When we stepped off the plane onto the tarmac at the Nice Côte D’Azure airport it was a gorgeous day. And it remained that way for our 4 day trip to the French Riviera. We booked the trip hoping for a relaxed vacation, less audioguides and more wine. We got our wish, the trip was fun and stress free and we traveled as far as Provence, Menton and Monte Carlo.
Nice has been a playground for the wealthy for 200 years and has gorgeous architecture to show for it. Beautiful old and new buildings abut a wide promenade that runs 4 miles along the city. We spent our first afternoon eating pizza, then wandering along the promenade, admiring the sea then through the cute old town and flower and food market. We did, of course, stop for gelato.
We made the climb to Castle hill (there’s also a free elevator) and took in views of the city. It was really impressive! Having felt like we’d gotten a bit of a work out, we headed back to old town for some beer and cheese. (Which were followed by nachos because that’s what happens when you don’t make dinner plans and have too much Belgian beer… whoops)
Getting from the airport to nice is really easy, the 98 and 99 busses run regularly every day (unless it’s a holiday, then they don’t run at all) and cost €6. On the way back we paid about €14 for an uber so that’s an option.
We stayed at Hotel de la Mer, which was great. Central to old town and the beach and right on Place Messina, the main square.