TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN NICE

Need a sunny holiday? Head to Nice, France for spectacular views of the Mediterranean, and to gorge yourself on wine and gelato. {HELLO, what girl can say no to that?!}


HOTEL RECOMMENDATION:

The Hotel : B4 Nice Plaza

When we first arrived in Nice, we had originally booked a hostel that was located on the mountain side of the city. After a very “unforgettable” night there, we strapped on our backpacks and peaced out of there without a look back. {Note: Sixteen girl rooms are not for everyone….}

We were in the capital of the French Riviera, where the famous come for relaxing holidays. We might not be on their level exactly, but we decided to treat ourselves like we were! Hence, we found ourselves at the 4-star hotel, B4 Nice Plaza. Built in 1850, the hotel sets alongside the Avenue de Verdun, and is ideally placed right in between Place Massena and the Promenade de Anglais.  


5. PROMENADE DE ANGLAIS

Walkway lined with cafes, hotels, and shops on one side, and breathtaking views of the Mediterranean on the other. Dating back to the 1800s, the concourse stretches from the airport all the way to Old Town and is a great way to take in the whole city.

 If you’re lucky like us, you’ll get there when there is a gelato festival and you get free gelato… perfect way to cool down from a day at the beach! {Praise hands}. 

4. PLAGE DES PONCHETTES

Spend a relaxing day sunning yourself on the famous beaches of Nice. The Plage des Ponchette is one of the more popular “pebble” public beaches, located ideally near the Old Town. When you want to take a break from the tranquil blue water, literally hop over the Promendae de Anglais to one of the many cafes for a glass of Rosé wine and a pissaladi.


Note: If public beaches aren’t your thing, there’s countless private beaches offering parasols, warm showers and changing rooms.


3. CASTLE HILL , COLLINE DU CHATEAU

When you need to work off all that wine and gelato head up to Castle Hill. The hill was the original site for the citadel, or city fortress, which was dismantled by the king in the early 1700s. Pace yourselves, the hill consists of over 300 feet of stairs--but it's worth the trek! Not only will you pass a waterfall on the way up, but the 180 degree view of the Bay of Angels, Nice port, and Old Nice will have you swooning and making plans to move to France immediately. 

2. PLACE MASSENA

The central point of Nice is the Place Massena, it’s main square. Take a break from the winding, narrow streets to enjoy the openness the square has to offer. The “Sun Fountain” was built in 1956, but was dismantled and banned until 2011 due to the nudity depicted on it. The fountain displays a very large, naked Apollo as the focus point, surrounded by five bronze statues that represent Earth, Mars, Mercury, Saturn, and Venus. You can also find 7 “floating” statues surround the square that represent the 7 continents and the communication between them---but most importantly they change colors throughout the night, giving the city a young and fun vibe at night. 


Fun note: Janniot (the sculptor of the fountain) had finished the bronze statues but had not started on Apollo when the Second World War broke out.  The statues were buried in a garden to keep them from being destroyed during the war and then dug up afterward.


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1. OLD TOWN

The heart of Nice is the Vieille Ville, or for those who don’t speak French (us), the Old Town. Get lost in the narrow streets that wind through the orchard colored buildings. Old Nice has so much to offer, from shops and restaurants, to baroque churches and vibrant, busy squares. One of our favorites was the Place Rossetti, which is at the center of Old Town and offers you shade from the Cathédrale Sainte Réparate, a beautiful baroque church built in the 17thcentury. In the mornings, visit Cours Saleya for open air markets offering vegetables and fruit, to clothing and trinkets, while at nights join the crowds of people who flock to the restaurants for wine and farcis (stuffed vegetables, a classic specialty of Nice –DO IT, you won’t regret it). Needless to say, we spent a LOT of time here.


STAYED TUNED TO DISCOVER THE PERFECT DAY TRIP FROM NICE!