Nissa la Bella
Between the sea and the mountains, and just 17 kilometres from the Les Pinèdes campsite, Nice is the economic and cultural capital of the French Rivera. It has whole host of natural assets. There are a wide range of activities all the year round, with theatre, cinema, exhibitions, the Bataille de Fleurs flower parade and the carnival. Don't forget to have a quick drink in the old town of Nice and taste some Socca (a dish made from chick peas, olive oil, salt and water), before taking a walk along the Promenade des Anglais with its blue chairs and famous pebble beaches.
From the station to Place Masséna
If you are coming by train or tram, you could begin your tour in Avenue Jean Médecin, a mecca for shopping that has been partly pedestrianised since the tramway opened in 2013. As you walk down the avenue towards Place Masséna and the sea front, you will come across a wide range of shops, a big shopping centre, Nice Etoile, and further on, Galeries Lafayette, a few cinemas, as well as the Basilica of Notre-Dame, one of the biggest churches in Nice. On Place Masséna you can admire the architecture with its arches and fountain. The square is at the crossroads between Avenue Jean Médecin, the pedestrian shopping street and old Nice.
Continuing on after Place Masséna, you will find yourself in a slightly Italian atmosphere, with lively little shopping streets, as well as plenty of restaurants, and another chance to try some "Socca", the Nice speciality made from chick pea flour.
Here you will see a number of remarkable buildings, including the town hall, the law court, the opera house, several chapels, churches and the cathedral, the Palais Lascaris and, of course, town squares that are the ideal place for a stroll.
Don't miss the magnificent food and flower market from Tuesday to Sunday morning on Cours Saleya.
Cours Saleya is a pedestrian esplanade extending around the foot of the castle hill as far as the opera house. It also links up Quai des Etats Unis along the sea front and the entrance to the old town.
The castle hill
Although the allegedly impregnable castle and citadel were completely destroyed by Louis XIV's soldiers in 1706, the site is still a landmark of the city Nice. Here you can enjoy a spectacular view over the Baie des Anges, the old town and the port of Nice, but also inland towards the foothills of the Alps and, in the distance, the Esterel range, the natural frontier between Alpes Maritimes and Var. There is an orientation table at the top of the hill to guide you.
To get to the top, two options are on offer: the more energetic visitors will set off up the steps starting at the end of the Quai des Etats Unis and make their way through a green park featuring an impressive waterfall. This is a refreshing haven on hot summer days. You can also take the lift to the top of the hill, so that everyone can access the attractive park.
From 1 April to 30 September, the park is open from 8.30 am to 8 pm
How to get there:
- By car along the A8 motorway as far as the Parkazur Henri Sappia park and ride, then take the tram to the city centre
- By bus from the village of La Colle-sur-Loup, line 400 Vence-Nice. Get off in front of the U Express
- By train from Cagnes-sur-Mer station, 7 km away from the campsite