Nice is one of the most popular destinations on the French Riviera in the south of France. It is easily reached by plane from the UK or train from the continent, though many people choose to drive down through France, as this is a very scenic route and it allows you to stop off on the way and admire some of the other beautiful French cities. But what are the things you have to see and do when you’re on holiday in the South of France?
The Colline du Chateau
The ruins of a once grand castle overlook the picturesque Baie des Anges, offering spectacular views across the harbour and the sea beyond. You can choose to either climb the stairs or take a lift to reach the viewing platforms for some of the most stunning views in the south of France. Visit at sunset before you head back to your villa for the prettiest scenes.
Nice has an abundance of fascinating museums and art galleries, many of which are free. Some of the best include the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, featuring some fantastic contemporary artists with sculptures and paintings, the Museum of Asian Art and the Musee et Site Archeologiques de Cimiez, comprising beautiful ruins of a Gallo-Roman settlement. Guided tours are available for €3, so if you’re very interested in archaeology, this is a great option.
No trip to Nice is complete without a visit to the divine stone-covered beaches. If you’re willing to pay, you can also get access to private beaches with an additional layer of sand, but otherwise you’ll be sprawling out on the hot rocks. Bring water-friendly sandals if you intend to paddle to avoid scorching your feet. If you really can’t do without sand, the white beaches of Cannes and Antibes are close by, and are a good option for the dedicated sunseeker.
Southern France is well renowned for its excellent gourmet delights, and Nice is no different. Try some socca, a chickpea flatbread and the local speciality. Seafood features heavily in southern French cuisine, and shellfish such as oysters and mussels are particularly popular with tourists and locals alike. For dining on a budget, avoid the seafront and Old Town restaurants, as these have the highest prices. Nice isn’t a cheap place to eat in general, though, so to keep costs down think about picking up a bargain baguette for lunch so you can afford to spend a little more on dinner.
Author: Roger Meyers is a travel blogger who loves nothing more than spending time in the idyllic countryside of southern France
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