For the centuries now Côte d'Azur or, so known among the English-speaking community, French Riviera has been attracting tourists from all over the world by its mild Mediterranean climate and exceptional sunshine all through the year. The region is famous for its diversity offering a wide range of activities for people of all ages. Not a surprise that this place has become popular among hunger investors who have been increasingly buying properties, developing businesses and acquiring holiday homes. More and more people are settling down in Nice, Antibes, Juan les Pins, Cannes, Mougins or any other not-a-distant from Sophia Antipolis city in search for a work-life balance that life in the region offers.
So how come the traffic gets heavier, the rental prices grow with the speed of light and the region gets overpopulated in the summer time? The tension started couple of decades ago, when the French Silicon Valley – Sophia Antipolis – was constructed. Sophia Antipolis is a technology park northwest of Antibes and southwest of Nice. The area of 2 400 hectares includes over 1300 technology companies offering jobs to 37 000 people. The companies mainly specialize in the fields of computing, electronics, pharmacology and biotechnology. Some of the widely known names that are W3C, Amadeus, Schneider Electric, ITT, Hewlett-Packard, Thales, France Télécom, Bayer, Legrand, Air France, CR of Science, Siemens, NXM, SAP, ST Microelectronics, Accenture, Toyota. A number of research laboratories such as CNRS, INSERM, I3S, LEAT, INRIA, INRA, SAP and others. The companies benefit from a great location and happily welcome their clients on various congresses and meetings …
Ask what it's like to live and work in the French Riviera and you will hear – working day from 9 am to 5pm, beach tennis golf cycling jogging swimming etc during the lunch time, and again an efficiency in work and life. City life taught people to work long hours and still have things to get done. Life in the French Riviera makes work a not-the-most-important-thing in your life but teachers efficiency and leaves time for important things such as family and hobbies.
Major expatriates are British, Italians, Swedish, and some Germans. English speaking shops (there is a good one in Antibes next to the port), Radios (Riviera radio 106.5fm), movies (look up on internet for eng speaking cinema), bars and pubs (some popular ones are in Antibes – Hop Store and La Gaffe and many in every major city) are available to gap the nostalgic feeling for home countries.