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Nice in Côte d’Azur

Nice Côte d'Azur

Nice Côte d’Azur

To be completely candid, I never anticipated going on a trip to France this August. The invitation for a personalized press trip to Nice Cote d’Azur from Atout France caught me off guard. Although I’ve visited France on numerous occasions, I’ve never had the chance to explore the beautiful French Riviera. This opportunity felt like it was time to change that.

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Nice Côte d'Azur

Nice Côte d’Azur

I flew to Nice from Vienna on a Friday evening and returned on Monday evening. I spent an amazing weekend in Nice. This amazing opportunity, to spend a wonderful weekend in the French Riviera, is possible when you book with Wizz Air. Did you know that Wizz Air is one of the most sustainable airlines in Europe and is constantly working to keep it that way? More info about it you will find here.

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Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, Beaulieu, Villefranche and Eze Village

In a whirlwind of three days, I embarked on an exhilarating journey through the picturesque landscapes of Nice and its enchanting surroundings, including Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, Beaulieu, Villefranche, and Eze Village. It’s truly astounding how much excitement and adventure one can pack into such a short time frame. By the time I returned to Vienna, my mind and heart were overflowing with unforgettable memories and joy. And today, I am thrilled to share with you my top 13 travel tips for making the most of your visit to the breathtaking Nice in Cote d’Azur. 

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Nice Côte d’Azur Best Travel Tips

Buy a French Riviera Pass.

It will save you time and money. Investing in a French Riviera Pass is undoubtedly a wise decision that can significantly enhance your travel experience. This all-in-one pass is designed to save you both time and money, making your exploration of the stunning French Riviera even more enjoyable. The French Riviera Pass is an invaluable tool for any traveler seeking to make the most of their time in this enchanting region. By providing access, discounts, and time-saving benefits, this pass ensures your trip is both seamless and memorable, leaving you with cherished memories of your French Riviera adventure.

Nice Côte d'Azur photography

First thing to do in Nice Cote d’Azur

Walk along the world-famous Promenade des Anglais to get a first impression of the city. This iconic boulevard, stretching gracefully along the sparkling azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea, is the perfect gateway to capture the essence of the city’s enchanting beauty. As you stroll leisurely along the promenade, a gentle sea breeze caresses your face, and the rhythmic sounds of waves create a soothing symphony, inviting you to unwind and immerse yourself in the relaxing atmosphere. Lined with palm trees, vibrant flowerbeds, and inviting benches, the Promenade des Anglais offers a picturesque setting that beckons you to pause, reflect, and savor the moment.  Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor, this iconic promenade promises to captivate your senses and offer you a first impression of the city that you’ll cherish forever.

Nice Côte d'Azur photography

During the next days of your stay in Nice Cote d’Azur explore the old city, downtown, the port and the hills. Allow yourself to be fully immersed in the diverse facets of Nice Cote d’Azur, each one leaving an indelible mark on your soul. From the quaint alleys of Vieux Nice to the cosmopolitan buzz of downtown and the serenity of the hills, every moment spent here promises to be an enriching and unforgettable experience.

Nice Côte d'Azur photography

How to begin your day in the French Riviera

Pay a visit to the flower and vegetable market in Cours Saleya. In the early morning, as the first rays of sunlight gently grace the streets of Nice Cote d’Azur, an enchanting experience awaits you at the Cours Saleya market. Make your way to this bustling square, alive with vibrant colors and a symphony of scents, as local vendors set up their stalls to showcase an array of fresh flowers and vegetables.

From fragrant roses to delicate lilies and cheerful sunflowers, the Cours Saleya market is a botanical paradise, a haven for both flower enthusiasts and casual visitors alike. The market’s cheerful ambiance, combined with the sight of locals selecting their favorite blossoms, offers a delightful glimpse into the heart of Nice’s community spirit.

TOP TIP: Try the local specialties such as: Pan bagnat, Pissaladière and the Fougasse.

Promenade des Anglais

Visit the Castle Hill. From here, you will be able to see Nice and its surroundings from above. This is a must!

Promenade des Anglais

Have dinner at a beach restaurant!

Nice Cote d’Azur architecture

Visit a museum in Nice. There are plenty of them, so you need to select the ones that interest you. I visited the Photography Museum which was located in the heart of the Old Town, exactly next to the flower market.

Nice Cote d’Azur architecture

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Join a guided tour. This can be a food and wine tour, a tour by bike or by boat. 

Eze Village and its exotic garden
Eze Village France exotic garden
 

Visit the Greek Villa Kerylos in Beaulieu sur Mer. 

panorama view Eze Village France exotic garden

Visit Eze Village and its garden that offers a breath-taking panorama over the French Riviera and the Mediterranean sea. 

panorama view Eze Village France exotic garden

panorama view Eze Village France exotic garden

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panorama view Eze Village France exotic garden

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panorama view Eze Village France exotic garden

panorama view Eze Village France exotic garden

panorama view Eze Village France exotic garden

Visit Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and its theme gardens. Walk down to Saint Jean Cap Ferrat afterwards, and end the day in one of the beaches.

Nice Côte d'Azur

Nice Côte d'Azur
Nice Côte d'Azur
 

Nice Côte d'Azur

Nice Côte d'Azur

Nice Côte d'Azur

Nice Côte d'Azur

Nice Côte d'Azur

Nice Côte d'Azur

Nice Côte d'Azur

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Nice Côte d'Azur

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Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
 

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Make a stop above Villefranche sur Mer to admire the panorama and take some photos. 

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

For drinks and dinner on a rooftop Bar, head to Hotel Monsigny during sunset time.

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Where to stay in Nice Côte d’Azur

The Deck Hotel is a 4-star boutique hotel located in the heart of Nice, France, known for its prime location and contemporary design. The hotel offers an excellent location, as it is within walking distance of popular attractions, restaurants, and the beach. Being centrally situated allows guests to explore Nice easily. The Deck Hotel is known for its stylish and contemporary decor, creating a comfortable and visually appealing atmosphere for guests.

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Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

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Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

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Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

*Disclaimer: Individual Press trip organized by Atout France in collaboration with Wizz Air.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. This blog post is NOT sponsored. It contains affiliate links. I get a commission if you make a purchase through the links which comes at no cost to you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for using my links. All photos are taken and edited by me.

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Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

Although I am not a huge ski fan, I wouldn’t turn down an invitation to visit the 5 star Hôtel Le Strato in Courchevel 1850. Because deep inside, I knew that this would be a dreamlike winter getaway, and that I would need a break from the busy city life. After all, Courchevel is not only for ski lovers…

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

With that in mind, I hopped on a train that December morning, from Paris en route to Gare de Chambéry. From my very first day at Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel, I could recall the warm welcome by the reception. It started with a welcome snack, which was very much needed after a 3 hour train ride. I was also given a tour of the hotel that helped me orientate myself with the premises and felt excited for what was about to happen in the next days.

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

On the first day, we visited the village and took photos in front of a huge Christmas tree, then we returned to the hotel to enjoy the heated indoor pool, followed by dinner. The next day, we ventured out to the mountains.

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel
Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel
 

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Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel
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Here are a few of my favourite moments and things

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

If only life could always be like this…unfortunately after 3 nights of staying at Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel 1850, I had to say goodbye and get back to my busy city life again.

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

I hope you enjoyed these photos and inspired you to visit this charming property at the foot of the slopes in Courchevel 1850.

Hôtel Le Strato Courchevel

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