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Day trips from Nice

This will be our first visit to South of France. We have 4.5 days in Nice and are debating on which towns to visit. We'd like to see small french villages, nice scenery, beaches, and some shops. We here that Monaco / Monte Carlo is very small and full of yachts, harbors and fancy casinos and cars. We are more into seeing colorful french villages and rustic provence and beaches. We'll be in Paris for 5 days and St. Tropez 2.5 days before hand. Which do you recommend?

Cannes is on our list and these are maybes...



• Villefranche sur mer

• Monaco

• Monte Carlo

• Maybe Grasse? (Would like to see perfume making and florals, maybe lavender fields...)

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If you would like to see some quieter places you might consider adding Peille and Peillon. No need to go to Grasse to see perfume as Fragonard have guided tours at their factory in Eze. Monaco is quite similar to downtown LA.

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Do you want to see yachts, fancy casinos, expensive cars and harbors? Yes, then go to Monaco, which is quite small and consequently Monte Carlo which is a part of Monaco, but not it's entirety, is even smaller. With all respect to LondonBob, I don't think that Monaco is quite similar to Los Angeles. But, I don't really like either place. That being said, I notice that a lot of Americans really want to go and see Monte Carlo -- maybe, it's the Princess Grace connection or the James Bond movie. Last year, my husband and I were in Nice for his first visit to the French Riviera and he insisted on going to Monaco by car to drive on the corniches and to see the casino. Having been to both previously, I had no desire to go to Monaco but I agreed and off we went. The scenery on the drive is fantastic but afterwards, he concluded that Monte Carlo is meh to him because he is not into tall buildings, the very rich and people who want to look at the very rich, work for the very rich or are trying to con/impress the very rich. But, on the other hand, it was a quick 1/2 day trip and he saw a place that he had always wanted to see. That being said, I don't think that Monaco really fits into your stated priorities of seeing rustic Provence or colorful villages but you will see some great scenery and high end shops.

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Thanks for the tips! I think we will pass on Monaco and Monte Carlo this time around.

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Villefranche is very close to Nice and quite quaint. It has excellent restaurants and views along the harbor. Bus 100 or the train are both easy.

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I hope you're scheduling at least a day to see the beautiful city of Nice!

For small villages in the area, there are Biot, St-Paul-de-Vence (very touristy, though), and Tourrettes-sur-Loup. Vence it self is well worth visiting, especially the medieval center. The small town of Valbonne is pleasant and has a fine arcaded square and an ancient church; good restaurants there and nearby.

Lavender is in bloom usually from late June through mid-August; when are you traveling?

Visiting the Fragonard perfumery in Grasse beats the place in Eze, and the International Perfume Museum is a must-see for me.

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This is a day trip we did from Nice - we got the bus to Mala (the stop after Deux Tunnels), go to the information centre in town and collect the map and info for the Coastal walk from Plage Mala to Monaco. Its the Cap D'Ail Coastal walk. My 'vague' recollection is that it took us several hours to do, but we were wandering, and stopped for coffee along the way. Its paved all the way, and the brochure from the information centre points out the history of the Villas (most have seen better days) along the way. The walk stops just before Monaco, you can walk from there up to the Palace. We did then walk around the harbour to the Casino, it's quite a bit of walking in a day---but we are past 'middle' age! From Monaco we got the bus to Eze Village (highly recommend paying the money and going to the top of the Cactus Gardens - beautiful views), then bus back to Nice.

A great way to see Villefranche-sur-mer and Cap Ferrat is to also walk, get the Bus from Nice to Villefranche, there you can have coffee or a reasonable breakfast in one of the lovely seaside cafes, then take the Maurice Rouvier paved walk around the Cap to St Jean (LondonBob has excellent instructions on how to get to this walk) - this walk takes you past opulent Villas and mansions with beautiful views.

From St Jean you can walk further around the Cap, head up to Villa Rothschild gardens, or just walk back the other side of the Peninsula to Villefranche tracing the coast.

All good providing you have time.

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Just returned from visiting all those towns on your list except Antibe. All will provide good scenery, narrow medieval streets and buildings and wonderful scenic beaches. All are reached easily, safely and cheaply by train from Nice with trains running frequently all day long. You can see by online maps that the train stations for these town are right on the sea in most cases and very near the sights you want to see. They are all a sure thing. The girls loved making perfume in Grasse but make a reservation as early as possible as the classes fill up fast. Take train to Grasse then shuttle bus up the mountain to the village. Three perfumeries do the custom perfume workshops so find one with an opening. Hope this helps.

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Thanks for this information - very helpful

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I don't know which direction you want to go but we just love Menton.

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