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Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Nice, France is the capital of the French Riviera, the 5th largest city in France, and home to the third largest airport in France (after the two in Paris). So when Sommer and I were planning our French Riviera trip, I knew we wanted to spend some time here.

If you missed our first post about Nice, you can find it here.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

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However, I was not expecting to completely fall in love with Nice.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

It was absolutely beautiful.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Nice perfectly intertwines old-world charm and history with modern luxury and energy.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Add in gorgeous weather and world-class beaches? I fell completely in love.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Not to mention the food! Nice is home to vibrant markets, award-winning restaurants, and is renowned for its culinary scene. I had one of the BEST things I have ever eaten right here in Nice. Scroll down for more info.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Our first day in Nice, we made our way up to La Tour Bellanda to get the panoramic overlooks of Nice you see above. It’s free, and you can take stairs or the elevator.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

We opted for the stairs. The gorgeous views of Nice and its beaches were definitely worth the hike! :)

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Once we were at the top, we walked over to Castle Hill for an overlook of the port.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Later that morning we made our way back down and wandered through the markets.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Flowers, artists, organic fruits and vegetables, local spices, handmade soaps and perfumes lined the streets.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

There were colorful outdoor cafes perfect for people watching.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

This is also where we found the famous Fennochio ice cream!

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

As we made our way to the port, we stopped for lunch at La Vigna. It’s right on the port and has a lovely view of the boats and the water. I had the homemade lobster ravioli and it was amazing. I am still dreaming about this meal!! If you are ever in Nice I highly recommend the lobster ravioli here!!

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

We spent the afternoon wandering around the port looking at all the colorful boats and buildings.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Scroll down for a peek through our lens.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.Photo via Sommer

That afternoon we checked into the Hyatt Regency Palais de la Méditerranée. The Palais de la Méditerranée is a luxury resort located on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. The Art Deco facade, built in 1928, is original and has been classified as a historic monument.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

The rooms of this seafront hotel enjoy striking overlooks of the Promenade des Anglais and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Our room was airy and spacious, filled with natural light.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

The hotel is in a prime, central location in Nice — just a short walk to the city’s key attractions — like the markets, beaches, and Castle Hill.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Each room offers balconies or terraces with spectacular views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea or the city of Nice.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

They offer multiple dining options: fine dining at their gourmet restaurant, Le 3e, a relaxing bar lounge, a beautiful terrace for breakfast and casual eats overlooking the beach, as well as room service.

The staff was amazingly helpful and friendly during our visit. We couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay in Nice!

Stay tuned for our next adventure… in Saint Tropez! :)

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

Ultimate Travel Guide to Nice and the French Riviera. What to do, where to eat, where to stay, day trips from Nice.

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