Nice, France Travel Guide – 5 things to know before travelling to Nice

Nice, France Travel Guide – 5 things to know before travelling to Nice

You see I always thought of Nice as a romantic destination that I used to see so many times in movies. Coming here was one of my dreams and I’m so glad that I could finally tick it off the list this year…Not that travelling should ever be about collecting countries. Nice greeted us with lovely spring weather and eating ice cream whilst walking on a promenade was one of my favourite things to do. Back to the point though. As the title suggests, I would like to share some tips that I wish I knew before travelling to Nice.Views from above on the old town of Nice with old rooftops and churchesGirl walking through the cobbled streets of colourful old town of Nice French Riviera

Local delicatessen – Mussels and fries are overhyped

There is an abundance of seafood in Nice and one of the most beloved and popular local delicatessens is mussels and fries. Honestly, they are exactly the same at every single restaurant. My recommendation would be to go for the cheapest one or skip the whole thing altogether. EXCEPT for FRIES. These were so finger-licking delicious.Colourful streets of Old town in Nice Franceold buildings of Old Town Nice, France with the back ground of church and mountains.

Driving in Nice – Don’t get the car

Driving in Nice is quite chaotic. Roads are very narrow and there is barely any parking space. You will end up parking miles away from where you need to be and walk the remaining distance either way.

The transport system, on the other hand, works like clockwork and is very affordable. A single one-way ticket will cost you 1,5€. Plus the whole area is so cinematic that I’m sure you would rather enjoy looking around than concentrating on the road.Girl adventurer crossing zebra on one of the old streets of Nice with the spareweel on the background

Explore the local region – Cote d’Azur

It will take you about a day to explore the Old town, Anglais Promenade and Castle Hill. ( Museums are not included). So I thoroughly recommend to jump either on a train or a bus and discover nearby villages. Everything is about 30 minutes away including Monaco, Menton and Villefranche-sur-Mer.Travelling to Nice - View on French Riviera coast line with orange roof tops and blue skies

Travelling to Nice – Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

If you are travelling to Nice make sure to pencil Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild to your itinerary. It’s an incredible pink villa from the early 1900s located just after a small fisherman village Villefranche-sur-Mer. No amount of pictures will be able to show how gorgeous this place is. It’s L.I.T.E.R.A.L.L.Y. pink dream come true. All surrounded by a sea of gardens? Count me in.

The place is about 20 minutes away (on the bus) from Nice. Plan a good 3-4 hours here with a full memory card on your camera. Trust me you will need it.Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on the background with gilr admiring fountains at the front

Join locals for a picnic on the promenade

One of the best dinners you are going to have in Nice is a picnic. Go to the shop, get all the local produce and head to the seaside. Things to consider to add to your picnic basket are anything from rose wine, local cheeses, olives, dried cured sausage and, of course,  fresh baguette. Find the best spot and enjoy all this gorgeous food whilst gazing at the sunset. All the locals do it, so just join the party.Girl walking on the zebra with the Negresco hotel on the back ground

Local expertise

I would like to thank my most wonderful host Lucrezia, who is just such a sweetheart and I loved every minute exploring the city with her. She is a historian, a tour guide and a fountain of knowledge. So if you are looking for a local expert in Nice, drop her an email. She is super chatty, knows all the cool spots as well as all the delicious vegan places.Traveller girl in yellow jacket standing on the colourful streets of Nice, FranceTraveller girl is admiring old building of Nice, France

Hope you enjoyed reading my tips when it comes to travelling to Nice. It’s such a wonderful place and let me know in the comments below if you are panning to visit this lovely area of France in the near future. Also If you have been bitten by the travel bug then go and check out how to spend 58 hours in Edinburgh.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Mucho Love

Polly

View on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France