With a name like Nice la Belle (Nice the Beautiful), you can have high expectations about the loveliness of this popular resort destination. It was in fact so picturesque that it attracted the attention of British aristocrats in the 18th century who were instrumental in the naming of the city’s most famed landmark, Promenade des Anglais (La Prom to the locals) waterfront.
Don’t miss Nice’s old town (Vieux Nice), a maze of alleyways and picture-perfect houses. For the best views of Nice, head up Mont Boron on the eastern edge of the city. You can also enjoy amazing views of the Bay of Angels and harbour from Colline du Chateau, a ruined castle. Spend the day visiting Eze, a small village en route to Monaco, where you will find Fragonard perfume factory and the Path of Nietzsche, named after the famous German philosopher, and offering amazing views. Or if you’re feeling less energetic, stop in at the family-run La Table d’Alziari on rue Francois Zanin in the Old Town for an authentic Nicoise culinary experience. Taste socca, a chickpea flat bread, fish soup or even the famous Salade Nicoise.
Your cruise ship will actually dock at 14th century Villefranche, the gateway to the French Riviera and easy to reach by car or train from Nice.