Day Trips from Nice

Sep 1st, 2014, 02:03 PM
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Day Trips from Nice

We have 5 nights booked in Nice at the beginning of October. Any suggestions for day trips. We do not have a car rented but that could be an option. Thanks in advance!
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Sep 1st, 2014, 02:14 PM
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We took the train to: Bordighera. It was the same time of year and it was very nice and quiet. Some places were closed but we had a nice lunch and gelato. We stopped and walked around Ventemiglia before we changed trains. It was market day, so we walked around a bit and then down to the sea.

We also took the train to St Jean Cap Ferrat to see the Ephrussi villa.
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Sep 1st, 2014, 03:29 PM
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Eze via the upper corniche; La Turbie just past it and Monte Carlo beyond. Drive back along the lower especially if it's dark. People say this and that about Monte Carlo, but how many times will you have the chance to see this Principality, not alike any others. Go.
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No car needed. We were in Nice for two weeks and our favorite day trips were to Cap Ferrat and Antibes.
On Cap Ferrat visit the gardens at the Villa Ephrussi and then walk into town, St-Jean for lunch.
Take buses to Cap Ferrat as they drive right along the water. For Antibes, take the train.
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Sep 1st, 2014, 03:54 PM
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I spent about five days in Nice a few years ago in November. I did daytrips to Eze, Villefranche sur Mer, Monaco, and Atibes. They were all easy to do by public transportation and worthwhile.

Vence, St Paul de Vence and Tourettes-sur-Loupe are also wonderful little villages in the hills above Nice but a car makes those easier to do.

Photos of the area

Trip report of the trip to Nice and those day trips (scroll down past the Paris part) -

Trip report which includes Vence, etc.
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Sep 1st, 2014, 04:16 PM
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We have been to this area twice and always had a car. Returning next year.

Been to all the villages mentioned and will return.

As suggested a car is optional, but with a car you will have more options.

There are some lovely medieval villages in Italy just over the border and an easy drive from Nice.
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Sep 1st, 2014, 04:31 PM
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We did Villefranche sur Mer,on the way to St Jean Cap Ferrat. It was lovely, my favorite beach. We ended up walking because the trains were on strike after our first train. I don't suggest this, it was a loong way to Ephrussii!
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Sep 1st, 2014, 06:25 PM
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See the start of this TR for some things to do in and around Nice:

On my next visit I walked round Cap Ferrat and took the bus up to St. Paul de Vence and Vence, and over to Monaco. Will be going back for another five or six days later this year, and still won't have a car.
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Sep 2nd, 2014, 09:52 AM
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I've been to Grasse and Antibes, without a car. I find it more liberating to travel on public transportation than worry about car rentals, parking, driving in areas you don't know, etc. YOu don't need a car at all for a simple day trip or two from Nice as there are so many options where you don't need one.
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Sep 5th, 2014, 07:10 AM
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Thanks to all for your great suggestions!
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My favorite day trip from Nice goes to Cap d'Ail to walk the flat easy few-mile coastal footpath to Monaco/Monte Carlo - this path goes thru a wild natural Cote d'Azur and is one of the few non developed stretches of coastline in the whole area.

Here you are face to face with the signature French Riviera scenes you may expect to see but may fail to find in places like Nice, Antibes, Cannes, etc where high-rise hotels now mar the coastline many places.

But on this short walk you pass the signature Riviera scenes of tall cyrpress trees impossibly clinging to huge boulders that are seem to be tumbling down to the deep azure-hued sea.

You pass isolated swimming holes - what no suit - no problemo as many skinny dip here - don't be bashful!

The path emerges by the fancy Yacht Club in Monte Carlo - voila back in the material world once again.

Take the train from Nice or any station along the Cote d'Azur metro as I have heard this commuter train line dubbed - take it to the Cap d'Ail station, a sleepy station right near the water - turn left onto the path and enjoy - take the train or bus from Monaco bck to Nice or other station along the Cote d'Azur metro.
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another sweet day trip I love is to take the fabled Ligne Digne - nickname of the Tren des Peignes - nickname for the Chemins de fer de Provence - a tiny narrow-gauge train that trundles out of Nice into the hinterlands of Provence...

and a very very different Provence or more precisely Alps-Maritimes than the Cote d'Azur - backwards Provence with sleep towns like Annot where dogs that time I was there literally sleep in the heat on streets - it's that kind of town.

Non gussied up old regional town, warts and all.

But the train ride is wonderful, following the languid Var River into the hills - take the train about an hour to Annot or Thinon (sp?) and then you can walk between towns on nice footpaths thru pine forests (thus Tren des pignes) - anyway a different slice of Provencal life.

Trains leave about hourly and are basically commuter trains for kind of peasants to get to Nice and back - they leave from a station behind the main Nice-Ville mainline station. Not a fancy tourist train at all - last time I went the ride was a little bumpy and diesel smoke wafts in through open windows...

Nogte the several photos of a deraillement in winter - the line is up and operating again as usual.
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