A small tourist information office is situated near the fountain at Place Massena and another on the Promenade des Anglais next to the Casino. (http://www.nice- tourism.com/en/tourist-information-offices-in-nice.html)
There is a small epicerie for essentials further up Rue Prefecture (near the Comptoir Distilleries pub) and a couple of nearby boulangeries (one on the 1st right off Place du Palais) and another behind Comptoir des Distilleries for fresh morning croissants/bread and cheap lunch sandwiches/pizzas.
From Old Nice, the closest supermarket are Monoprix at Place Garibaldi (easy by tram or walking); Carrefors Express which is larger than it looks – in Place Francois (straight down Rue Droite); or the large Monoprix half way down Aveune Jean Medicin and by a tram stop.
You will see the Nicois doing their daily shop with a shopping trolley – we have provided one if the flat for you it is much easier than dragging shopping bags around! In Place St Francois the daily fish market sells fresh catches and finishes as the fishmonger’s energy levels deplete.
Cours Saleya is the place for amazing fruit/veg/bread/ cheese/olives every day until about 13.00pm except Monday when it is a flea market.
A beach parasol and beach cushions/mat are provided for your use in the main 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.
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.
Velos blues are massive in Nice – there are nearly 2000 of them to hire, and 175 bike stations. Cycling along the Promenade des Anglais is easy and pleasurable. The instructions are on the bike stands and once you have registered you have free use of a bike for 30 mins. This is the way most people use them! So you return to a bike lock and take another out for your next 30 minutes (free). When you return a bike to its stand make sure it is locked properly and gives you the cost of your use on screen – if it is not properly returned your card will be charged accordingly!
Available near to the flat to rent, you will see them recharging in their docking stations.
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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!