The picture above sums up exactly what I thought of Nice! I Love(d) Nice!
Nice is one of those cities where you can just wander around for days and admire the scenery, the streets, relax on the beach. It’s a typical, lovely Mediterranean city and you just HAVE to go! Other than admiring the view, here are a few things you should do in Nice.
Admire the views with champagne at Chateau Eza
The first must do item isn’t necessarily in Nice but if you could only do one of these things it’s this one! Chateau Eza is a luxury 5 star hotel situated in Eze Village. It’s accessible via the number 112 bus from Nice and it takes around 40 minutes. The hotel can be reached by stairs from the bus stop winding through a number of restaurants and small art shops. We went up just to get some drinks and wow, the views!
The rosé champagne was around €28 (£25 / $31) a glass which is pretty pricey but sipping champagne and admiring the views is a pretty amazing experience! Beer and wine is more reasonably priced at around €10 (£9 / $11) each. We didn’t get food or stay the night so I’m not sure of the prices on either of those. The picture below doesn’t do it justice! When you go, make sure you sit outside and on the lower area for the best views. You won’t be disappointed!
Watch the sunset over the Castle on the Hill
Hopefully that brings in some readers trying to google lyrics to Ed Sheeran’s song! We didn’t actually watch the sunset but going up Castle Hill is worth doing at any point of the day. Castle Hill is a short walk from the Nice Port and it involves a number of stairs to get to the top. There are a few areas on the way to get some good views of the coastline along Promenade des Anglais.
Relax on the Beach – Promenade des Anglais
As a city next to the sea, it’s got some excellent beaches to wind down on. The pebble beach next to the Promenade des Anglais can be very busy at peak times. It’s a great place to relax, wander along or to have drinks and a picnic. The water is so blue and clear and the setting makes it somewhere that you could spend hours quite easily.
The area was popular with the English aristocracy in the 18th century which prompted the creation of the Promenade. This street is filled with cyclists, runners and walkers enjoying the views and the walk. There are many bars, restaurants and shops right up the street. Some of the bars and restaurants have great views of the Mediterranean sea. Whether you sit on the beach or in a bar, enjoy the views!
Day Trips to Monaco / Cannes
This one isn’t technically in Nice either but they’re so close that they kinda count, right? We hopped over to Monaco for a few hours, getting the 100 bus for just €1.50 each way. Monaco itself is actually a separate country. So if you’re trying to tick countries off (as I was) then you can get two countries in one! Monaco was another lovely place to walk around. You can visit the Monte Carlo casino which has featured in James Bond films and also Oceans 12.
If you’re a fan of cars then you can walk around the city along the Grand Prix circuit. There’s also The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III. Five floors of classic cars. If classic cars aren’t your thing there will be plenty of high end supercars including Lamborghinis driving around outside which you can gawk at for free!
We didn’t get to Cannes but it’s only 40 minutes away from Nice. It’s something we’ll have to do next time we go!
Bus Tour and The Cours Saleya
I’d recommend getting the bus tour around the city to hear a little more about the history of Nice and the area. There’s some really interesting material on it and it isn’t too long either. The price is only around €20 (£18 / $22) and it’s definitely worth it. The bus goes around Nice and you can get some really amazing views of the coastline.
The starting point of the bus tour is relatively close to The Cours Saleya. This is a large flower and food market just next to the Promenade des Anglais. It’s a lovely market to walk through and admire all of the food available. The smell of the fresh fruit mixed with the flowers is something else. The market is usually only in the mornings with the space taken over by restaurants in the afternoon so you can always come back later for more food.
UberX? No thanks, UberCopter please
With all of those nice (get it?) things being said, it’s expensive! Before you go to Nice, be prepared for the cost of things. This is the place where the transport company Uber provides helicopter journeys on request through their app! Uber Exec isn’t good enough here. Unfortunately UberCopter was never available for us but I’ve since read that it costs €160 per person from Nice to Cannes. How amazing would that be?! So yeah, it’s quite an expensive region…
It was our anniversary whilst we were over so in the afternoon, I hurriedly searched for somewhere to eat. I eventually decided on La Langouste as it featured quite high up on Trip Advisor’s restaurant ratings. We had two starters, two mains and a bottle of wine. The food wasn’t necessarily bad but I’d say it was quite average. The cost for this was €125 (£109 / $140)! An average lunch in a fairly average restaurant was around €40 (£35 / $45).
What things did I miss? I’m sure I’ll go back at some point so let me know in the comments below.