I am amusing myself while my husband is at a conference July 1 to 5. We are staying at the mercure hotel near Promenade das Anglais. Housing provided, so no choice there. I'm not much of a sunbather, but I like the idea of at least swimming in the ocean, perhaps daily, weather allowing. Is this just not done at the main beach in Nice?
Also, I am aware that the time trials are on the second. Worth attending? Worth avoiding? Advice?
I've reviewed the ratings on activities. I'm quite active and plan to do lots of walking, seeing architecture, parks, etc. but I'd love to get ideas for quick places nearby for markets, local places to get good food for eating as I go. The proprietors would need to be tolerant of rotten French.
I was not necessarily planning to go further afield than Nice, but I am willing to consider strong opinions.
In terms of "being fairly active", I backpacked from Land's End to The Scottish boarder last summer. I'm not quite that fit this summer, but pretty outdoorsy nevertheless.
Thanks in advance.