Travel Guide: Can South Africans afford the French Riviera?

France's famous Côte d'Azur stretches for 30 tantalising kilometres along its south-eastern Mediterranean coastline.

Typically known as a hangout for the rich and famous, it also features less glitzy and more affordable options says travel correspondent Allison Foat.

That's the beauty of this trip - you can do Nice to Monaco in 25 minutes by car but you can obviously stretch it right out if you stop and start.

Allison Foat, Travel correspondent - Cape Talk

It's not that expensive because you're going to to those little places...

Allison Foat, Travel correspondent - Cape Talk

Foat advises working out a budget beforehand and then forgetting about the exchange rate.

You know that you can't really be doing the conversion every time you're deciding what to have, what to eat, where to go, what to do - otherwise you might as well stay at home.

Allison Foat, Travel correspondent - Cape Talk

She also advises forgetting about fancy meals with the odd exception for a splurge at an exceptional restaurant like 'Jan', fronted by South African celebrity chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen

You're going with a budget and you really can do that journey and cover it beautifully and eat on the cheap.

Allison Foat, Travel correspondent - Cape Talk

It's the most curious food (at Jan)... infused with biltong Lamingtons, trust me, you need to try it.

Allison Foat, Travel correspondent - Cape Talk

Foat describes the variety of locations along the French Riviera, which has always attracted celebrities and famous artists.

Nice takes you to all these little villages that are between those posh marinas. You'll get an incredible place like Beaulieu sur Mer which is high-end blue chip real estate and then just next door is Eze, which is a very small little enclave... it produces lavender, you walk up a winding pathway and then there's this beautiful castle which in fact inspired Walt Disney, the one that you see in the Disney logo.

Allison Foat, Travel correspondent - Cape Talk

Chagall loved Nice because of the colour and it has got a very beautiful colour in the golden hour. David Hockney would paint there, it's got a magic about it.

Allison Foat, Travel correspondent - Cape Talk

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