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Excursions from Nice: the best day trips around Nice

Beautiful and timeless, caressed by white pebble beaches (Baia degli Angeli) and turquoise waters: Nice, one of the pearls of the French Riviera.
Dynamic and retro it is characterized by Belle Epoque style architecture, Romantic and elegant promenades that reach the heart of the city from the sea, between colorful markets (the very famous Marchè aux Fleurs and Place Pierre Gautier, a flower market the first, a farmer's market the second) and Art museums: unmissable those dedicated to Matisse and Chagall.

But also the surroundings of the pretty city hide beauties to be discovered and admired. Here are a few day trips to be made around Nice.



Index

  1. Menton
  2. Antibes
  3. Eze
  4. Saint Paul de Vence
  5. Roquebrune- Cap Martin
  6. Cagnes sur Mer
  7. Cannes and Santa Margherita Island
  8. La turbie
  9. Capo d'Aglio
  10. Monaco
  11. Saint Jean Cap Ferrat
  12. Saint Tropez
  13. User questions and comments

1 - Menton

The city of lemons: Menton. Not far from Nice, this splendid French town stands on a hill protected by cliffs a medieval historic center that blossoms among gardens where citrus fruits are grown (especially lemons) and greenhouses of rare plants.

Wonderful the old part of the city (where the baroque Basilica of San Michele Arcangelo stands), still today dotted with ocher-colored houses, propped up by colored shutters (as was used in ancient times to shelter from the sun's rays), which overlook the sea.
A visit to the Menton is not to be missed Cocteau Museum, dedicated to the works of Jean Cocteau himself and to a series of interesting and always different temporary exhibitions.



  • Range: 28,5 km
  • Located about 28,5 km away from Nice, Menton can be reached in just over half an hour by car and just over an hour by train or bus. We recommend a train from Nice train station (towards Menton or Ventimiglia), with a frequency of thirty minutes and fares starting from € 6,00. Alternatively, Bus 100 Lignes d'Azur, with a frequency of thirty minutes and cost of € 2,00 single ride.
  • Cocteau Museum: 10:00 - 18:00. Closed on Tuesday. Basilica of San Michele Arcengelo: 10:00 - 12: 00/15: 00 - 17:00.
  • Cocteau Museum: € 3,00 (adult); € 2,25 (students, teachers, large families and over 65s); € 1,50 (professional partners); Free (under 18). Basilica of San Michele Arcangelo: Free.
  • From Nice: 5-Hour Tour to Menton, Monaco and Monte-Carlo San Remo Italian Markets and Menton Full-Day Tour from Nice

2 - Antibes

Another little gem of the Côte d'Azur, protected by ramparts dating from the sixteenth century, Antibes is located on the road between Nice and Cannes.
Characterized by the beautiful suburb of Juan - les- Pins (where the city's nightlife mainly takes place) and from the lush Cap d'Antibes promontory, where the La Garoupe lighthouse stands out, from which it is possible to admire and photograph truly breathtaking views.

Unmissable attractions in Antibes: the Grimaldi Castle, which houses the works of the artist Pablo Picasso; the Sant Jaum bastion with the sculpture the "Nomade", created by Jaum Plensa; the Thuret park, existing since 1956 and dedicated to tropical flowers and shrubs; there Gould pine forest, where the International Jazz Festival takes place every year in July. Beautiful beaches, which paint a dream landscape, with turquoise coves and coves, among a distant scent of pine trees and silent rocks embraced by the deepest sea.



  • Range: 21,2 km
  • Antibes is just 21,2 km from Nice and can be easily reached in just over half an hour by car or public transport. We recommend the regional train, with a frequency of thirty minutes and with rates starting from € 5,00, or Eurocity, with a daily frequency and rates starting from € 12,00. Alternatively, Bus N4, 59, 70 at a cost of € 6,00 to Nice Airport, and then 250 express buses to Juan-les-pins, with fares starting from € 6,00.
  • Grimaldi Castle 10: 00-12: 00/14: 00-18: 00. Closed on Mondays. Sculpture Il Nomade: always open. Thuret Park: 8:30 am - 17:00 pm. Closed on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Grimaldi Castle: € 8,00 (adult), € 6,00 (children); Thuret Park: € 3,00
  • Tour to Cannes, Antibes and Saint-Paul de Vence from Nice The best of the French Riviera with a tour from Nice

3 - Eze

Small and charming medieval village, certainly one of the most beautiful destinations on the Côte d'Azur: Eze.
Views that take your breath away, characteristic stone alleys, between houses and walls of colored flowers, which lead to the highest part of the town: "Un balcon sur l'Azur", so called for the enchanting view (429 meters above sea level). mare), where you can admire the ruins of an ancient castle medieval surrounded by a wonderful and fragrant exotic garden, which is one of the most beautiful and famous attractions of Eze.
An elegant and refined atmosphere, an unmissable town.


  • Range: 12,6 km
  • Located just over 12,6 km from Nice, it is easily accessible by car or public transport, taking about half an hour. We recommend Bus 82 Plateau la Justice or Bus 112 Monte Carlo: both depart from the port of Nice and stop at the entrance to Eze village. Cost: € 1,50.
  • Exotic garden: 9:00 - 18:00
  • can be visited free of charge
  • Half day tour to Monaco, Monte Carlo and Eze

4 - Saint Paul de Vence

Behind Cagne sur mere, on a lonely promontory stands Saint Paul de Vence: a medieval and fascinating village, home to artists and craftsmen. Surrounded by fourteenth-century walls, this wonderful French town, not even 17 km away from Nice, embodies beauty and elegance in every corner, alley or fountain. Studded with shops with a slightly naive atmosphere, Saint Paul de Vence has been a small artistic jewel since the early 900s, when the likes of Matisse, Signac, Picasso and many others chose it as a laboratory and inspiration for their works .

Art history today told by many Art Galleries that cross it and from Maeght Foundation, a museum that since 1964 houses a truly unique collection of paintings and sculptures throughout Europe. Do not miss the Chapel of the White Penitents (entirely painted by Jean Michel Folon), the historians Doors of Vence and Nice, Up to Church Square, where you can admire a small local history museum, where the main historical events of the city are told with wax statues.


  • Range: 17,3 km
  • Located just 17,3 km from Nice, which you can travel in about thirty minutes by car, Saint Paul de Vence can nevertheless be reached by Bus 400 Lignes d'Azur, from Nice Albert 1er / Verdun to Saint Paul de Vence, starting scheduled at every hour and cost of € 2,00.
  • Fondation Maeght: 10: 00.18: 00, 10: 00-19: 00 (July and August). Closing at 16:00 on 24 and 31 December .; Chapel of the White Penitents: 10:00 12: 30/14: 00 - 18:00 (from 1 May to 30 September), 10:00 - 12: 30/14: 00 - 16:00 (from 1 October to April 30), Closed for the entire month of November, December 25 and January 1; Local History Museum: same opening hours as the Chapel.
  • Fondation Maeght: € 16,00 (adult), € 11,00 (reduced), Free (children under 10 and disabled); Cappella dei Penitenti Bianchi and Museum of Local History allow a single combined ticket: € 4,00 (adult), € 3,00 (children up to 16 years), Free (children under 6).
  • Tour to Cannes, Antibes and Saint-Paul de Vence from Nice

5 - Roquebrune- Cap Martin

A small village overlooking the wonderful sea of ​​the French Riviera, protected by a medieval tower of the tenth century.
Lush vegetation mixed with the turquoise shades of the surrounding sea paint the wonderful panorama of this small village, which extends around the Castle built by Conrad I in 970, with the aim of defending itself from the attacks of the Saracens.

The Castle today is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, together with the medieval village, characterized by arcades and stairways carved into the rock and by winding and dark streets, which create an original and almost sinister atmosphere. Certainly an essential destination.

  • Range: 25,2 km
  • Located just over 25,2 km from Nice, this small village can be easily reached in about half an hour by car or just under an hour by public transport. We recommend a train (towards Ventimiglia) with departure scheduled every thirty minutes and with fares starting from € 5,00. Alternatively, Bus 100 Lignes d'Azur with change in Monaco, and from there CarPostal France 18 or 21 to Roquebrune, combined fares from € 5,00.
  • Castle: 10:00 - 13: 00 / 14:30 - 19:00. Medieval village: always open.
  • Castle: € 8,00 (adults), € 4,00 (children and students). Medieval Village: Free.
  • French Riviera: 4-hour private cruise

6 - Cagnes sur Mer

Characterized by picturesque alleys and unique views, Cagnes sur mer is the most beautiful Provencal town where Renoir spent the last years of his life. The city is divided into several areas: Haute de Cagne, ancient and medieval; Cagne Ville, the most modern district, and Le Cros de Cagne, where the old port is located. Unmissable in the city the Renoir museum and the Chateaux Grimaldi.

  • Range: 12,7 km
  • It is just 12,7 km from Nice, which can be covered in just over twenty minutes by car or public transport. We recommend the Oui.sncf train, from Nice to Cagnes sur mer, departing every thirty minutes and fares starting from € 5,00. Alternatively, Bus 400 or 94 Lignes d'Azur from Nice Albert 1er / Verdun to Cagnes sur mer Square Bourdet, with fares starting from € 1,00.
  • Renoir Museum: 10: 00-12: 00/14: 00-17: 00. The closing day is scheduled for Tuesday. Chateaux Grimaldi: 10: 00-12: 00/14: 00-18: 00. The closing day is scheduled for Tuesday.
  • it is possible to buy a combined ticket, visiting both attractions on the same day, at a cost of € 8,00. Otherwise the rates for the single attractions include Chateaux Grimaldi: € 4,00 (adults); Free under 26; Renoir Museum: € 6,00 (adults), free under 26 years.
  • Nice to Antibes: 6-hour guided tour with E-Bike

7 - Cannes and Santa Margherita Island

Famous for the famous International Film Festival and for being a popular destination for prominent personalities, Cannes is an unmissable city near Nice. Articulated between luxury boutique: the famous ones on Boulevard de la Croisette; colorful markets: the Marché Forville has existed since 1934 and is one of the best known, e dream sea, is located just 2 km away from theIsland of Santa Margherita.

A legend tells that the man with the iron mask was a prisoner on the island and it is thought that he fled, hiding in one of the towers that have now become famous in Cannes. On the island are the Prison (Fort Royal) and the tower (Tour du masque), both of which can be visited.

  • Range: 31,2 km
  • It is 31,2 km from Nice and can be reached in about forty minutes by car and half an hour by public transport. We recommend Oui.sncf train, departing every thirty minutes and fares starting from € 6,00. Alternatively, Bus 740 or 523 Lignes d'Azur, departures every thirty minutes and fares starting from € 2,00.
  • Always visitable. Regarding the attractions, it is advisable to check directly on the official websites.
  • Ferry to the island € 15,00; Fort Royal € 6,00 (adults); Tour du masque: Free; Marché Forville: Free.
  • Return ferry from Cannes to the island of Santa Margherita

8 - La Turbie

La Turbie is a small medieval village set in the rock. Among its alleys and typically Provencal landscapes, stands the Trophy of Augustus: built 2.000 years ago, on the occasion of the victory with the rebel tribes of the Alps, it is now a museum. Do not miss the Church of Saint Michelle, in the Baroque style of the XVIII century.

  • Range: 16 km
  • Located less than 16 km from Nice, it can be reached in about 20 minutes by car and fifty by public transport. We recommend Oui.sncf train, departing every thirty minutes and fares starting from € 5,00. Alternatively, Bus 100x or 116 Lignes d'Azur, from Nice Vauban to La Turbie Mairie, departures every 4 hours and fares from € 1,00.
  • Always visitable. Trofeo d'Augusto Museum is open from 9:00 to 18:00 and is closed on Mondays.
  • Trofeo d'Augusto Museum: € 6,00; Church of Saint Michelle: Free.

9 - Capo d'Aglio

A small paradise on the French Riviera, characterized by beautiful coves with turquoise water, white beaches connected by a single path that runs along the coast, and avenues rich in Mediterranean aromatic herbs.
Among the most famous beaches of Capo d'Aglio it certainly stands out Plage Male: almost untouched and wild.

  • Range: 17,6 km
  • It is 17,6 km from Nice, which can be covered in about thirty minutes by car and just over forty by bus. We recommend Bus 52, 23 or 94 Lignes d'Azur, from Nice Airport to Cap d'Ail Bautugan Promenade a la Passarelle, with fares starting from € 6,00.
  • Always visitable.
  • French Riviera: 4-hour private cruise

10 - Munich

Tiny principality famous for the Belle Epoque style casino that animate Montecarlo, its largest district, and for the many yachts that dock daily at its port.
Characterized by wonderful gardens and cliffs overlooking the sea, it attracts for the elegance of narrow streets and royal palaces. The most important of all is "Palais Princier", which attracts thousands of tourists every day at 11:55 to watch the changing of the guard.

  • Range: 19,2 km
  • It is 19,2 km from Nice, which can be covered in just over half an hour by car or public transport. We recommend Oui.sncf train, departing every thirty minutes and fares from € 5,00. Alternatively, Bus 100 Lignes d'Azur, departing every thirty minutes and fares from € 2,00.
  • Always visitable.
  • Nice: Monaco round trip ferry Monaco: boat excursion departing from Nice Monaco and Eza: tour from Nice

11 - Saint Jean Cap Ferrat

Wonderful landscape, which shines in the sun for most of the year, Sain Jean Cap Ferrat is an old fishing village, located exactly halfway between Nice and Monaco.

Characterized by beautiful beaches, among the most famous: Crois dei Pin, Les Fossettes (from which a 200-meter long submarine path unfolds, which can be traveled with mask, fins and snorkel), Les Fosses, Paloma Beach and Passable (the latter two are private). The many villas that adorn the streets of the village are also wonderful: Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is the most famous and today belongs to the Academy of Fine Arts.

  • Range: 8,9 km
  • It is 8,9 km from Nice, which can be covered in about 25 minutes by car and just over half an hour by public transport. We recommend Bus 81 Lignes d'Azur, from Promenade des Arts to Port de Saint Jean, leaves every thirty minutes and fares from € 2,00.
  • The beaches are open approximately between 10:00 and 00:00; Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild from 10:00 to 19:00.
  • Paloma Beach: € 27,00; Passable: € 45,00; Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild: € 14,00 (adult)

12 - Saint Tropez

Slightly more distant but certainly not to be missed, Saint Tropez is a romantic and colorful village, famous for its worldly nightlife.
Among the unmissable attractions of the city there is certainly the La Ponche district: the old fishermen's quarter; L'Eglise de Saint Tropez: whose dome is visible from all over the city; the Chapelle de la Misericorde, characteristic for its polychrome dome; the Musée de l'Annonciade, which exhibits works by Signac, and the Maison des Papillons, with over 4.500 specimens of butterflies.
Unmissable beaches of Saint Tropez, among the most beautiful and famous: Plage de Tahiti, Plage de Pampelonne, Plage des Salins.

  • Range: 90,5 km
  • It is 90,5 km from Nice, which can be covered in an hour and a half by car and around three hours by public transport. We recommend Oui.sncf train to Golfe Juan Vallauris, from there ferry to Sain Tropez. Train fares from € 6,00, ferry from € 55,00.
  • Always visitable. Museums and attractions are open between 10:00 and 18:00. However, it is advisable to check on the official websites.
  • The entrance costs of the main attractions of the city are between € 4,00 and € 8,00.
  • Saint Tropez and Port Grimaud: Full-Day Tour
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