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Cannes or Nice

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Cannes or Nice

Help!! I've booked four nights in Nice for late October, but now I'm having second thoughts that maybe I should switch to Cannes. (A friend told me Nice is not as pretty as Cannes.)

So which city is "better?" Yes, I know it's all relative; my husband and I like to dine out, browse the shops and prefer some type of night life to going to bed early. We want to be stay next to the water - and he wants to golf somewhere nearby.

Any advice is much appreciated.

Merci,

Marjorie

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1. Re: Cannes or Nice

Cannes is essentially a large seaside resort town with good beaches and high prices. In appearance it actually reminds me of San Diego, now that I think of it. There are many restaurants and shops, but not much more than that, in my opinion.

Nice, on the other hand, is distinctly French and a very interesting, beautiful city with much to offer. It nestles between the mountains and the Mediterranean and has a wonderful old town with good night-life options. There are quite a few excellent restaurants in all price ranges, and the major French department and other stores are well represented. The one drawback is that the beaches have pebbles instead of sand. However, the sweep of the Promenade des Anglais is a view you'll never forget.

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2. Re: Cannes or Nice

If you want a geriatric town with little to see except overpriced snobbery choose Cannes. If you like variety, museums, life in general - choose Nice.

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Bicoastal

Bonjour

Wherever you chose to stay , try to see Cannes - it is beautiful as are Antibes, Cap d'Antibes, the islands ( les Iles des Lérins ) off Cannes, Théoule, and going East of Nice there is Villefranche amongst several other lovely places.

Tradeform finds Cannes geriatric - I guess that they must go to all the discothèques that are there/here and attend the conferences, international TV and Music annual events and shows .

There are older people and snooty people everywhere but they are a minority

( and it happens to everyone to advance in years )

- Tradeform puts Deauville in the snooty category , I see...

The point is it is you who is visiting and you will be accompanied by your family /friends - ENJOY.

Alan

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I adore Cannes ~ we just got back from our annual stay there. True, there are older people who are fortunate enough to live there, but you would have to be blind and numb if you don't also see and feel the vibrancy everywhere. There is ALWAYS something going on in Cannes. In addition, the beaches are great, the shopping fabulous!

Nice too is a great city and we drive there 2-3 times each visit to have lunch or dinner, but Cannes' proximity to all kinds of museums and places of interest is so easy, golf included.

As for snobbery ..... I haven't noticed. We arrive every year on the heels of the Festival, and are treated with nothing but friendliness and kindness wherever we go. Of course, our own attitude is perhaps different from some ............

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Ask any question on the Internet and you are assured of a range of opinions from one extreme to the other. But here's mine:

I love Nice and we like to go there for a week each year. We never, ever go to the beach, though, and we go in November, decidedly not beach season. There's a tremendous range of restaurants, all the shopping you could want (we don't shop) and lots of "attractions." One thing I particularly like about much of France is that all the villages and many of the big cities are unique in their regional flavour. Nice, one of the very last places to become part of France is particularly "regional," a feature shared with most of the towns EAST of Nice, but not with the towns WEST of Nice.

As for Cannes, well we visited it once. That's enough. I doubt we'll be back anytime soon. It is just a big resort town utterly lacking in charm, IMO.

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Bicoastal

Bonjour

No-one seems to have addressed the question of golf , which you mentioned !

There are plenty of courses available around Nice and Cannes .

Since your husband loves water , you could stay at La Napoule/ Mandelieu just out of Cannes - there is an excellent hotel right on the sea there with a golf course minutes away .

The Hotel is the Hotel Sofitel Royal Casino -

the pool is right next to the sea and the views from the hotel towards the Esterel Mountains and the Iles des Lérins ( the two islands off Cannes - Sainte Marguerite and Saint Honorat - worth visiting ). The water requirement would definitely be met here.

There is a good restaurant in the hotel with a terrace near the pool as well as a brasserie style operation that flows on from the bar and onto its terrace , also adjacent to the swimming pool.

There is an excellent restaurant , amongst many restaurants , in La Napoule- Mandelieu called L'Oasis.

There is also a restaurant bang on the beach in Théoule a little further along the coast westwise ( 6 kms ).

Cannes is about 10 minutes by car from the Royal.

There are two golf courses in La Napoule - Mandelieu a 9 and an 18 hole - sorry for the long name , but the town goes under two names , one or the other<

Alan

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7. Re: Cannes or Nice

I have to agree with DesAlpes. Nice has a lot more going for it. More charm, attractions, more variety, more restaurants, more bus links to surrounding areas. And you're much better placed for exploring places to the east, eg. Villefranche, Eze, Cap Ferrat, Monaco and Menton.

Others will no doubt disagree, but we visited Cannes for the afternoon and felt we had done it justice. We far preferred Antibes.

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