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riviera at the end of a trip; where/when to go?

Monterey, California
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riviera at the end of a trip; where/when to go?

We're planning a trip to France, and I would like to go mid-late September. I'm thinking we fly into Paris or Geneva, head to Chamonix for a few days of hiking, then to Provence and the Riviera for a few days of bicycle riding and sitting at the beach. I'm wondering what the ideal location would be for cycling on country roads (near lavender fields, the whole bit), as well as allowing for access to the beach. (Will it even still be toasty enough for the beach in December?) Any and all recommendations and tips are much appreciated.

Antibes, France
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1. Re: riviera at the end of a trip; where/when to go?

Mid / late September is perfect beach weather on the Riviera( I think the mention of December was an error...?)

As well there are plenty of incredibly scenic hiking and biking opportunities especially between Nice and Monaco.

The following link will give you some of the online guides available with maps of routes. Pays Cotier is the area closest to the coast but going inland you will find challenging trails of an Alpine nature.


Lavander country is considerably inland away from the coast - around Digne - but in any event it will be well gone by September.


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2. Re: riviera at the end of a trip; where/when to go?

Yes! Ha, I don't know what I was thinking, I didn't mean to mention December...

Many thanks for your thoughts!

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3. Re: riviera at the end of a trip; where/when to go?

For the "where" part of your question

Look at Cassis. A lovely beach village in Provence. It has an old town and multiple beaches.

Also close to Cassis (in Cassis?) are the Calanques. Massive rock gorges in the sea that you can hike to and in around or boat into. See cassis #1 attractions on TA.

Of course there are many great beach towns in the riviera to the east. I thought if cassis for the hiking and beach combo.

Depending on what you like, look at Nice, Antibes Menton, Villefranche sur mer.... I have not been to st Tropez but

would look into it for September when it may be more manageable.

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