WHERE TO STAY:
We stayed in the Le Meridien (excellent location) but it is a bit pricey. Some other Marriott options we looked at were the AC Marriott hotel, and a super pricey option is the Boscolo Exedra. Even if you do not stay at this hotel, I would definitely recommend this area. Everything is so close.
Tours: We did two tours. Both very different.
This one I HIGHLY RECOMMEND! I would say do it one of the first days too, because the tour guide shows you all the foods of the area. You get a ton of food and the Guide, Nadia, is amazing. 100% worth the money. I believe it’s 70Euros per person, if you only choose one tour, pick this one!
We also did a Bike and Wine Tour with E-Bikes... also very cool but the vineyard they take you to is not the prettiest. The actual bike ride itself was AWESOME. Maybe one of the most intense bike rides of my life. You will get a great work out. This company has a few other bike tours, I would maybe choose a different one that doesn’t end at the vineyard.
Half-Day E-Bike Vineyard Tour with Wine Tasting from Nice we booked it through viator.com
Along the Tour I mentioned previously, (option 1), they pointed out Leonardo DiCaprio’s Favorite restaurant. Apparently, Madonna and Elton John are also frequently seen at this food Spot. The restaurant is called, Restaurant La Petite Maison. It is a bit pricey, but the food was awesome!
We ate at the top of the Le Meridien one night. It has an awesome view. The food was not my favorite, but the view was great. If there is no overcast, The sunset could be great from here.
Market: They have a market parallel to the Boardwalk, every day stating early until around 3pm. The only day it is closed is Mondays, so make sure you check it out. Its an amazing market... one of my favorites. (I am a HUGE market fan). They have some amazing flavored salts and spices. Great for gifts!
Train to Monaco:
We took a train to Monaco it took about 20 minutes. The station is about a 10-15 minute walk from the Le Meridien hotel. I recommend taking a day trip. We went for Billy’s game and it was raining so we didn’t get the full feel of the area, but the little we saw was pretty. (We liked Nice, France better, which is why I only suggest a day trip). While you are here, go through the Lobby of the Monte Carlo Casino. We didn’t feel like being super dressy all day, so we only went through the lobby which was enough for me.
We had cocktails in the Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel. The Lobby was worth checking out for its great view.
Billy had a game that night, so we did not explore a ton here.
Cannes, Saint Tropez:
Many people also took day trips to these two places. We didn’t have time but they could be fun! I heard they are very “Upscale” areas. Also I believe they have “real” beaches. The beach in Nice, France is not a normal beach with sand, but has large rocks/pebbles instead. So if you plan on going in the ocean, prepare your feet, it’s somewhat painful.
Other things to Do:
Walk the board walk called Promenade des Anglais. We had coffees/ cocktails at one of the restaurants on the beach. Also very pretty if there is a sunset. Climb to the top of the Fortress (It is a big hill cliff by the “#ILoveNice” sign), there are amazing views from up top.
One of the nights we went to a Jazz Club with live music which was fun. It is kind of a hole in the wall but the vibe was cool. The place was called Shapko and the live music started around 10:30pm.
If you try only one new food, you must try Socca. It is basically a healthy French fry made of chickpeas but it tastes like French fries. Have it for a snack in between meals. You can get it to go just about everywhere.