A City Break InNice, France

Short breaks are the perfect way to experience a change of scenery, re-charge the batteries,and spend some quality time with friends or family. Nice on the Côte d’Azur ticks so many boxes – desirable, lively, glamorous and bursting with culture and history.

Located in the French Riviera, on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, at the foot of the Alps, Nice is the second-largest city in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region after Marseille. This makes it large enough to have something for everyone, from culture and cuisine to shopping and sea, but small enough to get around easily and to really get a feel for the region in just a few sun-filled days. Nestled in a valley, the area is renowned for good weather from early spring to late autumn, so it’s an ideal destination all year around.

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WHAT TO do

Walking

Nice has fabulous architecture, from the narrow medieval streets of the old town, to the sweeping avenues in the centre, there is always something to stop and admire. From old churches and castles to chic squares and enticing parks, this is a city of contrasts with so much to do, most of it in walking distance.

You could spend an entire trip just wandering along the Promenade des Anglais,dotted on one side with extravagant five-star hotels, including the famous Hotel Negresco and on the other a breath-taking views of the sparkling, turquoise Mediterranean Sea and pebble beach - a chilled glass of rose and Salade Niçoise at Blue Beach is a must! Look for the gorgeous blue and white stripe umbrellas!

Old Town (Vieux Nice)

Nice Old Town or Vieux Nice as the locals call it, is the main attraction and a magical maze buzzing both day and night and ideal towander around and get lost in. It is also the perfect place to get a refreshing aperitif or a good traditional meal. Cute shops offer everything from hand made soaps, fresh cheese and olive oil to jams and jewellery.

Markets

The Cours Saleya market is at the heart of the Old Town and is always pulsating with life. Striped market stalls take over the whole street and crowds of locals and tourists come here to do their shopping or some times just to browse and snap photographs of the colourful displays. The sweet scents of fresh produce and incredible flowers put everyone in a good mood and the atmosphere is friendly.

Cours Saleya hosts different markets. The most well-known isthe Marché aux Fleurs, or Flower Market, held Tuesday to Sunday and is a sightto behold, jam-packed with the most beautiful flowers – if only we could fit in our suitcases! On a Monday, you’ll find the Marché à la Brocante, the antiques/fleamarket, a dream for hunters of antique furniture, jewellery, books, vintage clothing and bric-a-brac. One more little market that is worth a stop is the fish market at Place Saint-François. It’s small with just a few stands, but very popular with the seagulls who eagerly await the market’s closing when they get to feast on the left overs.

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Shopping

Nice is a shopper’s dream! The Avenue JeanMedecine is the busiest shopping area, lacking in originality but with a minisized Galeries Lafayette it’s worth a visit for beauty buys and a good homewaredepartment. The Rue Paradis is where you will find the designer stores, a veryupmarket area giving Bond Street a run for its money!

Far more interesting are the individual and unique stores, often specialising in just one product, from chocolates to tea, pasta to cotton, all sumptuously packaged and displayed, a favourite is L’Olivier, showcasing beautiful olive oils andsoaps, much cheaper and more beautiful than any at home.

Day Trip to Villefranche

Finally, you can't go without a trip to Villefranche-sur-Mer,approx. 8km from Nice (25 minutes by car). A visit to the viewpoint to admire theglittering Bay of Villefranche is an absolute must, it is reputed as one of thefive most beautiful bays in the world and the sight of the patchwork of roofsand streets of the town below is truly stunning. The town itself is charming,quaint and picture-postcard. With Monaco on one side and Nice on the other, it attracts a very interesting cosmopolitan group of visitors and residents aswell as yacht and boat owners docked at the Port to visit.

There is lots to do but it is the perfect place to justrelax, enjoy the harbour, saunter down the cobbled streets, sit in a café orbar and take in the beautiful scenery. It is easy to enjoy the French lifestylewith delicious produce and wine, totally encapsulated by beauty.

Culture

Art lovers will adore Nice, with the Museum of Modern Art,the famous Opera, and museums in the Cimiez neighbourhood, a short taxi or tramride away, dedicated to the works of Chagall and Matisse.

Eating & Drinking

Home to the distinctive ‘Cuisine Niçoise’, Nice offers French food at its mouth-watering best and eating out is a real treat. The city offers an impressive range of choices, from budget options to more luxurious affairs. The Old Town is practically overflowing with charming little restaurants. Try Le Safari, a not-to-be-missed eating spot just a stone's throw away from the Promenade desAnglais offering fresh fish and great steak. The famous Salade Nicoise – a mix of olives, eggs, anchovies and salad leaves - originated here, so it’s a muston every menu!

A visit to LaPetite Maison has a truly unique atmosphere and style. One of Nice’s most coveted restaurants, it is really popular with locals and celebrities visiting the city, including a recent visit from Beyoncé and Jay Z. On the edge of the Old Town, this culinary institution serves French specialities with thebest local ingredients.

Where to stay

From budget bargains to opulent treats, Nice is home to an array of hotels, or stay in a traditional apartment – choose one with a balcony so you can watch the world go by at leisure.

We stayed at the beautiful five-star Boscolo Exedra Nice, Autograph Collection located on the central Boulevard of Nice. Boscolo selects prized architectural locations which celebrate the beauty of the city and the hotel is painted completely white with the entrance offering an Insta-friendly welcome, full of marble, pink floral interiors and art.

Getting there

We flew from London Gatwick with EasyJet and after only two hours in the clouds, we arrived to views of the glorious Bay of Angels, miles of the loveliest urban sea-frontin Europe, fringed by the celebrated Promenade des Anglais created by the English who flocked to the South of France in the Victorian era for the fine weather and sea air and now home to roller skaters and promenaders of all ages.

Map of Nice

    • 1. Old Town

      Markets, eateries, people watching

    • 2. Promenade des Anglais

      A stripe of 5 star hotels plus views of the beach.

    • 3. Blue Beach

      Blue and white stripe umbrellas!

    • 4. Place Saint-François

      Monday fish market

    • 5. LaPetite Maison

      Coveted restaurant, popular with locals & celebrities.

    • 6. Boscolo Exedra

      Our home away from home.

    • 7. Rue Paradis

      A very upmarket area full of designer stores.

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