Three things come to mind when I think of Nice or the south of France. They are the Cannes film festival, St. Tropez and the Tour de France.
All glamorous, fast and sexy. All three some up the perfect weekend city break in Nice!
So, whether it was my morning 5k run up a steep mountain holding a fresh croissant, while tone spandex clad triathlete rode pass me.
The vibrant open-air Sunday market where every stall had my mouth-watering in anticipation of devouring the cheese, wine and sun-dried tomatoes or sunbathing topless at the beach under the hot Mediterranean sun. Nice gave me all the sexiness one girl could handle in a weekend Nice city break.
Here’s how to experience the perfect Nice weekend city break!
After being invited for a weekend to the south of France, by a friend who was born there. I couldn’t resist taking her up on the offer. Having seen yachts the size of houses, Royce Rolls and pictures of sexy movie stars at the Cannes film festival.
With return tickets being only £50 on BA and free accommodations, it was a no-brainer.
I wanted to see what the hype was all about and let me tell you, it’s all real.
Where To Stay in Nice
Even though I was staying with a friend that great hotels and apartments that you stay. But this depends on if you want to stay in Old town, on the promenade de anglais or Carré d’Or area. There are a few hotel suggestions based on these areas.
Palais Saleya Boutique Hôtel – Located in the Palais de Justice square at the entrance to the Old Town, Palais Saleya is a 18th-century building situated in Nice.
Promenade de anglais
Westminster Hotel & Spa, Nice, France – Situated in the heart of Nice, on the Promenade des Anglais, Westminster Hotel & Spa features a spa, a private beach and seafront terrace.
Hotel West End, Nice, France – The stylish beachfront hotel is ideally located on the Promenade des Anglais, 500 metres from the Vieux-Nice district.
Carré d’Or area
Hôtel Helvétique – his hotel is located in the centre of Nice, just 700 metres from the Promenade des Anglais and the beach.
Ibis Styles Nice Centre Gare – City centre Hotel within walking distance of Nice Etoile Shopping Center.
Transport in Nice
The transport in Nice is frequent, clean and easy to use. But, I was staying with a friend so we hired a car and she knows the roads along the mountains, particularly at night, drove.
While driving from the airport, I realised that most drivers on the roads in Nice were crazy.
Whether it was driving towards oncoming traffic or doing a U-turn on a carriageway. The drivers in Nice had no regards for road safety. Only the most experienced of drivers should attempt driving in Nice.
Walk Along Boulevard de la Croisette
Walking on the sidewalk along the famous Boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes was surreal. On one side of the boulevard out-stretched, the Mediterranean Sea and on the other side were some of the most expensive boutiques, I’ve ever seen.
But, to get the true feeling of Cannes away from the celebrity glitter you only needed to walk a few kilometres along the smaller side streets.
Along these streets are where I’ll find the most amazing little gelato shop.
Where the rum and raisin ice cream actually has ‘RUM’ in it!
These little side streets are well you’ll find the locals eating, chatting, smoking and drinking until the early hours the morning.
Food in Nice
The food in Nice will leave you wanting more. Everything is fresh and locally sourced.
Like the prawns in the paella brought at the open-air Sunday street market and the freshly baked bread dipped in virgin olive oil. The fillet of turbot in a light tomato puree at the restaurants.
I found that the food was always fresh and had an intense flavour to it. In the South of France food isn’t a thing you place on a plate but an art form.
France is known for its pastries and desserts and in Nice, it was no different there was a dessert for every occasion.
You can’t visit Nice not visit one of the golden beaches. Nothing like Porthmeor Beach, in Cornwall.
I found Plage du Midi beach used by locals and was less busy than the main beach along the Plage de la Croisette.
I didn’t get as much time as I would’ve liked to explore Nice on this trip. But for a quick Nice weekend city break, I enjoyed my visit and will be returning to see more of this golden paradise.
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