Nice is also famous for it’s flavorful cuisine. Taking advantage of the Mediterranean climate the food in Nice is based on colourful vegetables and of course fish and sea food specialties.

The main local specialty is the Socca  which is a chickpea pancake served hot with salt and pepper. It sounds really basic but it is actually a really tasty snack. Local people even have it as lunch accompanied by a glass of rose. The best places in Nice to eat authentic socca are  Cours Saleya Market and local restaurant Chez Pipo in the port area.

Another specialty is the Salade nicoise and it’s sandwich version Pan Bagnat. Again a really rich dish with anchovies at the base. Lots of different places have their own version but the original has tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, local olives, anchovies and olive oil.Pan Bagnat was invented as to save day old bread of waste – the actual translation being wet bread – by filling it with the salade nicoise and adding different little bits like peppers, onions, tuna, salad etc.

The Pissaladiere is a very good apero option as it goes with pretty much any drink. It is a bread dough topped with caramelized onions, local olives and anchovies. It is sometimes shaped as a pizza but mostly found in square shape and cut in small parts to be consumed as finger food.

The nicoise are very proud about the invention of the Gnocchi – potatoes flour based pasta – and you will find them everywhere and with all possible flavours and sauces. And you are in for a treat with you try the gnocchi with another local specialty the Daube nicoise – slow cooked beef in red wine.

If you have a sweet tooth you are not out of options in Nice. There are several sweet treats specific to the area, the main one being Tourte de Blettes which ingredients can be a bit peculiar as the main one , the blette is a leafy green vegetable. But if you add apples or pears and  raisins and pine nuts you end up with a delicious rich dessert.  In the morning you can also try the fougasse aux fleurs d’orangers – the local version of an orange flower donut and you will either love it or hate it.

Whatever you choose the food in Nice will always surprise you and the local cuisine never ceases to reinvent the traditional dishes.

Nice Holiday Rental – How to have maximum impact? 

If you’re dipping your toe into the Nice holiday rental market, then you’ll want to maximise your holiday home or apartment’s booking potential by putting some thought into the way you style your property. Owners of holiday apartments in Nice often comment on the great feedback they receive when they’ve taken the time to style their property, and the repeat bookings and word of mouth recommendations they receive as a result. They say a picture speaks a thousand words, but to get those perfect photos that hook potential renters browsing the web you need to have styled your rental apartment to appeal to your chosen market.

  • Style your Nice holiday rental for your target market

Do you have a cosy studio ideal for a romantic break, or a larger apartment that’s perfect for a family holiday? The key to getting the style right is to identify your target market and develop a decor plan accordingly.

For example, if the luxury market is on your radar, then WiFi, docking stations and a home cinema system are a must, plus fluffy bathrobes, high-quality bath products and a concierge service. Try a palette of rich golds, camels and creams for a true luxe feel.

For the child-friendly market, make sure you provide baby equipment, books, games and DVDs and secure the pool. Keep the colour scheme light and neutral with low maintenance, easy-clean fabrics and wall finishes.

Take your style inspiration from your surroundings; for example, if yours is a character apartment, then blend shabby chic with modern convenience. Consider that your renters want to visit your holiday apartment to relax and recharge so keep colours and lighting schemes restful and calming.

  • Sell the complete experience

Getting the styling right is only half of the equation. You’ll need some great interior and exterior shots – consider setting up an Instagram account as part of your marketing strategy – and a full description that goes beyond simply letting renters know where to find the apartment and the amenities available.

If you’re struggling to market your apartment’s USP, then HB Property is here to help. Harrison Brook property management can make renting your holiday apartment simple and stress free. Contact us for more details.

Visit beautiful historic sites in Nice

Founded thousands of years ago, Nikaia –  Nice is one of the most beautiful and historically rich cities in the world, offering amazing historic sites in Nice. Situated on the French Riviera at the base of the Alps, the scenery is stunning and with a temperate climate and stunning beaches on the Mediterranean, it’s well worth a visit, especially for history buffs.

The Palais Lascaris is one of the most historic sites in Nice and it’s easy to see why. A Baroque palace in the beautiful historic old city, you can take a guided tour of the palace most days. The palace has many elaborately decorated rooms and also acts as a museum, holding items collected by the ruling classes in bygone years such as rare musical instruments. The palace is perfect to get lost in on a day when the weather isn’t as sunny.

For fans of ancient archaeology, visit the Grotto du Lazaret, a cave at the base of Mont Boron. 35 metres long, this cave produces wonderful archaeological finds from the Neanderthal period every time a dig is set up. Tools and household artefacts have been found and you can book a guided tour to explore these and the space.

The Opera de Nice is world famous for its wonderful tenors and sopranos, but what is now an institution started out as a small wooden shack back in 1776. Originally a playhouse, it was purchased by King Charles Felix fifty years after it was opened and converted into the wondrous space we know today. Go for a visit and take in the domed ceilings with marvellous frescos or take in some cultural by catching a ballet, Opera or choir performance.

The Old Town of Nice – Vieux Nice – is an open air museum with it’s two main baroque churches Eglise de Jesus and Cathedralle Sainte Reparate, the two italian palaces Palais Lascaris and Palais Rusca and of course the still inhabited buildings that date as far as 1547.

There are many other beautiful historical sites in Nice and it’s a great city to traverse on foot, so go and explore and see what you discover. If you already own a property in Nice and are considering renting it out as a holiday apartment, contact HB Property. We are a property management company who deal with vacation and holiday rentals and are currently looking to take on more properties to let out to tourists and travellers. Contact us today to see what we could give you for your gorgeous Nice home.

The HB Property team has enjoyed the beautiful Fete des Roses at the Ephrussi Rothschild Villa in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, here in the French Riviera. 

The amazing villa is a must do for anyone coming to visit the French Riviera. Not only for the magnificent gardens but also in order to get that insight feeling of what life must have been like for the rich and famous a century ago. The villa is a heaven for art collectors with porcelain, furniture –  a games table that once belonged to Marie Antoinette and a Louis XIV rug – and paintings by the Great Masters. 

You might find the entrance fee a bit expensive – 15 euros – but it is money well spent as the location has a lot to offer. Nowhere else on the French Riviera will you find a better place to enjoy art, architecture, nature and history all in one place.

The only downside we have found is that it is not easy accessible to people with limited mobility or pushchairs.

The English visitors might be particularly interested as the villa has an amazing tea room. The tea room’s terrace overlooks the Bay of Villefranche and offers unrestricted views of the bay. You can enjoy your high noon tea in the conservatory area overlooking the garden while also admiring the impressive porcelain collection of Baroness Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild. 

The villa is also available to rent for receptions and/or weddings so if you are looking for an original and charming location for an important event in your life this is the place to choose.

Why not visit the Rothschild Villa on your next visit to the French Riviera? Get in contact with HBProperty your perfect apartment and villa partner on the French Riviera.