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Driving Tour

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Driving Tour

A group of us(4-5) are going to the French Riviera this April and we are thinking of driving along the coast. Our aim is to drve through the major touristy areas and spend more time soaking in the countryside. I would appreciate any form of advice on the following questions.

1. Are Cannes, Nice and Marseille good places to go to? Any reccomendations on a nice quite countryside accomodation?not touristy preferable surrounding a vineyard or farm.

2.Is this mode of transport advisable or are trains and buses better(in terms of price and language)

3.Any reccomendations on eateries that are not touristy but offer good frech food and pastry

thank you for your help



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1. Re: Driving Tour

It's difficult to answer your questions as they're rather general and vague. It depends on how long you intend to be here, whether you intend to do a "touring" holiday or base yourself in one place and do day trips.

I'd advise you to get a guide book for the region, read a bit about it first, then post more specific questions.

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Driving along the Riviera is not as much fun as one might think it will be. You can encounter lengthy traffic delays along the coastal roads, and the motorways can be daunting. I prefer train travel, but it's a personal choice. For 4-5 people, however, travel by car may be less expensive than by train, but there are tolls on the A8 to be considered.

Cannes and Nice are wonderful, and there are day trips you can take from these cities, including a ferry trip to St. Tropez. The ferry doesn't run when we attend a convention in October, but I think it would be lovely. For dining in Cannes, the Palm d'Or in the Martinez is one of the most famous restaurants in the world, although expensive. Felix and Vesuvius are two other dining spots we have enjoyed. For lighter fare, try 72 Croisette, a bistro on the corner outside the Martinez. If you want to pack a lunch, go to the Casino. It's large grocery store with a fabulous deli and nice wine shop. If interested, I'll tell you how to get there.

There are two mountaintop villages in the Nice/Cannes area, St. Paul do Vence and Eze, that I would encourage you to visit. St. Paul and Eze are both accessible by public transportation. I, and others, can help you with directions, depending upon where you are coming from. There are other villages to visit in the area, and you can find more info on these by searching this and the Provence forums.

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Inland from the coast is quite pretty but driving along the coast was tedious and often quite ugly, especially as we approached Nice, where it became smoggy and the road ran for ages between a chain link fence and the sea with parked cars blocking any view.



Inland you revert to pretty villages like St Paul du Vence which is full of artists shops and has the lovely Fondation Maeght close by, with beautiful modern art in a lovely landscaped setting.

We stayed at Menton and enjoyed that, with nice restaurants down at beach level and a pretty town high on the hill


Hope all these links work!!!


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Cut and paste the big links to get the pictures

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