During the high season (July-Aug-Sept) the prices are very high, and directly on the coast you’ll almost certainly find it easier to rent an appartment rather than a house.
Due to the rocky outcrops only part of the coast has sandy beaches—those between Saint Raphael and Juan-Les-Pins (west of Nice), and also around Menton (east of Nice). For the most part there’s a main road between the housing and the beach, however it’s not unduly dangerous (in fact in the high season traffic is likely to be crawling).
Restaurants are mainly concentrated around the actual towns and villages, so for example although La Bocca has easy access to the beaches you might find walking into Cannes for the good eats a bit of a drag. If on the other hand you mean easy access by car you’re spoiled for choice (with exception to the above note on traffic—there’s always the train).
Best option is to find some rentals you like and then look up their locations on Google Earth/satellite maps. There’s little along the coast not to like (except perhaps the flat bit between Antibes and Nice).
WayZ, the problem is:
What do you want to see/ live by?
Are you interested in the rural, scenic cote?
Or the flashy,shiny part?
Answer depends, as so often.
Actually, using google maps is way of cool for choosing.
Anyway, since my predecessor and I assumely know the cote like the inside of my wallet, we might ( at least ) have some advanced tips for you !
Thanks, I’ll try to clarify:
We like to have a quiet breakfast at the terrace with fresh bakery. Then we get ready for some swimming and sun bathing. At lunch time we either go to a tavern near the beach or make it ourself at the “house”. We may have another swim after lunch, or go to a market, stroll the streets, get familiar with the place or just play and read. In the evening we explore the local cuisine at a nearby restaurant, before we end the day by more reading, playing cards, small talk and might enjoy a cigar and a night cup. Some of the days we would take the car to see the sights, visit interesting places, explore other beaches and try other taverns for lunch. There might be interesting walks to do as well. We could also go places with offerings more directed to the kids. Some evenings we make the dinner ourselves, trying local ingredients baught on the market or local shops, with accompanying local vines. Well, this sounds a bit lazy, I know…
I guess this is more “rural and scenic” than “flashy and shiny”, and yes we would like to be challenged with some advanced tips!
Well, check Hyeres for the big green (or even Porquerolles):
For good wine ( even White wine – not Muscadet ) go to Bandol.
They’ve got so good wine, they don’t even export them. (drinkin’ themselves)
For staying near promenades, get some lodging in the back of Cagnes ( not that expensive )
To focus on more hilly regions, either the back of St.Tropez is especially nice, or the route de cretes approaching la ciotat from the west.
The calanques there are quite nice also, but u might miss the posh promenades.
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