Nice is a fantastic base to explore the south of France. It offers the cheapest accommodation, plenty of fast food outlets to grab some of the locals favourite ‘Socca’ and is well placed on the coast to enable travel to other locations to the east and west. There is an amazing rail network that connects the main destinations such as Monaco, Menton, Cannes, Antibes and Ventimiglia but for an even cheaper option then local buses offer travel for just €1.50 each way!
If you are short of time in Nice it can be difficult to know where to head to with so many options so hopefully this post will help as we have picked 3 of the best day trips from Nice.
Monaco is the ultimate destination for luxury, style and extravagance, but don’t let this put you off. It is still a fantastic place to visit on a budget as there is plenty to wander round and see without spending a penny! Whether you arrive by but or train your starting point will be down by the harbour where there will be some of the biggest super yachts in the world! Once you have marvelled at these and fantasised about which one you would choose if you won the lottery then you should head up the hill to Casino square to admire the Ferraris parked outside the casino. Once you have absorbed the atmosphere of the casino then wander back down the hill and venture to the other side of Monaco to see the elegant palace and home of the Grimaldi family.
Eze & Eze Sur Mer
Just a short trip from Nice on either a bus or train is Eze Sur Mer. Here there is a beautiful beach perfect for unrolling a towel and relaxing for a few hours with a picnic. Once you are getting restless then follow the signs to Eze village. A winding and scenic path will take you up to the village with plenty of photo opportunities along the way. The walk takes about an hour altogether so be sure to take some water if you are there in the summer. Once in Eze village you can stroll around the ancient streets that are so perfect they are almost like a film set!
Glamorous Cannes, the home of the world famous International Film Festival is another place where you will find incredible super yachts and luxury shops selling items with high price tags! Again though, like much of the south of France, you don’t need to be a millionaire to appreciate Cannes. The long promenade, La Croisette, that stretches out along the sea front is a great people watching spot and if you climb up the hill in the old town you get a fantastic view back down.