Nice is where most of our guests want to book their holiday rental apartment with us. Its easy to see why: the metropolis of the Riviera, Nice has everything. Provocative and challenging, the rich merge with the modest, and an intoxicating atmosphere ensues.
With friendly locals, a relaxed cosmopolitan vibe and a mecca of bars and restaurants, it’s hard not to fall in love with Nice. Many of guests who have stayed in one of our holiday rentals apartments have caught the bug and have been back for more.
Admire the outstanding architecture with colourful facades. Stroll, skate or cycle down the famous Promenade des Anglais. Wander through the colourful Cours Saleya morning market with its beautiful blooms and fresh produce. Soak up the sun on the long stretch of private or public beaches listening to the sounds of the waves on the shore. Take a culture tour of the famous museums, discover the ancient Roman ruins and Russian cathedral, catch a show at the opera or theatre. Admire the panoramic view from the famous chateau hilltop. Or relax in Place Massena with its chequered tiles, gardens, and impressive fountains.
The Port, the Citadelle, the Old Town, and the gentle curve of the coast help this medieval shipping village earn its reputation as one of the most beautiful places in the world. Nestled between Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo, Villefranche is easily accessible and a great base to explore. A pied is the best way to travel through its cobbled labyrinth of lanes and stairways often obscured by lush bougainvillea.
Watch the old women mending fishing nets at the yacht harbour, wander through the market at the Amelie Porlannais square, take a step back in time by the mysterious Rue Obscure, admire the jaw-dropping villas of the fortunate few at St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and enjoy the lively bars, gourmet restaurants and terrace cafes stretching around the border of the bay. With quintessential charm, staggering views, and perhaps the best sandy beach on the Riviera, this is a wonderful place for a relaxing holiday.
Six miles from Nice is the exceptional beauty spot of St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Popular with international millionaires and celebrities as well as tourists, the biggest draw to Cap Ferrat is the beaches of Paloma, Passable, and Cro de Peď Pin. The lure of the beaches is closely followed by the incredible walking and hiking trails available, some 14 kilometers of them, which offer wonderful panoramic views all around you. Whilst walking you can gaze at the discreet villas – home to the super rich and famous – which are almost camouflaged by the lush and colourful vegetation including the summer scent of jasmine.
Protected from the north winds blowing down from the Alps, Beaulieu-sur-Mer is one of the warmest spots on the Riviera. The main attraction is the Villa Kerylos, the most beautiful building on the Riviera. Refinery personified, this extremely luxurious and faithful re-creation of an ancient Grecian dwelling is breathtaking. Everything inside, from the arrangement of rooms to the stylistic details of the décor, is designed to take you back to Ancient Greece as experienced by extremely wealthy Athenians. The gardens, brimming with Grecian plants and trees are also spectacular and a wonderful space to admire the awesome panoramic views.
This elegant town, minutes by train from both Nice and Monaco, is blessed with lush vegetation, a cozy harbour, two small well-manicured beaches, a glamorous casino, and a12th-century Romanesque chapel of Santa Maria de Olivo. A well worn walking trail, Beaulieu combines flat and steep terrain where palm trees, well kept gardens, bobbing boats and clear blue water can all be enjoyed. In addition, when your legs are weary there are quaint shops and an open-air market to meander around, as well as ambient cafes and restaurants.
Famous for the Grand Prix, the monumental Casino at Monte Carlo and Grace Kelly and the Prince’s Palace, Monaco has the all the glamour and glitz without the chintz.
Affectionately known as Disneyland for adults, the tourist strip of Monte Carlo with its glut of luxury hotels, the Casino, the most respected restaurants in the world and the adrenaline – pumping nightlife can’t fail to excite even if your budget is more Kir than Krug.
Also culturally rich, daytime activities can include the Japanese and Boulingrins gardens that can be found at the base of the harbour and a stroll around Port Hercule where the mega-yachts evoke admiration and envy in equal measures.
The Old Town of Le Rocher offers more than just the Palace. Wander the narrow streets and arched alleyways lined with mellow colours of the meticulously kept facades. Visit the Cathedral, the chapels, and the museum. Do not miss the exceptional Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium – regarded as the best marine museum in the world. The skeleton of the 66-foot whale and the Shark lagoon are jaw dropping.
Oranges and lemons are the mantra of Menton. Over a hundred tons of them descend into this genteel little town where sculptures made from the fruits are on display for the historic Fete de Citron each February.
Menton enjoys a very favourable sunny micro-climate, protected from the surrounding mountains. This makes it a popular all year round holiday destination. Within jogging distance of either France or Italy, it boasts the best of what each county has to offer. With easy access to several picturesque mountain villages, as well as the easy train connections along the coast, Menton is an excellent base for a long stay.
Wander the old streets of Rue St Michel and Rue Pieta. Admire the beautifully restored buildings around the Place Ardoino and Hotel de Ville. Try your luck at the grand Casino along the sea front. Or soak up the sun in one of a dozen of the private beaches with bar service on tap.
Located between Nice and Monaco is one of the most romantic and picturesque villages on the Cote d’Azur. Perched on top of a huge rock, 1,400 feet above sea level, the pellucid light of the Cote d’Azur is nowhere as magnificent as here.
Take the tiny winding streets, which are almost stairways, to the very top passing boutiques, craft shops, and a sprinkling of restaurants as you go. Breathe in the soft, air, sun and subtle perfumes of the flowers, the tall cypresses and olive trees growing unbidden from the pathways. Pass through the ruins of a 14th century castle on your way to a thoughtfully planted and tropical cactus garden with life themed sculptures.
As a special treat dine at the Golden Goat, or just pop in for a drink. The nucleus of this tiny village, the Golden Goat is a landmark in its own right and is a unique hotel and gastronomique restaurant worthy of its two Michelin stars.