Romantic Holiday for Two
Nice is a location which exudes romance, whether in its glamorous beach resorts or its quiet country villages. Anyone who is looking for that ideal French romantic retreat would do well to consider Nice as their next holiday destination.
In the City
After arriving in Nice, you will surely want to take a stroll down the Promenade des Anglais. This sea front promenade is known across the world for its glamour and chic, and you and your significant other can feel like you have stepped straight into the pages of a glamorous thriller movie. Expensive hotels like the Hotel Negresco help to make town seem even more intoxicating.
The Promenade curves gently along a magnificent shoreline, and you and your partner will surely want to spend some time soaking up the sunshine on the beach. The beach at Nice is wide and pebbly, and you can use one of the popular and iconic blue umbrellas to keep the rays of the sun at bay while you enjoy relaxing.
Walking around Nice
A stroll around Nice will reveal a pleasant city, dotted with parks and gardens. Buildings with red tiled roofs and yellow and orange facades which seem to reflect the summery climate of Provence.
Like many French towns, one of the great delights to be had here is simply exploring the range of shops and cafes which lie among the streets. Simply lingering in a bistro or cafe with your lover, watching the world go by.
Of course, you may well want to see and do more than simply gaze into each other’s eyes for the duration of your trip. In the evenings, what could be more romantic than a trip to the opera. The Opera de Nice has been offering performances of great opera and ballet since 1902, and continues to maintain a high standard today.
Nice has plenty to keep lovers of history and culture busy within its streets, but you and your partner may fancy a short trip to see one of Europe’s genuine architectural curiosities. The Falicon Pyramid, situated just a short distance outside Nice at the village of Falicon, is one of the few pyramid structures in Europe.
It was once thought that it might have been built by Roman legionaries engaged in Egyptian religious practises. Recent research has shown that it was built in the early years of the 19th century though.
There are plenty of great places to visit as a couple near Nice, with towns like Cassis offering more Provencal charm to enjoy. Monte Carlo is also only a short drive in your car hire Nice France booking, placing you at the heart of one of the most glamorous, exciting and romantic parts of Mediterranean Europe.
Family Holidays in Nice
Nice has much to offer visitors of all ages. Whether you and your family enjoy exploring local food, getting adventurous, visiting the beach or taking in some cultural activities, you will find plenty to keep you busy.
One great place to visit with children is located just 25 kilometres or so away from Nice. The Marineland Sea Life Centre provides visitors with some entertaining and informative experiences relating to the ocean and its animals. The shark tunnel takes visitors through a tank of sharks, allowing great views of these fierce predators.
Orca and dolphins perform carefully choreographed routines outdoors, while visitors can even stroke stingrays. The atoll reconstruction is a great feat of environmental engineering, and there are also plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or a souvenir.
Many travellers enjoy rail journeys, and your family can get on a train with a difference in Nice. Many Nice family outings take place at the Pignes train. This retro steam train runs four times a day, from Nice to Digne, taking in many little Provencal villages along the way.
The trip takes around three hours, and there is often only one carriage, so it really is a charming step back in time. Should anyone get bored with the journey’s length, then they can stop off at Annot, a village in the lower Alps. The train runs all year round.
If you feel like taking your family out to do something active, in-line skating is very popular in Nice. The Promenade des Anglais on the sea front features five kilometres of tarmac specially set aside for in-line skaters.
You can hire blades and skates with which to scoot along the shore line, enjoying the great weather and superb views. The city also hosts a spectacular skating event known as ‘Nice en Roller’ during the summer. If you fancy a bit of ice skating, there is also an Olympic-sized rink at the Jean Bouin Palais de Sports Centre.
For anyone whose family enjoy live drama, the Theatre de la Cite is the place to go. Many family orientated events take place here, and there is a great program of children’s shows, which take place every Wednesday afternoon. As well as classic drama, contemporary plays and comedies, there are puppet shows and musical events. There are even some drama classes on offer if you want to sharpen up you own skills.
Nice may be known as a classy seaside resort but there is much more for families to do here than just sit on the beach in the sunshine. With the Alps close by, and a whole range of activities to choose from in the city itself, you can really enjoy yourself in this part of Provence.
Nice – A Gay Friendly City
Nice, the capital of the French Riviera is well known for its near perfect year round climate, its stylish hotels and its beautiful beaches. However, the city is also a great place for nightlife, and has become the second most popular destination in France for gay and lesbian travellers; even the tourist office has a gay friendly policy.
Nice is about a two hour flight from London, making it especially appealing to visit during the gloomy English winter months.
There are an estimated 50 or so gay oriented bars, clubs and cafes, in addition to several saunas that all help to make this a gay friendly Nice city. Many are conveniently located in and around the picturesque Old Town, and in recent years this has become a popular gay area in the city, especially the streets and squares around the Rue Francis Gallo. Look for the rainbow motif or flag, which will tell you that the establishment is gay friendly.
The Bonaparte neighbourhood has also become increasingly popular with gay travellers, and is often known as the “little Marais” after the famous gay area in Paris. Some of the more popular cafes and bars around this area include Le Pinxcho, Le Gossip and the unofficial meeting place of the neighborhood, Le Thyjeffs.
There are a few gay clubs, although they tend to open and close fairly regularly; however, Nice has a weekly magazine detailing what is happening that week, and listing the current clubs and bars.
Nice of course, is famous for its beaches, and some of these have become popular with gays and lesbians. Probably the best known and most convenient is Coco Beach; others include Castel beach, and a couple in the nearby town of Villeneuve Loubet. Again, the distinctive rainbow flags will help you to identify the particular areas along the beach where gays and lesbians tend to congregate.
Although Nice attracts gay visitors year round, one of the best times to visit is during June, when the city is home to the Pink Parade. The popular event features a day long festival, which features a parade through the streets, and plenty of other events and activities.
Although not as ‘gay’ as many other large European cities, this gay friendly Nice city is becoming increasingly popular with gay travellers from all over the world, who come for the tolerant atmosphere and the opportunity to soak up the sun on some of the world’s best beaches.
Nice Is A Great City Base for a Ski Holiday
Nice is blessed with great accessibility to both mountains and sea. In the winter months, the city makes a great base from which to explore some of France’s best ski resorts, most of which are within two hours drive in your Nice Airport rental car. If you fancy a touch of international travel, then resorts in Italy are also not out of the question.
If you are in search of wonderful fresh snow, then it is a good idea to head to Isola 2000. As its name suggests, this resort is situated at a height of 2000 metres. There is plenty of space to ski too, with 120 kilometres of runs, with several levels of difficulty available.
Experts can try their hand at the three black and 11 red runs, while those with less experience can choose from 21 blue and seven green. The resort takes about 90 minutes to reach by road, and there is actually a bus service which runs there from Nice too.
If it is spectacular scenery that you want to see while you enjoy your skiing, then a trip to the small resort of Gréolières-les-neiges might be just what you want. Located just an hour or so’s drive from Nice, around 60 kilometres, its runs are kept fresh by snow cannon.
There are 30 kilometres of slopes to explore here, with a good mixture of difficulty levels. Two black runs should see the experts kept busy in the beautiful surroundings, and there are also 13 red routes to keep veterans busy. The three blue and four green routes will suit those visitors will less experience on the piste.
Family Ski Resorts
A good family friendly resort can be found some 80 kilometres from Nice in the shape of Valberg. This resort is located at a height of 1700 metres, and is well served by 20 ski lifts. Skiers can explore 52 pistes, covering 90 kilometres. T
here are 14 blue and 10 green routes, while those who crave more action and adventure will enjoy hitting the five black runs and 16 red which are also located here. Intermediate skiers and snowboarders will enjoy their time here too, but there is still enough to keep beginners and experts happy too.
Outside of France
If you fancy heading out of France to sample some of what Italy can offer, then the resort of Limone should be on your list of places to visit. This delightful Italian resort has over 80 kilometres of slopes, with natural snow coverage for the entire winter season.
Facilities here range in altitude from 1050 to 2100 metres. Limone can be busy, but is lively and family friendly, and only a two hour drive, or around 100 kilometres in your Nice Airport car hire . There is also an eight kilometre Nordic skiing ring here, if you fancy testing yourself with some serious aerobic exercise as well as whizzing downhill.
There are other resorts such as Auron located within an hour and half drive of Nice. This really makes this most beautiful of cities a great place to base your exploration of the French Alps.