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If you find yourself with a free evening Nice, the capital of the shimmering Côte d’Azur, you won’t be short of ways to spend your time. As the turquoise blue waters deepen and the soft evening glow creeps in, restaurants and bars begin their evening set up and the streets come alive.
The Nice Carnival in February is a truly world class event. If you have the chance to visit at this time, you wont regret it.
How to Get to Nice, France
Despite its rather small size, Nice International Airport is one of the busiest airports in France. This is mainly due to the number of private jets flying in and out of the Côte d’Azur. If you’re not lucky enough to be flying in on private jet, Nice airport services most major European airlines and several international. There is also a central train station in Nice where trains connect to Paris, Italy & beyond.
Public transport is fast and efficient in the city. Several new tram lines are in the process of being built and are due for completion at the end of 2019. This will allow passengers to travel directly from the airport into Nice city centre, and onwards to the terminal at the port. Buses are cheap at 1.50 Euro per ticket, and are mostly reliable. Trains run along the beautiful coastline to Monaco, and onward to Italy. Uber also functions well in Nice.
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Where to Eat in Nice, France
Oliviera // A must-do for a local, authentic experience in Nice. This family owned restaurant focus solely on quality olive oil and the freshest of produce. You can also buy their olive based products.
Chez Pipo // The traditional Nicoise dish of chickpea ‘socca’ is made to perfection here at Chez Pipo. Pair it with a glass of chilled rosé and you have the perfect afternoon.
Le Petit Lascarais // Great ‘formule’ meals with 3 courses for around 20 euros. Expect classic fare including large salads, steak frites & tiramisu.
Illa Pasta // A fantastic format of simple, fresh, handmade pasta made by the owner himself. Simple choose your pasta shape and add your homemade sauce for the perfect, authentic combination.
Movida // This tapas bar isn’t typically French, however, right on the beach front it’s the place to be for after work drinks and delicious tapas. I recommend the crispy chicken!
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Things to See in Nice, France
Walk the Promenade des Anglais // The famous Promenade des Anglais is a 7km walkway hugging the coastline from Nice city all the way out to the airport. Originally constructed in the 1800’s for the Victorians who wanted to go for morning strolls without dirtying their dresses on the ground, these days it is used for leisurely strolls by tourists and locals alike. An evening walk along promenade certainly isn’t the worst way to stretch your legs after a long day at work.
Scale the stairs to Castle Hill // Climb the stairs up to the Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill) in central Nice for incredible 360 degree views over the Mediterranean Sea, the old town of Nice and the historic port. Open until 8pm in the summer.
Drink Rose Wine in a Beach Bar // Would a trip to the Côte d’Azur be complete without a glass of rosé on the pebbled shores of Nice beach? There are many beach bars set up along the promenade, take your pick and sip away as the sun sets beyond the horizon.
Discover Le Vieux Nice (The Old Town) // An intricate maze of alleyways, boutiques and eateries waiting to be stumbled upon. Each narrow street is more fascinating than the last. From early till late, it’s easy to while away hours just wandering.
Enjoy an Italian ice cream // It may surprise you to know the Nice was part of Italy until just over 150 years ago, and as such there are still many Italian influences to be found in the city. Ice cream is no exception! Finish an evening stroll with a scoop of lavender ice cream in a homemade cone from one of the artisan stalls at Place Rossetti.
Nice is a very walk-able city – bring comfortable shoes!