French Riviera/Côte d’Azur
It is so fabulous, I don’t even know where to start. I spent my Erasmus exchange year by the Mediterranean beach – and let’s not lie – it was a year of holiday and amazing parties. Got to love french wine , food and beaches. The only pain are strikes and bureaucracy (dealing with bank and post office which are couple years (or centuries) behind the rest of the Europe)…
So how did I get to Nice from Southampton,UK or anywhere near London – there are several good airline options. I tend to use the cheap Ryanair (only if travel with no luggage) but NOT in this case. Easyjet, BA and Flybe are the best options here (but flybe only goes there in summer). You just have to know when to book it (will blog about that later…) in comfort and if you ar flying with a lot of luggage – BA is the best. I was considering taking the Eurostar and TGV but it’s just cheaper and quicker with an airplane
Ok, lets start with a map – all the best spots are lined up by the coast so you can just start wherever and continue to enjoy. my favourite spots are St.Tropez, Cannes, Antibes, Juan les Pins, Nice, Villefranche, Eze and Monaco.. lots to see-lots to do!
The best way to get around are trains (SNCF) – they go by the beach and the view is amazing. and they are relatively cheap – 30min ride from nice to Antibes is around 5euros. (to see more routes and prices check sncf website). Make sure you that when you hop on the train you sit on the beach side because you will be stuck to the window admiring the wonderful view!!! The tricky thing is that the french like to go on strikes – but oh well it’s France-get used to it! There are buses as well – cheaper but slower – and you don’t want to be stuck in a bus during a rush-hour in a HOT summer day. The best bus is the bus 200 – it goes all the way from Nice (stops at Nice airport) to Cannes and it is JUST 1 euro!! (check out the lignes d’azur website for scedule ) and they run at night on weekends!