Take a mums-time break in Nice, southern France

Written by on September 30, 2018 in Holidays & Things to do

Mums-time breaks are becoming increasingly popular as busy mums make time to enjoy a holiday with friends away from the daily stresses of life.

Whether it’s to have a bit of me-time, recharge your batteries, re-energise, relax or explore somewhere you love – or have never been to before, a bit of time out can do wonders.

We think Nice, France is one of the most fun places to go for a mini-break or longer with friends – easy to get to with short flights from all over the UK to Nice airport.

What to see and do in Nice

Relax on the beach: There is a beach in Nice, though its stony; you can have sand or a sun bed though (paid). Swimming in the sea is a joy here, those lovely turquoise waters truly beckon. Take the bus to Villefranche or Beaulieu-sur-Mer for free to access golden sands galore.

Culture vulture: There are plenty of art galleries and museums to peruse including the Matisse Museum with its fascinating collection and Palais Lascaris, a hidden 17th century gem with a collection of musical instruments and furnishings.

Promenade: Nice is great for walking, along the sea front, the great wide avenues lined with shops offering fabulous French fashion and in the old town… If you like a run or even a gentle jog, the city has plenty of enjoyable routes.

The Old town: One of the jewels of Nice, a warren of tiny streets filled with boutiques, bars and bistros – it’s an intoxicating mix of ancient and very old. Sitting in a shady square, sipping a chilled glass of rosé at sunset enjoying the good life with your friends – there’s nothing quite like it. Tip: Splash out on a cocktail at the Hotel Negresco for a true taste of luxury – beloved by royals and celebs who adore the décor and the famous mojitos!

Stop off at the market: The Cours Saleya market is famous – for its colourful produce, bonhomie amongst the stall holder and sheer beauty, not to forget perfect for picking up some oranges for your breakfast juice!

Dine out in Nice

You might not feel like cooking and if that’s the case, you’re spoiled for choice here with hundreds of places to choose from. Eat out in the sun on a terrace at Cours Saleya, grab a socca street food snack (the local speciality), aperitifs at dusk in the old town, fresh seafood, seasonal produce, authentic Mediterranean cuisine – take your pick. Tip: At A Buteghinna, 11 rue du marché, run by three friends (Sophie, Marcelle and Evelyne) is where you’ll get true Nicoise cooking – just like maman used to make, and they feed you like your family!

Holiday Accommodation in Nice

Where to stay: Villa Les Anthemis, perfect for chilling out. You’ll need to hire a car if you stay here as its about 7km from the town and the sea and the shops are around 3-4km away. Set on a hill above Nice you have stunning, inspirational views over the city and the coast and a sun trap terrace – perfect to catch some rays and for aperitifs under a starry sky. There’s a pool, boules pitch, garden and barbeque.

Where to stay: Nice Centre Ville:  Stay in this apartment and you won’t have to walk far to the restaurants and attractions of Nice. Spacious with air conditioning and a lift, the apartment (sleeps 6) is in a stunning old building right in the centre and a short walk to the beach. If you don’t want to drive, this is just about perfect as the transport options for getting around by train, bus and tram are superb.

French Connections have hundreds of villas, gites and apartments in the centre of Nice and close by – pop over and search for the holiday rental of your dreams in their Nice holiday homes section…

Related Articles

5 Great new events in France for 2019

Atout France, the French tourism agency, are a rich source of information for what’s on in France. For 2019 they put together a long list of events, festivities and new openings and we asked French Connections, the fabulous holiday rental company, to pick some of their favourite events for next year. La Voie des Vignes […]

Continue Reading

Fabulous wedding venues in France

When it comes to celebrating your wedding in France, there’s loads of choice for romantic venues and places that will create the memories you want from your special day. If you want to have a party or celebration of your wedding in France – that’s easy, just pick a venue that’s in the area you […]

Continue Reading

All you need to know about Car Rental in France

For the best deals for car hire in France – look no further. We’ve done the hard work for you and found one of the best car hire sites there is with thousands of pick up and drop off locations and a huge choice of cars: Discover Car Hire. Why compare car hire rates? Years […]

Continue Reading

Reviving retreats in France

The Happy Hamlet, a centuries old farm-hamlet in the sunny Tarn-et-Garonne, countryside southwest France, has been transformed into a special hideaway. It has quickly become the place to go for many travellers seeking a relaxing and meaningful holiday. Reenergising retreats in southwest France “Heaven on earth; great people, warm hearts, caring and genuine hospitality. Charming […]

Continue Reading

Camping guide to Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine) in the southwest of France is one of the country’s most popular camping destinations. It’s no wonder, with a diverse landscape incorporating four departments that take in some of the best beaches and most glorious countryside in France, this is a region that makes for very happy campers says Finán O’Donoghue, CEO of […]

Continue Reading


If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed

Comments are closed.