Nice Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC
Here’s your pocket sized cabin crew guide to layover in Nice.
Nice is one of the very few cities that have an airport with the runway right next to the beach. While landing you must have seen the vast expanse of the Mediterranean Sea and the beautiful blue waters.
There’s plenty to do in this beautiful city of the French Riviera and some amazing day trips to Aix en Provence, Monaco, Marseilles & Canes.
What to do in Nice in 24h – 48h?
Promenade des Anglais
The Promenade des Anglais runs along the pebbly shore of Nice’s beach. (1 to 2 hours)
Castle Hill (Colline du Chateau)
Castle Hill, or Colline du Château as it’s called in French, is more “hill” than “castle.” Most of it has crumbled away, but travellers and travel experts alike recommend climbing the nearly 300 feet of stairs to the top of the hill for the sweeping panorama of Nice and the Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels). If you don’t want to climb, you can take a lift that will carry you about 75 percent of the way. (2 to 2.5 hours)
Is the Old Town in Nice and has a lot to offer to locals and travellers alike. They have some great French restaurants here as well! (2 to 4 hours)
Avenue Jean Medecin
For some retail therapy you’d love to stroll around Avenue Jean Medecin. There are international chains, but you’ll also find the Galeries Lafayette, French department stores and the Centre Commercial Nice Etoile shopping mall, as well as a number of French boutiques and cafés. If you’ve shopped the entire street and still want more, you’ll find that the streets surrounding Avenue Jean Médecin are lined with shops too. (1 to 2 hours)
Ahh, the French Riviera sun, the rolling Mediterranean waves and the legendary blue chairs. One of the main events to a Nice vacation is the beach lounging.
WOC Tip: About 15 private (and costly) beaches break up the public beaches, so be prepared to shell out several euros for your beach time. You should also note that the private beaches don’t allow you to bring in your own food and drink; you’ll have to purchase refreshments from the adjoining (and expensive) restaurants. And they also charge for lounge chairs and even towels.
The public beaches are free, but they don’t have any restroom facilities or lounge chairs, which are almost a necessity against the pebbly ground. And speaking of the rocky sand, some travelers recommend wearing water shoes — even in the water — since the ground is so uncompromising.
Water Sports in Nice
If you love water sports, you’re in for an adventurous treat during your layover in Nice! Some of the water sports that you can indulge in are
WOC Tip: You can find more information about the pricing and booking here http://en.nicetourisme.com/sport-activities
Day Trips From Nice (By Scooter, Bus or Train)
The ride to Monaco is beautiful! If you’re on a scooter, don’t forget to stop often on the way and take photos. It is the second smallest country in the world and has grand casinos and unbelievably luxurious yachts. Walking up to the royal castle and strolling around the area is not a bad idea either. This upper part of town is the nicest in the late afternoon when shadows become long.
Even if you’re a hardcore backpacker and hate glamour and flashy style, you should allow yourself to be seduced by Cannes. Le Suquet, the old town elevated on a hill above the city offers the finest views and the waterfront avenue lined with palm trees is pleasant to stroll. The city itself is a labyrinth of small winding streets and the overall ambiance is welcoming. Beware of the Film Festival, though! That’s when Cannes turns crowded and chaotic.
Grasse is a special place thanks to its perfume making tradition. Have you seen the movie Perfume: The Story of a Murderer? The scenes are set here! The streets are beautifully winding around nice little squares with a large number of galleries and perfume shops. The famous Fragonard perfumery is located here. Pay a visit to this big one or any of the smaller perfumeries – for example Galimard or Molinard. The art of perfume making is indeed fascinating and they have perfected the craft right there, in Grasse.
AIX EN PROVENCE
It takes 3-4 hours to reach Aix En Provence by Bus which you can take from the Nice Airport. When you’re here you must schedule a trip to the Lavender Fields and also visit the L’OCCITANE Museum.
ST. PAUL DE VENCE
St. Paul de Vence is a little medieval town sitting on top of a hill. Its a pictureque town and just strolling with an ice cream cone in hand is a great way to relax here.
Flight Attendants Discounts in France
World Of Crew gets you a few awesome deals only for cabin crews in London. Have a look into these and let us know if you manage to visit them during your layover!
Any experiences to share?
Have a beautiful layover in the French Riviera and pass on your discoveries to your fellow cabin crew members by sharing them in the comments below! Bon Voyage!