I recently just got back from a holiday in the South of France, where I stayed in the city of Nice but also had a day trip to Monaco.
Instead of my normal day by day blog posts, I thought this time I would focus more on sharing some tips with you.
I will still include different pieces and photographs of what I got up to as well.
Hotel Overview – I stayed at Hipark by Adagio (Booking.com) in a self-catering apartment. There are a couple of things already provided such as a refrigerator, oven, kettle, dishwasher, kitchenware, hoover and a TV. The room also had a balcony and free WIFI (which wasn’t the best at all as it kept dropping out).
Hipark by Adagio also has a seasonal rooftop pool, sauna and fitness centre all free of charge. Even though they are self-catered apartments, you’re also able to have breakfast daily in the dining room – I can’t comment on this as I didn’t have the breakfast provided.
Airport to hotel: Take the 98 bus to (Promenade des Arts which costs 6 euros) and then walk about 15 minutes to the hotel. There might be a quicker option but I don’t mind a walk.
In saying this. On the way back to the airport at the end of the holiday, the challenge of a 2-hour walk was accepted, if you have light luggage I would recommend walking because even though it’s a long walk, you walk all along the seafront which is beautiful and it’s pretty much a straight route.
Shopping Centre: There is a shopping centre literally across the street from the hotel which has a large supermarket, clothing stores and a McDonald’s.
Train Station: Nice Requier is about a 5-minute walk, you’re able to get the train to Cannes or Monaco from here. A youth ticket (0-25) to Monaco is 14 euros and takes around 19 minutes.
City Centre and Beach: It’s only a short walk to the city centre and a 15-minute walk to the beach, which is a pebble beach.
Things To Do
So along with being able to go to Monaco via the train (or via a bus, the same with Cannes). In Nice itself I visited:
- Promenade des Anglais – A famous stretch of seafront in Nice.
- Old Nice – Which has beautiful streets with a daily market and plenty of shops or food places.
- Castle Hill – With amazing views, a waterfall, loads of parkland and ruins of the original cathedral. It is a massssive treck up to the top but there is a free elevator, somewhere… (Didn’t look for it but know there is one around). Even though it’s a long way up, the walk up is beautiful and once you get to the top you’ll see why it’s worth the climb!
If you’re looking to do excursions, download the app ‘Get Your Guide’ I used this in Lanzarote and although I didn’t use it in France, I would have done if I was looking to do an excursion.
For food, I would 1000% recommend Copper Branch – amazing vegan food.
Monaco: WARNING when travelling into Monaco just be aware that the European roaming freedom doesn’t apply, and you will be charged. Make sure to check with your provider (I received a text when entering a new country so I made sure to turn my roaming off – so I don’t get charged).
TripAdvisor: Once I’ve found a hotel the next thing I’ll do is to search it on TripAdvisor. One of my favourite features of this website is if you scroll down to the review section. You’re able to search by keyword and it will then highlight the word you’ve searched in each of the reviews. So I always start by finding all the reviews that mention the airport, to see how far and easy it will be to get from the airport to the hotel.
Google Trips: Google Trips is an app where you search your destination and it’ll bring up loads of recommendations and things such as day plans, things to do, discounts, food and drink. It’s perfect for some holiday inspiration and help.
Google Translate: Another helpful app is Google Translate, this was especially helpful on my trip for when I shopped for food. You’re able to upload or take a photo in-app and it’ll translate the text for you.