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coming to Nice for 5 days

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coming to Nice for 5 days

We are a family of four (kids 5 & 8) and we have plans to come to Nice in the upcoming holiday weeks. Everyone seems very helpful on this forum so I thought I'd ask a couple questions.

The flights and car are booked for the 5 days. I am finding a decent amount of Hotel choices on-line, but I want to try and organize the five days and not sure if I want to be in Nice the whole time or maybe do the last two days in Provence (where my wife would really like to go).

Any other thoughts on how to best spend 5 days with two kids in mind? Is that broad enough? :)

Also wouldn't mind a day trip or two. It seems like everyone likes the coast drive....north or south?

We like walking and sightseeing, but the kids wear out in about 2 hours, if we dont give them some diversions.

Anyway, any advice would be greatly appreciated.

thanks,

GringoDoug

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1. Re: coming to Nice for 5 days

when you say upcoming holiday weeks when precisely do you mean? xmas school hols?

what are you and your kids interested in seeing?

there are loads of thing to see

mountains, rivers, islands, castles, medieval villages, Roman remains , glitzy places, modern art etc etc

There is also the wolf parc at le boreon and marineland antibes/biot and parc phoenix by Nice airport

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2. Re: coming to Nice for 5 days

Hi, Yes this school holiday- the day after Christmas for 5 days.

The castles, medieval villages, Roman remains sound great!

thanks for advising!

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3. Re: coming to Nice for 5 days

In 5 days you can do a lot but there is so much to see in the area and Nice itself that you will surely want to come back.I will suggest an itinerary for one day in Nice (the Castle Hill and the Old Town) in my next reply.

I should add that for old villages, Eze-Village is a must (use bus 82 from the Gare routière). It should take a half day.

The Rock in Monaco may be nice for the other half of that day. Bus 100 or train will bring you there.

The Old Town in Menton is kinda nice too.

For kids you want to check Marineland in Antibes.

Provence is a bit far away and you need a car for that.

If it's your 1st time in Nice stick to Nice and its close surroundings.

Bring the kids to the MAMAC, Museum of Modern Art lots of colours for the to see (especially Nikki de St-Phalle's sculptures and Yves Klein's installations)

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4. Re: coming to Nice for 5 days

The Old Town and the Cours Saléya: Start from Place Masséna and walk towards the Promenade on Rue de l’Opéra. Make a left on Rue St-Francois-de-Paule, check the boutiques but don’t buy there (touristy prices way too high). Walk straight ahead to the Marché aux Fleurs (Cours Saléya). There is a market every day except Mondays. Walk to the end of the market and you get to the Chapelle du St-Suaire. Make a left on J” Gilly street . It ends on Rue de la Préfecture. Make a left there and walk until you reach Rue Ste-Réparate. Make a right and you will see the Cathedral Ste-Réparate and get on Place Rossetti. Very typical (look at the warmth of colours if you are there 1hr or 2 before sunset). A left on Rue Rossetti until you reach Rue Droite. Make a left on Rue Droite and walk to its end. Stop by Palais Lascaris (free visit) and some nice artist shops (check Christian Dury’s gallerie => he puts typical Nice things in Plexiglas frames). Rue Droite falls into Rue St-François the in Rue Pairolière. Both typical Old Nice streets with locals shops, food store, fish and meat stores, etc. Open your eyes and your ears and take a deep breath. Now you see the real thing. You get to the Place Garibaldi. Time for lunch. Help yourself, there are plenty nice spots at cheap prices.

From Place Garibaldi keep your right and stay on Rue Catherine Ségurane from where you will get a road that brings you up the Castle Hill (Colline du Chateau). Walk up to its top and have a look at the whole area (the Port, the beaches, the town). Stop by the Cemetery on your way down and wak to the Port. Look at the small fishermen boats on Quai des Deux Emmanuel. And walk back to town circling the Castle Hill by walking on the sea side to reach back Promenade des Anglais.

That one should take not far from a day long, especially if you stop often at boutiques or for an ice cream cone…

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5. Re: coming to Nice for 5 days

Combine whatever you do in Nice with a ride on the big wheel and a ride on the old fashioned carousel for the kids. There's probably also ice skating again in the Christmas market.

You can do the same in Monaco. The Christmas market there definately has ice skating and also has a big wheel, as well as a few other rides for the kids.

Quite often the little train runs during the holidays in winter - in Nice it'll get you up and down the castle hill with the kids so they don't tire too much.

If you're driving, the coast should be fine, although the road near Antibes has been closed recently due to the high seas. But make sure you check the weather reports if you decide to drive into the mountains. We had friends reporting very hazardous conditions and lots of accidents last weekend.

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6. Re: coming to Nice for 5 days

Thank you for all the great tips.

I really like architecture of historical significance. Anything Roman is also great. Are there any must sees that you can recommend?

How about family friendly restaurants that we shouldn't miss?

I have decided to stay in Nice the whole time, but we do want to take the car into Provence. Can anyone recommend a destination that would include good countryside sightseeing, wine and cheese (of course)?

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7. Re: coming to Nice for 5 days

Hi GringoDoug, I like Nimes, some very nice parks, history, Roman ruins, and close by the Pont du Gard, very educational as well.Have a great time !!! Beautiful areas here.

http://www.pontdugard.fr/index.php?langue=GB

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8. Re: coming to Nice for 5 days

If you are into Roman ruins, Arles is also a place you must see, along with Nîmes.

I suggest you make your decision by getting precise itineraries on www.viamichelin.com .

Nîmes and Arles are IMO an easy 2 hrs from Nice, Avignon at least 1.5 hr and that is by highways, so we can't talk about sightseeing roads (A8 is OK by highway standards but it is not a scenic road).

Since it seems your 1st time in the area and you don't know the roads, prepare yourself accordingly. 2 hrs may not be a long ride but you have to come back to Nice for the night.

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9. Re: coming to Nice for 5 days

The ruins of the Roman settlement on the hill of Cimiez in Nice are worth a visit. It's not a huge site, but there are the remains of the baths, buildings and a street with the pavement, guttering and some doorways. There's also a small amphitheatre that they use as a stage for the annual jazz festival. You can combine with a visit to the monastery and gardens, and the Matisse museum, all on pretty much the same site, and the Chagall museum just down the hill.

Other "architecture", tho' not sure of its historical significance - the belle epoque casino, opera and hotel de Paris in Monaco. The conservatory in Beausoleil built by Gustave Eiffel (of the Eiffel tower) is open for tours by appointment only. There's the monument up at La Turbie. The perched villages are also interesting architecturally (Eze for instance). There's the Fort Carre in Antibes, tho' I'm not sure it's open in the winter. There are also forts on Mont Boron in Nice, on the Iles des Lerins (off Cannes), and in Entrevaux up in the mountains. The fort in Villefranche has a museum/art gallery in it too.

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10. Re: coming to Nice for 5 days

I think for 5 days in Nice travelling to Nimes or Arles or the Pont du Gard is too far and you'll be spending a lot of your time on the motorway. Anyway, there is so much to see and do in the immediate vicinity of Nice you'll be spoilt for choice.