Escape to: Nice

Colourful buildings and cyclist in Nice, France
 

Sitting on the southern coast of France—a hop, skip and a jump from the Italian border—Nice embodies that old-world Riviera elegance the Côte d’Azur is known for. However, it’s more than just designer shops, coral-blue waters and beautiful weather.

Transport:

While the city centre is just a 15-minute drive from the airport, make sure to get a €6 bus ticket instead of a taxi which will set you back almost €40. In fact, stay away from taxis for the whole duration of your trip unless you intend to bankrupt yourself. Luckily, Nice is a city that is meant to be walked. Its year-round warmth and compact size means everywhere is within strolling distance.

Activities:

While the narrow streets of Le Vieux Nice (Old Town) have much to offer, the nicest walk in the city is along the Promenade des Anglais; one of the most famous stretches of seafront in France. Those walking it can pull up one of the many sea-facing pews dotted along to admire the view or alternatively, descend the steps to one of the sea-level restaurants. The promenade also has a dedicated lane for bikes, roller skaters and the occasional Segway.

At the east end of the Promenade, there is a short hike up Castle Hill—the highest point in Nice, which delivers panoramic views of the Mediterranean. In an expensive city like Nice, these strolls—costing nothing—are a bargain.Sitting on the southern coast of France—a hop, skip and a jump from the Italian border—Nice embodies that old-world Riviera elegance the Côte d’Azur is known for. However, it’s more than just designer shops, coral-blue waters and beautiful weather.

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