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Where to go in the south of France

Lilburn, GA
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Where to go in the south of France

I'm turning 50 next summer and am looking for a place in the south of France, Cote d'azur, to spend with my husband and 18 year old daughter. Love the combination of beach and city. We will not have a car and would like to be able to access Monaco and perhaps points east from there by public transport. I've seen some pictures of rocky beaches...would prefer sandy. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!

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1. Re: Where to go in the south of France

Nice is by far the most interesting location but beach is made up of flat stones. Antibes is pleasant but much smaller and has a sandy beach. We like the combination of Villefranche, sandy-ish beach and spectacular location and Nice which is only 10 mins by bus or train. Do you have a special reason for going to Monaco, a very ugly place with densely crowded tower blocks but easy to access by train from anywhere between dull as ditch water Cannes and rather more interesting Menton? Apart from Menton almost everything east of Monaco is in Italy.

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2. Re: Where to go in the south of France

We liked Monaco for a day trip, but much preferred Nice. If you're going to be spending a lot of time at the beach, then I believe Cannes would be a better choice.

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3. Re: Where to go in the south of France

Would definitely suggest Nice as a base, except the beach is pebbled not sandy. Cannes has a sandy beach but nowhere near the character - for me - or ease of public transport that Nice has.

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4. Re: Where to go in the south of France

As a rule of thumb you will only find sand west of Nice, where the burgers of Antibes, Juan les Pins and Cannes have thoughfully provided it for tourists with tender soles. The almost tideless Med is very slow at bteaking down the rocks that come down the rivers from the Alps.


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