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You can easily holiday in Nice France for a week or more and not get bored, with the beautiful blue sea, plentiful French cuisine and stunning architecture. But it is possible to have a quick mini-break and sample what Nice has to offer in just 48-hours. Jet off for the weekend in true Richard Ayoade (Travel Man) style and enjoy a fun-packed trip with friends or family and spend a fabulous 2 days in Nice.
There are lots of wonderful things to do in Nice, but there are some absolute essentials. You’ll probably want to see some art, the Roman remains, and have the obligatory “Salade Niçoise”. 48-hours doesn’t give you much time to sunbathe on the beach (and we wouldn’t recommend this in winter!) but you can take a slow walk along the Promenade des Anglais and take in those stunning blue sea views, or have a cocktail or bottle of French wine at La Terrasse at Le Méridien, one of the highest roof terraces on the Promenade des Anglais, with beautiful sea views. Le Méridien Nice, has an outdoor pool, a Jacuzzi and a private beach, as well as views of Jardin Albert I. It is conveniently located in the city centre. It also has a Turkish steam bath, a beauty centre and a sauna, a gym and a swimming pool.
Staying in Nice
There are lots of other lovely properties to stay at whilst you’re in Nice. Palais Saleya is an 18th-century townhouse in the heart of Nice Old Town. The hotel has 26 well-appointed rooms, and guests can unwind at the on-site bar. Or stay at the Boscolo Exedra, with its indoor swimming pool, spa and fitness centre and a rooftop pool with great views. It also features both a restaurant and a bar where guests can relax at the end of the day. Don’t forget you can browse hotels for every budget right here at Made4Travel.
Day one, AM
Enjoy a relaxing breakfast at Port Lympia (old port), then have a walk around Old Town before heading to the flower market for lunch. Lunch is a big thing in France, so opt for a coffee and croissant at a café for breakfast, so you can save room for later. Enjoy the view of the boats; there’s been a port here since 1745. Then wander around the streets and little alleys of Old Town. There are lots of lovely antique shops in the area, so you’re sure to find a little gem to take home as a souvenir. Next, head to the flower market on Cours Saleya (“marché aux fleurs”), which has been trading in Nice since 1897, and pick up some local fresh fruit and goodies to snack on throughout the day. Then, stop by Le Safari for lunch, with it varied menu of authentic Niçois specialties.
Day one, PM
Time to take in some history and art. Start with the Chagall Museum on the Boulevard de Cimiez, where you can see his interpretations of the bible and his amazing stained glass. Marvel, as Picasso once did, on how Chagall understands the use of colour in his work. Follow the boulevard up through the smart residential neighbourhood of Cimiez, admiring the “Belle Epoque” architecture from the period preceding World War I. It was here that the grand hotels were built to accommodate English winter residents, at the turn of the 20th century. It’s where Matisse took up residence in a villa, now the Musée Matisse. And don’t forget to pop round the corner and check out the Roman remains of Cemenelum, which date back to the 1st Century AD. If you’re celebrating something special, make sure you visit the most indulgent restaurant of all, in one of the best known hotels, The Negresco. Their two star Michelin restaurant, Le Chantecler, is very impressive and has a whopping 15,000 bottles of wine in its celler. A perfect hotel for your 48-hours in Nice. Or have a cocktail at the bar and dine at 3e, at the Hyatt Regency hotel (just a 5 minute walk down the Promenade des Anglais). Both will give you a stunning view from high up on the Promenade. Then, head to one of the jazz clubs like Shapko or B Spot to finish off your evening.
Day two, AM
Start your morning with breakfast in Place Masséna, in the heart of Nice’s New Town. Then have a gentle walk around the Gardens of Albert 1sr (Jardin Albert 1er) and the Coulée Verte, before heading to the MAMAC (Nice’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art). For lunch, the impressive Boulevard Victor Hugo is full of upmarket bistros, and a great place to get your compulsory Salade Niçoise.
Day two, PM
Walk back along to Old Town and head up to Castle Hill, the highest point in Nice, and a must-see when visiting the city. There’s a lift, but it’s well worth taking the stairs as there’s plenty to see on your way up. Take in the stunning views and take some photos by the waterfall, before walking back down into New Town and checking out a couple more museums. Your 48-hours wouldn’t be complete without some time at the beach. Grab that ice-cold beer or evening cocktail and watch the sun go down, whist reminiscing about your wonderful weekend in Nice. Also have a look at City Breaks in Europe – 5 Destinations for Couples.
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