Nice City Breaks
Occupying an idyllic, palm-tree lined location on the shores of the stunning Côte d'Azur, the city of Nice is the envy of France. Its desirable position on the Riviera puts it close to Monaco, Italy and a host of coastal resorts, including Cannes, St Tropez and Antibes.
Nice is the fifth largest city in France and is believed to be one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. If you can resist the draw of Nice's beach and azure water (from which the Côte d'Azur takes its name), you will soon by tempted by the irresistible pavement cafés and inviting bars which fill the city's attractive squares. The beauty of Nice is complemented by the terrific coastal towns and cities in the surrounding region, each with their own individual charms.
Our Nice city breaks start at St Pancras International in London where you join the Eurostar service to Paris Nord. After crossing Paris by Metro (not included), you board the TGV service from Paris Lyon directly to Nice. For your Rail & Stay short break to Nice, you will be departing on a morning Eurostar service.
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Perched on a hilltop above the city, Mont Boron is known as the "Hollywood" of Nice. Here is where the city's wealthiest residents and frequent visitors own property, including Elton John, whose house can be seen from all over the city. The views from Mont Boron stretch across the whole of Nice and the beautiful Bay of Angels.
Another of Nice's hilltop neighbourhoods, Cimiez was called 'Cemenelum' during its time as a Roman capital city. Evidence of its Roman history is impossible to miss at Cimiez, including the ruins of Roman baths and the remains of a Roman arena. In recent times, a number of well-known artists have taken residence in Cimiez, including Henri Matisse; both his grave and a museum dedicated to his work are located in Cimiez.
Another fishing village - turned celebrity hotspot, St Tropez is one of the top holiday destinations for Europe's rich and famous. This internationally famous resort oozes cosmopolitan chic and charm and is a delight to explore. Wander along a picturesque street, peruse the local shops, enjoy a meal in a traditional restaurant and visit the harbour area, which is permanently lined with luxury yachts throughout the summer months.
The medieval village of Eze is perched on a narrow rocky peak overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The ancient streets of the fortified village follow a circular pattern around the ruins of the 12th century castle which was torn down in 1706. The castle grounds are home to the well-known 'Jardine Exotique'.
Famous for its film festival, Cannes is a glamorous town which was just a tiny fishing village until is was discovered by noble Britons in the 1830s, who had begun to flock to the region as tourists. The glittering film festival lasts for just two weeks, but the glitz and glamour lasts all year; 'La Croisette' is one of the most dazzling city promenades in Europe.