Best Town as a base for visiting the French Riveria?

Hi All--Looking for suggestions of towns to use a base for a trip to the South of France. We will be there the end of May. Thanks!

Posted by pat
victoria, Canada
8475 posts

Nice is great for exploring the riveria.. easy fast and cheap transport options to visit a slew of small towns.. Eze, Villefranche, etc etc plus biggies like Cannes and Monaco.

Posted by Terry kathryn
Ann Arbor, Mi
2884 posts

Nice will work if you like a big city, but if a smaller town is something you might like check out St. Maxime. It is a great place with lots of restaurants, shopping, a market and a beautiful beach as well as the iconic carousel on the water. It has a number of nice hotels and although I always have a car, I am sure there must be plenty of public transportation. Really nice ambience.

Posted by dave
freelton, ont, canada
42 posts

Stayed in port saint laurent ,beautiful beaches 5 minutes to the airport , 10 minutes to nice by train and 25 minute train rides to Monaco and Cannes .

Posted by staceace24
3 posts

So glad you've asked that question. I'm also looking for a suggestion near Nice.
It's our last night in France in July. We are a family of 4--thinking of staying in Villefranche or Eze and will have a car.
Do you have a recommendation for a special place (with a/c) to stay that is somewhat reasonable for that area or
is just worth the cost. How long will it take for us to get to the airport in Nice? Merci beaucoup!

Posted by Laura
Rick Steves' Europe
6005 posts

I've been happy enough using Nice as my home base a couple of times, with good transport options, as well as sights such as the Russian church and Chagall and Matisse museums. Moving around from Antibes (town) or Villefranche-sur-Mer (village) may sometimes require an extra bus or train connection in Nice. Not all trains stop at Villefranche.

If time allows, my favorite, separate beach destination is Cassis, with its famous Calenques - but not a good home base for the rest of the coast.