The Alps and the Mediterranean Sea make of the Alpes Maritimes department of contrasts between the sea and mountains. On the shores of the Mediterranean climate on the coast of the Alpes Maritimes is exceptionally mild and the sun is remarkable and sought after by many tourists who flock to the Riviera and its resorts. It is in the maritime Alps has developed in the late 19th century modern tourism, when restricted to a social elite. From Cannes to Menton, to Antibes, Juan les Pins, Nice and Monaco on the sun and beaches attract many tourists. The hinterland is mountainous, with a typical alpine landscape, the Mercantour Park is one of the most beautiful nature reserve in Europe. The ski resorts of Auron, Isola 2000 offers vacationers all leisure related to the mountain, skiing but hiking. Cultural events are the most famous film festival in Cannes, Nice Carnival, and the Lemon Festival in Menton.