Promenade des Anglais and La Colline du Château
West of the old town, Promenade des Anglais runs along the beautiful pebble beach and offers an amazing view of the Mediterranean Sea. Named after the early aristocratic English visitors who came to Nice in the 18th Century, this is a charming throwback to an age of perambulating for the sake of perambulating.
A short walk up the Colline du Château (Castle Hill) brings you to the most amazing view over La Baie des Anges, in a spot where you can listen to a saxophonist playing some famous French songs. Just perfect.
Once upon a time, the town of Cemenelum rivalled Nice. In the millennia since the end of the Roman Empire, Cemenelum has become Cimiez and a district of the city of Nice, but there is still plenty in the area that points to an ancient past. The Roman ruins include an amphitheatre, thermal baths and an arena. The nearby Cimiez Monastery is famous for its garden, which offers an excellent view of the city and the Mediterranean – the perfect place to enjoy a moment in the shade. Also nearby is the Matisse museum, which is dedicated to an artist who loved the region and its legendary light.
Take a trip to Monaco
Playground of the rich and famous; oligarchs, racing drivers and fictional spies, Monte Carlo is like nowhere else on Earth. The casino is legendary, and will gladly take your money… if you win, you can go and splurge at the new luxury shopping centre. Don’t miss out on the cultural attractions too: the Prince’s Palace, the Cathedral and the Oceanographic Museum are all worth a visit. Monaco is just 20km east of Nice.
Watch the sunset over the Mediterranean Sea
For the finest sunset in this part of the Mediterranean, Le Cap d’Antibes is the place to go. The breathtaking view spreads out across the sea, the snowy mountains (in winter) and les Îles de Lérins. From May to September, you can even do an evening Sunset Cruise in Cannes.
Villa Kerylos, & Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
French archaeologist Theodore Reinach and his wife Fanny Kann built Villa Kerylos to look like something from another age. And they built it on a grand scale. Inspired by Greek noble houses from the 2nd century BC, this stunning complex has marble columns, frescoes, mosaics and a master bedroom dedicated to Eros.
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild at nearby Cap Ferrat was inspired by Kerylos and is another stunning villa that is open to the public, with 9 themed gardens. Perfect Instagram territory. The fin de siècle idle rich certainly knew how to have a good time.