The Nice Côte d'Azur destination
The first metropolis of France
On January 1, 2012, 46 townships came together to form the Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur, representing a territory of approximately 1,400 km² with 545 00 inhabitants, situated at the heart of the Euro-Mediterranean arc. The new Métropole has set high ambitions in terms of sustainable development, aiming to provide a good life style and a creative, innovative environment in which to develop activities focusing on new technologies, the environment and healthcare.
An international environment
The Métropole offers a truly multicultural environment. Each year, Nice is visited by some 10 million tourists from all over the world, while 120 000 foreign residents, representing 160 different nationalities, have chosen to make it their home. The Nice Côte d’Azur airport, France’s 2nd international airport, links the area to 100 direct destinations in 29 countries.
An economic renewal in Nice
New markets have recently begun to structure themselves in Nice, focusing on key sectors of development:
- new urban services for the city of tomorrow, combining efficiency with environmental concerns,
- well being, healthcare, caring for the elderly,
- risk management,
- new energy solutions,
- business tourism.
A high tech, innovative city
The Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur has set out to pioneer and experiment in building the city of tomorrow, a city tailored to the needs of the population and offering a good life style. A number of measures have been launched such as contactless payment systems, a network of self-service electric cars, IBM’s Smarter Cities program...
Close by, Sophia Antipolis, Europe’s largest technology park, is renowned as an IT hotbed and a cradle for innovative projects. The Côte d’Azur is also home to 8 competitiveness clusters focusing on new technologies, the environment and healthcare.
Natural environment and quality of life
Stretched out between the sea and the mountain range, with 120 km of coastline and 40 km of beaches, the Côte d’Azur offers an extraordinary natural setting with 300 days of sun a year! To help reinforce these assets and protect the region’s fragile areas, the Métropole has decided to rethink its city planning and services on the basis of environmental exemplarity. Among its top priorities is to enhance wellbeing by combining all the elements for a good life style.