Sunday, 5 March 2017

48 hours in the South of France - Nice

Back from a great weekend in Nice


My friend and I travelled to Nice for 2 nights with Easyjet from Liverpool airport. We stayed in the Premier inn @ the airport and got the overnight stay with parking for £60.  The food was lovely and our room was very comfy.

Our flight into Nice landed early which was a bonus and our pre booked taxi was waiting to whizz us to our apartment.

We booked the transfer with http://taxiniceairport.com/ who use https://www.jamtransfer.com/ for their vehicles.  Very efficient and it took us about 15 mins to get to our apartment.  We booked them for the return journey too and he was waiting in reception for us as we checked out.  Highly recommended.

We stayed at the Goldstar resorts and suites http://www.hotel-goldstar-nice.com/en/




The apartment was lovely and spacious.  The pool was nice but we thought there would have been a hot tub. During the summer months it looks like they open the roof which would be lovely.

After checking in we popped round the corner for a coffee and a pastry to a lovely patisserie and got two coffees and two pan au chocolat for 5 euros (bargain). The pan au chocolat was the best I have ever had.



There were some lovely buildings in the area.


Then we headed down to the Promenade des Anglais which was a 10 min stroll from our apartment.


The weather was glorious so we decided to relax for a while and have a drink on a gorgeous beach bar called Sporting Plage http://www.sportingplage.fr/



Check out the reviews here https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187234-d1174349-Reviews-Sporting_Plage-Nice_French_Riviera_Cote_d_Azur_Provence.html#REVIEWS



We opted for a lovely glass of prosecco and for 7 euros per glass we thought it was good price, as the location was perfect.




The beach is all stones but it's lovely to sit back and relax and watch the world go by.




Then it was time to go and explore what Nice had to offer.  We walked along the sea shore and it was lovely.




Then we headed up onto the promenade and walked along towards the town.




We had decided to save the old town area until our second day. So we walked up to Massena square. The buildings were so pretty.




Lots of designer shops in this area too.


By this point we were starting to get a bit hungry so we had a look for somewhere for lunch.  We walked along through the fountain park just across the road from Massena square.





Then just over the other side of the park we spotted a lovely looking restaurant called Attimi with outdoor seating.

http://www.attimi.fr/ again this place has great reviews.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187234-d2222137-Reviews-Attimi-Nice_French_Riviera_Cote_d_Azur_Provence.html



We opted to share a pizza and we both got a large wine.  The bill was 21 euros which we thought was great value.  The pizza was one of the best we have ever tasted.




After lunch we decided to take a gentle stroll back thru the town and check out some of the shops and obviously some of the bars.

We walked off the main street Rue Massena at the crossroads with Rue de France and took a right and stumbled across a lovely bar / restaurant called Le Femme du Boulanger.

https://www.facebook.com/femmeduboulanger/?fref=ts

There were some lovely tables in the sunshine. The owner was a lovely lady who made us feel very welcome. We ordered two glasses of wine and they were really nice.




Check out the reviews here

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187234-d7168532-Reviews-La_Femme_du_Boulanger-Nice_French_Riviera_Cote_d_Azur_Provence.html

After our relaxing drink we decided to head back to the apartment and go and chill out by the pool and have a sauna.  Before heading back into town for a meal later on.

We stopped at a lovely bar on the way back out called B31, on the corner of Rue Dalpozo just of Rue de la Buffa. The owner was very friendly and we were served promptly.


I had read about the Cote Lounge before our trip so we decided to head there for our evening meal. 


This was a very friendly place with very welcoming staff.  Probably would advise booking in the height of summer.  



We both had a pasta dish and a big glass of wine. The food was so tasty and the service was first class.



After our meal we had a wander through the streets and back up to Massena square, before heading back towards were we were staying.  We stopped off at a Cuban bar called Havana.  This was a very popular place and again everyone was so friendly.  http://lahavanenice.com/


Day one was now drawing to close so it was off back to our apartment to recharge our batteries for round two on Saturday.

After a very stormy night we were greeted with glorious blue skies.  Once again we headed down to the Promenade to walk along to the town.


The sea was very rough.



We decided to have a walk up thru the main shopping street before heading to the old town.

The main shops are on Avenue Jean Medecin and there was some bargains to be had.  We stopped for a lovely coffee down one of the side streets and a lovely local cafe called Cafe de Max. https://www.cafedemax.com/




Always worth getting off the beaten track for a real feel of where you are staying.

Once we were all shopped out we made our way thru the old town and to the markets.  We had dodged a bit downpour while we were in the shops.

The market was lovely and the flowers smelt amazing.




While we were this end of the town we decided to walk around to the port.  It was very breezy right on the front but there were some great views. The colour of the sea was amazing.


With it been a bit out of season there wasn't much happening in the port area but we discovered a lovely pizza restaurant called Pizzatti, just in time for lunch. We again shared a fantastic pizza, had a glass of wine and a coffee each all for about 24 euros. Again this place has great reviews.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187234-d9995403-Reviews-Pizzatti_Nice-Nice_French_Riviera_Cote_d_Azur_Provence.html






After lunch we headed back to the old town. However as we made our way round the front it started to rain quite heavy, so we decided to shelter from the rain with a glass of fizz ha ha ! We jumped into the Shounga Mojito Bar.

http://shounga.bar/ 



Once the rain had stopped we walked back round to the town.  Having got a bit chilled after our walk round the old town, and we had done some shopping we headed back to the Cote lounge to warm up over "yes you have guessed it" another glass of wine.



All shopped and walked out we headed back to our apartment to freshen up for our last night.

On our way back out we popped into Cave 35 for a glass of well earned champagne to toast our fantastic weekend.  https://www.facebook.com/Lacave35nice/



Then for our evening meal we headed back to Le Femme du Boulanger.  It was pretty full but the lovely lady owner found us a nice cosy table.  We both had steak and potatoes and it was really nice.



After our meal we headed back to the Cuban bar for our last drink before going back to our apartment to relax ahead of our early taxi pick up in the morning.

Nice was amazing and we loved every minute.







This best of Nice blog ahead of our trip had some very useful tips etc on places to go etc

http://www.bestofniceblog.com/

Until the next time xx































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