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Three ways to avoid the crowds and live like a local in Nice

Hiring holiday apartments in Nice is the smart way to live like a real Nicois. When the summer crowds get too much, why not get away from it all by exploring some of the hidden treasures of the Cote d’Azur – those spots that only a local would know about. Here’s our pick of the best ways to get off the beaten track this summer.

Follow the Cocteau trail

To get away from the tourists, why not follow the Cocteau trail? This genius of the avant-garde was a filmmaker who created the original movie Beauty and the Beast, wrote plays and poetry and designed everything from ceramics to chapels.

If you’re in Nice to get married, the salles de marriage at the town hall in Menton is absolutely unique with leopard print carpet, red velour seating and Cocteau’s sexy and exuberant murals splashed across the walls. You can visit even if you’re not getting hitched.

Then take the corniche to Villefranche-sur-Mer with its lovely tiny fishing port and 14th-century fisherman’s chapel decorated by Cocteau. Bursting with life and energy, Cocteau’s stunning murals of Mediterranean life and St. Peter the fisherman are well worth the trip.

Enjoy spectacular beauty

The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is not only a window into the way the other half live but a selection of exquisite gardens that are simply unmissable. Located at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, this sumptuous villa is also known as the villa Île-de-France because the house and gardens were modelled on the famous liner.

There are nine themed gardens to enjoy, each with its own unique personality, from the rose garden to the tranquillity of the Japanese garden. Each feels like its own hidden world, far away from the crowds. You can also eat on the terrace of the villa enjoying breathtaking views of the Mediterranean.

Embrace victory

The city of Nice was named in honour of Nike, goddess of Victory, and trophy hunters will love a hike to the Trophy of Augustus high in the hills above Monaco. Also known as the Victory Monument for the Alps, it sits at the very highest point of the Via Giulia Augusta all the better to be seen from afar.

Standing 35 metres tall, there’s a small museum and the views are just incredible – a truly extraordinary place to escape the crowds before returning to your holiday apartments in Nice for an apero and a fabulous dinner in that little place that only a local like you knows about!

If living like a local whilst enjoy the natural beauty and opulence of Nice sounds perfect for you, get in touch today. HB property has a variety of holiday rentals on the French Riviera. We will make your stay personal, easy and enjoyable.