Road trip from Nice to Monaco

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Road trip from Nice to Monaco

August 19, 2010  |  France
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The French Riviera (Côte d’Azur) is one of the best places in the world. What I liked the most of all was the road trip from Nice to Monaco, along the Mediterranean coast that I discovered thanks to Robin’s blog.

Nice

The trip starts in Nice, the capital of the French Riviera, the second most visited place in France after Paris. It has plenty of things to do: you can visit the old town (with narrow streets, old houses, …), walk up to the castle hill (in fact, there’s no castle anymore, but stunning views of Nice), visit the Matisse Museum, walk down the seaside promenade (by the way, the beach has no sand, just rocks!!) or walk around Cours Saleya, a place that transforms during the day from a food and flower market to a bar and restaurant area. Few places in the world have so many people on the streets at night. I recommend just walking around but having dinner in the streets that surround it (Rue Rossetti, Rue de la Prefecture, …).

From the city center, head east to Boulevard Princesse Grace de Monaco, pass by Villefranche Sur Mer, take Bd Napoleon III (great views of the bay), and head to Saint Jean du Cap Ferrat, popular getaway for the rich and famous, with a small but impressive marina and perfect for romantic walks (along the coastal paths) or peaceful holidays with your family. I loved this place!

Eze

Continue your trip: pass by Beaulieu Sur Mer (really close to Cap Ferrat and also a very nice place), Eze Bord de Mer and head up to Eze, an “eagle’s nest” medieval fortified town overlooking the sea from a 427 metres high cliff (1,401 ft). A not very touristic town with a beautiful church and glamorous and expensive hotels with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea (Relais & Châteaux de la Chevre D’Or and Chateau Eza).

La Turbie

Right before arriving in Monaco you’ll find La Turbie, a small town known as Monaco’s balcony. You can enjoy impressive views (you don’t need to pay) of the Principality from the terrace of 13 B.C. Trophée d’Auguste, a symbol of the power of the Roman Empire.

Finally: if you like superyachts, this is your paradise. The French Riviera is a major yachting centre, with marinas along its coast. Each year the Riviera hosts 50% of the world’s superyacht fleet.

Thanks also to http://twitter.com/Guide2CdA for his great tips about French Riviera!

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Photo credits: Pedro Sagüés

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