Cheap flights to Nice
So you want to holiday with the jet set, sip coffees in superyacht filled marinas and party the night away in an elegant beach bar? Then there can only be one word – Nice! If you’re after a bit of glitz and glamour then the seaside city-cum-resort of Nice in the south of France should do the trick.
Pulling in the crowds for centuries with a dizzying array of sun, sea and style, Nice is the capital of the Côte d’Azure, one of the most glamorous holiday destinations in the whole of Europe. Walk the red carpet in Cannes, drool over the superyachts in Antibes, join the celeb set in St Tropez or celeb spot at Paloma beach, whatever you choose to do, holidays to Nice and the Côte d’Azure are action packed with elegance.
Grab a bargain at the Nice Etoile mall (30 avenue Jean-Medecin) during the winter sales, which run from 11 Jan to 21 February. This mall is well-organised, not too big and offers free wifi.
The Nice Jazz Festival hits town on 7-12 July and is probably Europe's most glamorous music festival. Just grab whatever tickets you can and soak up some sounds. nicejazzfestival.fr
See how the other half lived at Palace Lascaris - the restored home of the wealthy Lascaris family. It contains an amazing collection of antique harpsichords and guitars as well as furniture and furnishings. http://www.nice.fr/fr/culture/musees-et-galeries/palais-lascaris-le-palais
The Musée International d'Art Naïf has a unique collection of sculpture, drawings, posters, paintings and models all in the naif style, and is housed in the beautiful Château Sainte-Hélène.
Even in winter, Castle Hill has a great view. Walk up the road, tackle the steps, ride the lift near the Hotel Suisse, or get a Petit Train. Take a full thermos, a picnic, and a camera. Maps are available from the tourist office.
Escape to Monaco by train (13 minutes) and buy a day ticket for the buses so you can enjoy the Oceanographic museum, the palace, the beach, the Japanese garden, the harbour, Monte Carlo casino and more.
The Train des Pignes goes inland from the Gare de Nice, 4 bis rue Alfred Binet (not the mainline SNCF station). Timetables are irregular so check the day before but the ride is spectacular and stops like Entrevaux, and Dignes are great for lunch. For more information visit tourisme.trainprovence.com.
Take the train and a picnic to Monaco. (Do not drive, the roads are a nightmare, motorway tolls and parking are expensive.) Get your passport stamped at the station (optional and just for fun). See the casino, Japanese garden and castle, swim on the beach, and window-shop. visitmonaco.com