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There is so much to see, smell, taste, and explore on the French Riviera that trying to limit yourself to three days, is a really difficult task. However if you only had three days to commit to this beautiful part of the world, then you couldn’t go too wrong with the following suggestions. One of the great things about booking a holiday apartment or villa with Sunlight Properties is that most of our properties are ideally placed close to transport links making it a cinch for you to get out and explore this stunning region. To view our gorgeous collection of holiday homes to let, click here.
Lose yourself in the labyrinthine streets of the Old Town of Nice. Be sure to take in the beauty of Place Garibaldi at the Northern end, then zig zag your way along rue Pairolière to the animated Cours Saleya market. Sit down dunk your croissant in your café crème and watch the spectacle unfold. Trot up the ‘Parc du Château’ hill adjacent to Vieux Nice (Old Town) and breath in the fresh air and spectacular views over Nice and the Côte d’Azur. Meander around to the Port and onto the Sentier Littoral walkway that follows the craggy coastline of Cap de Nice.
Admire the exquisite villas that dot the lush hillside. On your return choose from one of the many portside restaurants for a well earned lunch and pastis. After lunch a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais is obligatory, or if you prefer, whip off your gear and catch some rays on the beach. In the evening be sure to stroll around Place Massena and its colourful illuminated artworks. Surround yourself in Baroque beauty at the Opera House, or visit a wine bar and relax with cool jazz and a chilled rosé. To view our holiday apartments to let in Nice, click here.
Thanks to the numerous artists that have called the French Riviera home at some point in their lives throughout the 20th century, Nice has an incredible array of museums – most of which are free! You can wander through the avant-garde pieces displayed at the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain or view the likes of Dufy, Sisley, and Monet at the Musée des Beaux-Arts housed in a villa built for a Ukrainian princess.
The Marc Chagall Museum has the largest collection of Chagall works in the world and the nearby Musée Matisse shows Henri Matisse’s earliest and final works, and everything in between. Within the same area are Roman ruins and a Franciscan abbey with a beautiful garden attached. Just down the road in Antibes (15 minutes by train, or 25 minutes from Nice on Bus 200) is the fabulous Picasso Museum, which is contained in a romantic castle beside the sea. To view our holiday villas to rent in Antibes and the surrounding area, click here.
Take a day trip via train (or Bus 100 from Nice) to the tiny principality of Monaco and ogle at the glamour and glitz of casinos, Bentleys, and super yachts. Be sure to visit the Old Town that sits on the rocky promontory and is also the site of the Palace, the Oceanographic Museum made famous by Jacques Cousteau, and the Cathedral where Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier lie entombed.
On the way back you could stop at Eze, the perfectly preserved medieval village that appears to have grown out of the rock. Alternatively you could: pretend you’re a movie star in Cannes; visit one of the beautiful islands that are a short boat ride off the coast; visit the markets in the Italian town of Ventimiglia; watch alchemists at work creating the world’s most famous scents in Grasse ; . . . To book one of the Sunlight Properties holiday rental villas in Cap d’Ail , Eze , Cannes, Menton or Grasse click here.