Top villages to visit from Nice

20/08/2023 By Sud France Comments Off

When it comes to beautiful villages, the South of France is a shameless show-off. With the hills rising steeply above the Mediterranean coast, the area is simply littered with perched medieval villages rich in history and atmosphere.
Villefranche-sur-Mer is one of our favourites and is just 3km from Nice. With its small yet picturesque harbour and long sandy beach lapped by a crystal clear mottled blue water, it really is very pretty and definitely deserves a visit.

Eze Village
The charming village of Eze is located around 9km from Monaco and, despite the crowds, is arguably one of the most picturesque spots in the region. A little tip: during the high season go early or late in the day to avoid the bus-loads of tourists.

No bus full of tourists jostling you about here, just a few small hotels and restaurants located outside the village. Why should you visit this place in the middle of nowhere you ask?

Well, Peillon is nestled like an eagle’s nest on a hill above a sheer cliff, so the stunning views themselves should make this excursion from the coast very worthwhile. Don’t be disheartened by the short drive from Nice through a somewhat dismal industrial area, the gorgeous valleys and steep mountains with the little rivers and forests really make this detour worth it.


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