A day trip to Nice, the capital of the Côte d'Azur, on the south-eastern coast of France, is welcome anytime, in any season, because the sun is up in most of the year – shines about 300 days a year!
How to get from Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport to the city centre
From Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport, to get to the center of Nice or to the Nice railway station you have 2 ways: either the express lines 98 and 99 (€ 6) or the cheaper version - bus 23 (€ 1.50).
Nice Airport is close to the center, so within minutes you will arrive. I recommend you take out the 1 day Pass or 7 day Pass (depending how longer you will stay). You can purchase it right from the Nice airport, so you'll save a lot, because a Solo ticket costs 1.50 Euros( allowing changes within 74 min, which is great!)
Nice and Promenade des Anglais
Nice is closely related to the Promenade des Anglais, the famous boulevard that starts right from the Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport, crossing far and wide the entire French Riviera. Along the promenade are lined up expensive hotels, enchanting shops, terraces, restaurants, palm trees and the whole area is animated by people who run, walk or ride a bike. It's such a pleasant way to spend your time...walking and admiring. :)
On the other side you will see the beach and the sea, where tables are beautifully arranged, so you can enjoy a coffee, or relax on the beach with a glass of wine and croissants ... plus the person(s) you love. In supermarkets you’ll find lots of wines at good prices, so you have no reason to postpone the time. A few meters above the beach, you can sit on one of the benches and enjoy an ice cream or read a book.
A convenient way to visit the city of Nice is by bike - 1 euro per day from VÉLOBLEU station (175 stations). All you need to do is register on their website and voila! J
In Nice you can eat and you can feel good regardless of your budget. You have a wide selection of restaurants and shops > Nice Etoile Mall, Lafayette Galleries (where you will find prices slightly lower than in Paris), or the ordinary stores in shopping centers such as Carrefour or Auchan. A meal at restaurant is more than welcome, so if you want to enjoy a lunch at one of the beautiful terraces of Nice, then look out for the Menu of the Day, usually displayed outside the restaurant, with prices slightly over 15 Euros.
Walk along the old town of Nice - Vieux ville, where in your path you’ll be amazed by those lovely picturesque streets, loaded with merchants and that specific bustle of the locals. Markets… all you want, sprinkled with fish, fruit, vegetables and flowers stalls, plus all kinds of charming shops, boutiques, bistros and restaurants, divine churces and distinguished art galleries.
What is downright gratifying, is that you can walk in Nice and at the same time you can see lots of very beautiful places, and this without colossal budgets.
I think a visit to the marvelous Hotel Negresco is a must-do. Hotel Negresco is faimous worldwide, the artwork of Henri Negresco, born in Bucharest, Roumania. Now, the Hotel Negresco is the symbol of Nice and the place where you will enjoy the outrageous Baccarat chandelier with 16, 309 crystals). Then, another must-do is climbing up high ... up to the Chateau Colline, where all Nice is seen more romantic than ever.
From Nice, you can visit other beautiful resorts such as Eze, Antibes, Menton, Monaco or Monte Carlo. For example, a trip from Nice to Monaco is 1.50 Euros if you choose the bus, and if you choose the fastest way, by train, you will pay around 3 Euros. Enjoy your journey!