If you want to vacation in the South of France, you’ll probably fly in and/or out of the Nice airport. Don’t just pass through, make sure to spend a little time in this pretty, historic city. (I’m speaking from experience because I always use Nice as a layover, but I hope to someday spend more than 24 hours straight in this city).
Since you’ve been traveling to get here, the first stop is a local specialty: SOCCA. My husband and I love this little restaurant called Chez Pipo. They pretty much only serve socca. This dish is basically a pancake made out of chickpeas.
Very close to Chez Pipo, you will also find Vieux Nice (Old Nice). You can stroll through this area and feel as if you have been transported to the 1700s. While you’re in the area, you should also take a tour of Palais Lascaris. The price is 10 Euros and you can visit anytime between 10am to 6pm.
The next day, I suggest taking a nice stroll in Nice along La Promenade des Anglais. This is a palm-lined promenade, paid for by Nice’s English colony in 1822. The entire boardwalk is 4km long. Tragically there was a recent terrorist attack here on Bastille Day (July 14th) 2016 so you may want to pay your respects.
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