Best Day Trips from Nice: Beaches, Mountains, & Islands (France)

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Living up to its name, the city of Nice has a lot of nice attractions such as The Promenade des Anglais, Cours Saleya Market, St Nicholas Cathedral and so on. Tourists from all over the world visit this place because it is an ideal place for a holiday, thus becoming one of the famous cities in France.

Even a place as lovely as Nice, France, you might want to have a change of scenery and explore more of Europe. The city is close to popular attractions, and most of them can be accessible by train or by coaches and usually just a few hours away.

Below are the top day trips from Nice, France you should explore that will complete your Europe adventure.

Best Day Trips from Nice: Beaches, Mountains, & Islands (France)

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Villefranche-sur-Mer

It is one of the most comfortable day trips from Nice, as it is only 10- 15 minutes away. Villefranche-sur-Mer is known for its fantastic view of the Mediterranean Sea and its beautiful harbor. This town is built on terraces on a steep hill and since this is just a small town, exploring its attractions is easy.

Places to visit are the Pebble Beach, the 16th-century Citadel with a high lookout point of the sea and a fountain called the Place du Conseil.

What to expect:

The town hall and the government offices are located inside the Citadel, and some museums are free to enter, including the Volti Foundation and the Goetz Boumeester Museum. There is also the traditional Provencal market which opens every Saturday morning on Promenade de l’Octroi, which is quite popular among tourists.

How to get there:

Take the Bus #100 to Monaco/Menton from the top of the Nice Port, which leaves every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on Sundays and French holidays. It is recommended that you take the train when going back to Nice because the Bus #100 is usually full on its trip back to Monaco.

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Cannes

Aside from being the destination of one of the prestigious and popular film festivals in the world, this city is home to everything glamorous- from its restaurants, hotels, shops, and boutiques.

Tourists from all over the world visit this city for its exclusive beach resorts, sailing expeditions from the yacht club, and the elegant overall structure of the town. Attractions to visit are Boulevard de la Croisette, Notre-Dame de l’Espérance, and Musée de la Castre.

What to expect:

Cannes holds a lot of major events, including the Festival de Cannes (Film Festival), International Games Festival, Pyrotechnic Fireworks Festival, International Dance Festival, and Cannes Yachting Festival. Before visiting these festivals, it is recommended to inquire with their tourism office first to know the schedule.

How to get there:

You can take a train from the Nice central station and travel time is only about half an hour. There are also available buses on rue Verdun/Albert that will take you to Cannes and travel times is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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Eze

The village of Eze gives you a classic, medieval feel, so it’s easy to see why it belongs to the top day trips from Nice. With its ancient fortress, remains of old ramparts and cobblestone walkways, visiting Eze is like stepping through time.

Another bonus is the beautiful view of the majestic ocean you can see once you stepped into this village. Attractions to visit are Eglise Notre Dame de l’Assomption (The Church of Eze) and the Exotic Garden.

What to expect:

For those who will travel here by car, it is recommended that you should arrive here early before 10:00 am because their car park is quite small and the place can be very crowded. You can also find the tourist office just beside the car park.

How to get there:

Take bus 82 or 112 in Vauban; these two buses stop directly at Eze Village. If you opt for a train, you can take it at Nice-Ville train station that will take you to the Eze train station. You need to catch a bus from this station to take you to the village.

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Saint-Paul de Vence

A perched village, Saint-Paul de Vence is one of the day trips from Nice you shouldn’t miss- the village is bursting with art and culture. Like Eze, this village has retained its medieval structure which attracts tourists from all over the world. Places to visit are Fondation Maeght museum, the 12th- century keep tower at Place de la Mairie and Folon Chapel.

What to expect:

You can see some villagers playing a game of boules at their local coffee shops. It is also advised to wear flat shoes because you will climb on 1000 cobblestones stairway to get to the village.

How to get there:

Take the Bus #400 Vence (par St Paul) which goes to both towns, or the Bus #94 Halte Routièrede l’Ara. If you are riding on the Bus #400, push the red button right after the Foundation Maeght stop, because Saint-Paul-de-Vence is next. As you get off the bus walk left to get to the village of Saint-Paul de Vence.

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Villa Ephrussi (in Cap-Ferrat)

This elegant and enchanting villa located in Côte d’Azur has been one of the top day trips from Nice because of its Italian style architecture and it’s nine gardens that are beautiful all year round. A woman named Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild, daughter of Baron Alphonse de Rothschild created this villa. There are French, Spanish, Florentine, Japanese, and Provençal gardens that you can explore here and also a Roman garden that is filled with archaeological relics.

What to expect:

You can also view the private suite in the villa which Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild shared with her dogs. Take note that there are no restrooms available inside the gardens and picnic is not allowed in the area.

How to get there:

By train, get off at Beaulieu-sur-Mer station then ride Bus #21, or you can walk straight to the villa, which will only take 15-20 mins.

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Villa Grecque Kérylos (in Beaulieu-sur-Mer)

Another one of the top day trips from Nice, this villa is just a 5-minute drive away from the Villa Ephrussi. With a mild climate and Greek-inspired architectures, this place is best for those who want to go on a vacation holiday or have a glimpse of lavish ancient Greece. Not to mention that you can view the majestic Cap-Ferrat Peninsula from this villa.

What to expect:

When entering the villa, you will be asked for an audio guide which will be helpful for you throughout the tour. This bite-size guide will detail every background and history you need to know about the villa, not to mention that it is very easy to use.

How to get there:

Take a train from Nice Ville train station that will take you to Beaulieu sur Mer train station. From the station, walk to the coastline, and from there you can see signage that leads to Villa Grecque Kérylos.

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Antibes

Looking for a beach getaway? Head on to Antibes, a resort town and one of the top day trips from Nice you shouldn’t miss. Aside from its wonderful beach, Antibes has historical buildings, traditional markets and old towns that will truly satisfy your vacation. Popular attractions include the Picasso Museum, Cathedral of Notre-Dame-de-Platea and the harbor area.

What to expect:

The regular markets are held every day except Monday. Markets are usually held in the morning unless stated.

How to get there:

Take a train from Nice Ville Train Station that will take you to Juan-Les-Pins. Travel time is 29 mins.

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Monaco

This small-city state has been favorite among tourists because Monaco has a lot to offer. They have a world-class ballet company, extravagant hotels and boutiques, luxury yachts and so much more. Attractions to visit are Monte-Carlo, Palais du Prince, Jardin Exotique and their Roman-Byzantine styled cathedral.

What to expect:

125 different nationalities live in Monaco, although French is still their sole official language. They also have their language called Monegasque (Munegascu). Taxis cannot be hailed on the streets, and there are two main taxi stands open around the clock at the Avenue de Monte Carlo and the railway station. Most hotels there will provide taxis or courtesy drivers.

How to get there:

Take bus 100 from Nice Le Port and the travel times usually take about 30-45 minutes. There are six stops in Monaco, namely Cimetière, Place d’Armes, Stade Nautique, Office de Tourisme, Place des Moulins, Les Carabiniers. Get off on one of these stops because bus 100 continues up to Menton.

There are also available boat trips from Nice to Monaco. The cruise has 2 options: with stop and without stop. Ticket prices cost up to 38,50 €.

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Menton

This place truly deserves a spot in this list of the top day trips from Nice because of its mild climate, attractive gardens, and magnificent villas. Places to visit are the Basilica Saint-Michel, Chapel of the White Penitents and the ruins of Chateau de Menton, which was converted into a cemetery. The cemetery contains family burial chapels and graves and is considered to be one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in Menton.

What to expect:

Their market is held every day in the old town in an indoor hall, which was built in the 19th century. Menton also has a Lemon Festival which is held every mid-February to early March and involves a lot of music and dancing processions using oranges and lemons.

How to get there:

Take bus 100 from Nice Le Port that will take you to Menton. Travel time is around 45 minutes.

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Grasse

Last but not the least, Grasse is one of the top day trips from Nice because of their perfume production and ancient buildings. Their tall narrow houses are truly instagrammable because all of them are painted in pastel orange colors to brighten the streets.

Popular attractions include the International Museum of Perfume, Cathedral Notre-Dame-de-Puy, and their beautifully decorated town hall.

What to expect:

There are two Grasse tourist offices; one is near the Palais de Congress and the other a few hundred meters along the same road. It can be quite challenging to locate them, especially if you don’t have a map, and unfortunately, the maps from the tourist office are missing many street and place names, not to mention that the letters in the map are too small to read.

How to get there:

SNCF operates trains from Nice to Grasse hourly, and the travel time is 1 hour and 12 minutes. If you opt for a bus, you can take it from Department Des Alpes Maritimes and travel time is 1 hour and 20 minutes.

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