Spotlight on… Nice, Côte D’Azur
Let’s face it the prospect of driving with a car full of energetic kids shouting at the top of their lungs ‘ARE WE THERE YET?’ is not the most appealing start to your holiday. Luckily many of our campsites are conveniently located close to airports, meaning you can get to your destination faster and with less hassle. Jet-setters can then pre-book a shuttle that will take you directly to our campsites or rent a car so you can explore on your terms. Flying into a city gives you the option of getting to explore it – combining a relaxing camping holiday and a city break will keep the whole family happy.
Nice is the closest city and airport to most of our Côte D’Azur campsites – and you’ll find plenty to do here. The airport is conveniently located at the very edge of the city so it’s a short drive in or out, ideal for a fly drive holiday! There are also plenty of bus links into the centre of the city. Here are some of the places we think are a must visit on any trip to Nice:
La Promenade des Anglais:
This is Nice’s most famous feature, a long pedestrian stretch along the coast. You can rent a bike from the many Vélo Bleu stops and cycle the length of it along its dedicated lane for cyclists – it’s a whole 4km long but an incredible view the whole way. You’ll spot some of the city’s most famous landmarks along the way including the Hotel Negresco and the Palais de la Méditerranée. Don’t forget to reward yourself with a trip down to the beach and a crepe along the way.
Parc Phoenix is pretty hard to miss – it is a pyramid shaped garden and zoo located just across from the airport. It is one of the largest greenhouses in Europe and home to thousands of plants as well as a variety of birds, iguanas and even a couple of lemurs. It’s a total change of scene from the city and a great place to take the kids to enjoy a bit of nature.
Place Masséna is the heart of the city. You’ll immediately be blown away by the striking contrast of classic architecture and modern art. The grand Fontaine du Soleil stands at the end of the square, surrounded by classic Italian-style buildings. The square itself is a bold and modern black and white tiled floor and once the sun goes down it is brilliantly lit up by seven statues that glow in a variety of colours. From Place Masséna you can take a short stroll to Jardin Albert 1er for a tranquil walk along the palm trees or head along towards Avenue Jean Médecin where you’ll find the city’s major shopping area.
Nice’s old town is simply stunning and at its heart is the Cours Saleya. Tuesdays through Sundays runs one of France’s most famous markets where you can find fresh fruit and vegetables and a bright and colourful array of flowers for sale. The market is surrounded by a strip of restaurants where you honestly cannot go wrong for food, most have been around for years and serve up the most delicious Mediterranean cuisine.
Fête de la Musique:
If you’re heading to the Côte D’Azur during the summer solstice you’ll find cities and towns across the country celebrating la Fête de la Musique and Nice always puts on a great show. This is a free event where all over the streets, bars and restaurants you can hear live music acts from any genre you can imagine.
So what are you waiting for? Check out our Côte D’Azur campsites for your fly drive adventure! You can currently save up to 35% on early summer bookings for our La Baume and Esterel campsites both within driving distance of Nice.