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Affordable Côte d’Azur

There’s more to the French Riviera than over-the-top glamour.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

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Points of Interest

1. 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.

Address:
Ile St Honorat
Cannes
France

Phone:
33-4-92-99-54-20

2. Chez Thérésa

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

Address:
28 Rue Droite
Nice
France

Phone:
33-4-93-85-00-04

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

Address:
2 Place Rossetti
Nice
France

Phone:
33-4-93-80-72-52

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.

Address:
Place du Marché Forville, Rue Meynadiers
Cannes
France

Check into this 16-room converted convent.

Address:
4 Rue de la Tour
Nice
France

Phone:
33-4-93-80-08-15

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 Niçoise—is comparatively affordable, which makes it a popular lunch spot.

Address:
38 Rue Georges Clemenceau
St. Tropez
France

Phone:
33-4-94-97-85-20

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.

Address:
1 Quai Suffren
St. Tropez
France

Phone:
33-4-94-97-03-93

Ever since Brigitte Bardot vacationed on these shores, St.-Tropez has been the French Riviera’s most glamorous destination. But for guests on less than a movie-star budget, Les Palmiers, a three-story house set in a thicket of tropical trees, has 25 cheerful, affordable rooms. The king-size beds and bright Provençal prints are low-key and... More

9. 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 artist spent his later years.

Address:
164 Ave. des Arènes de Cimiez
Nice
France

Phone:
33-4-93-81-08-08

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

Address:
5 Rue Ste.-Réparate
Nice
France

Phone:
33-4-93-80-18-35

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

Address:
Rue du Parc des Lices
St. Tropez
France

Phone:
33-4-94-97-45-21

12. 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 from Salis beach.

Address:
6 Chemin des Lauriers
Cap d’Antibes
France

Phone:
33-6-85-06-06-29

13. Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

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

Address:
1 Ave. Ephrussi de Rothchild
St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
France

Phone:
33-4-93-01-33-09