Bathed by the Mediterranean, the Alpes-Maritimes, bordering Italy, culminate at the top of the Gélas (3,143 m), also the highest point of the Mercantour National Park and a mythical summit appreciated by climbers. The valley of the Wonders it dominates could evoke the beauty of the landscapes, but the name actually refers to the thousands of protohistoric and historical engravings that can be seen on the rock faces of this mountain area. The GR 52 crosses this wonderful valley. From the mountains, the territory slowly descends to the sea to create a coastline known as the Côte d'Azur, the jewel of international tourism. Here the sun, sand and sea reign. Nicethe capital, is home to France's second largest airport. There is also Grassethe presence of a space centre and the first European satellite manufacturer. CannesThis shows the richness and variety of the Maritime Alps! And that's not all. Mentonwhich together with the French part of Monaco forms the urban unit of Menton-Monaco, is an enchantment with its exotic gardens. Staged on its rock, the city plunges into the sea and enjoys a dry and sunny microclimate. Here grows the sweet and tasty Menton Lemon (IGP). The markets of Nice and Menton with their fruits and vegetables from the sun and their fish from the sea are a real pleasure, the cuisine of Nice and the numerous gourmet tables as well as the beaches. Here we cultivate happiness

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Sun, sun, sun, sun! This department is the sunniest in France and many nationals and foreigners settle there to enjoy a gentle retirement while enjoying an exceptional microclimate. You can stay there happily all year round. However, in full summer, the heat wave will push you towards the beaches and swimming or in the mountains where the altitude lowers temperatures. The high summer is the high tourist season. It is difficult to find accommodation without a reservation in advance and prices are soaring, especially on the coast. The coastline is home to some of the most prestigious seaside resorts in the world, Cannesñ Niceand Mentonñ but also Cagnes-sur-Merñ Antibesor ñJuan-les-Pins. So many sites that invite you to come and enjoy international festivals under the stars in summer, such as the jazz festival in Antibes. As for the Cannes Film Festival, even to see the red carpet from far away, you will have to do it very, very early. In Menton, in February, the lemon is celebrated in a spectacular parade. You should also know that this department is the most stormy in France with 70 to 110 days of storms per year. Especially in spring but also in autumn for the coast, in summer for the mountains. These are not without risks. Be aware of the weather before planning a trip to the sea or mountains. In addition to the coastline, bathing and water sports enthusiasts can enjoy many rivers flowing down the mountain and many bodies of water in this area. In winter, the Mercantour resorts (5 resorts, including the most famousAuron one) delight skiers and all snow sports enthusiasts.

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