Nice makes an excellent base for discovering the French Riviera
The beautiful city of Nice has plenty to offer the tourist who is visiting for a few days. Just wandering around the Flower Market in the Cours Saleya with its pretty striped awnings and sweet smelling flowers of every hue will surely delight every tourist. Many will enjoy strolling along the Promenade des Anglais under the palm trees or mooching around the little shops and cafés of the old town. For those keen on art Nice has the Musée des Beaux Arts and museums dedicated to Matisse and to Marc Chagall.
However, Nice also makes a superb base for those with a little more time to spare…
A full day French Riviera excursion features many highlights including visits to Antibes with its beautiful old town and Cannes, the resort famous for its film festival and synonymous with glitz and glamour. Another highlight is the medieval village of Eze, perched like an eagle’s nest on a hilltop. The view of the Mediterranean from this village is simply breathtaking. Saint-Paul-de-Vence is another medieval village which is dotted with art galleries, crafts and souvenir shops. This fascinating village attracts artists from around the world.
The excursion will continue to Monaco, the smallest principality in the world, a famous tax haven and playground of the rich and famous. Its location is stunning, tucked inside the Maritime Alps overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Attractions to see are the Prince’s Palace, the Monte Carlo Casino and of course the famous grand prix circuit. Standing in the Place du Casino, or better still enjoying a drink on the terrace of the Café de Paris, you are right in the heart of the principality and can while away a very entertaining hour or so people and car watching
If you fancy a day trip into Italy it couldn’t be easier. A short journey by train from Nice takes you through stunning coastal scenery to the Italian border town of Ventimiglia. There you can wander down to the beach and enjoy 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.