Air-conditioned apartments for holiday lets in the Palais Mediterrannee Residences, Nice, France.

Surrounding Areas

Antibes, Cannes, Grasse, Monaco and Vence

 

Antibes, Cannes, Grasse, Villefranche, Monaco and Menton are all easily accessible by train. Trains are modern, frequent and cheap,(a surprise for the English..) though it pays to go early as there is a lull in services mid-morning. Buy your tickets by credit card in the machines with the clever wheel device, and don’t forget to composter votre billet at the machine as you enter the platform. A return is Aller retour. The station is about 15 minutes walk, or take a taxi from the rank outside the Meridien Hotel.

Villefranche is small, charming and has a sandy beach right next to the station. There are excellent restuarants along the harbour side. 

Visit Antibes which is famous for it's yacht harbour and excellent food markets. Take a wander through the old town which is known as the 'cultural heart' of the Cote d'Azur. You may also like to visit the Picasso museum housed in an old chateau at the edge of the sea, with a good collection of his work. There are many restaurants to choose from.

Cannes motto is 'Life is a festival' and the town was originally made popular by Coco Chanel. Just about everything there is to see and do is within walking distance. There are wonderful sandy beaches and La Croisette is a great place to people watch. During the film festival (usually in May) Cannes is extrememly busy.

Grasse is about 40 mins from Nice, and is famous for the perfume industry. Be sure to check out Cabris, a small village with stunning views and a lovely square with surrounding cafes. There is an annual festival in August, Fete du Jasmin or La Jasminade. Decorated floats drive through town scattering flowers, 'Flower Battle' and everyone gets soaked with the natural perfume of the flowers. In the old village the 10-11th century Notre Dame du Puy cathedral (rebuilt in the 17th c.) and its huge 18th century clock tower is worth a visit. The newly built international Musee de Parfums in the town centre is well worth a visit.

Monaco is a sovereign city-state bordered by France on three sides. Monaco is the second smallest and most densely populated country in the world. Upon arrival by train wander up toward the Grand Casino taking in the water views along the way. Below the casino is a lovely area that overlooks the sea. Take time to stop and enjoy a very pricey drink at the Cafe de Paris in Casino Square. This will allow you to people watch to your hearts content. Take a short bus ride to the Palace and at 11:55 enjoy watching the changing of the guards, there are amazing views too. If time permits, pop into the Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium. http://www.visitmonaco.com

Vence and St Paul de Vence (accessiable by bus) are attractive hill towns, with a mild climate. There are plenty of restaurants, shope and art galleries. The Cathedral houses a Marc Chagall mosaic, and the La Chapel de Rosaire was decorated by Henri Matisse. Close by is the beautiful hill village of St Paul de Vence with the legendary restaurant Colombe D'Or full of Impressionist paintings.