The beautiful city of Nice has plenty to offer the tourist who is visiting for a few days. Just wandering along the Promenade des Anglais under the palm trees or mooching around the little shops and cafes of the old town can fill a day or two. For those keen on art Nice can offer museums dedicated to Matisse and to Marc Chagall and the Musée des Beaux Arts Jules Cheret.
However, Nice also makes a superb base for those with a little more time to spare. There are numerous possibilities to explore other towns on the Côte d’Azur and in the surrounding area. Top of the list for many tourists is a visit to nearby Monte-Carlo. The best way to travel is by comfortable fast train – the journey from Nice takes just 20 minutes. Monaco packs a lot into a small space. Wander around the beautiful medieval old town, visit impressive museums, admire the yachts in the harbour – or simply soak up the glamorous atmosphere.
Don’t miss a trip on the Chemin de Fer de Provence (www.trainprovence.com), the narrow gauge train that runs from its own station in Nice to Digne-les-Bains in the heart of Upper Provence. The little train runs through picturesque olive groves, lavender fields, spectacular gorges and mountain villages. The pretty little town of Entrevaux, reached after about 90 minutes, makes an ideal destination for a day out.
If you fancy a day trip into Italy it couldn’t be easier. A short journey by train from Nice Ville past some stunning coastal scenery takes you to the Italian border town of Ventimiglia. There you can wander down to the beach and enjoy the Italian experience – there are plenty of places where you can sample a pizza and a gelato – a wonderful Italian ice cream. On the way back to Nice a stop off in the elegant town of Menton is a must. Famous for its citrus trees, Menton has the balmiest climate on the French Riviera. A two week lemon festival is held there every February.
As a fascinating city in its own right and as a great base for exploring further afield, Nice certainly has a great deal to offer the visitor.