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8 Hours in Nice

By HarryTuesday 19th January 2016

This year, experience beautiful Nice. This year, experience beautiful Nice.

The French Riviera, or Côte d'Azur as it’s formally known, can be found in the south eastern part of France, where the coastline meets with the brilliantly azure Mediterranean Sea. The summers are long, the sands are golden and people flock from all over to bask in the vibrant atmosphere.

Nice, the jewel in the French Riviera’s crown, is a one-stop-shop for beautiful beaches, sparkling sunshine, curated culture and more. In this post, we’re taking a look at the best ways to spend 8 hours in Nice.

9am – Stroll the Promenade des Anglais

The Promenade des Anglais (English Promenade) stretches around the Bay of Angels, past hotels, restaurants and lush green palm trees, offering the perfect walkway for French fashionistas, energetic joggers and visitors wishing to glimpse the beautiful blue. Start your day in Nice with a gentle stroll along the Promenade – you’ll like what you see. Start your day with a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais. Start your day with a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais.

10am – Take a dip

No trip to Nice would be complete without a dip in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, but there are a few things you need to know before you grab your towel. There are private and public beaches, both of which have various pros and cons. While public beaches are free, private beaches offer sun loungers, lockers and other amenities.

11am –  Discover the Cours Saleya

Every day, the heart of Nice’s Old Town comes alive with the Cours Saleya market. On Mondays, you can enjoy the antiques market, where you’ll find a mishmash of objects and furniture, while Tuesday to Sunday is reserved for delicious fruit, seasonal vegetables and colourful flowers. Every evening, from June to September, there’s also a night market. Explore the many winding streets. Explore the many winding streets.

Midday – Grab some socca

Socca, Nice’s local interpretation of the crêpe, is made from a batter of chickpea flour, water and olive oil, which is thinly spread and baked in the oven. It’s often flavoured with salt, pepper and rosemary. You’ll be able to sample socca at any of the restaurants and cafés that line Nice’s streets, and you’re bound to go back for seconds - trust us!

1pm – Visit Musée Matisse

Nice is home to plenty of fantastic museums and galleries, ranging from the contemporary to the classical.  As its name suggests, Musée Matisse is dedicated to the painter, Henri Matisse, who lived in Nice for almost 40 years. Housed in the 17th Century Villa des Arènes, there is both a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions of the artist’s impressive works. Fresh flowers at Cours Saleya. Fresh flowers at Cours Saleya.

2pm -  Take a bus tour

If you want to see as much of Nice as possible, in as little time as possible, a bus tour is perfect. Open-topped buses take visitors around the city, past its iconic monuments and buildings, commentated by knowledgeable tour operators. Not only will it save your feet from hours of walking, but you’ll get to learn a little more about this beautiful city.

3pm – Explore the Old Town

Anyone that has been to Nice will rave about the Old Town, and rightly so. Bustling with activity at almost any time of the day or night, you can spend hours winding your way through the narrow streets, stopping every so often to take in the amazing surroundings. Pause for a quick coffee next to the Cathédrale Sainte Réparate and search the shops for delightful souvenirs.

4pm – Enjoy the views at the Parc du Château

Situated above Nice’s Old Town is Parc du Château. These beautiful gardens include the Tour Bellanda remains of the 12th Century castle and a spectacular waterfall. You’ll also get to experience amazing views of the Old Town and the bay below. You can reach the gardens via steps, or you can ride the lift to the top for free.

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