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The Côte d'Azur and Nice - France
For a decent shot of anything south of the N202, Barcelonnette is just a bit too far. The Côte d'Azur is the obvious alternative. The accommodation alternatives are vast. Tiny, forgotten, picturesque villages abound. However the coast road during the French holiday season is just jammed pack full of holiday traffic. I'm assured by people who live locally that the road between St. Raphael and Cannes is excellent - in winter. In summer it's caravan/camper city and only worth it if you're heading for the incredibly crowded beaches. All the biking (not bikini) fun is to be had inland. The roads around here are brilliant, and we must confess still not fully explored by ourselves. As we were staying near by, most of our excursions passed through the perfumed town of Grasse. Petrol stations can be a bit thin on the ground, [ the proof], beyond here so fill up in Grasse or St. Vallier de Thiey.
Over the border to wards into Italy on the coast is Ventimiglia, we tried to drive through on market day. What a horror. Otherwise it looks like a lively place to stay. We haven't found too many great roads around there, though, and the promising road to the north past Castell Vittorio was being rebuilt in 2002.