Round and aboutNice is France’s fifth biggest city and the “capital” of the French Riviera. It’s a glorious place, famous throughout the world for its stunning natural beauty, glamour, cuisine and its jet set visitors.
Much of Niçois life revolves around the historic Old Town where our hostel is situated. The Chateau hill next to the Old Town is where Nice began back in Antiquity and you can take the lift (or walk the hill if you’re feeling up to it) up to the “Chateau” area to get a fantastic view of the city and the beautiful Mediterranean Port. Up at the top is a great place for a picnic too!
If you visit during Carnival time, the “Promenade des Anglais” will be thronged with visitors watching the floats go by as the beautiful girls throw flowers during the “Battle of the flowers” – a great atmosphere and a perfect time to be in Nice. The fireworks display on the final day of Carnival when the king is burnt out at sea is truly a sight to behold.
The Port is about 10 min walk from the hostel and you can have a drink or a meal in one of the many cool bars and restaurants while watching the millionaire’s superyachts cruise past the small local fishing boats. Many of the mega cruise liners also come into Nice port and these ships must be seen to be believed ! It’s from this port that you can get a regular ferry over to Corsica too.
Cimiez is another area of Nice which is just next to the centre where you can visit the Roman baths, amphitheatre and the Chagall and Matisse museums. If you are in Nice in July, the famous Cimiez Jazz Festival must not be missed. It takes place in these Ancient gardens and musicians from all over the world come to play in the olive groves. The festival lasts for 2 weeks. You can buy tickets online
While you’re in Nice, you should take a bus to visit some other nearby sights – Cannes is obviously a top choice so that you can soak up the starry atmosphere and is best to visit in May during the film festival for true Hollywood glamour. You can stop off in beautiful Antibes on the way and admire the walled town with its ramparts and do include a visit to the Provencal market and the Picasso museum. The superyachts in Antibes harbour on the International Quay are worth a stop off too for a glimpse into the life of the mega rich.
Monaco is on everyone’s TO DO list!! The famous Casino can be visited if you have your passport and are dressed correctly. You can take the train or the bus to Monaco and walk around the Grand Prix track or go and see the changing of the guards every day at 12 in the Palace. It is here at the Chapel that Grace Kelly is buried. This is the home of the super rich so be prepared for glamour galore… and prices to match…
Villefranche Sur Mer is one of the most beautiful coastal villages and is just next to Nice. Further on is Beaulieu which has the very interesting Villa “Kerylos” to visit, it is an exact reproduction of an ancient Greek villa.
St Jean Cap Ferrat is where some of the richest people in the world live – it is in fact some of the most expensive land in the world! The Villa and Gardens Ephrussi de Rothschild are on this peninsula and the villa is surrounded by nine beautiful gardens – French, Spanish, Japanese. Furniture dating from the XVIII century fill the stunning villa and there is also a fabulous collection of china.
Eze sur Mer has an exotic garden in the ruins of a fortress 429 m above sea level. Exceptional views and a beautiful village with lots of arty shops.
Juan Les Pins is a fab small town on the beach which is THE place to go clubbing and shopping in the summer months (it pretty much closes in the winter) – it is open very late at night in summer with lots of clubs and bars for young people
St Paul de Vence is a charming artists village a little further inland which you shouldn’t miss either!.
Hélène and Frank will be on hand in the hostel to give you all the further advice you require about places to visit and how to get there. Just ask! Call us on +33 6 1704 1794