The best day trips from Nice

There’s plenty to keep everyone occupied in Nice, from its museums and art galleries to its restaurants, strolls along the Promenade des Anglais, walking tours and much more.

But for those with Nice apartments and vacation rentals, there’s also plenty to do just outside of the capital of the Côte d’Azur.  Numerous beautiful, historic and other attractions are all within easy reach of the city.

If you’re looking for new experiences just a short drive from the holiday apartments in Nice, here are our five top picks.

1. Eze

Just 12.5km from Nice is the mountaintop village of Eze, reached by a truly stunning clifftop road. It’s a beautiful medieval village with equally beautiful views, plenty of galleries and boutiques for shoppers and impressive botanical gardens for fans of nature.

2. Saint-Paul de Vence

A 30-minute drive to the west of Nice will take you to one of the French Riviera’s oldest medieval towns, Saint-Paul de Vence. This walled town is the perfect place for a picturesque stroll. It offers plenty to enthral history buffs: the 14th-century Collegiate Church, a 12th-century keep, the 15th-century Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs and more.

3. Grasse

Keep driving beyond Saint-Paul de Vence and you’ll reach Grasse, famed for its perfume making tradition. It’s a town where over two-thirds of French-made perfumes are blended. You can enjoy a tour of one of the local perfumeries, as well as taking a wander through the quaint old town.

4. Villefranche-sur-Mer

Just an 8km drive from central Nice, the coastal town of Villefranche-sur-Mer is one of the deepest Mediterranean harbours. So, you’re sure to see plenty of large ships and yachts. It’s a great place for sailing, deep sea diving and other water sports, while the beautiful pebble beach and stunning Italianate architecture attract others.

5. Monaco

The principality of Monaco is just 21km from Nice, it’s a place that epitomises luxury. Casinos, expensive yachts, exclusive boutiques and more all jostle for space with more down-to-earth tourist attractions. Be sure to visit its various spectacular gardens, the museum dedicated to HSH The Prince of Monaco’s vintage car collection, the Royal Palace and the stunning St. Nicholas Cathedral.

Feeling the urge to visit some of these beautiful day trip locations? With Harrison Brook Property, you can find the perfect holiday home base from which to explore the stunning Côte d’Azur – get in touch to find out how we can help.