Itinerary for a week in Nice & Côte d’Azur
What are the top places to eat, drink, people-watch and generally laze around in Nice & its surroundings?
Also, where would you recommend for a day-trip? Antibes, Monaco, Menton & Ventimiglia all sound worth a visit but public transport would be preferred (leaving the corniches to the experts), so is this easy in practice? Many thanks!
A few tips:
Nice is easy to get around on foot with beach and harbour front walks. When I visited Nice there were lovely restaurants and a flower market in Cours Saleya in the old town.
I did get the train to Monaco for the day, it takes about 30 mins, I think a day in Montecarlo is plenty of time, a great place to walk around. I would recommend the famous casino with sports cars milling around, harbour with expensive yachts, the guards at the Palais Princier and the starting grid of the Monaco Grand Prix is printed on the road at Blvd Albert 1er – though best to avoid the weekend in May when they have the F1 race.
I would definitely recommend a day trip to Ile Sainte-Marguerite, this is a charming island just 15mins boat journey from Cannes. There is an old fort there which is nice to walk around, and the island is inhabited by Monks who make nice wine. Take a picnic as there are lovely wee beaches to pitch up on and spend the day lazing around in the sun.
Antibes old walled town is excellent for a day trip and has nice beach. Also has an excellent absinthe bar.
Also, try the top restaurants in Juan Le Pins – spend a day at them lazing on their pristine beaches and eating wonderful food.
Nice’s flower market is great place to people watch. La Voiglia restaurant serves huge, excellent portions. The new main square is beautiful with nice restaurnt / shopping streets to north and west and old town to the south. The new tram is great way to get around.
Head up the hill at the far end of the bay for great sweeping views. It’s about a 30min walk to the top but is stunning with views of the beach on one side and the harbour on the other.
Cannes is good for beaches and food. Most towns from Cannes in the West to Monaco to the East can be reached by train in under an hour.