Photo Essay: Relaxing In The South Of France – Nice and Cannes

Last Updated on July 6, 2015

With touring around Europe for a couple months, we needed some relaxation time away from the hustle and bustle of the typical cities. We headed to the South of France where we started some relaxation in Nice, before moving onto Cannes.

We felt the relaxed atmosphere of the beach life for a few days and loved it. Nice had a very cosmopolitan riviera vibe, and when we weren’t on the beach it was fun to explore the fashionable boutiques. Even if the weather didn’t cooperate on one day, we still had some gorgeous weather. The only downfall is the beach is pebble and the pebble wasn’t too comfortable to relax on, compared to the feel of soft sand. However, other than the pebble, Nice was a great place to relax.

It was also wonderful having so many amenities like hotels, cafes, clubs and bars close to the beach. The promenade that runs along the beach, Promenade des Anglasi, is great for people watching or to watch a beautiful sunset.

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Darcy was also determined to try a Royale With Cheese. Being a big movie guy, he found humour in finding the Royale Cheese at McDonalds, as they did in Pulp Fiction.

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Nice is well known because of the celebrities and tourist that flock there every year, but the beach and the sunsets are the true stars here.

We took a nice walk up Castle Hill and were rewarded with a beautiful view of the city, the Bay of Angels and the bright blue water that Cote d’Azur is known for. The view was absolutely stunning.

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We weren’t huge fans of the fact the beach was pebbles



We loved the sandy beach!

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The first thing we noticed about the beaches in Cannes was the beautiful sand; it was a nice change from the pebble beaches of Nice.

Like Nice, Cannes is a resort town on the French Riveria, and is well known for its glitz and glam of celebrities and the world famous Cannes Film Festival. The Boulevard de la La Croisette curves along the coast andis lined with picturesque sandy beaches, boutiques and hotels.  You can gaze out at the yachts in the distance and go for a long stroll to watch glamorous pedestrians as they cruise by.

Cannes definitely wasn’t for the frugal backpacker, but it was nice to pass through for the day, wander around, and soak in some of the Cannes experience – all a short train ride from Nice.

Have you visited Nice or Cannes ? What did you think of it?