Ever fancied living like the rich and famous but on a much lower budget? Then take a holiday to Nice and see how the other half live.
Nice is a big seaside town and port which is glitzy without the St Tropez price-tag. There’s plenty to explore whilst soaking up the Mediterranean sunshine. The promenade runs the whole length of Nice right above the beach and is a great way to see what’s gong on. You can stop off along the way for ‘une café’ or even ‘dejeuner’.
Although the beach is pebbly, the blue sea is very inviting. The French Riviera is called Cote d’Azur in French and you’ll understand why when you see its colour! Slip your jelly shoes on and enjoy!
What is there to do?
It’s France so there are some great restaurants obviously. Seafood is the most popular choice. Nice also has some fab shops to explore; you can either window-shop or if you have a few spare Euros, maybe treat yourself to something essentially French.
Visit the Cours Saleya market in colourful Old Town which has ever-changing goodies on sale. Monday is antiques and bric-a-brac day so perfect for a rummage. You might find a small treasure. Other days you’ll find flowers or fresh produce. Great to buy for lunch time picnics.
Don’t miss the play park on the cliff top, the Parc du Chateau where the kids can work off some energy and you can enjoy the view. Use the lift to get there. And do try a socca, a local crepe made from chick peas – just because you are on package holidays does not mean you shouldn’t treat yourself!
What is there to see?
The Musee d’Art Moderne et Art Contemporain is brilliant for art lovers as it showcases modern art from the 1960s up to the present today. Even if you’re not an art lover, the iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol is housed here, which is well worth seeing ‘in the flesh’.
More art in the form of Marc Chagall’s paintings can be found in the Musee National Message Biblique Marc Chagall, and Matisse’s work in Musee Matisse.
Visit nearby Eze up in the hills where you can walk along the Friedrich Nietsche pathway. Or try Grasse known as the perfume capital of the world, where you can visit the International Perfume Museum.
Antibes is only 20 minutes away by train. It has all the glamour of St Tropez but is considerably cheaper! It’s also home to the Picasso Museum and a great coastal path with magnificent views.