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Where else could you go to be able in winter to ski in the morning in a ski resort such as Auron, Valberg or Isola 2000, and in the afternoon go sun bathing on a beach in Nice, Cannes or Antibes ? This area has around 300 days of sun per year and is protected from the wind by the mountain of the Esterel. There is a micro climate which helps the growth of tropical plants in Menton, Villefranche, Monaco and the possibility of admiring some fragile types of orchid in the mountainous areas. If you are looking for the glittery towns surrounding the Mediterranean, you will love to walk around the ramparts of Antibes, or to stroll along the Croisette in Cannes where you can admire the large palaces and the International Film Festival. At the end of the 19th century, some colonies of well off English and aristocratic Russians already understood the attraction of the area and had moved in. If you feel adventurous enough to walk the length of the promenade des Anglais in Nice, or visit Villefranche, you will see some sumptuous villas of the Belle Epoque which belonged to these people. One of the most well known was Queen Victoria for example. Famous painters like Renoir, Picasso, Matisse and Chagall have been influenced by the light and the colours of the countryside. The coast is built up in a buzzy, heady, hypnotic fashion. Nice, the regional capital is well worth a visit and stroll along the promenade at night. Cannes for a day on one of the beaches is busy and relaxing all in one go (You have to try it to believe it). Pop to the fish restaurants near the port for lunch. Juan les Pins at night is fun for music and people watching. And this is just 3 places picked out of myriads of great places on the coast. The key to really enjoying this region is to mix country and coastal. The real winner for a villa holiday on the Cote D’Azur is the mix. A breakfast of coffee and croissants on the square of a medieval inland village, the afternoon on the beach or for the more active try all the waterspouts on offer (or just swim at your holiday villa!), an early evening meal right by the sea with a stroll along with the locals along many a great promenade when the sun goes down.