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Beach in Nice & Impact of Tour de France, first week in July

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Beach in Nice & Impact of Tour de France, first week in July

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.

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1. Re: Beach in Nice & Impact of Tour de France, first week in July

Some people swim daily all year round at Nice. The only proviso in summer is to check the flags. Green is safe , red is no swimming whatsoever and orange means dangerous conditions but there is a lifeguard on duty.

Markets - Cours saleya or Liberation [beside liberation tram stop]

Lots of places for food , just wander around and try somewhere interesting

Edited: 08 June 2013, 15:17
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2. Re: Beach in Nice & Impact of Tour de France, first week in July

Measured by the number of spectators The Tour de France is the world's most popular sports event. Although I have been following it, one way or another, since 1958, IMO it is not likely to be of much interest to someone with no knowledge of cycle racing, as the main interest lies in knowing the riders and understanding what they go through in three weeks of racing.

If you like walking I would strongly suggest that you at least walk to Villefranche and perhaps beyond to Cap Ferrat. Lovely views all of the way and quite a contrast from rather hectic Nice. Again IMO Villefranche is a much nicer place than Nice for swimming.

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