One kitesurfer's Tour de France

Kitesurfer Matthieu Girolet has finished his epic tour of the French coast – from Dunkirk to Nice – on the beaches of the Côte d’Azur. The 44-year-old from Béziers had been at sea for over a month and completed over 2,400 kilometres when he made landfall yesterday afternoon.Read more

Golf de Valescure: where golf has been played for 120 years

Golf de Valescure is a time-honoured place founded by a group of English aristocrats who, appreciative of the mild climate in the French Riviera, began playing here as far back as 1895. Some years later, in around 1910, the course was extended to 18 holes by the famous and acclaimed golf course architect Harry Shapland Colt. Valescure can’t claim to be the oldest in France – that’s in Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, and opened in 1856 – but it has certainly welcomed many generations of golfers on to its lawns and is the longest established in the Var. Read more

The Monaco Grand Prix

Racing in the principality dates back the reign of Prince Louis II, who authorised an event in 1929. The current track harks back to 1950 and, since 1955, Monaco has been a regular and ever-popular fixture on the FIA calendar. There have been barely any alterations to the course in almost 70 years.Read more

The extreme appeal of Liguria

Only a few decades ago, the Finalborgo neighbourhood was considered run-down, dark, dirty and even dangerous. Today, the historic centre is known as one of Liguria’s most beautiful villages and has won the I Più Bei Borghi d’Italia award. This incredible redevelopment is in large part thanks to visionaries who recognised the potential of the heritage and unique landscape of Finale Ligure as well as its capacity to move beyond beach-limited, summer-only tourism. European Union funds did the rest.Read more

More than football

Even though we visit in mid-January, it’s warm enough to watch two teams from Sophia Antipolis play off against each other on one of the outdoor pitches at lunchtime. Under the winter sun, they swiftly canvas the 26-metre by 16-metre terrain before a player strikes gold with the deciding goal: 19-18. Five-a-side is quicker than a standard football game – between 45 and 60 minutes on average – and the score board often runs much higher. The grass underfoot is artificial, but features fine fibres and a softness that mimics natural conditions. Soccer Park Antibes has three indoor pitches and two outside the main building to offer an all-year, all-weather service.Read more

Grand Prix de Monaco Historique: legends only

If you thought that vintage cars belong only in museums and under dust sheets, the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique is here to prove that there’s plenty of life still in these metal beasts. From 11th to 13th May, fleet after fleet of golden oldies – in lifetime only – will tear along the famous Monaco circuit, which remains 80% the same as that used in the very first race nearly a century ago.Read more

Rafael Nadal wins 11th Monaco title

Rafael Nadal has continued his Monaco legacy of success with an impressive 11th win at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters this last Sunday. The Spanish tennis player is now at No. 1 in the ATP Rankings as he makes his way to the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, where he is a 10-time titlist.Read more

Top French golfer becomes ambassador of Barbossi golf club

France's number one in professional golf, Alexander Lévy, has become the new Ambassador of Riviera Golf de Barbossi in Mandelieu. Director of the golf course Sébastien Sergent says he is very happy to have found such a successful and likeable professional golf player to be a representative. With his help, the club hopes to expand its renown and embark on a new training period for the next generation of golfers. Lévy believes it is deeply needed, not only at Barbossi, but across all golf clubs in France.  Read more

Monaco Grand Prix: the programme

Other circuits in the championship come and go, but Monaco always remains. Why? It is in a league of its own in terms of prestige and history. Among the great drivers of Formula 1, it is the one race they all dream of winning.Read more

Monaco Run

What a way to rediscover the principality! The annual Monaco Run by the Fédération Monégasque d'Athlétisme is to be held on Sunday 11th March and you can sign up right until the day before as an individual or with a partner.Read more

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