The ‘terres de festivals’ (land of festivals) is the moniker attached to Provence and the Côte d’Azur for the simple reason that there are more than 500 festivals, and a staggering 4000 events held every year. They cover the entire spectrum from the glamorous attracting the famous and infamous,to little rural village affairs celebrating everything from goats to chestnuts. Some of the more notable events in April include the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Tennis Championship April 13th – 21st; where you can witness the world’s best players go head to head on the clay courts of the prestigious Monte-Carlo Country Club. For lovers of luxury motor vehicles the Top Marques Monaco (April 18th – 21st) is a trade show certain to interest amateurs and connoisseurs alike. While for those with a more nautical bent, the Antibes Yacht Show April 18th – 21st is held in Europe’s principle luxury yacht port.
Glamour events on the Cote d'Azur
Two of the most prestigious are hovering on the horizon. The first that we speak of is the renowned Cannes Film Festival. In 2013 it takes place May 15th – 26th. This remarkable film festival allows you to see the crème de la crème of the movie world who descend upon Cannes each year, transforming the city into a great destination for voyeurs intent on getting close up and personal with their favourite stars. This year director Steven Spielberg will head the judging jury. The films play 24 hours per day during the event, however it’s still necessary to reserve early as tickets sell fast.
The second occasion is perhaps even more famous – the Monaco Grand Prix (May 23rd – 26th). This prestigious event sees Formula One cars racing at break neck speed through the incredibly tight public streets of Monaco. The high-octane racing is matched by some glamorous soirées. Try and swing yourself an invitation, and you could be rubbing shoulders with celebrities and the wealthy elite.
This year after two races, Team Red Bull is well in the lead with 66 points, 26 points ahead of their closest rivals. The next three teams: Lotus-Renault, Ferrari and Mercedes are all within 3 points, vying for second place. Monaco is the 6th race of 19 on the grand prix circuit. We have only reached May, but to name just a couple further afield, there is the Monaco Boat Show June 20th – 23rd; the international competitive Fireworks Festival July 4th – August 24th; and the Nice Jazz Festival July 8th – 12th. Aideen O’Brien, Managing Director of French Riviera real estate agency, Chez Riviera notes that “the multitude of events held throughout the year along the Cote d’Azur, especially the ‘glamour’ events like the Monaco Grand Prix and the Cannes Film Festival enable foreign investors to gain top dollar rentals for their properties. Accommodation is always in short supply during these events, and increasingly people prefer to have the comfort of renting an apartment or villa – making this region so attractive to investors.”