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7 must-see places to visit in the off-season

Menton, French Riviera buildings reflected in water

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French Riviera

The Cote d'Azur (also known as the French Riviera) is one of those highly desired destinations that most everyone fantasizes about visiting at some point. Tourists from around the world are aware of the glamour that characterizes places like Monaco, Saint-Tropez and Cannes. The sunny, dry summer weather makes this an ideal beach destination for sun-seekers, while the culture and rugged Mediterranean landscapes also draw tourists to this region. During the summertime, the Cote d'Azur is a crowded destination that can be quite expensive (though not prohibitively so). During the spring and fall, however, the weather might not be quite as warm and dry, but prices are much lower and you can still experience the stylishness and culture that makes this part of France such a wonderful place to spend time.