Hey, everyone! Welcome to Nice, France. I’m thrilled to take you on a tour of this beautiful city, which is our first visit here. I just can’t get enough of this place! Today, we’ll explore some of the best things to do in Nice, starting with Old Town and the famous Cours Saleya Flower Market. Plus, I’ll share some tips on how to make the most of your visit. So, let’s dive into the charm of Nice!
Cours Saleya Flower Market: A Blooming Delight
Our journey begins at the Cours Saleya Flower Market. Established in 1897, this market has a rich history. It used to be a wholesale flower market, but now it’s open to the public. You can find it bustling with life from Tuesday to Sunday, starting at around 8 AM.
Tip: For a unique souvenir, grab a watercolor postcard, or explore the array of spices available.
Old Town: Wandering Through History
After the market, wander through the captivating streets of Old Town. With its colorful buildings, charming alleys, and historic architecture, it’s a photographer’s paradise. Don’t forget to check out the Nice Cathedral on your way.
Lunch at Chez Theresa: Soca and More
Feeling hungry? Stop by Chez Theresa, a local gem famous for its Soca – a delightful chickpea pancake. You can also savor a variety of other Mediterranean treats. Plus, it’s budget-friendly, making it a perfect stop for lunch or a snack.
Beach Time at Plage de Castel
Now that we’re reenergized, head to Plage de Castel, Nice’s main beach. Keep in mind that the beaches here are rocky, so be sure to wear water shoes. The water may be a bit chilly, but it’s refreshing, especially on a hot day.
Tip: If you prefer a more comfortable beach experience, consider renting a lounge chair and umbrella from one of the beach clubs.
Colline du Chateau: The Castle Hill Experience
Next, embark on an adventure to Colline du Chateau, or Castle Hill. This historic site offers stunning panoramic views of Nice and the Mediterranean Sea. And here’s a secret: you can take a free elevator to the top! It operates daily until 5:25 PM and is a fantastic way to save energy for exploring the hill.
Tip: Visit the waterfall, museums, and cemetery while enjoying the breathtaking views.
Dinner at Ilia Pasta: Delicious Italian Flavors
Wrap up your day with a scrumptious Italian meal at Ilia Pasta. Whether you choose carbonara or pesto, you’re in for a treat. Prices are reasonable, and it’s a great way to end your day of exploration.
That concludes our exciting day in Nice, France! We’ve covered the vibrant Cours Saleya Flower Market, explored the charming Old Town, enjoyed a local delicacy at Chez Theresa, soaked up the sun at Plage de Castel, marveled at the views from Colline du Chateau, and savored Italian flavors at Ilia Pasta.
As we explore the other half of Nice and a nearby town that’s simply breathtaking. And if you’re planning your trip to Nice, be sure to check out flights to Salt Lake City for a convenient and memorable journey. See you tomorrow for more Southern France adventures!