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Published on February 22nd, 2018 | by Sun Gold Soap


Visiting the French Riviera Off-Season

Off-season holidays allow travelers to explore and discover great places without the usual crowds of tourists (these can ruin the experience for many), and in a way that’s much friendlier with their budgets. But it’s called “off-season” for a reason – the weather is usually not ideal for the main tourist attracting activity of the area. This means, for example, that the sea is likely not warm enough for taking a swim, or the number of sunny days is lower at the French Riviera.

The French Riviera – called Cote d’Azur by the locals – has the reputation of a luxury area visited by royal figures in the past, and celebrities in our days. Also, it has the reputation of a prohibitively expensive place to spend your holidays. Actually, the prices are not “that” prohibitive, but due to its fame the French Riviera is crowded during its peak tourist season, and its prices are considerably higher. But being much more budget friendly off-season is not the main attraction of the area – it will offer mild temperatures, and a much more authentic experience.

Given its location (it is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France, between the Italian border in the east and Saint-Tropez, Hyères, Toulon, or Cassis in the west) the French Riviera has long, hot summers. Those who prefer milder temperatures should not visit the area at all during the summer, but preferably in late spring or early fall. During the summer the area is crowded with sunseekers, vacationers and tourists, both from France and the rest of Europe – some of them come for the food, others for the climate (especially those from the north), and many come to see the celebrities spending their time here. And another reason: many French employees are on holiday in August (sometimes for the whole month), and many of them spend this time at the French Riviera.

Traveling off-season to the Southern France will give you the opportunity to explore the towns and villages in piece, and experience a much more authentic atmosphere. Consider this: during the tourist season, when the population of the settlements sometimes doubles, the locals are understandably stressed by the crowds (and their sometimes extreme demands), so hospitality has to suffer. While off-season, the locals can be much more friendly, much nicer, and much less stressed out.

And finally, let’s see the prices. Some famous, stylish cities everyone talks about – Cannes, home of the famous film festival, St. Tropez or Monte Carlo in the nearby Monaco – can be quite expensive even off the high season, but lodging for friendly fares (and extras often included in the price – so you won’t have to spend your own bucks for playing royal vegas mobile games in your room) is available in many nearby settlements, and even less “touristy” areas of the towns. This way you can taste the authenticity of the area – both literally and figuratively speaking.

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