The Côte d’Azur, better known in English as the French Riviera, is a stretch of Mediterranean coastline in southeast France extending from Toulon on the west to the Italian border on the east, where it meets the Italian Riviera. At the end of the 18th century, the coastline became one of the first modern resort areas and still endures as a playground for aristocrats, celebrities and the wealthy. For many frequenting the Côte d’Azur, private jet charter is the preferred way to travel.
The largest city in the Côte d’Azur is Nice, home to the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (LFMN, NCE). Just six kilometers southwest of the city, Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is the main port of arrival for travelers to the Côte d’Azur. It also serves as Monaco’s national airport; as the tiny city-state is too small to support one itself. A helicopter service links Monaco and the airport, enabling private jet travelers to quickly reach the luxurious principality.
A second airport available for charter flights to the Côte d’Azur is Mandelieu Cannes Airport (LFMD, CEQ) located 6km outside Cannes. Along the coast 30km southwest of Nice’s Côte d’Azur Airport, Mandelieu is a good option for private jets headed to Cannes and cities south of Cannes such as Saint-Raphaël, Sainte Maxime and Saint-Tropez. The towns of Juan-les-Pins and Antibes sit equidistant from Mandelieu and Nice airports, so travelers on private jet flights can choose either one.
Flanked by the Alps on the north and the Mediterranean sea on the south, the French Riviera offers visitors and residents a magical mix of ski slopes, sea, nature, yachting and luxury. What better place to visit, and what better way to get there than by private charter!