on the French Riviera.

Goldeneye (1995)
: Goldeneye was the first time Pierce Brosnan played the iconic 007. The scene with Bond racing with the dazzling and dangerous Xenia is set in the Alpes-Maritimes, as well as the casino scene set in the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

French Kiss (1995): Starring Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline, and Timothy Hutton. The film was shot in and around Cannes along with Valbonne.

Ronin (1998): Directed by John Frankenheimer, this action thriller starring Robert De Niro and Jean Reno includes scenes filmed in Nice, France.

Simon Sez (1999): Not a big box office hit but entertaining. The film was shot throughout the region in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Mandelieu-La Napoule, Mont Boron, Eze, Nice, and Menton. It featured Dennis Rodman, Dane Cook, and French singer and actor Filip Nikolic.

The Good Thief (2002): A crime thriller film written and directed by Neil Jordan. It is a remake of the French film - Bob le flambeur (1955) by Jean-Pierre Melville. The film was shot mainly in Nice but also in Monaco, along with Le Bar-sur-Loup and Cagnes sur Mer.

The Transporter
(2002): This action film starring Jason Statham was partially filmed in the French Riviera, showcasing the region's scenic landscapes.

And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen (2002): Directed by Claude Lelouch, this romantic drama stars Jeremy Irons and Patricia Kaas and features scenes shot in Nice, Cannes, and Menton.

Femme Fatale (2002)
: Starring Rebecca Romijn, Antonio Banderas. The film had some key scenes shot in Cannes.

The Bucket List (2007): Directed by Rob Reiner and featuring Jack Nicholson, Sean Hayes, and Morgan Freeman. Set in both Eze and Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Killers (2010): Featuring Ashton Kutcher, Tom Selleck, Katherine Heigl, and Catherine O'Hara. This rom-com was filmed in and around Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Villefranche-sur-Mer, and Nice.

Iron Man ll (2010)
: Starring Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Film scenes were shot inside the Hotel de Paris in Monte-Carlo, and the race circuit during the Monaco Grand Prix.

W.E. (2011): Director and co-written by Madonna. The movie featured James D’Arcy, Andrea Wiseborough, and Oscar Isaac. And was filmed in locations such as Villefranche-sur-Mer and Cannes.

To Rome with Love (2012): Directed by Woody Allen, this romantic comedy features scenes shot in Antibes on the French Riviera. Features Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Judy Davis, and Penelope Cruz.

The Great Gatsby (2013): While not entirely filmed in the French Riviera, some scenes of Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel were shot in the region, including at the Château de la Napoule in Mandelieu-la-Napoule.

Grace of Monaco (2014): Starring Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth. The film was shot in various parts of Europe but included local areas such as Menton, plus in and around Monaco.

Magic in the Moonlight (2014): Another Woody Allen film, this romantic comedy-drama starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone includes scenes filmed in the French Riviera, particularly in Nice and Antibes.

The Love Punch (2014): Featuring Pearce Brosnan and Emma Thompson. Most of the filming locations center around Cannes and Cap d’Antibes.

By the Sea (2015): Directed by and starring Angelina Jolie alongside Brad Pitt, this romantic drama was shot in various locations along the French Riviera, including Gozo (Malta), which stood in for the South of France.

Absolutely Fabulous (2016): This comedy starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as Edina and Patsy. The beautiful backgrounds are set in various locations such as Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, Antibes, Cannes, and Cap d’Antibes.

The Mercy (2017): Starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, this biographical drama includes scenes filmed in the French Riviera, among other locations.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018): While the majority of the film is set in Greece, some scenes of this musical romantic comedy were shot in the French Riviera. The movie starred: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Cher, among many others.

Tenet (2020): Christopher Nolan's mind-bending thriller includes scenes filmed in various locations, including Nice, showcasing the city's iconic Promenade des Anglais.

These are just a small number of movies that have taken advantage of the French Riviera's charm and beauty as a backdrop for their stories.