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Dividing the South of France in Half
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I am going to spend 2/3 days in Nice, and go to Menton, Eze, and/or Antibes. Then I wanted to go a bit further south (Aix being about as far west as I would venture) for 2/3 days before I head to Dijon.

My question is; can some one recommend a good town/city to use as a hub? I’d love to stay in a place like Le Lavandou, but my budget is small. I’m interested in off-the-beaten-track towns (researching as we speak), and of course sandy beaches. WinkJust wondering what place would be more convenient for day trips, but also fine if I wanted to lay on a beach instead.

I am leaving from Midwest and traveling for 27 days
London, Nice, Dijon, Zürich, Nancy, Reims, Paris, London
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La Gaude fits your description, but it would be fairly difficult to use as a base if you don’t have a car. There’s decent bus service, but the logistics of getting around the tiny villages once you get off the rail line (basically, along the beach) are not easy.

I don’t understand why you would stay in both Nice and Antibes — they’re 16 minutes apart by train. Pick one and visit the other as a day trip.

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oldlady you mis-understood me. I am staying in Nice, and day tripping to Antibes.
If, lets say Fréjus, was a dividing line; I’m looking for another place/town further west; to do day trips on that “side” of the south. Unfortunately, I will be traveling by rail, and I KNOW St.Tropez is a bit pricey for me (I doubt they have decent cheap hostels there).

I am leaving from Midwest and traveling for 27 days
London, Nice, Dijon, Zürich, Nancy, Reims, Paris, London
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Saint-Raphael might work and you might find a decently priced place there. It’s a pleasant and historically interesting (Roman) town. However, it isn’t all that far (less than 1 hour) from Nice. I would seriously look at spending all the time in Antibes or St. Laurent du Var and doing more day trips. Toulon would be another possibility although perhaps too far west for you?

Are St. Tropez and Le Lavandau on the rail line???