How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice

How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice
Day 3: Is Nice even nice?

I have to be honest, I didn’t like Nice till this day. The commute made it hard for us to get around but thankfully, all my doubts were put to rest.

How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice I Things to see in Nice I How to spend a day in Nice
How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice I Things to see in Nice I How to spend a day in Nice

The day started with us walking a kilometre looking for breakfast when a small café owner went out of his way to give us breakfast and dessert. His demeanour and kindness had started to change my mind.

My brother-in-law decided to go on scooter tour with a private guide to Eze and we took an UBER to Old Town, Nice. Before I go further, here is the view he enjoyed on his tour.

How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice I Day Trip to Eze I Private scooter tour
How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice I Day Trip to Eze I Private scooter tour
How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice I Day Trip to Eze I Private scooter tour

The driver (another sweet soul) dropped us to the beginning of Ponchettes Beach and the beginning of the famous Promenade De Anglais.

How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice I Things to see in Nice I How to spend a day in Nice I Ponchettes Beach, Nice
How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice I Things to see in Nice I How to spend a day in Nice I Ponchettes Beach, Nice

How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice I Things to see in Nice I How to spend a day in Nice

How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice I Things to see in Nice I How to spend a day in Nice
How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice I Things to see in Nice I How to spend a day in Nice
How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice I Things to see in Nice I How to spend a day in Nice I Ponchettes Beach, Nice

I’d suggest getting there a little early and just walk down the promenade for an hour or so. You can walk down to the beach (it’s a public beach, so you can carry your supplies), go on a Segway tour or shop at designer stores if that’s your thing.

 

Since we had no money to spare at Chanel, we crossed the street and started exploring Old Town. My favourite part of Nice would have to be Place Massena or the main square of the city (this is what separates Old Town and the city).

How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice I Things to see in Nice I How to spend a day in Nice I Plage Massena, Old Town
How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice I Things to see in Nice I How to spend a day in Nice I Plage Massena, Old Town
How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice I Things to see in Nice I How to spend a day in Nice I Plage Massena, Old Town
How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice I Things to see in Nice I How to spend a day in Nice I Plage Massena, Old Town

 

Palm trees, red ochre buildings and narrow streets full of cafes, bars, restaurants and local shops seemed like my jam and I ate it right up.

How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice I Things to see in Nice I How to spend a day in NiceI Cafes and Restaurants in Massena Square
How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice I Things to see in Nice I How to spend a day in NiceI Cafes and Restaurants in Massena Square
How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice I Things to see in Nice I How to spend a day in NiceI Cafes and Restaurants in Massena Square
How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice I Things to see in Nice I How to spend a day in NiceI Cafes and Restaurants in Massena Square

We walked for hours—exploring cafes and juice bars when we got tired.

How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice I Things to see in Nice I How to spend a day in Nice

How We Spent 4 Days in the French Riviera: Things to do in Nice I Things to see in Nice I How to spend a day in NiceAfter lunch, we went for an hour-long tour of Nice that talks about the history of Nice, go up till the port and up on the hill for panoramic views of the city.

How To Get to Nice

We hopped at Easy Jet Flight from Basel. This is the first stop for anybody visiting French Riviera, so there’s no skipping Nice.

Things To See in Nice

Old Town
Castle Hill
Ponchettes Beach
Place Massena
Promenade De Anglais

Things To Remember When Exploring Nice

We made a mistake by not staying in Old Town and therefore we spent a lot of time in commuting. I’d suggest you stay in the heart of Nice to avoid travel time.

The local transport is not as smooth as it is in Switzerland: if a bus takes more than 20-30 minutes, take an UBER.


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