A beach parasol and beach cushions/mat are provided for your use in the lounge cupboard. Beach shoes are a helpful addition if you are swimming in the sea, as the pebbles can be hard on your feet, these are sold in many shops. Castel Plage (our nearest private beach) and Beau Rivage (opp Cours Saleya) are the two private beaches we would particularly recommend – offering sunbeds/Wi-Fi/changing rooms/showers/hessian carpets to beach and bar/food service to your sunbed etc . They do deals for half day usage.
If you want to explore other beaches there are some lovely ones to visit:
Get the train to Roquebrun St Martin (dir Ventimiglia), follow sign to La Buse Beach from station/steps down)
Villefranche main beach (best to go by train as beach is just under train stop)Plage d’afrique Beaulieu
A ferry service is available from Nice Port to a number of destinations including:
St Tropez; La Corniche d’Or (between Cannes/St Raphael); San Remo (Italy); Various ports in Corsica. We can particularly recommend the 1 hour boat trip around Villefranche bay which leaves from the Cote d’Azur office at Nice Port and also the Lerin Island /Corniche trip which leaves at 9am and returns at 7pm. The islands are unspoilt, wildlife spots with nice swim and picnic spots, but take your beach shoes as there are pebbles.
If you want to hire your own boat there are a lot of options; We hired a boat and skipper through Dark Pelican Boat Rental in Villefranche. Reservations [email protected] or Tel +33 (0) 4 93 01 76 54. They are found down on the Port in Villefranche. You can hire a Fun Yak sitting 5 people for the day. If you have Powerboat II license you can hire larger boats without a skipper.
Nice has the most art galleries and museums outside Paris. Here are some of our favourites:
Fondation Maeght – St Paul de Vence
Catch the bus from just under the Meridian Hotel to St Paul de Vence. The Fondation Maeght art gallery has a collection of Giocommetti, work by Braque, Chagall and Miro in interesting outside and inside settings. Open every day.
Picasso Museum, Antibes
Overlooking the sea and well worth a visit.
Chagall Museum, Nice
Our favourite art museum in Nice, beautifully laid out
Ephrussi Villa and Gardens (Rothschild villa)
Villa Kerylos, Beaulieu
Eileen Grays Modernist House, Roquebrun St Martin
Cap St Jean Ferrat
Get the 81 bus towards Menton/Porte St Jean from Nice and get off at Plage Passable – map attached of beautiful coastal walk around the Cap St Jean Ferrat. Alternatively get off at Kerylos and walk back past Beaulieu to Villefranche.
Nice Opera is within walking distance. Several of the cinemas in Nice show the latest releases of films in English Language (look for VO version). There are many nightclubs in Nice within walking distance of the flat, also a large casino on the Promenade des Anglais and several bars offering live music as well as the street performers you will hear performing nightly below the flat!Next section: Eating Out