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Useful advice and information
Advices for a worry-free stay
   
 
Remain vigilant at all times! Don't let anyone rob you of your holiday. These recommendations will help you to take full advantage of your stay on the Côte d'Azur.


By car
1) Remember to lock your car doors both when driving and when you stop
2) In town, always keep your windows up
3) Protect your belongings: don't leave anything in view

In public places
4) Never carry large amounts of cash or valuable objects; leave them in the hotel safe
5) Protect your identification papers: make copie of them
6) Keep an eye on your belongings (bags, mobile phone...)
7) In a crowd, beware of pickpockets
8) Never buy counterfeit goods

Don't forget
9) Before going to sea or to the mountains, check the weather forecast and inform others of your itinerary
10) Always take the equipment best suited


Police Nationale
- Nice - 1, avenue Maréchal Foch - Tel. 33 (0)4 92 17 22 22
- Menton : 9, rue des Patournneaux - Tel. 33 (0)4 93 28 66 00
- Cannes - 1, avenue de Grasse - Tel. 33 (0)4 93 06 22 22
- Grasse - 12, boulevard Carnot - Tel. 33 (0)4 93 40 31 60
- Antibes - 5, avenue des Frères Olivier - Tel. 33 (0)4 92 90 78 00
- Cagnes-sur-Mer - 20bis, chemin des Grands Plans - Tel. 33 (0)4 92 13 56 10 

Practical information
   
 


Climate
The Côte d'Azur benefits from a Mediterranean-type climate, characterised by exceptional sunshine almost 300 days a year and mild temperatures for most of the year.
It rains heavily but infrequently mostly in March/April and October/November. In winter, freezing temperatures are rare, but sweaters are advised.


Opening hours
Shops are usually open from 9 am to 7 pm from Monday to Saturday. Department stores may stay open until 9 pm. Banks are open from 8.30 to 12 noon and 2 to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday, with some branches opening on Saturday mornings.


Legal holidays
The 1st of January, Easter Monday, May 1st (May Day), May 8th (VE Day), Ascension Day (Thursday), Whit Monday, July 14th (Bastille Day), August 15th, November 1st (All Saints), November 11th (Armistice Day) and December 25th (Christmas).
On legal holidays, banks, government offices, shops, the majority of businesses and also many museums and tourist attractions are closed.


Money/currency
Credit cards are accepted in many shops, hotels and restaurants (there is usually a minimum amount of between €7 and €15). For cash, you will find cash-points on just about every street corner (24 hours a day).
Bank branches, exchange bureaux and some post offices handle currency exchange transactions and traveller's cheques. Whatever you are buying, prices are net. A gratuity is however the custom in restaurants and for certain specific services (taxi cabs).


Emergency phone numbers
Dial the following numbers (toll-free):
- SAMU (medical emergencies): 15
- Police emergency: 17
- Fire-brigade: 18
- European emergency call: 112


Calling
To call abroad: 00 + country exchange number + number
To call France from abroad: 00 + 33 + number


Electric standards
220 Volts - 380 Volts / 50 Hertz


A few tips for a pleasant trouble-free holiday
- You are strongly recommended to respect smoking/no smoking signs in public places.
- It is always useful to have a little cash on you at all times for little out-of-pocket expenses like taxi fares to the airport, drinks, etc.
- If you are driving, park only where authorised and respect speed limits on highways and motorways.
- Owing to a number of major events (the Cannes Film Festival, the Monaco F1 Grand Prix) or conferences, it may be difficult to find accommodation. You are strong advised to book very early.

 
   
 


december 31 2017
On December 31st, the legendary Salle des Etoiles will be hosting the Italian singer Claudio
from 12/31/2017 to 01/01/2018
 









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