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Antony Boomer, House of Travel Otago Q. What are the best, bud­get-friendly and less touristy spots along the French Riviera? Or should I look be­yond France?

The more se­cluded, less touristy spots along the French Riviera do tend to be the do­main of well-heeled ho­tels and multi-mil­lion dol­lar real es­tate.

Cannes can be ex­pen­sive but a smaller town such as An­tibes may be a bet­ter bet. If you use lo­cal trans­port and eat from the mag­nif­i­cent French su­per­mar­kets, your money will go fur­ther.

Just north of the Riviera lies Provence, one of the most beau­ti­ful ar­eas in France, with an ap­peal­ing cli­mate, pic­ture post­card vil­lages and top wines and cui­sine. In this area there are vil­las to meet most bud­gets and with a car you would have ac­cess to the Riviera.

For some­thing dif­fer­ent, have a think about Greece. Sea­side towns like Naf­plio, Monem­vas­sia, Koroni and Methoni at­tract tourists but noth­ing like the num­bers on the Riviera and the costs are very man­age­able.

Less well-known Greek is­lands can of­fer sea­side lo­ca­tions at a rea­son­able cost. Some­where like Naxos, from where you can do a day trip to San­torini.

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Greece’s Naxos is a great al­ter­na­tive to a French Riviera hol­i­day.

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