If you crave a quintessential French Riviera experience, just go to Nice already! I ventured to Nice by way of Paris last September 2014 and it was one of the most memorable trips...EVER. I want to go back.
Why should you go? I'll tell you why:
- To dramatically SLOW DOWN your life and soak up the French joie de vivre.
- Let's back up to that first bullet. Joie de vivre means "exuberant enjoyment of life"! Nice is the answer.
- Quaint, relaxing, beautiful Mediterranean seaside culture.
- You can enjoy an amazing, fresh meal at every turn - always with a patio view.
- Old men in tiny speedos are fun.
- You can really get a sense of what decades of sunbathing does to nipples.
- It's totally normal to drink bottles of champagne on the beach all day, everyday.
If you have only 2-3 days to zip around Nice (which I do not recommend you zip - I recommend you stroll very slowly with champagne and sausage in hand - duh), here are my top must see's and do's for you. Hang tight, I have photos to prove how lovely these spots are and how serious I am about this.
Top Things To Do:
- Lay endlessly on the beach and lose track of time
- Put your cell phone away - no one is on their's. Throw it into the sea!
- Visit the flower and fruit/veggie market in Old Town - lots of vendors, lavender bundles, soaps, flowers, and fresh produce to be devoured! Go early in the morning.
- Eat at a few open air restaurants and seafood spots. Everything tastes noticeably fresh.
- Get lost wandering through the narrow, colorful streets full of kiosks and shops
- Take a short hike up to Castle Hill to take that epic pano shot that will make all your friends super jealous.
- Explore the Musee National Marc Chagall (Chagall Art Museum)
- Walk the entire way through the Promenade du Paillon. Get your selfie stick ready. Thank me later.
- Fall in love (if appropriate and if the moment strikes).
Where should you stay?
I recommend as close to the coast as possible, try Airbnb, and book a place on or near the Promenade Des Anglais. It's the main boardwalk avenue on the water. You could also stay in Old Town which is adjacent to Promenade Des Anglais. We stayed at the Mercure Hotel on that street, which was a perfect location.
Some photos to convince you to go immediately:
Below - an overview photo of Promenade Des Anglais (taken on the staircase to Castle Hill):