Nice • France
Nice is a major tourist centre and a leading resort on the French Riviera (Côte d’Azur).
Perfectly situated on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and with access to nearby towns of Cannes and the principality of Monaco, Nice proved to be beyond my expectations. I was pleasantly surprised with such a beautiful place in a perfect location. Small enough to wander, strolling along the 8km of beach on the Promenade des Anglaise lined with hotels, casinos, restaurants and a long pebbled beach.
The old part of Nice is tight alleys and walkways with a large open area with flower market and antiques on hand. Plenty of places to dine or simply taste the great wine of France. Spectacular views of the region can be seen from the easily accessible Parc du Chateau, where one can simply chill in this urban park.
The beaches of Nice consist entirely of stones and pebbles, bring sandals and a cushion if you want to sit. Showers are provided on all public beaches. The beautiful light blue sea is perfect for a swim rather than playing in the water as the beach drops quickly and the tidal pull can be very strong, and not for beginners.
A visit to nearby Èze is highly recommended, this medieval village with its narrow lanes at the top of a hill overlooking the sea. Nearby is a perfume factory, Fragonard, where one learns the production techniques of creating scents for and the art of being a Nose.
Overall, Nice is a perfect break with plenty to do or simply to relax by the sea.