Reverse side of the holiday on the Cote d’Azur.
Having settled permanently in Germany, we decided to drive Europe by car during our summer vacation. Having visited Spain, France, we stopped on the Cote d’Azur. This was our first trip abroad, since in our native Ukraine we did not go further than the Black Sea. We looked forward to the trip, having read before it on the Internet enthusiastic exclamations about this resort.
The first thing that upset me was the beach. It is small, narrow, and even pebbles, and not clean sand. But most of all I was outraged that the main road passed just along the main beach. Even to go to the Arabat Spit in Genichesk you can see a more attractive beach than this. More decent beaches were on the territory of expensive hotels, but since by law they have no right to protect their territory, there is no point in paying big bucks for a wonderful beach, as next to you has the right to rest any person who came to this beach. The color of the water of course in the sea lives up to its name. I’ve never seen one like this before – crystal clear and transparent! You could of course visit paid beaches, prices for which ranged from 40 to 50 euros per person. And sunbeds, by the way, are also paid. Having decided to stop and plunge into the sea after a long trip, we faced the first problem – this is a paid beach, and the second – the inability to just park the car. About ten minutes we were looking for a suitable parking place.
We lived in the paid camp “DES MURES.” The price at the time of stay, and this is June 2015, 55 euros per day. The campsite itself was divided in half the main road that stretched along the entire coast. we stopped on the sea side, so we did not have to cross the track all the time. Although the movement did not exceed 20 – 30 km / h. Camping itself was not bad. True, the beds were small and the water in the shower all the time was either very hot or cold. We ate at a restaurant on the coast. The prices I’ll tell you are crazy. Of the drinks the most affordable wine, the prices for cocktails started from 14 euros. A more or less good restaurant in terms of price and quality is the restaurant on the shore of “Bungalo KFe”. Fish dishes were especially successful. Prices from about 10-15 euros. The nearest supermarket was three kilometers from the campsite in the direction of St. Tropez. Since the campsite was divided into two parts, one was more spacious and green, but ours was dotted with ants. Older children had nowhere to walk. For adults there was both a pool and a tennis court. Wi-fi is very expensive, and because of the trees, the signal often disappeared.
On the territory of the campsite it was possible to arrange cycling excursions or a boat trip. By car you can go to St. Tropez and St. Maxine. Russian, we have not met anyone. And the French were only a few pairs. they were mainly Germans and Dutch.
The overall impression after the days was 3+, as the beaches are crowded, prices are too high. And there was no way to drive a car along the coast through numerous traffic jams. The second time we will not come, but for the sake of a tick, that we were here it’s worth coming.