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Crisp, white sand, clear, azure water, and local wines that are famous the world over. It’s easy to see why people have been flocking to this seaside city as far back as the 18th Century.
A typical trip involves lounging on the beach or at the pool by day and exploring the cities bistros, cafés, and restaurants by night. But for those who are willing to look, there’s a lot more to Nice than meets the eye.
Whether you want to discover the secrets Niçoise cuisine or explore the rugged French coast just outside of the city, we’ve found the very best of what Nice has to offer so you can get right under the skin of this fabulous city. Who knows, you might even get in some quality time on the beach after all.
Sun, Sea and Sand
If you’re on the Côte d’Azur, you’d be crazy to miss out dipping your toes in the warm, refreshing Mediterranean sea. But in Nice, you’ve really got to know where to look. Step out on to the main stretch of sand and you’ll be greeted by a host of private beach clubs – which can be nice, but we prefer the smaller La Reserve public beach. It’s full of locals and although it can get a bit crowded, it always has a friendly and vibrant feel to it. Or, if you’re looking for a bit more space, why not hop on the bus up to Villefranche-sur-mer – it’s only fifteen minutes away, and it’s usually much quieter than the city beaches!
Once you’ve taken the time to soak up some sun, you’ll soon discover there’s plenty to do in Nice beside the beach. Why not try one of the cities many stunning parks? Rising 92 meters above sea level, Castle Hill now houses the ruins of the Chateau de Nice and boasts stunning views out over the bay. Or, if you don’t fancy the climb, Parc Phoenix is home to one of Europe’s largest greenhouses – definitely worth the visit!
Wine and Dine
A trip to Nice isn’t complete without taking some time to sample the local fare. Almost any back-street Bistro is sure to whip up something that will stick on your mind for years to come – keep an eye out for Olives and Artichokes, as well as Provençal wines, and of course, as much seafood as you can eat.