Nice is the capital of the Cote D’Azur and is home to some beautiful beaches, awe-inspiring architecture and a multitude of things to see and do for families with children of all ages. The city encapsulates all that the south of France has to offer and is ideally located with many of the other must-see towns, cities and villages in the area just a short journey away. If you’ve never been to this gorgeous part of the world before, or you’re just looking for more inspiration on what to do during your next visit, we’ve provided a taste of what a weekend in Nice could consist of. Given that it’s just a two-and-a-half-hour flight from London which is shorter than most car journeys to a staycation destination in the UK, without the stress of traffic, you might find yourself booking a long weekend for some winter sun sooner than you think!
Day One – Morning
Hopefully you arrived the night before and have had a chance to unpack your bags and settle in to the villa, but if not then do this right away before venturing out for a day full of activities. First of all, head to the old town where you can choose from any of the fantastic, independent cafes that will serve you a range of patisseries, hot food and drinks for you to enjoy whilst you dine al-fresco style and watch the world go by. Once you’ve indulged in all the pain-au-chocolats you can eat, take a short stroll to the Palais Lascaris, a recognised museum devoted to the art and music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, featuring tapestries, paintings, engravings, objets d’art and musical instruments from that time. The palace has been a registered historic monument since 1946 and was restored and turned into a museum. From here, head towards the Promenade des Anglais, keeping a keen eye out for the Cathèdrale Saint-Reparate, City Hall and the Nice Opera house en route, stopping for photography opportunities as required. Here, you can take a short stroll up the promenade itself, taking in the skaters, bikers, joggers and beautiful azure ocean in front of you, before settling on a beachside restaurant for some lunch.
Day One – Afternoon
Spend a few hours after lunch exploring the promenade, be it on foot, Segway or playing on the beach. If the weather is hot, a dip in the sea comes highly recommended and is the perfect way to stay refreshed. Head back towards the Old Town before 17.30pm to get some of the freshest ingredients available for a picnic lunch tomorrow, as well as browsing the various stalls for souvenirs. Next, head towards the Parc de la Collin Chateau, for a fantastic viewpoint across Baie des Anges, the Port and Old Nice, where you spent much of the morning. The lights at night are truly spectacular, so why not take up a bottle of wine and share the moment with your loved one before heading into the city centre for dinner and drinks and then back to the villa? Those lucky enough to be staying in one of our luxury villas in the French Riviera with a hot tub can take a well-deserved soak and relax.
Day Two – Morning
Another early start, but today enjoy breakfast in bed using the delicious ingredients you got from the market on day one and make some lunch at the same time before heading out on another action-packed day. Make your way to Parc Phoenix, which costs a modest three Euros to get in, a small price to pay as those who have visited can attest. Here, you can explore seven hectares of 20 themed zones, 2500 different plant species and one of Europe’s largest greenhouses. There are also several enclosures of animals featuring otters, turtles and spiders while ducks, flamingos and iguanas roam freely around the greenhouse. Children will love to explore the gardens here and for more inspiration on child-friendly activities in Nice, check out our recent blog post here. The gardens are the perfect spot for a picnic, and conveniently located close enough to the Promenade des Anglais for a post-picnic ice cream.
Day Two – Afternoon
Take a short trip to Cap-Ferrat, which lies 20 minutes east of the city. The sensational turn-of-the-century mansions here make for the perfect photo opportunity while the awe-inspiring scenery that surrounds you is certainly postcard-worthy. Explore one of the said mansions with a visit to Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild which is home to precious paintings, furniture and sculptures. Once you’ve soaked up enough culture, hit the open coastal trail and marvel at the truly spectacular views of the Rivieria’s renowned coastline and the Massif de l’Esterel. Follow this path to some secluded beaches to spend the last of your daylight hours watching the sun go down in paradise. Head back to Nice and either head out for a final dinner with some of the finest vino on the menu to celebrate your time away or grab something quick and head to the football stadium to watch local team OGC Nice. It’s likely that they’ll have a fixture at some point during your stay and you’ll soon get carried away with the infectious atmosphere and consistent ‘allez allez allez’ chants. Retire for your final night of the holiday with the buzz – from both the game and the weekend – fresh in your mind.
We hope you enjoyed our insight into what you could get up to during a weekend in Nice and that it has inspired you to treat yourself to some winter sun this year or next. If you’ve got any questions about any of our villas or would like to discuss the best option for you, please don’t hesitate to contact our passionate and dedicated team here at Quality Villas who would be more than happy to help. Have you spent some time in Nice and have something else to recommend? Do let us know via the comments on our social media and share your experiences with other Quality Villas customers.
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