As a result of Nice’s strategic location and beautiful setting, it is the perfect location for your next family getaway. Not only does the city have a lot to explore in itself, but is wonderfully situated for those looking to explore the rest of the region. With a warm Mediterranean climate, Provencal setting, rich, local culture and exclusive cuisine, we think that it is the place to visit this year.
Not only is Nice is a lovely place to visit, but there are many surrounding towns which are easily accessible. Cannes is only a short train journey from Nice and is spoiled with a good year-round climate, making it one of the most popular resorts in Europe for tourists to visit. Cannes has been further glamorised by the ongoing success of its annual film festival. To feel like a film star just stroll along La Croisette, which is the iconic promenade that gracefully curves the sandy coastline, sprinkled with chic restaurants and prestigious private beaches.
Much like Cannes, the second smallest country in the world, and a principality of the south of France, Monaco, should definitely be on your list of places to discover. When in Monaco, you can expect plenty of glamourous nightclubs and grand casinos. The tiny country’s history of gambling dates back to the 1850s when the head of state commissioned the building of a casino to provide him with income without having to increase taxes. Away from the glamour, Monaco’s climate and seaside location makes it a naturally beautiful place to visit, where you can enjoy a scenic walk along pretty coastal bays while stopping for a drink at one of the many cafes.
Nice itself still has plenty to offer its visitors and is filled with wonderful hilltop lookouts, restaurants and scenery and beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean coast. It is a wonderful and sophisticated city, with a lively southern quality which makes it unique.
Things to do
If you wish to spend your time in Nice, there is still plenty to see and do in the city. The picturesque Old Town of Nice is a maze of alleyways and cobbled streets which have a lively atmosphere. Generally known as “Babazouk,” the Vieille Ville begins at the western end of the Colline du Château and is bounded by spacious boulevards, including the Jardin Albert I, Place Masséna, and Promenade du Paillon. The southern end of the Old Town borders the Ponchettes where fishmongers and grocers bring their fresh produce to market.
For the sports enthusiasts among you, sit courtside and enjoy a match at the Nice Lawn Tennis Club, opened in 1890, where you can make an afternoon run to the Cours Saleya Flower Market for a fresh bouquet or stroll through the Matisse Museum. Inside the museum, you can admire its impressive collection of works by the 20th Century fauvist and impressionist, Henri Matisse, or visit the Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image, which boasts a massive collection of photographs dating back to the 19th century.
Nice has spectacular surroundings and world-class museums and is known for being the big-city highlight of the Riviera. Its captivating, traffic-free old city mixes Italian and French culture, while its big squares, splendid beachfront promenade, and long beaches invite you to lounge and people-watch.
Is Nice the next place for you to visit? If want to book a last-minute summer getaway, we have a fantastic range of Spring holiday villas in Cote d’Azur to make your visit to this stunning part of France even more special.