The French Riviera is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France which includes Monaco, Nice, Antibes, Cannes, St Tropez etc. If you’re a beach lover, you have to visit the french riviera! It’s incredible! I stayed in Nice for 2 nights and took a train out to explore Antibes and Monaco. I love Nice the most cos it’s a small unpretentious town with very nice people and pristine beaches. Would definitely go back if I have a chance, and hopefully Cannes next!
If you’re wondering, we took a direct flight from Barcelona to Nice and it only cost us $110SGD one way (flight was an hour). It was very easy getting into the city from the airport as well. A short 30 mins bus ride! Once you set foot into the city, trust me you’ll be blown away by the powder blue water and black pebbled beach. So breath-taking!
Gelato ice cream for my first bite of Nice, of course! We started the 2nd day early and took a railway train from Nice gare de ville to Antibes which took about half an hour. We bought an unlimited day train pass for about 15 euros I think. The train pass can get you unlimited rides to Cannes, Monaco etc!Gorgeous lace insert dress by french label – Magali Pascal Antibes! We trekked along Cap d’antibes for 1.5 hour. Bad idea to wear maxi and gladiators to trek hahah. Was so tempted to cliff-dive but was kinda scared as well cos sometimes the waves were pretty big. Damnit, when will I ever get to cliff dive! After soaking up the sun the whole afternoon, we hopped on the train and made our way to Monaco. Monte Carlo, oh yeah baby! It took us another 30-40 mins.Hotel De Paris
This was where the movie Monte Carlo was filmed at, where Selena Gomez jumped from one balcony to another! It’s one of my favourite chick flicks so I was really looking forward to be in Monte Carlo. The hotel sure did not disappoint and the amount of fancy cars was unreal. Monte Carlo Casino!
To be honest, we were pretty disappointed with Monte Carlo. I mean sure it was posh and fanciful but that was all. To me, there was not much of a culture, not much of a story to tell. It’s just glitz and glamour. So we left within 2 hours and headed back to Nice for dinner instead. Need I mention that everything in Monte Carlo was hella expensive too? Third day saw us exploring Nice before our evening flight! We shopped around a bit and cycled along Promenade des Anglais with our rented bikes. Such a simple activity but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Best cycling view ever and I had Pierre Herme macarons to munch on while cycling heh.
I enjoyed and love Nice so I’d definitely recommend you guys to swing by if you’re travelling to places near Nice. I think 3 full days would be perfect to chill in Nice and explore the other parts of The French Riviera! And it’s definitely the nicest during summer!
To powder blue waters and glistening macarons!