La Barben: the oldest castle in Provence to be sold

Located near Aix en Provence, the Château de la Barben is ‘the most picturesque and ancient castle of Provence,’ as the French painter Marius Granet once said.Read more

Sunny Bank: supporting the elderly and the vulnerable

For over a century, the Sunny Bank association has helped many English-speaking seniors and residents improve their quality of life on the French Riviera and the Var.Read more

2024 Olympic Games in Nice and Marseille

Last Monday, Paris was formally chosen as the host of the 2024 Summer Olympic Games after its rival candidate city Los Angeles agreed to welcome the 2028 Olympics instead. The French capital, however, is not in a position to manage all of the events, which explains why Nice, Marseille, Bordeaux, Lyon, Toulouse, Nantes, Saint Etienne and Lille have all been selected as co-hosts of sporting events from football to sailing.Read more

Promenade du Paillon welcomes new water fountain

Last week, the Promenade Paillon inaugurated a new eco-friendly water fountain, which freely distributes still and sparkling water to residents and tourists.Read more

Record: 376 film projects on the Côte d'Azur in 2016

Movie producers throughout history have been fascinated with the French Riviera’s majestic setting, but it was in 2016 that the Alpes-Maritimes gained particular attention worldwide with 12 feature films, eight TV series and 97 advertisements shot in the region. As such, the multi-million euro film industry has become an important economic factor for the Côte d'Azur.Read more

Region placed on heatwave alert

This week, 12 departments across France, including the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes, have been placed heatwave alert by Météo France. Temperatures should reach their peak at midday on Thursday with 33°C on the beaches and close to 40°C in the valleys.Read more

Hermann's tortoise needs our help

Back in 2003, wild fires oblitereated sections of the forest in the Esterel and Maures mountain ranges in the Var department, destroying more than 200 square kilometers  of forestry. This summer has seen an unfortunate relapse and the area has suffered greatly from droughts, strong winds, intense heat and, once again, forest fires.Read more

The wildfires of Provence

In recent weeks, the Côte d’Azur has experienced more than its fair share of the summer heat with numerous wildfires sparked in the Alpes-Maritimes, Var and Bouches du Rhônes departments. While the situation now appears to have stabilised, in part thanks to the drop in winds, more than 6,000 firefighters have struggled against the flames that have ravaged nearly 7,000 acres of vegetation across the south of France.Read more

Festival de Musique de Menton

This spectacular classical music experience returns with performances by the world’s most gifted virtuosos in Menton’s enchanting landscapes. Pure bliss…Read more

A festival of stories: Le Temps des Contes

Discover fairy tales for the young and old between 25th and 30th July as 12 storytellers and musicians enchant their audiences in the perfumed settings of the Pays de Grasse. From Pégomas to Séranon, Spéracèdes, Mouans-Sartoux, Saint Cézaire sur Siagne and Grasse itself, reading sessions based on the theme ‘À la source’. Libraries and theatres in the municipalities will also host events.Read more