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URGENT - Nice worth going to?
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Hi,

So I’ve heard a lot of things about Nice and I can probably spend 3 days there (extra days to spare). Is it worth me going?

The only other beach towns I’m visiting are Athens (Mykonos/Santorini) and Barcelona for the last week of my trip.

I’m currently in Florence and wondering if I should go Florence -> Nice -> Venice before continuing my big cities going north. A little beach break if you will in the middle of my 5 week trip before I continue hitting up large cities and then Athens/Barcelona at the end.

Or, I can also go Florence -> Venice and continue on and then at end of trip fly from Athens to Nice, then train from Nice to Barcelona. That one is more along the way but means I hit 3 straight beach towns at end of trip and none now.

Thoughts anyone? Go now? Later? Skip it? Smile

I can always not go to Berlin, Amsterdam, and/or Brugge since I’m not high on any of the 3 if timing gets tight. Is Nice worth going over one of these?

(Note that the 2 days in Munich, Florence, Rome and 1 in Prague have been more than enough and I’m guessing that I’ll likely burn right through Amsterdam and Berlin in likewise fashion in 1 day or so. Hit enough big towns and unless they’re distinct, I fly right through or skip churches and museums that aren’t world renowned.)

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It depends what you like, but Nice (and its environs) has a lot going for it.
It can be touristy, but still rewarding.

Old Town (Vieux Nice)
Promenade des Anglais
Russian Cathedral
The Chagall Museum
Matisse Museum
And more—and there is plenty of café life, nightlife.

We tend to recommend that travelers visit Nice, but stay in Antibes, Vence, or somewhere in the Corniches, such as Villefranche-sur-Mer. Trundling along the coast from, say, Collioure to Villefranche-sur-Mer would not be a bad 2-4 days.

OTOH, I am not sure I would skip Berlin or Amsterdam, if that is the situation.

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WHEN? Nice is warmer than Paris or London in the winter, but it’s not “beach weather” there from October through April. While I love the things Cil mentioned and also recommend getting to some of the mountain villages “above” the Riviera in Alpes Maritime and Provence, most people hit Nice for the beach….

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hmm…Nice is just okay. If you have hundreds for hotels and fine dining it may be worth it, but I find it a bit too touristy for my tastes (Cannes too). Beaches suck (very rocky) and any sand beaches are private meaning you have to pay a fee, rent a chair, etc. Maybe be worth an afternoon or a day max.

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”

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So who owns the private beaches? Hotels? So stay at one of those?

Or just rent a chair?

What about places up and down like St Tropez? Better than Nice and worth day trip?

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Beach at Nice is smooth rocks.
Beach at Cannes is sand.
Beach at Ville Franche sur Mer is coarse sand (and the train station is virtually on the beach).

There are numerous free public beaches available all along the Riviera if you look around. There are also private beaches where you can rent a chair and use the changing rooms for a modest fee as well as private beaches controlled by hotels and other expensive options.

All of the Riviera cities are connected by trains — local trains run every few minutes. Find a relatively cheap place to stay and use that as your base for day trips anywhere.

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Hi everyone,

Thanks a lot for all of your quick help! Smile

So I did take the train to Nice and I“m there now. I even went to Monaco tonight and went to the Monte Carlo.

The question is, what do I do with my day tomorrow? Beach at Nice or beach at Cannes? St. Tropez seems to be more trouble than its worth for a day trip.

Also, since I’m traveling alone, is there somewhere with lockers at these beaches so that I can drop off my wallet, phone, camera before going in the water?

Thanks!

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Well, I guess it’s too late to recommend the sandy beach at Antibes.