With its year-round sunshine, old city charm and a reputation for casual opulence, Nice has rightfully earned its name as the unofficial capital of France’s Côte d’Azur. It offers up an array of things to see and do – most of which are within easy walking distance, thus making it an ideal destination for a weekend getaway.
Get Yourself a Pass
Nice has a wealth of museums and galleries that you can take full advantage of with a 7-day Museum Pass for just €20. Alternatively, you can get a 48-hour French Riviera Pass for €38, which includes extras such as the hop-on-hop-off tourist bus. This is great for a weekend break as it allows you to see more of the city in a short space of time.
Walk Along the Promenade des Anglais
Lined with palm trees and arching around the sapphire waters of the Baie des Anges, the iconic Promenade des Anglais is arguably the most famous stretch of seafront in France. Its 4km sweep joins the New Town to the Old Town, and is a wonderfully relaxing way to see some of the sights whilst soaking up the Mediterranean sun. If you prefer life in the fast lane then why not rent some wheels? Choose from bikes, skates, scooters, or even an electric Segway.
Hire a Bike
Taking heed of many other cities, Nice now has almost 1,000 bikes to rent at different pickup and drop-off points across the city. Your first half hour is free and the second is charged at €1, with every additional hour costing €2 more. It is a great way to zip between places without the worry of looking after a bike for the day!
Visit the Old Town
It would be easy to spend a whole day in Vieux Nice (Old Town), but even just a few hours here will give you a taste of real Riviera culture. Narrow alleyways meander between 18th century buildings packed full of restaurants and delis, boutiques and bars. Then there is the Saleya: the huge market square that always has something going on, framed by alfresco dining. There are markets galore here, including a daily flower market which is truly delightful, and some stunning Baroque architecture.
Head to the Beach
No trip to the Riviera would be complete without some time on the beach – especially in the summer. The main beach is pebbled so it might be worth taking a chair to sit on if you want a little extra comfort. Alternatively, you can ditch the crowds and head to one of the private beaches where €10 will get you half a day on a cushioned lounger and access to some fine cocktails.