When we were deciding where to go for our trip to Europe, I had heard from many friends and colleagues that Nice (or any city in the French Riviera) was absolutely a ‘must-see’ and ‘not-to-be-missed’ city. It really did not let us down at all.
This blog post will feature more photo’s than words because they images were worth more than any words could describe.
Welcome to the French Riviera; Côte d’Azur; Nice
Let’s start with the basics – Information about Nice, Côte d’Azur
Nice is a little quaint and bustling beach city in Southern France a part of the French Riviera along with Cannes and Marseille. It reminded us of the European version of Hawaii. Basically everything in the city was within walking distance – if you’re willing to walk 5 to 45 minutes. Otherwise there are busses and trams to get you around.
An Adventure in the French Rivera, Nice
Upon our arrival, we were absolutely stunned by the gorgeous weather and views. Crystal clear water, fancy buildings and best of all – sun in October! We stayed at the Exupery Beach Hostel, a 5 minute walk from the beach and the main strip, Promenade des Anglais. I would highly recommend it, with a bar beside the lobby and a gym – pretty fancy and not too bad on the pocketbook. After we checked into the hostel, we walked down to the promenade to enjoy the views. We walked along the promenade almost every night that we were there and it is one of our fondest memories.
The public transit in Nice is affordable and extremely easy to navigate. With a simple bus ride you can make your way west to Cannes and East to Monte Carlo, Monaco.
A Monte Carlo day tip
On our second day, we hopped on the bus to Monte Carlo for a day trip. It’s about a 40-45 minute bus ride with astonishing views of the French Riviera (Côte d’Azur). Prior to heading to Monte Carlo we stopped at the local grocery store to buy some French Bread, Bousin cheese, cucumber and other snacks. If you want to eat cheap in Nice – go to the local grocery store (Carrefour). This way you spend less on restaurant or fast food meals so you can spend more on other activities.
Day Trip #2 to Èze Village
On our third day we decided to hop on the bus again to go check out Èze Village, which was about a 25 minute bus ride. You can only access certain parts of the village due a large portion of it belonging to a hotel, but regardless, it was nice to wander. I would definitely recommend visiting Èze Village to any and everyone. If you do have time, try the hike down to Èze-Sur-Mer. It provided some picturesque views and a bit of exercise!
I did mention the bus routes being simple and prices affordable, however the bus to and from the airport is 6 Euros each way. Yuck.
Both Matt and myself feel so fortunate to have been able to experience Nice. We would love to go back and further visit the Côte d’Azur