French Riviera – weather, map, guide.

French Riviera – sightseeing and weather. A quick tourist guide. The Cote d’Azur tempts with its unique charm all year round.

The Cote d’Azur is a very exclusive region, located in the south of France at the foot of the Alps, right on the Mediterranean Sea. Its very specific location (mountains, warm sea) makes it a very special place. Great beaches that stretch for miles, modern hotels, harbors, lush vegetation and beautiful weather tempt tourists from all over the world. Although virtually all towns on the Cote d’Azur are very picturesque and tempt with many attractions, undoubtedly, its gems include such towns as:

  • Toulon
  • Menton
  • Saint-Tropez
  • Nice
  • Villefranche-sur-Mer.

The weather on the Cote d’Azur – the best month for a vacation.

The following table with average temperatures on the Cote d’Azur will help you choose the right month for your trip.

Month Min (° C) Max (° C) Mean (° C) Min (° F) Max (° F) Mean (° F)
January 6 13 9.6 42 56 49.2
February 6 14 9.8 43 56 49.6
March 8 15 11.9 47 60 53.3
April 11 17 14.1 51 63 57.4
May 15 21 17.8 58 70 64
June 18 25 21.4 65 76 70.6
July 21 28 24.2 69 82 75.5
August 21 28 24.5 70 82 76.1
September 18 25 21.2 64 77 70.2
October 14 21 17.5 57 70 63.5
November 10 17 13.4 49 63 56
December 7 14 10.4 44 57 50.6
Average air temperatures on the Cote d’Azur.

Check also the rainfall that occurs in a given month on the Cote d’Azur:

Month Millimeters All Rainy days
January 70 2.8 6
February 45 1.8 5
March 40 1.6 5
April 70 2.8 7
May 45 1.8 5
June 35 1.4 4
July 10 0.4 2
August twenty 0.8 2
September 72 2.8 5
October 135 5.3 7
November 105 4.1 7
December 95 3.7 6
Average rainfall (rainy days) that occur in the given month on the Cote d’Azur

The length of the day on the Cote d’Azur is also important.

Length of the day (sunny hours) on the Cote d’Azur:

Month On average Together
January 4.5 145
February 6 175
March 7.5 240
April 8 245
May 9.5 295
June 11 335
July 12 370
August 10.5 325
September 8.5 260
October 6 185
November 5 150
December 4.5 135
Table: Length of the day (sunny hours) on the Côte d’Azur by month.

The Cote d’Azur tempts with its unique charm all year round. However, if during your vacation you want to swim in the sea and laze on the most wonderful beaches in the world, it is best to go there in the summer season (June – October). Then we will be sure that the weather will be good for us and that our vacation will be successful.

It is also worth checking the average water temperature in a given month.

Sea water temperature on the Cote d’Azur in individual months:

Month Celsius (° C) Fahrenheit (° F)
January 14 57
February 14 56
March 14 57
April 15 59
May 18 64
June 21 69
July 24 75
August 25 77
September 23 74
October 21 70
November 18 65
December 16 60
Sea water temperature on the Cote d’Azur in individual months:

However, we must take into account that in the high season, both summer and winter, the prices are much higher, and that there will be a lot of tourists everywhere. If, on the other hand, you prefer to spend your vacation more calmly, it is worth going to the Cote d’Azur in spring, when it is already warm, and there is no typical hustle and bustle of the high season.

In spring, the weather is also conducive to walks and sightseeing, and on the Cote d’Azur there are certainly many interesting places worth seeing.

Winter sports enthusiasts will certainly be interested in the fact that from the Cote d’Azur, only about 2 hours’ drive to one of the most wonderful ski runs in the world – in the Alps.

Côte d’Azur guide – what should you see?

When choosing the Cote d’Azur with the intention of lazing around on the sandy beaches, you must also remember that this is a historically very rich region and it is worth going for a little exploration of the area during your sunbathing breaks. Virtually in every town of the Cote d’Azur you will find a building interesting in terms of architecture and history. The clash of modernity with history is very clear and interesting at the same time.

Discover the hidden gems of the French Riviera

Take, for example, Nice, which is a very exclusive town, full of modern buildings: hotels, restaurants, pubs, skyscrapers – one of the most expensive and exclusive places in the world. However, all this in the “new city”, and in the old one we can enjoy the beauty of historical architecture, old palaces, churches, museums (Archaeological Museum, Chagall Museum, Matisse Museum).

Video – What should you see in Nice?

It is also worth seeing the famous castle on the beach in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, and visiting the beautiful port. When coming to the Cote d’Azur, remember that the luxury hotels and apartments are not the most interesting, but the area that hides many surprises and secrets among the lush Mediterranean nature. Perhaps you will be the one to discover the next one.