Written on 29 Apr 2014.

One of the many great things about pursuing the EDHEC Global MBA is living on the French Riviera. The Riviera offers a rich variety of fascinating towns and terrain to explore. The towns vary from heavily populated centers like Nice, to tiny medieval mountain fortresses like Eze. The topography varies from pebbly beaches to steep mountain cliffs and sandy seashores to snow topped peaks.

Moving along the magnificent coast away from Nice towards Italy, one immediately confronts Mont Alban with its ancient hilltop fortress overlooking the harbors of both Nice and Villefranche-sur-Mer. From this stunning vantage point, even the island of Corsica can be seen through the haze of the horizon. The harbor of Villefranche is often stocked with yachts and sailboats zipping across the bay. 

Continuing further around the bay is the peninsula of Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat. The peninsula features a leisurely path around its perimeter that includes secluded beaches and picnicking opportunities. Beyond the Cap is Eze, which is divided into a beach-front town and a medieval walled village atop a steep cliff. It is worth the hike to the top of the Exotic Gardens where, on a clear day, one can see all the way to Antibes in the southwest. 

Nestled along the coast between cliffs to the west and the Mediterranean on the east, lies the Principality of Monaco. Its densely built city of Monte Carlo is staggered along terraces that provide stunning views of the harbor with its fleet of ritzy yachts. Starting near Plage de Saint-Romain is the Sentier des Douaniers, which is a pedestrian path that roughly follows the coast from Monte Carlo, through Cap-Martin towards Menton. Menton features a great park right on the edge of the sea, plus a meandering maze of narrow streets that culminate in the plaza before Basilique Saint Michel. Viewed from the piers of the Vieux Port, Menton exudes a cheery flair with its pastel-colored skyline of clustered buildings and Italian touch, staggering from the hills to the harbor. 

While EDHEC’s MBA program certainly keeps participants regularly engaged in rigorous learning, there are opportunities to venture about. Come to EDHEC to be challenged in the classroom, but don’t miss a chance to also discover the richness of the French Riviera.

Written by Kerry La Prees