French Riveria - which town/ city?

Old May 27th, 2004, 06:22 PM
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French Riveria - which town/ city?

What town would you recommend staying in on the French Riveria? Cannes, Nice, etc. and why.
We are looking for a place with a few sites to see and a nice relaxing stop in the middle of a 17 day trip through europe.
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I would say nice, so many museums, a good market, great cafes, and easy to visit elsewhere.
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If it's summer, Cannes or San Tropez. If it's winter, Nice.

Why? Beaches.
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There are many interesting sights in and around Nice; Cannes is smaller and therefore more limited in sightseeing.
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Antibes is a more low-key, but worthy alternative destination on the Riviera.

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Nice. You can either relax or be busy. You have a choice. If you want to get out of town, take a train or bus to a nearby village (or drive if you have car).

It's a peaceful city with a gorgeous view and there are things to do if you want some sightseeing. Or . . . you can sit and contemplate the Mediterranean!
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Jackie: There are a bunch of places you could stay, but I'm keying in on "nice relaxing stop." I think two towns qualify: Antibes and Villefranche sur Mer. Both are on the railway that runs along the Riviera and are therefore accessible to the nightlife of big cities and have great little sidewalk restaurant overlooking the beach/ocean.

Antibes is a spit from Cannes, so you can easily zap over there and do a bunch of sites then return to relax. Antibes has an interesting little Picasso musee plus interesting antique markets.

Villefranche is just minutes by rail from Nice. There's a zillion things to do there.

Both towns are just flat-out pretty and relaxing.

Although not as pretty but pretty darn close with a fabulous "old town", another choice would be Menton, right on the France/Italy border.
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