The French Riviera – the most scenic coastal route of Europe

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During our final exams of mechanical engineering at McMaster University, Canada, we decided to go on a month long Euro-trip covering Switzerland, Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands and Germany. I still remember planning the trip at 2 am while taking breaks from studying and searching for hostels, apartments and rental cars.

We rented an apartment in Nice and drove along the coast till we reached Monaco. I have to admit it was one of the best and most scenic road trips of my life.

Nice is a beautiful city on the French Riviera with unique pebbles beaches, breath-taking panoramic views and amazing museums. The city was founded in the 4th century BC by the Greeks. It was originally named “Nike” which means victory in Greek. You can also see traces of Italian heritage in food, art and culture in Nice as it was a part of Italy prior to 1860. If you like carnivals, Nice has been hosting carnivals every year in February since 12th Century.

After driving around the city and exploring local food, art and culture, we ended up on the pebble beach in Nice. I must say, it was a very unique beach. I had never seen a beach with only pebbles and no sand. For those who get annoyed by getting sand everywhere while enjoying the beach, Nice pebble beach is your ideal alternative. If you wish to sunbath, you might need something thicker than a beach towel. Although the pebbles are nice and smooth, you might still need a thick beach mat if you want to relax or read a book. And if you want to enjoy a nice long walk, I would definitely suggest bringing appropriate aqua shoes to walk on pebbles.

We also enjoyed the panoramic beauty of coast at Castle hill which is an attraction popular among tourists from around the globe. Many parts of the Castle on this Hill have crumbled away, but the view is certainly worth climbing up the stairs.

If you are planning a trip to Nice and wondering about the best time of the year to visit this beautiful city, let me just say it is always nice in Nice.

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