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As the name suggests, we’re now on the coast in the lee of the mountains where France meets Italy (pop over the border for a little shopping!). Alpes-Maritimes is mostly about the Cote d’Azur, and it surrounds the principality of Monaco and the well-known coastal areas are buzzing throughout the summer.  Turn inland to discover a mountain climate (ski in the winter!),more peaceful roads and a rugged landscape dotted with characterful villages.

Climate wise, you are offered - statistically - 320 days of sunshine a year. Consequently, tourism and the service industry is a major way of life.

Key towns: 

  • Nice 
  • Cannes 
  • Antibes
  • Juan-les-Pins
  • Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Fact file
Land area:  about 4,300 square kilometres
Population: just over one million Population:
Population density: 252/km²

Local property styles
If your budget allows you’ll find some of the most splendid coastal properties, some hugging the cliffs and overhanging the sea. But there is choice at a lower prices with town houses and apartments.

Click here for properties in the Alpes-Maritimes.