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5 Nights in Nice

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5 Nights in Nice

Hi,

My girlfiend and I are planning on staying in Nice for 5 nights at the start of September.

We would like to do a couple of day trips - which out of St Tropez, Cannes, Monaco, Villefrance and Monteno would be best - we are both early twenties and enjoy nice food and drink but dont have a massive budget.

We are thinking of 100 Euro per day as our budget - will this be enough? We are going to stay in a self catering apartment so will plan on buying food and cooking dinner in the apartment a couple of nights if needed.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts, ideas and feedback.

Thanks

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1. Re: 5 Nights in Nice

Yes, € 100 for two should do, self catering and maybe once dining out.

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2. Re: 5 Nights in Nice

Agree with tplus that 100 Euros/day should be fine. It's what I usually plan and some days, I spend and more and others, I do less.

Start your stay in Nice with a Nice Greeters tour, a free service where residents will show you their city through their eyes.

http://en.nicetourisme.com/nice-greeters

This will get you oriented in the city and you can plan your stay from there. One thing I would recommend is taking the 15 bus to the Matisse Museums and following that bus route (it's downhill) to the Chagall museum, You will walk through a lovely residential area and continuing towards the coast, you can end up back in the old town. I did this on my last trip, and if you are interested, I'll try to dig up my post on how I did this.

For your day trips towards Monte Carlo, you can build a trip as described on this article. Start with Nice, select your next destination, choose your transportation and move on through the rest of your day in the same manner.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g187216-c206287/Frenc…

To visit Cannes, take the train and you may want to stop in Antibes/Juan les Pins. You could also take the 400 bus to St. Paul de Vence and Vence and maybe, get off on your way back (same bus) in Cagnes sur Mer for a train to Cannes and Antibes. You could then train it back to Nice. The 200 bus ride between Cannes and Antibes is easy and short. Come back if you want to the details.

To visit St. Tropex, a boat ride on Trans Cote d'Azur is probably the best way to get there, but know that you will be in the town and the beaches are (maybe?) 3 km away.

http://www.trans-cote-azur.com/

Hope this gets you started!

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3. Re: 5 Nights in Nice

Since you have a fairly tight budget, skip Monaco--it's very expensive, and there are more interesting places to visit. Besides Nice, head to Villefranche-sur-Mer and St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

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4. Re: 5 Nights in Nice

Entry in Monaco is free and its worth it. Way more impressive than e. g. Cap Ferrat.

Edited: 20 May 2014, 08:36
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5. Re: 5 Nights in Nice

Monaco largely consists of tower blocks. Think of a combination of Canary Warf and Brentford. People who are impressed by displays of wealth like it but most others don't. I know two people who own property in Monaco for tax avoidance purposes but they actually live in Cap Ferrat and Cap D'Antibes.

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I think Monte Carlo is worth visiting and I'm glad I've done it, but it's not always on my "go back to" list. Everyone has their own set of priorities, but don't try to head back towards Nice as rush hour approaches. I've been caught by delayed and cancelled trains, and these haven't been my favorite travel experience. It looked to me that Monaco provides the jobs (I'm thinking, in the financial industry?) and workers live in France. Rush hour into France can be brutal.

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7. Re: 5 Nights in Nice

So anyone would wonder why Monaco got 3 stars in the Michelin Green Guide, then. Its an impressive place with lots of history and no Cote d'Azur visit is complete without it.

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8. Re: 5 Nights in Nice

I think, at your age, you will really enjoy Nice; however, it is worth visiting Monaco once. Try a Friday/ Saturday night - should be lots of young people out having a good time. The last train back to Nice is quite late, with the option of the late bus even later.

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9. Re: 5 Nights in Nice

I'm on an austerity budget and don't find Monaco too expensive or more expensive than Nice! I don’t have to let my credit-card have a free-for-all to have a pleasant time there or to make me feel ‘right’ being there. The locals aren’t snobby at all. The bus both ways costs 3 euro/pp; the train 7. Walking is free and there are nice gardened spots to pass and churches. Coffee at breaks costs the same or half a euro more than cheap ones in Nice. That was a surprise. I couldn’t afford a hotel there though which does cause me stress when we just cannot miss the last bus home.

One of my favourite ‘budget’ restaurants is there. It costs no more for a cheap lunch menu there than in Nice and I found the service and cooking superior. It's popular with yuppie Moneqasques and business people who could afford to eat in very pricey places.

In the port facing the water there’s a "Casino" grocery selling a good variety of take-away dishes, as well as other places selling regular cheap pizza.

Monaco’s “Buddha Bar” according to a friend who’s been to every one in the world at least once is the best of all. It is the most majestic and in a converted historic concert hall. A cocktail there during Happy Hour costs just 2 euro more than the norm in Nice but one can't buy exotic, innovative drinks in Nice or listen to such nuanced music at any price. And the bar's classical terrace is dreamy, delicately lit at night, and in a beautiful setting.

There's an 'underground cathedral' of stalactites, etc. 60 metres down at the "Jardin Exotique" (entry 7 euro). While Monaco is small (1.5 sq. miles only!) and I could get bored there were I there for 2 days, it compensates for this by being unique, an engineering feat. However, I found its Old Town to be one big yawn despite seeing the Prince and Princess whizzing by us up there on their way home.

A few of the ‘non-mass’ clothing and footwear boutiques in Nice are also in Monaco. I find a more varied selection at their Monaco branches for the same price. Monaco can also be good for mid-market women’s clothing from Italian manufacturers. Nice can be rather ‘France-centric’ in the contemporary brands and designer brands stocked here.

Travelling isn’t about loyalty to one's primary destination nor is it about always being in the ‘best’ place as advised by others. It’s a chance to express one’s curiosity without barriers. Why not go somewhere unique if you’ve wondered what it is like and hoped to see it one day?

One of the best ways to know better where you are is to go away and return. I would not live in Monaco even if I could for free. Nice is perfect for us. Being glad to end my day in Nice seeing again WHY I love it as we walk home from Nice Gare could never be a reason to intentionally avoid Monaco.

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10. Re: 5 Nights in Nice

So what is the name of this favorite budget restaurant Sockhopper? Will be there in two weeks!