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Côte d’Azur on a Budget

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Photo: The Village Pub

The French Riviera is a premier resort destination for good reason: It has clear water bordered by stretches of white-sand beaches, rocky cliffs, and hidden coves—and it’s only a 90-minute flight from Paris. The bustling city of Nice, the legendary waterfront town of Cannes, and the once-sleepy village of St.-Tropez are the main attractions.

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Inspired by: 13 Affordable Trips to Europe — by Reid Bramblett, Published Apr. 2008

Hotels (4)

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    Les Palmiers

    Ever since Brigitte Bardot vacationed on these shores, St.-Tropez has been the French Riviera’s most glamorous destination. But for guests on less

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    Abbaye de Lérins

    This 30-room, 11th-century property is a remote Riviera getaway - if you don't mind communal meals and friendly wine-making monks.

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    Val des Roses

    Check into this Art Deco villa turned hotel run by two Flemish brothers who welcome guests like old friends. Its pool and gardens are just 130 feet

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    Hôtel Villa la Tour

    Check into this 16-room converted convent.

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Restaurants (5)

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    Fenocchio

    Order homemade rosemary and vanilla pink-pepper ice cream to eat during a walk along the fie mile Promenade des Anglais.

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    Nissa Socca

    For a late-night snack head to Nissa Socca for ratatouille and a version of socca (chickpea pancakes).

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    Chez Thérésa

    Stop in to this local favorite, a stand in a bustling marketplace known for its socca (chickpea pancakes).

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    La Table du Marche

    Christophe Leroy's bistro and pastry shop is design-conscious yet down-to-earth, and the menu—with dishes such as shrimp scampi, risotto, and salad

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    Le Comptoir, Paris

    Chef Yves Camdeborde’s Le Comptoir on the Left Bank seats only 20, so reservations for the single-seating prix fixe dinner must usually be made sev

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Activities (5)

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    Place des Lices

    Stop by for the colorful and fragrant olive-oils soaps at this market. They make excellent souvenirs.

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    Le Gorille

    You don't have to have a private yacht to enjoy evening cocktails with a view. Sip pastis at this port-side café and watch the jet set float by.

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    Forville Market

    Pick up ingredients for a picnic lunch - olive breads and pizza with sautéed onions - at this colorful market. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

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    Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

    Drive to this 20th-century manor for the gardens and bay views.

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    Musée Matisse

    The museum, housed in a Genoese villa, is accessible by the No. 22 bus that runs from Pace Masséna. The museum is located in Cimiez, where the arti

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