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Relaxing with friends in the South of France

With a group of friends we went to visit a friend in Montpellier and continued our trip at the Côte d’Azur in Nice.

by katrienbAtlasGuru Contributor

EuropeFrance7 days / July 2022

Highs & Lows

The old city of Nice is very picturesque!

It’s really hot during the day

Itinerary Overview

We arrived in Friday in Montpellier and spent the first weekend there. On Sunday we did a day trip to the fishing town Sète. On Monday we left for Nice and stayed there until Friday.

  • 3 Nights: Montpellier
    A friend was doing an internship here
  • 4 Nights: Nice
    We wanted to go to the Côte d’Azur and read that Nice was a beautiful city

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    If we were there by car, we could’ve went to the nature for a hike. By train this was not really possible. But still, in terms of time the train was the better option (only 6 hours instead of 11h+ by car) .

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    We had some delays when taking the train from Montpellier to Nice. We just took a later train from Marseille to Nice, but we weren’t sure if we were allowed to take that one with our ticket. We haven’t been checked, so we might have been lucky.

  • How was the food?

    There are some nice places in Rue Bonaparte

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    It was a quite expensive trip because of the trains, the fact that we stayed at two Airbnbs (you pay twice for service and cleaning) and the restaurants and bars. Just be prepared to spend money :)

  • Transportation Tips?

    We came by train (Thalys from Brussels to Montpellier) and it was so nice to be in the South of France in only 6 hours! It was expensive (€150 for a single ride), but still cheaper than the flights. In France we took the train from Montpellier to Sète and from Montpellier to Nice.

  • Booking details?

    Airbnb, Thalys and SNCF for the trains.

Lodging

  • Airbnb in Place Saint-Come. Very nice place to stay, would really recommend. Only one comment: the mezzanine gets very hot, even though there is airconditioning. The other rooms do get cold because of the airconditioning.

  • Airbnb close to Boulevard de la Madeleine (Marie is the host’s name and the house is called “house with garden 15min walking from the sea”). Great house and host, would totally recommend!