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Nice is something of an anomaly among French holiday destinations. Its proximity to the millionaire’s playground of Monaco and Monte Carlo, not to mention the movie star hangout of nearby Cannes, means that people all too often shoehorn it into the same category. The wonderful thing about Nice is that, whilst it does share some of the glitz and glamour of its neighbours, there is a far more relaxed atmosphere for holidaymakers amidst astonishingly breathtaking surroundings. Aside from the self-assured beauty of the place, there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained.
As anyone with kids will attest, keeping them from growing restless on holiday can be a stressful job! While mum and dad are happy to relax for a week or two, the youngsters inevitably search for something a little more stimulating than sprawling on a sun lounger. To help ensure that you get the best of both worlds from your visit to France, we’ve put together a brief guide to some of the best attractions to keep one and all happy. And, to ensure you have the perfect base to enjoy them all from, HomeAway boasts a wide range of villas and apartments both in and around the city.
Our guide to family holidays in Nice
Family holidays in Nice: Beaches
Chances are that if you jet off to any Mediterranean hotspot, you’ll inevitably want to spend a fair amount of time on the sand. While Nice has beaches in spades – no pun intended! – be sure to pack good sandals! Aside from a few private beaches, the shores of the city consist almost entirely of rough, pebbled surfaces. Don’t let this put you off, though; the blissful blue sea more than makes up for it, and is perfect for enjoying a swim. If you do want to bask in the sand, you can pay a little extra for access to the private beaches. Lido and Beau Rivage are popular haunts not only for their scenery, but for the quality of restaurants and bars within their limits.
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Family holidays in Nice: Cimiez
This fascinating neighbourhood is not to be missed, particularly by those who love to indulge in a spot of culture. Although it is largely a residential area, it houses a superb collection of Roman ruins. You can wander around the amphitheatre and arena, as well as taking in the magnificent Franciscan Monastery. The Hotel Regina is a popular feature of the area, not least due to the fact that Queen Victoria once spent a night there during her time on the throne. Art lovers, meanwhile, should take the opportunity to spend some time in the Matisse Museum, dedicated entirely to the works of famed painter Henri Matisse.
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Family holidays in Nice: Promenade des Anglais
Nice’s very own answer to Venice Beach, the Promenade, as it is most commonly referred to, is the most vibrant and lively area of the entire city. This is a focal hub for activities such as rollerblading, skateboarding and jogging, with onlookers lapping up the majestic 7km stretch of shoreline along the Bay of Angels. Children and adults alike can’t help but feel swept up in the mania of it all, and the youngsters will enjoy spending time in the playground at the end of the line. If you don’t feel like walking, the whole family can hire segways to see the stylish street in a befittingly outlandish manner.
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Family holidays in Nice: Old Town
Countless Mediterranean domains have an old town of some description, but nowhere manages to blend traditional sensibilities with the hustle and bustle of the tourist core quite like Nice. The winding streets are home to swathes of quaint, charming examples of artisan architecture, and lined with cafés and markets at every turn. The curious selection of flavours at the ice cream parlour in Place Rossetti is sure to go down a treat, while the whole family can appreciate the stunning Cathedrale Sainte Reparate in the same square. If you can withstand the strong scent, the fish market in Place Saint François is also worth a visit!
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Family holidays in Nice: The Port
With such beautiful surroundings on the French Riviera, you may find yourself yearning to take to the seas for a closer inspection. If this is the case, the picturesque harbour is the place to be, with a range of boat cruises available. A ride on an exclusive yacht is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see how the other half live, with many of the gigantic vessels docked at the port belonging to the elite rich and famous of the region. There are a pleasing number of cafés and bars scattered along the dock, where you can while away the hours watching the comings and goings until the bewitching sunset.
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Self Catering Apartments and Villas in Nice
Ideally located, central, 5 min to the old town, in the heart of Nice, high power internet conection, very confortable ( good mastress, nice decoration, double glazed windows, TV in each bedroom, fully equiped independant kitchen etc..)
Situated directly on the fabulous Promenade Des Anglais just 2 minutes walk from the famous Negresco Hotel, a more perfect location is not possible. Ten minutes walk to shopping district, Old town and markets. Great supermarket in next street, res...
Our cosy, quiet apartment is situated on the 4th floor (without elevator) of a XVIII century Nicois building in the very heart of the old town. Everything is completely new and nicely furnished ... perfect for a couple or a family of 3 or 4 person...
This cosy, quiet, very sunny flat is located in a typical Niçois building in the very heart of the Old Town. You will love the romantic view over the rooftops of Old Nice and the Castle Hill, the spacious, well-lit living room and modern, fully fi...
Fabulous apartment with views over the roofs of old Nice to the sea. 100m from the markets of Cour Saleya and the beach with its abundance of cafés and restaurants this is a location that is hard to beat.
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