From Nice and our aparthotel,
the must-visits of the Côte d’Azur
There’s such a wide range of things to see and do in Nice. You’re at the very heart of the city, which itself is the very heart of the Côte d’Azur. First, there’s Avenue Jean Médecin, the major tree-lined shopping street that heads straight towards the sea and the Jardin Albert I. Then there are the beaches straddling the Baie des Anges, including Centenaire, Galet, Beau-Rivage, Opéra, Ponchettes and Castel. Then a bit further eastward, discover the colourful façades of the winding streets of Old Nice, all at the foot of the castle. Then on the right, head towards the Promenade des Anglais, which has never lost any of its lustre. The Belle Époque architecture and the local history collections at the Musée Masséna remain the Promenade’s main attractions, as well as being a hot spot for running and roller-skating.
Then from the nearby station (15 minutes on foot), you can take the train to Cannes and Monaco (respectively 33 minutes and 20 minutes away, approximately). From a modest fishing village to a world-renowned seaside resort and cultural hotspot thanks to its legendary film festival, Cannes has a unique history for you to discover. From the beaches and nearby islands to shopping and the many party, authentic and cultural offerings, come and live the Cannes experience. Plus don’t forget to visit the hilltop villages in the nearby back country.
In Monaco, visit the Jardin Animalier, the small country’s very own zoo built on the southern side of the Rock of Monaco. Founded in 1954 by His Serene Highness Prince Rainier III, it houses around 250 different animals from 50 different species, who live “in truly remarkable levels of comfort”. Its casino, an 1863 work of Charles Garnier of Paris Opera fame, has always been a central hub for games. Here you can discover murals in the style of Rococo painter Boucher, bas-reliefs, sculptures, caryatids and a breathtaking atrium made of marble and gold.