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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.


Map of Alpes-Maritimes

Absinthe Museum in Antibes
  • 1 Antibes
  • 2 Beaulieu-sur-Mer Beaulieu-sur-Mer on Wikipedia
  • 3 Cannes — a sea-side city known for hosting the Cannes Film Festival, la Croisette (its waterfront) and its luxury hotels.
  • 4 Castillon
  • 5 Èze — a small atmospheric perched medieval village with a great view on the coast, and also a sea resort in its lower portion.
  • 6 Grasse — famous for its perfume industry — is inland but easily reached from the coast by train
  • 7 Cagnes-sur-Mer
  • 8 La Trinité
  • 9 Monaco — a wealthy city-state on the Mediterranean Sea with entertainment for those with money to burn: think yachts and casinos, plus the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix.
  • 10 Menton
  • 11 Mougins
  • 12 Nice — The largest city of the département, its famous promenade, its old town.
  • 13 Peillon
  • 14 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
  • 15 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 postcard scenes
  • 16 Sospel
  • 17 Tourrettes-sur-Loup
  • Valbonne and Biot
  • 18 Vence, famous for the Matisse Chapel
  • 19 Villefranche-sur-Mer

Other destinations[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). (NCE IATA) 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 covered by low-cost company EasyJet. Flying may be a good option if you are not travelling along the Mediterranean coast in which case the train may be more convenient. Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (Q821557) on Wikidata Nice Côte d'Azur Airport on Wikipedia

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 train TGV runs to Lyon or Paris, with a few stops in-between. The portion between Nice and Marseille (2:40) is not operated at high-speed.

The SNCF, the national railway company, also operates the line train des Merveilles from Nice to the hinterland(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-Théniers, Entrevaux or Annot. Interrail 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)


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




Stay safe[edit]

The Alpes-Maritimes are moderately safe from a tourist standpoint. Rural areas are very safe for the most part, whereas Nice and its immediate suburbs have their share of crimes, both petty and serious. Being street-smart and avoiding areas off-the-beaten-track are enough to avoid trouble. If you ever feel unsafe, calling the police or seeking help from hotels will help.

Politically-speaking, the Alpes-Maritimes are one of France's most conservative regions, and far-right politicians perform exceptionally well here, among the young and elderly alike. People who lean left or are visibly non-white are much more likely to face resentment than in other parts of France, and anti-LGBTQ sentiments are not uncommon.

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