Low budget holiday on the Côte d'Azur

by Maggy Taillor
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To spend a holiday on the Cote d'Azur, you already think that you have to leave thousands of Euros, in some lush resorts where everything is expensive and even water is a luxury. Well, it is a totally wrong idea!  You can visit the Cote d'Azur and without being the owner of thousands of dollars, but the will and a few tens of Euros, might motivate you to feel the aristocratic air.

 Well, I suggest starting your trip from Nice, because here you land or you'll get by car. There are various accommodation possibilities, clearly does not compare to Monte Carlo, where you need to have much money for accommodation… and if you really want to do a good job, choose to stay in an apartment, where is true that you will not enjoy a sumptuous breakfast, but will leave less money than you leave at the hotel.

Okay, so once arrived in Nice, you must know that the airport is close to town, and if you take the bus 23 in front of the airport, will give only 1, 50 Euros for one way trip. However, if you are more convenient, you can also choose the express line, 98 or 99, for 6 euro, and you get 10 or 15 minutes early, so no big deal really!

Don’t rush to get your one transport ticket, those costs 1, 50 euro and it’s a big lost. More ok is to pay 5 Euros for 1 day ticket so you can have a ride whenever you want. Anyway, Nice is a small and beautiful city, so you can discover the major important attractions in maximum 1 hour making a relaxing walk. Buy your 1 day ticket right from the airport, so you ‘l start save the money.

If you want to eat at the restaurant do not throw it your pennies in fancy restaurants and terraces on the Promenade des Anglais, the high class popular location of Nice. Here all prices are doubled, tripled and even not worth it!  This area is beautifully to be photographed and walks at sunrise and sunset are welcome, but otherwise no! Opt for restaurants that have their day menu displayed outside, with prices too, so you will not have unpleasant surprises…so with 15, 20 Euros you’re eating 2 or 3 dishes plus dessert! For food and other daily necessities, Carrefour hypermarket is the best, with good prices and a large variety of products, so that's everything you need is in one place.

If you’re coming here, clearly you're not that big fan to visit museums and other buildings. The most beautiful and charming things here, are the wonderful landscapes, which are free, by the way! I'd recommend you to walk along the beautiful Promenade des Anglais, then climb the Chateau Colline and drink a coffee at the Hotel Negresco, and then to walk through the old town, and so you can spend a charming day! However, if you want to enjoy the scenery and also the history, visiting museums, you can choose French Riviera Pass, which offers free transportation on the Cote d'Azur, and the opportunity to have free entrance to the museums for $ 30 EUR / 1 day.

Now, you're probably wondering how and if it is affordable to visit the other resorts... Well, you can do it in the most secure, beautiful and inexpensive way…using the bus, which costs 1.50 Euros, and thus in about 50 minutes, you can see the marvelous Cannes, Monte Carlo, or Marseille with its scent of lavender. Another idea would be to travel by train to Juan les Pines town or visiting the historic towns of Antibes and Ventimiglia.

With a little more investment in transport up here and with some savings put aside, adventurous and good mood, Cote d'Azur is waiting for you to discover its beauties and immortalize them in the most beautiful pictures!





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