If you’re looking for the perfect destination for a relaxed, sophisticated holiday this summer, you can stop your search. Nice is the ideal location for anyone who wants to spend their days basking in glorious sunshine on stunning white pebble beaches and mixing with the best dressed of the super cool south of France. But what should you see and do when you get there?

The main attraction in Nice is, of course, the miles and miles of divine coastline. While the beaches are pebble-covered, it’s nothing laying on a couple of towels won’t fix, and the immaculate views over the sparkling blue sea more than make up for it. Rub shoulders with the tanned, beautiful people who flock to the beaches of Nice and soak up the relaxed atmosphere.

The food in the south of France is fantastic throughout the region, but the obsession with food in Nice means that there are hundreds of places to eat. You should take advantage of some of the local wines and the speciality dishes such as ‘socca’, a rustic chickpea crepe. The wine bars in Nice are haunted by those in the know, so if you speak any French get chatting to the chic locals to find out where you need to be seen.

One of the best views in Nice is from Castle Hill. The climb to the top certainly isn’t the only breathtaking thing about this hill. Picturesque vistas across the sea blend with a well-maintained, typically French park, and Nice’s best kept secret: a glorious waterfall. Spend an afternoon exploring the cute old houses and pop into a cafe for a leisurely lunch and some people watching in the shade of the gigantic trees.

The Promenade des Anglais is the perfect place for an evening stroll, especially if you’re on a romantic break. The waterfront walk leads you along the entire seafront of Nice and into Monaco. Monaco is a must-visit. It is the territory of the rich and the famous, so get your celebrity-spotting journal out and your camera at the ready. This is the best place for window shopping in the impressive designer stores, and the explosions of pink blooms give the town centre a vibrant atmosphere.

Art fans will love the Musee des Beaux-Arts . The works span from the 15th-18th centuries, and there are some stunning pieces on display. The building itself is a masterpiece, and the gardens in which it is set are pretty spectacular themselves. A trip here is the perfect way to round off your holiday before you return to your villa for one final night of French feasting.

Charles Napier is a self confessed Francophile who fell in love with Nice the very first time he visited. He blogs regularly about his experiences in the South of France, recommending it wholeheartedly!

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