During a 10 day working trip to the Riviera, we had a great chance to see what this beautiful destination has to offer our clients. As part of our research we visited the most amazing and stunning hotels in Nice & Monaco to meet with our contacts in the travel and event industries. Starting off in Nice, for a three-day stay at the centrally located ‘Le Meridian’, we were soon struck by the delights of this vibrant City.

We didn’t have to wander far from our hotel to discover why Nice has been a destination of choice for the British since the 18th century. Our deluxe room looked out onto the incredibly beautiful seafront boulevard ‘Promenade des Anglais’ and the delightful ‘Jardin Albert 1ER’ park.
The promenade stretches out for 7km to offer a delightful place to walk, run, cycle or just sit and enjoy the stunning sea views. The pebbly beach (take appropriate beach shoes) has an array of beach restaurants where you can pay for a sunbed bed and umbrella, as well as towels.

We strolled a great deal exploring the fabulous array of outside dining restaurants and coffee bars. We struggled to stay out of the enticing designer shops, so decided not to struggle and gave in to the temptation. Kidding ourselves that they were French brands, so probably cheaper in Nice…not the case!

We certainly burnt off lots of calories walking up and down the boulevard for a morning and evening exercise regime. We needed to exercise as we ate our weight in French pastries and three course lunches and dinners – not forgetting the French rose wines.

Nice is steeped in history stemming from its popularity with the aristocracy in the 18th century, which brought huge wealth and has helped to define this extremely picturesque city. Visitors don’t have to spend a fortune here, as we dined mostly in the local cafés and restaurants in the old part of Nice, where we had some great value and exceptional dishes.

We also ventured out of the City one evening to the delightful neighbouring town of Villefranche. When we drove into this historic old town we were instantly struck by the beauty and scenery.

Traditionally styled pastel coloured buildings and narrow medieval streets make this a picture postcard destination and one of the hidden gems in the Riviera.

In the cobbled streets and the pretty harbour area there are many invitingly lit eateries and bars, which can be better value than the centre of Nice and equally good food. Or, you can choose to dine with the elite at some of the fabulous Michelin starred restaurants.

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