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Climate

The French Riviera 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.

 
 
   
 


from 27 to september 29, 2019
This festival presents a program of classical concerts set in the prestigious and magic
from june 28 to september 22, 2019
Summer evenings organised by the Département Council. With over 400 free performances in 159
from 04 to october 06, 2019
One of the main book festivals in southern France with no less than 400 guest
 









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