Winter Break In Nice: For When You Want To Get Away From The Rainy Days
Winter in Ireland can be beautiful but most of the time, it’s wet and windy. This is why it’s the perfect time of year to escape to the sunshine for a few days. And we’re not talking about the Canaries. Nice in the French Riviera is our favourite place to go for a Winter break – it’s only a short flight away and has a gorgeous Mediterranean climate, meaning it’s warm, sunny and bright, even in November!
If you can’t take a week to jet off to this beautiful spot, don’t fret, a lot can be done in a weekend trip. Here are our favourite things to do in Côte d'Azur.
Strike a pose at Place Masséna, Negresco Hotel & #ILoveNice Sign
Nice is full of Instagrammable spots. From narrow streets to beautiful colourful buildings and dreamlike beaches, you’re guaranteed to find a picture-worthy spot. To get the best photos for the ‘gram, I suggest you wake up just before the sun rises and explore the city while it’s quiet, i.e. without others around. It’ll make you feel like you have the whole city to yourself. Place Massena is a square with red and pink buildings, a fountain, and so many cute shops and restaurants. Find a spot by the fountain and pose for the camera!
The Negresso Hotel is another must-see sight. This stunning hotel and restaurant first opened its doors on January 8th, 1913 and the style of it hasn’t change since then. The inside of the hotel is for residents only, but the exterior is equally amazing. The building’s pink colour and gorgeous surrounding palm trees make for a beautifully glamorous shot.
If you’re looking to capture the cheesy tourist photograph, head over the #ILoveNice sign. There’s plenty of posing space; whether you want to squeeze in between the red, blue and red letters or sit inside the giant C, it’s up to you and your creativity – just make sure someone is there to capture it!
Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais
The French Riviera is the Mediterranean coast of south-eastern France. With its beautiful beaches, from Saint- Tropez to Cannes to Nice, it makes for the perfect getaway. During the day, you can take a stroll along the beach and enjoy jaw-dropping views, find a nice spot to sit and watch the ships sail or just grab a coffee, a glass of wine or a bite to eat in one of the many cafes and restaurants and simply enjoy being in the peaceful environment. At night, the promenade transforms into a fairy-tale setting, making it an ideal time for an after-dinner walk.
Walk up the Castle Hill
While there is the option of getting a lift to the top of the hill, I recommend walking as you get to experience more. (Also, it’s very satisfying to watch a city get smaller and smaller as you go higher!). On your way to the top, you’ll see an artificial waterfall that was built in the 19th Century, the ruins of the Cathedral, a panoramic view of Nice from the observation deck and the view of Old Port of Nice. Truly remarkable!
Take a trip to Monaco
A short train ride away and you’ll find yourself in Monaco. Monaco is an independent country (so you’re visiting two countries in one trip, how cool is that?!) and is known for Monte Carlo, the Casino and most importantly, the Grand Prix. It’s a very rich place, from five-star hotels to designer shops, such as Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Dior and Miu Miu, on every corner.
Even if your trip is only for a weekend, I would highly suggest taking a trip down here. It’s a small enough spot so in a couple of hours you can visit the Casino of Monte-Carlo, St Martin Gardens, and old town. And you’ll be walking through the streets where Formula 1 happens as you do so.
Indulge yourself in fantastic food culture
French cuisine is one of the most expensive and luxurious in the world, so while you’re in the country, make sure to indulge! However, if you’re expecting to be dining on escargot, onion soup or beef bourguignon, you’ll be disappointed. This part of France was discovered by the Greeks and later taken over by the Romans. As a result, Nice is heavy on Italian culture, particularly when it comes to food. But we’re not saying that’s a bad thing because who doesn’t love pasta?
If you’re an ice-cream fanatic like me (I have to try ice cream in every country I go to), you need to take a trip to Azzuro. This gelateria has been serving ice cream since 1997 and has some of the most unique flavours such as lavender, jasmine, Toblerone, tiramisu and meringue.
Finally, the most important treat, the one you can’t leave Nice without trying, an authentic macaron. This French confection is the best indulgence for your taste buds and you’ll have no problem finding a patisserie – they’re everywhere. From mojito to lemon, chocolate to vanilla, you’ll definitely find a flavour you love.
This post was written by One4all’s Graphic and Web Designer, Ola Dybul. If she’s not creating trendy social graphics, working on quirky photoshoots or designing brand assets, she’s off travelling the world, learning new cultures and traditions, and meeting new people. She’s been all around the world but is not ready to stop. Stay tuned for more top tips from this expert adventurer.
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