When in Nice…relax, drink some wine and take in the views. With its beautiful pebble beaches and sparkling blue water the famous Côte d’Azur does not disappoint.
First things first, take a walk (or bike ride) along the famous Promenade Des Anglais. The iconic promenade is 7 kilometers in length and runs parallel to the beach.
Next up, sunbathe on the public beach or feel the lap of luxury in one of the many private beach clubs. We opted for the public beach to avoid paying, however this means we missed out on comfy chairs, umbrellas and drinks. If you decide to go the public beach route, I would recommend bringing some type of beach mat or yoga mat as the pebble beach can be quite uncomfortable. The water is clear and blue with many people swimming. If you want to swim, water shoes are a must as trying to walk on the pebbles in the water can be very painful.
Hike nearly 300 feet of stairs to the top of Castle Hill, ‘La Colline Du Chateau’, for a panoramic view of the city and the Baie Des Anges (Bay of Angels). Castle Hill is easy to access from the Promenade. Walk to the end of the main beach (toward the port) and you will see the steps leading up the hillside. Be sure to climb all the way to the top as there are several viewing points on the way up. One of the most stunning views overlooks the port on the opposite side of the hill. This view can only be seen once you have made it all the way to the summit. Once at the summit, you can explore the small park to find your favorite viewpoint.
After your hike, explore the Old Town, ‘Vieux Nice’. Find the perfect cafe where you can sit outside and enjoy a glass of wine. Make sure to stop by the Cours Saleya Evening Market if you are looking for souvenirs. The market opens every night at 6:00 and boasts a variety of arts and crafts.
Take a day trip to Monaco. You can catch bus 100-Monaco/Menton from the middle of the port for 1.50€ one way. The drive to Monaco is breath taking and lasts around 45 minutes. Your first bus stop should be Place d’Armes where you can explore the Old Town, stop by the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, and admire the amazing views above the city and port.
Next, head over to the port to admire the super yachts. Named Port Hercule, this port was the backdrop for scenes in the James Bond movie GoldenEye. Could it be any more glamorous??
Everyone goes to Monaco to live large so you should definitely consider checking out the Monte Carlo Casino. The casino has a dress code (no shorts, trainers or flip flops) and charges an entrance fee of 10€ just to get in. But again g-l-a-m-o-r-o-u-s.
Lastly, visit the popular Larvatto Beach for the rest of the afternoon. You can pick up the 100 bus to get back to Nice at the stop called Place de Moulins which is nearby.
Visit the Cours Saleya fruit and vegetable market in Nice’s Old Town which is open Tuesday-Sunday from 7:00 am to 1:00. At the market you can find flowers, fresh food and produce. On Mondays the Cours Saleya is transformed into an antique market.
Next, visit Plage de la Darse Beach. This is a small and more secluded beach in Villefranche. You can easily take bus 80 from Nice and get off at the stop called Darse-Capitainerie. Walk down to the port and you will find the beach. I would recommend that you bring a picnic and relax on the beach for your last day in Paradise.
I hope you enjoy your trip to Nice, France as much as I did! It is a vibrant city with quite a lot to offer.