The Nice Shortlist - Ten wonderful things to do in and around Nice

  1. Hire a Velo Bleu bike and cycle down the Promenade des Anglais for a picnic on the beach or feel like kicking back?  Hire a bed and a parasol at the Beau Rivage and spend an afternoon watching the scenes unfold before you.
  2. Hop on the tram down to the old town in the evening and wander around the Cours Saleya and the craft market.  The jewelry can be particuarly imaginative.  Dine in one of the many restaurants around the old town - check out the list on useful links. 
  3. Walk from the villa up the winding paths to the top of Cimiez to see the Matisse Museum and the views over Nice from the beautiful gardens of the Monastery next door.  Walk on down, past the famous Hotel Regina, to the Chagall Museum and lunch in the garden café.
  4. Take a morning walk down to the iconic flower market on the Cours Saleya.  Have a coffee at La Civette and people watch.  Head up rue Droite to see the art galleries and the Palais Lascaris with its stunning Venetian staircase.
  5. Want to feel like a film star?  Come and stay in May and catch the train from Nice Ville to wander around the Cannes Film Festival and mingle amongst the movie stars. 
  6. Take the tram down to the antiques market held every Monday on the Cours Saleya, check out the textile stalls for amazing French linens. 
  7. Take the train to Ventimiglia in Italy on a Friday (only 3 stops by tram to Nice Ville from the villa) to wander around the largest market in Europe.  Stop off at the bakery as you walk down to the market for the local speciality of Swiss Chard pie.  Bet you eat more than one portion!
  8. Take the tram to Garibaldi and walk down to the port to catch the boat to spend the day in St Tropez or the Îles des Lérins.
  9. Stay with us for the Monaco Grand Prix - a quick train ride takes you into the heart of Monte Carlo and you don't even have to find a parking space!
  10. Come to Nice in July to see the Nice Jazz Festival.  It lasts for a week and is easily accessed to and fro by tram to Place Massena.  Check out who's playing on the festival site on the Links page.

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