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Alpes-Maritimes

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Alpes-Maritimes is a department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of France. It has 300 sunny days per year, making it an excellent tourist destination.

Cities[edit]

Map of Alpes-Maritimes
Absinthe Museum in Antibes
  • 1 Antibes
  • Beaulieu-sur-Mer
  • 2 Cannes — a sea-side city known for hosting the Cannes Film Festival, la Croisette (its waterfront) and its luxury hotels.
  • 3 Castillon
  • 4 Èze — a small atmospheric perched medieval village with a great view on the coast, and also a sea resort in its lower portion.
  • 5 Grasse — famous for its perfume industry is inland but easily reached from the coast by train
  • Haut de Cagnes
  • 6 La Trinité
  • 7 Menton
  • 8 Mougins
  • 9 Nice — The largest city of the département, its famous promenade, its old town.
  • 10 Peillon
  • 11 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
  • 12 Saint-Paul de Vence and Tourrettes sur Loup — both 30 minutes inland but well worth a visit, delightful old villages with narrow streets and picture post card scenes
  • 13 Sospel
  • 14 Tourrettes-sur-Loup
  • Valbonne and Biot
  • 15 Vence
  • 16 Villefranche-sur-Mer

Other destinations[edit]

Understand[edit]

The beach of Nice on the Quai des États-Unis

The department can be divided into three parts:

  • The coast area, which attracts lots of tourists
  • The arrière pays famous for its nice villages
  • The mountain area, with its ski resorts

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (Aéroport de Nice-Côte d'Azur) (6 km east from the centre of Nice; see Nice for details). This is the third airport of the country in term of traffic, though it is not the main hub of any company. It offers a good number of national and international destinations, some of them being covered by the lost-cost company Easy Jet. Flying may be a good option if you are not travelling along the Mediterranean coast in which case the train may be more convenient.

Get around[edit]

By train[edit]

The main lines run along the coast, and allow going either to Italy (east) or Marseille (west). The local trains are following the two following lines:

Trains also stop in smaller cities (see time table)).

From Nice, high-speed trains TGV runs to Lyon or Paris, with several a few stops in the middle. Note that the portion between Nice and Marseille (2:40) is not operated at high-speed.

The SNCF, the national railway company, also also operates the line train des Merveilles from Nice to the back of the country (Breil-sur-Roya, Tende). This train is often used by tourists.

The region also operated the line Chemin de fer de Provence between Nice and Digne-les-bains in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence departments in the nord. This line is also often referred as Le train des Pignes. It's also serving many small villages as Puget-Thenier, Entrevaux or Annot. Interail cards are not accepted. The trains are not equipped for disable people.

By bus[edit]

The Conseil Général (local council) operates a bus network called TAM. It offers to route to almost every town and village within the département. The one-way ticket costs €1 whatever the destination.

The main routes are :

This network also operates (on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and the nights before a public holiday) a night service called NocTAM'bus. The three night routes are:

There are also two special airport routes:

Warning Special fares apply on the airport routes (110 and 210):

Time tables are available online [1] (in French)

See[edit]

Socca, a Niçois speciality, being made in the old city of Nice (Vieux Nice)

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