Cannes and Nice are popular cities for travelers to the Cote d’Azur in France. These glamourous locales can be costly to visit, but with the right planning, budget friendly. To make the most of your trips to these year round destinations, here are three top travel tips for a budget friendly adventure.
Tip #1 Travel During the Off Season
Summer buzzes with activity in Cannes and Nice and during the Cannes Film Festival in May, Cannes is packed with people and paparazzi. Consider traveling to these cities during the off season, in particular from December through March. You can enjoy many of the same restaurants and markets as you would in the high season without the crowds and save money on lodging. A perk of traveling in December—European holiday markets. We visited in December and loved to see the decorations, tool around markets and found that most things we wanted to experiences were open, but without the crowds. We traveled amid more locals, making for an authentic experience.
Tip #2 Stay Central to Save
Both Cannes and Nice are walkable and bike-friendly cities, so though staying central may cost you more in room fees, it also may save you more on transportation in the long run. The oldest continually operated hotel in Cannes, Hotel Splendid is just steps away from the harbor and a short walk to the Palais, home of the Cannes film festival, granting it a top location and this family owned inn is budget friendly, if you book in advance.
Nice’s Hotel Windsor is also centrally located, just a ten minute walk from the English Promenade. This boutique hotel with its individually decorated rooms attracts art lovers with an indoor gallery of eclectic works.
#3 Shop Local to Save
One of the wonderful things about traveling to France is that even the most basic of ingredients can be so tasty. To save money and still get top cuisine, visit local markets during your travels in Cannes and Nice. By shopping like the locals, you’ll find fabulous foods at non-touristy prices, helping you enjoy France like a foodie without busting your budget. Visit the Forville Market in Cannes for great food picks. Markets aren’t just centered around food along the Cote d’Azur, make sure to ask about markets for art, flowers and more to truly enjoy shopping local and finding something unique on your travel adventures. In Nice, Cours Saleya, for example, is a fabulous antiques market.
And remember you’re on vacation, so don’t forget to put all of that savings to good use and once in a while, splurge.