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How To Save Money On A Holiday In Cote d’Azur

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Cote d’Azur is one of the most popular holiday regions in Southeastern France. According to recent statistics, 11 million tourists stay an average of 6.2 nights, and 9 out of 10 tourists say that they are “very satisfied” with their stay. In fact, most repeat holidaymakers end up buying an apartment here as most people choose to buy their own place after years of vacationing in this beautiful part of the French Riviera, and sales and inquiries have gone up in the recent years. However, going on a holiday in any of the beach resorts here can be brutally expensive, considering that it’s the go-to destination of celebrities and jet-setters all over the world. With the average expense coming in at €176 per day, it can be difficult to travel on a budget if you’re in the French Riviera. But the good news is that there are certain things that you can do to enjoy your stay while staying within your vacation budget. Here’s how you can save money while on a holiday in Cote d’Azur.

Buy groceries

While on holiday, it’s expected that one of the things that people waste money on is food. Dining out in any of the beach towns of Cote d’Azur can be expensive, as a typical starter costs between €9 to €13, while the main dish costs about €30. To save money, head to the grocery and buy staples such as bread, cheese, meat, and fruits to create your own meal. You can even find some good wine or beer in supermarkets without breaking the bank.

Go during the offseason

Going to Cote d’Azur during the off season is definitely less expensive than going there in August, which is when many employees in France spend the entire month on the beaches for their vacation. Moreover, you can have a more relaxing holiday as the beaches won’t be teeming with tourists and holidaymakers.

Do your research

Staying at a hotel in any part of the French Riviera go for about €900 a night, but doing your research and making a last minute booking online may get you a room for about €160. If you’re on holiday with your family, it’s definitely a good idea to stay in a hotel, but if you’re traveling alone or with your partner, check out Airbnb where you can find a room for about €25 a night.

Take public transport

Instead of renting a car, take public transportation while you’re staying in Cote d’Azur. It’s a better and more efficient way of getting around. Moreover, local bus and tram fare costs only about €1.50 per ride.

Try any of these money-saving tips the next time you go on a holiday in Cote d’Azur. Not only do you get to spend less, but you’ll also have more fun. Of course, if you’re thinking about making a yearly visit, or would like to spend your retirement years here, then you may be better off looking for a home in the French Riviera. Who knows, you may be able to find your very own paradise in this idyllic part of the world.

Even if you are living on the Côte d’Azur, it’s always good to use your money wisely.

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Ab Kuijer

Experienced communicator and marketeer. Former radio, TV and advertising producer in Amsterdam. Author of ‘Think Small, Grow Big’ that explains why advertising is dead. Owner of an international marketing agency specialised in real estate. Lives in the South of France since 2006 for obvious reasons: sun, sea, wine and healthy food. Became on the Cote d'Azur the first Dutch President of the British Chamber of Commerce, later rebranded the Riviera Business Club. Happily married to Jojo. Ab reads and writes 2000 words per day about different topics. xxxxxxxxxLiving on the Côte d'Azur is the first real estate portal with a personal service. A daily fresh collection of more than 1700 high-value luxury properties and new construction projects along the French Riviera; from Menton to Saint Tropez. We are also present with local teams in Paris, Ibiza, Portugal, Mauritius and Tuscany. Clients recommend us for being responsive, professional, honest and accurate. xxxxxxxxxxxxWith local multi-lingual teams, Living on the Côte d'Azur provides a 'Good old Dutch' Service for foreign buyers, helping them on the journey from a long-list selection towards visiting the short-list. We explain how French real estate law works, and guide the buyers through the impressive French paperwork until the signature at the notary for the final deed.