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    Where to stop along the French Riviera

    Possibly one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of coastline can be found in the southeast of France. The French Riviera, also known as the Cote d’Azur, allows you to first-hand experience cosmopolitan towns and idyllic beaches.

    The Riviera has no set boundaries, so the best way to experience all that it has to offer is to book flights in and out of different airports. You can collect a car hire in Nice, take your time to explore the coast and return your vehicle to Marseille Airport.

    Nice is a lively city with plenty of great tourist attractions. The most visited of those is the 7 kilometres long golden sands; however, some of the beach areas are private – so just be sure to check before you lay out your beach towel! To experience the local culture, head to the Old Town where you will find a fabulous market perfect for picking up a few souvenirs and sampling the local cuisine.

    Drive inland and you can visit the castle ruins of Grimaud; the small town is perched on the hill tops and has the 11th century castle overlooking it. Partially restored, the castle is a great find along the tourist trail. Within a short drive back to the coast, you can stop off at Saint Tropez and treat yourself to some designer shopping.

    Further west along the Riviera is the city of Toulon; it’s famed for wine making, fishing, shoe making, and its naval construction. One of the largest harbours in Europe, the Toulon’s port is an amazing spot for those who love to ship spot and the Old Harbour is home to a great naval museum. The city’s Old Town is a maze of cobbled streets and small squares; you can also visit the city’s cathedral here.

    If you have some time left before you hop on your flight at Marseille, you can enjoy the city’s beautiful architecture and some lovely garden areas.

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