Unofficial capital of the Côte d’Azur region in the southeast of France, Nice is also the ‘grande dame’ of the French Riviera. It offers opulence, year-round sunshine, and a timeless appeal. In fact, Nice is sun, fun, art, and every visitor experience rolled into one city, whether you’re after a spot of shopping, a beach hit or some city culture. What’s more, Le Montourey, Siblu holiday park in Fréjus is a short drive from this wonderful town. Must be time to explore…
Beaches and the great outdoors
Stretching as it does round the turquoise waters of the Baie des Anges, there’s no escaping the beach in Nice! It’s made up of smooth pebbles, so pack your jelly shoes if you fancy a dip, or a stroll along the water’s edge. Know that the beach also has public and private sections, with the private areas offering more facilities (loungers, parasols, even table service!). Alternatively, you can walk, cycle, rollerblade or even run the illustrious Promenade des Anglais, which follows the bay’s majestic sweep. Then there’s vastly impressive Parc Phoenix in the west of the city. Renowned for ‘le diamant vert’, a phenomenal greenhouse and Europe’s largest boasting seven tropical climates, but perhaps more importantly, the park’s dedicated play area is great for letting the children run free... Promenade du Paillon is a more recent addition to Nice’s outdoor attractions. A green ‘artery’ that cuts through the city, it’s ‘populated’ with water mirrors and fountains that seemingly spontaneously shower passers-by – can be great on a hot day!
Things to do and special events
Nice is an art lover’s paradise, and in France its museums and galleries rival only Paris. As a starting point, visit Musée Matisse, a joyful collection of paintings Matisse bequeathed to the town, Musée Chagall, and the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, which includes works by Andy Warhol. The town is also architecturally rich, from Belle Epoque mansions to Italian Baroque at Cathédrale Ste-Réparate.
Local discoveries and hidden gems
Just behind Promenade des Anglais, Cours Saleya is a well-known and much-loved flower market that bustles with Niçois atmosphere. There are also food stalls, and a flea market on Mondays. From here, you can then discover Vieux Nice: lose yourself in the maze of cool, narrow streets and marvel at the many delis, boutiques and cafes. You need not go hungry in Nice as you will find the local restaurants and bistros serving the very best of French produce and cuisine: heady herbs, lip-smacking olives and specialties such as Salade Niçoise, daube provençal (hearty beef stew) and bouillabaisse (fishy soup), all washed down with a cool Rosé. To complete your visit to Nice, fill up on ‘socca’, a local crêpe-come-pizza street-food specialty made from chickpea flour.
Places to go
From Nice, why not make the short trip to Villefranche-sur-Mer by bus or train! It’s a delightful olde-worlde seaside town squeezed between sea and mountain, with narrow streets and quaint beaches. Further round the coast, St Jean Cap Ferrat is Nice’s most exclusive ‘suburb’, perched on a rocky peninsula. Ideal for tracking down that old-style glamour synonymous with the French Riviera way of life. For a hidden gem of a beach, make your way to Beaulieu sur Mer and pass through the glamorous looking restaurants and bars to the 'Plage Petite Afrique' with shallow waters perfect for the little ones.
Distance/driving time from Le Montourey