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Nice in Winter

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Nice in Winter

Am thinking of bringing my family, teenage son and daughter to Nice for boxing day from London and up until 30th Dec. We will hire a car and love to drive about. Would like to visit Monte Carlo, Grasse, Cannes etc. Any thoughts on a good central location to stay (4* hotel) and nice places to visit in the winter.

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I recommend Nice for a central location in winter. You'll find a large number of hotels. See the very helpful Nice hotel ratings by customers on TA to help pick the right one for you.

Some of the tried and loved "classics" for your stay:

- Walk (or elevator) up to Castle Hill on a clear day, for sweeping views of the town, bay, sea.

- Soak in the decorations and atmosphere around Place Masséna. Your daughter & son might enjoy ice-skating on the open rink at the edge of Place Masséna.

- Stroll through the old town and perhaps try a socca chick-pea crêpe.

- Visit the Musée Océanographique museéum in Monaco, for its nice aquarium.

- Hike around parts of St Jean Cap Ferrat for the gorgeous scenery. Visit the nearby Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, especially if you enjoy gardens.

- Explore Saint-Paul de Vence, crowded but not as bad as during the summer. If you do, don't miss the Fondation Maeght open museum down the road.

Many more possibilities, but these are sure to please.



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2. Re: Nice in Winter

fabulous thanks

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I would also recommend Nice as a base although if you're planning to hire a car, you need to think about parking since very few hotels have their own car park.

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My inclination would be to stay outside Nice if you want to use a car even in winter ( traffic, congestion, trams., parking). Cannes or Antibes may be better - in Antibes / Juan les Pins ( twin towns) hotels that might fit the bill as a base are the Royal Hotel, Garden Beach and L'Ambassadeur.Take the half hourly train into Nice- you will be doing a lot of walking anyway.

Azuralive has some good recommendations. i would add Eze Village, Antibes and the Cap , Cannes, Villefranche and- ideal for a inland drive the more remote perched villages like Saorge and Sospel as well as the Gorges du Loup - all in the back country behind Nice. Grasse IMO is optional given your short stay unless you want to spend time at the free perfume factories.


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