Nice, capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department on the French Riviera, is one of most sought out destinations for travellers and holidaymakers. It offers so much for visitors and locals, from stunning beaches, fresh food, to some of the best wine and views in the world. That being said, there are some fascinating places to discover just on the outskirts of Nice, which mean there are day trips worth taking! Read on to find out the day trips we recommend while visiting the wonderful Nice.
Visit Grasse to Make Perfume
One of the most unique and exciting things you can do when you visit France is to make your own perfume, and Grasse is the perfect place for it. This majestic medieval village is tucked away amongst fields of rose, lavender and jasmine, which are all used to make exquisite perfumes. There is even the option to take a guided tour through the perfume-making process in several renowned perfume factories. This includes seeing the fascinating museums that offer comprehensive insights into the history of fragrances over the centuries.
After indulging in everything the magical world of scent has to offer, why not talk a walk through the winding streets. The old town offers not only a lovely vibe but incredible views.
Catch the Train des Pignes Through the Mountains
Indulge yourself on a magical ride with The Train des Pignes, an authentic steam train adventure that operates on a private railway through some of the most scenic routes in the world. This experience really is worth a day trip out of Nice to soak up all the natural sounds and sights of the mountains.
Monaco for Luxury
Monaco offers a fantastic day trip away from Nice and is a place you can really feel like a star. Everything is of the highest luxurious standard, situated on a stunning coastline. Whether you want to take a dip into one of Monaco’s high-end casinos or go and browse the linear presentation of expensive yachts along the harbour, immerse yourself in the sights and indulgence that Monaco has to offer.
To make your way to from Nice to Monaco there are a few options such as taxi or train, all equating to around a half an hour journey.
Villefranche Sur Mer
Treat yourself to a relaxing day trip out to the stunning Villefranche Sur Mer, where tropical fruit is abundant, and sailboats line up along the harbour in neat little rows. This small but mighty village packs a punch when it comes to history, with the natural harbour itself dating back in the 14th century. There is also an impressive historic centre with a citadel that dates back to the 1580s and a gorgeous church to wander around.
You can also get your hands on the freshest olives and bananas in abundance because of its incredible microclimate.
Sometimes travelling to get to the perfect beach is just what a holiday requires. Luckily for you, Antibes beaches are within perfect distance (an acceptable 20 minutes on the train) for a day trip from Nice. These beaches are what only you can imagine in paradise, with their soft, feathery white sands and untouched seascapes. The waters are luminous and clear, and you can’t help but want to take off your shoes and have a good paddle.
When in Nice, who can give up the idea of an enticing day trip away to Cannes? Cannes is well known as a graceful and glamourous city with an allure unique only to itself. This luxury city is home to some of the most exquisite private beaches and exclusive yacht and nightclubs.
For shopping, there is an abundance of designer boutiques just waiting for you to find a hidden gem, or plenty of luxury hotels you can pamper yourselves in. This is one day trip you cannot miss if you like the finer things in life.
Here at Quality Villas, we offer the finest luxury villas on the French Riviera, a perfect complement for your getaway.
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