Our guide to the top ten things to do while in Nice will help you organise and orientate yourself on France’s dazzling Cote D-Azur.
1. Scuba Diving
Explore the underwater world of the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and enjoy the spectacular sights of the Marine life off the Nice coast. The Villa Saint Exupery hostel organizes trips twice a day! Contact the hostel for more info.
Have great day out sailing on the French Riviera! Enjoy cruising around exclusive bays, sight seeing, snorkelling and swimming. Sun bath on the deck and take a picnic to eat on board. Then be back in time for dinner and drinks in the Nice old town! Sailing trips organised by the Villa Saint Exupery hostel. Contact the hostel reception for more info.
3. Cap d’Ail – Plage Mala Beach
A short 10 minute train ride takes you to our favourite beach. Spend the afternoon on one of the most beautiful beaches on the coast. Set in a cove with cliffs above it and a little bar on the beach – pure heaven!
4. Daytrip to Monaco Monte Carlo
Monaco is just 30 minutes away from Nice and only 1.50 euro bus ride from Nice. Experience the millionaire life style in the world famous Monte Carlo Casino, see the super yachts, visit the Princes Palace and the Oceanographic Museum.
5. Day trip to Cannes & the Lerins Islands
Just 30 minutes away from Nice by train, Cannes has 7 miles of beautiful sandy beaches, many designer boutiques and the famous Film Festival Center. Take a boat out to the islands & explore the deserted bays & pristine beaches. Boats leave every 30 minutes from the old port. For further details see the website: http://www.trans-cote-azur.com/
6. Daytrip to Antibes
A lovely Medieval town 20 minutes by train from Nice where Pablo Picasso lived for a short time.. See the Picasso museum, ancient sea walls, the Marché Provençal and great sandy beaches.
7. Daytrip to Villefranche
Just 10 minutes from Nice, Villefranche is a stunning former Italian fishing village with a great beach (half sand, half pebbles) set in a bay surrounded by fishing and sailing boats. You’ll get all the info on how to get there from the knowledgeable staff at the Villa Saint Exupery Beach hostel.
8. Day trip to Eze Village
A spectacular medieval village on the hill halfway to Monaco (20minutes from Nice) with a panoramic view of the coast. Not to be missed!
Get the adrenalin pumping with a day canyoning in the montains behind the city of Nice. Trek down beautiful fresh mountain rivers, abseiling waterfalls and jump off cliffs into pristine fresh mountain water pools!
10. Get the Riviera City Pass
This pass is available in one, two or three days and gives access to the payed sites and attractions in Nice and the surrounding areas. It’s a great way to maximise your visit and save some money in the process.