Picture this : expensive cars, yachts, palm trees, sun, celebrities, parties, film festivals, formula one races and the list can go on and on. Where is all that?! French Riviera or better known as: Cote d’Azur.Whether you are a celebrity or not, this place is ideal for a summer vacation. Start your adventure with Nice and carry on with Cannes, Saint Tropez, Eze and Monte Carlo.
Things to see and do in Nice, France:
You can start your trip on Cote d’Azur at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport. From the airport you can take a bus or rent a car and stop in Nice; then go south to Cannes and Saint Tropez or north till the border with Italy, where the French Riviera ends and the Italian Riviera begins.
Nice impressed us from the beginning with its green palm trees, eucalyptus, clear sky and relaxing atmosphere. The Mediterranean Sea (more exactly Baie des Anges) has here an incredible blue color which just calls for a bath. I wasn’t that impressed with the beaches here, which instead of sand have rocks, but still they are ok for a sun bath.
Sun tanning in Nice, France
Mediterranean Sea seen from Nice
After a few hours at the beach you can walk, cycle or skate along the Promenade des Anglais(Promenade of the English),a very animated street situated right next to the sea. Here you can see also Hotel Negresco, an old hotel built in 1913 and the casino Palais de la Mediteranee .
Hotel Negresco viewed from the boulevard Promenade des Anglais
Palais de la Mediteranee Casino in Nice
Parallel to the Promenade des Anglais is a pedestrian zone with restaurants , cafes and shops.
Pedestrian zone from Nice
I’ve also loved the old part of the town ”Vieux Nice” with tight streets, old buildings colored in yellow and pink, flowers, many restaurants and shops . Taking pictures here was very hard because of these narrow streets.
Street view from Vieux Nice
Near the cathedral Sainte-Reparate in Vieux Nice
Colored houses from the old part of Nice
Here you can relax, watch the world go by and try some of the French and Italian specialties of the area. The food in Nice is typical for the French Riviera and consists of sea food, salads, anchovies, olives, olive oil, pancakes and great ice-creams. Try the Socca pancakes, the fish soup and the nicoise salads.
After so much relaxation you can see The Port of Nice situated in the Old town-Vieux Nice, surrounded with colored buildings .The port accommodates many ships and is also a must see in Nice.
The Port in Nice
Near the Port in Nice
Castle of Nice or the Castle Hill- which is not actually a castle, but a hill from where you can have a panorama over the entire city .
The Castle Hill in Nice
This hill is very easy to spot and it separates the Old Town of Nice from the Port of Nice .You can get here climbing the stairs or taking the elevator .From the park situated at the top of the stairs you can admire the beach, the port and enjoy the breeze.
The French Riviera seen from Nice
Summers in Nice last for a long time, starting from May till October, so there is plenty of time to enjoy the sun and the sea. The night life in Nice was not very impressing, but things will change once you get to Cannes and Saint Tropez.
After visiting Nice we headed South towards Cannes. For those of you who don’t have a car or a driver’s license here is a tip : there is no need for a personal car, as travelling along the French Riviera is very easy and cheap – just one euro in all directions with the public transport.