Spending a weekend in Nice or its surroundings? Here are some suggestions for discovering the French Riviera! We recommend five destinations that will make your trip unforgettable, for both parents and kids.
A family picnic at the Park of Vaugrenier
Between Antibes and Villeneuve Loubet, on more than 100 acres of forests and bushes,you can find the largest park on the Riviera. This is where families or joggers gather to enjoy their Sunday. In the park of Vaugrenier, families will find picnic tables, children’s playgrounds as well as fun discovery paths for kids. For the curious there are special foot paths giving you the chance to widen your knowledge about local nature and animals and the archeological remains that were found here. And for the very sporty ones among you, there are forest tracks and fitness trails.
A day at Looney’s village
Not very far from Villeneuve-Loubet, there is a village full of strange inhabitants and fun games. Most activities in this leisure park were created to surprise and amuse visitors young and old, and take them on a trip into a strange and funny universe. About two acres of land offering more than thirty different games and activities await!
A cultural walk in Cimiez Gardens
The Cimiez gardens are a bit of an institution in Nice, where for many years travelers and locals alike meet to celebrate old traditions such as the Fête des Mais, to enjoy art at the Matisse Musuem, or dive into history at the Roman ruins. Plus, the park features magnificent gardens with centennial olive-trees.
Discovering contemporary art
The Promenade des Arts stretches between the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and the National Theater of Nice, built by architects Yves Bayard and Henri Vidal. Its massive towers are thirty meters high and rise above the new city gardens (known as la Coulée Verte) and the Old Town of Nice. Outside on the museum several sculptures set the mood, and once inside art fans can dive into a collection covering a wide range of schools and styles including the works of the Ecole de Nice itself (Ben, Arman, Bernard Venet) but also some iconic pieces by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Gilbert and George, Christo, Niki de Saint Phalle or Yves Klein.
Bike tour: Promenade des Anglais and the Phoenix Park
Jump on one of the bikes available by the Radisson Blu Nice and go on a cycling tour on the famed Promenade des Anglais. Along the beaches of Nice on the magnificent Baie des Anges, bicycle lanes will lead you to some of the most unforgettable views and buildings in Nice from the Villa Masséna and the Mediterranean University Centre to the Belle-Epoque building of the Negresco, the Albert 1er Gardens and gorgeous Art Déco façades. At one end of the Promenade des Anglais, visitors can park their bikes and take a break inside the refreshing and exotic Phoenix Park, where thousands of different plant species can be discovered. Plus, there are playgrounds for kids, a lake with swans and ducks, and a huge greenhouse with tropical and subtropical species.
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