Exploring Nice and the French Riviera!

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The French Riviera is filled with beautiful places to visit, and though it was a tough choice deciding on which cities to choose for this getaway, I am very glad with the ones I visited: Nice, St Paul de Vence, Antibes, Monaco, Eze le Village, Ventimiglia (Italy).

We based ourselves in Nice, and did day trips from there. I chose Nice because it is very central to the places we wanted to visited with access to train and bus stations, it has a great nightlife and we got a good hotel deal! We arrived to Nice by plane and took bus #98 from the airport to get us into town; from there you can transfer to a tram on the same ticket to get closer to your hotel depending on its location, which is what we did. Though we did consider renting a car to visit other cities, public transportation was so easy and convenient to use and much more affordable, that is was not necessary. Each bus ticket no matter where you go is 1.50 EUR for travel up to 75 minutes including transfers in the same direction; train tickets are a bit pricier but it saves you time! Make sure you validate tickets on the bus or at the train station in order to use them.

 Nice: Great shopping, nightlife (you can find good happy hour specials), an abundance of bars and restaurants, good beach access (though all of the beaches here are rocky), museums, Promenade d’Anglais, Castel Hill Park (at the edge of the old town) not to be missed!!

 Nice to St Paul de Vence –bus  St Paul de Vence: Beautiful hilltop town that looks just like you see in postcards! It does get a bit crowded with tourists, but it is worth a visit. Old stone streets, cafes, galleries, quaint shops, countryside views.

Nice to Antibes—train. Antibes: A fortified town with a large harbor, small shops, farmer’s market, Picasso Museum, seaside promenade and sandy beaches!!!

 Nice to Monaco—train. Monaco: Upscale glam with lower town and upper town. You can walk up the hill or take a bus to get to the Prince’s Palace and the Oceanography Museum and you will get wonderful views of the city below.  We took our time and walked to the Monte Carlo on the other side of town; they do have a strict dress code (no shorts, flip flops or casual sandals) and entrance is 10 EUR for those who are 18+).

Monaco to Eze le Village—bus—Eze le Village to Nice. Eze le Village (different than Eze sur le Mer): This was my favorite place I visited in the Riviera! A majestic medieval hilltop town with a labyrinth of stone streets to explore, along with a church, gardens and cemetery. I truly felt as if I had stepped back in time and it held an air of magic for me. Highly recommend!!

Nice to Ventimiglia –train. Ventimiglia: Since Italy is so close, we decided to take the train just across the border, to the town of Ventimglia, and stay in a lovely bed & breakfast in the old town (La Terrazza dei Pelargoni). There is a huge farmer’s market here, closes to beaches, and if you are up to it, you can twist your way up through the pedestrian streets of the old town up on the hill.

Here is a glimpse at some of the beautiful places you can visit:

 

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