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1. Posted by Eleanor123 (Budding Member 22 posts) 11y

My friend and I are going to the Cote D'Azur this summer but have never been there before. Does anyone have any advice or know of a good location to stay to be able to visit lots of places? Thanks, Eleanor

2. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

I never been to France but i know there's a scenic town in south of france - Annecy.

The link (location):
http://www.worldlive.cz/en/detailed-map-297-webcam-annecy

"At the edge of the turquoise Lac d'Annecy, bounded to the east by the turreted peaks of La Tournette and to the west by the long wooded ridge of Le Semnoz, ANNECY is one of the most beautiful and popular resort towns of the French Alps, though the tourist traffic can get a bit wearing in high season. Historically, it enjoyed a brief flurry of importance in the early sixteenth century, when Geneva opted for the Reformation and the fugitive Catholic bishop decamped here with a train of ecclesiastics and a prosperous, cultivated elite." by Rough Guide

In my file, there' a link about Annecy (in French):
http://ava.univ-savoie.fr/francais/INFO_ANNECY/visite.html

Hope this would help.

Bon voyage!
Lee

3. Posted by le_ffrench (Budding Member 39 posts) 11y

I'm afraid Annecy is not really in the Cote d'Azur area. It is lovely though and the lake is a sought after location.

When are you planning your trip? I would personally not go there in the middle of Summer as it is generally very hot and quite crowded. If this is no problem for you and your friends, famous places to see include Cannes, Monaco, Saint Tropez... More remote and natural places can be found in the Alpes de Haute Provence (but this is not exactly the Côte d'Azur anymore)
http://uk.alpes-haute-provence.com/
If you want to get away from the crowds and want to get a reasonable price (which will be difficult in full season), stay in a village a bit away from the coast.
You can find holiday rentals (the most practical if you are 4+) on these websites:
http://www.homelidays.com
http://www.abritel.com

4. Posted by voyages (Inactive 36 posts) 11y

with all due respect Annecy is way far away from the cote d´azur. My advuce is if you can stay somewhere near Nice as Nice is in the middle of the coastal line that makes the cote d´azur.
It streches from Monaco, Eze (small beautiful village), Menton and Nice. There are buses that parts from Nice To eze and monte carlo, for like 5 Euros return ticket. from Nice then you can head along the coastal line, to Antibes (don´t miss it)all the way to st tropez (be ready to be dressed to kill). Wortyh seeing also is Grasse if you have the time, it´s not on the coast but not really far from Nice. Typical french village.
Bon voyage and good luck.

5. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 11y

As it's been said previously, Annecy is not in the Côte d'Azur... Nice, Monaco, St Tropez are the typical places to visit around there, but I would recommend you to get a bit away from there and take a look around Marseille, Aix-En-Provence et Avignon. It is not exactly the Côte d'Azur, but it's worth to go off course.

Anyway, have a nice trip wherever you decide to go!
Yolanda

6. Posted by Eleanor123 (Budding Member 22 posts) 11y

Thanks for all your advice. We are planning to travel sometime in August and know it will be crowded, but it's the only time we can so I hope it won't be too much of a problem. I would really like to visit Nice and St Tropez especially, but visiting some places further away sounds good as well. I have heard of a town called Frejus that is supposed to be quite nice, although busy. Has anyone been there or know anything about it? Thanks,
-Eleanor

7. Posted by cdntrvl (Full Member 50 posts) 11y

Nice is one of my favourite places in France. It's not the cheapest but its nice (ohh bad pun). The trains connect Nice with a lot of tiny hole in the wall beach resorts along the coast. Day trips to Monte Carlo (don't wear two different colour converse or you won't be allowed in the casino!), Cannes, and assorted other towns are easily done. I've never stopped in Freju (sp) so can't help you there however Juan des Pinnes is a nice relaxing day trip destination.

8. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Eleanor,

I found some links and hope these may help you out:

1.http://www.beyond.fr/villages/frejus.html
2.http://www.ville-frejus.fr/hermes/sommaire.htm (in French)
3.http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/France/Provence_Alpes_Cote_dAzur/Frejus-122908/Things_To_Do-Frejus-BR-1.html

Good luck!

Lee