Nice is the third stop of my one-month Famous Hostels Eurotrip!
Nice, the most colourful city of the French Riviera is a place I’ve always wanted to visit. It’s one of those holiday spots you only know from postcards (or Instagram pictures), but now I was finally able to see the colourful French houses and the amazing beaches for myself.
After catching an early Interrail train from Rome I arrived in Nice in the afternoon. It was a beautiful train journey along the stunning Italian and French coastlines and I got some amazing views from my train window. We passed small towns, big cities and even Pisa where I tried to get a view of the Leaning Tower (without success). The train crossed the border between Italy and France and drove through Monaco – I love how in Europe you can just cross borders without even noticing.
In Nice I stayed at the Villa Saint Exupery Beach Hostel, only a couple of minutes from the train station. It’s a very popular hostel with a great vibe and a bar with the cheapest prices in town. The hallways of the hostel are decorated with art prints so I immediately felt at home (I love art).
As soon as I arrived the staff took the time to give me tips where to go and what to do around the city.
I decided to immediately go for an evening stroll over the promenade and watch the sunset over the bright blue sea. After that I had a beer at the hostel bar where one of the staff members, Matt, told me about the walking tour he would host the next morning. He seemed like a really good storyteller so I was excited to take part.
So the next morning I enjoyed my breakfast in the hostel and joined the Free Walking Tour. There were a lot of other (solo) travellers joining too and everyone quickly started chatting to each other. It was one of the best walking tours I have done, as Matt told us the most amazing stories about France’s biggest-ever bank robbery at the bank right next to the hostel (no worries, this happened in 1932), let us to try the famous ice cream at Fenocchio and took us up a hill to get the best view over Nice.
It’s always fun to connect with other travellers from all over the world and explore a new city together.
During the tour I met other travellers from Ukraine, Australia, Venezuela, Ireland, Colombia, the States and so many other places. I was surprised how many of us were actually travelling alone, some on a big Eurotrip and some just for a weekend away.
This is the smallest country in the world (if you don’t include the Vatican), which I really wanted to see.
After the walking tour, I took the bus to Monaco (only 20 minutes). I got off the bus at Monte Carlo Casino and immediately noticed all the expensive cars. I honestly have never seen so many at the same time! It must be paradise for guys because so many of them were standing in front of the casino taking pictures of the guests arriving in the most beautiful cars you will ever see.
I walked around Monaco for a couple of hours and had had lunch at the seaside. The backpackers I met in the hostel already told me it’s a very expensive place so I made sure I’d already bought myself a nice baguette in Nice. However, I did have a look at some of the prices in Monaco (just because I was curious) and I can agree, 10 euros for a simple coffee is a bit pricy. Luckily, Monaco is so close to Nice that you can easily go there and back in one day (or even in a couple of hours as I did). I went back after sunset and had some drinks at the hostel bar with the new friends I made on the walking tour.
After two really fun nights and an amazing day I had say goodbye to Nice again and took a really fast train to Paris, where I am now! I will write more about the city of love soon! In the mean time make sure to follow my journey on the Famous Hostels Instagram as well!
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