Summer in Nice seems to be getting hotter and hotter, so here are five great ways to beat the afternoon heat in Nice…
Shady Spaces: Head for the Hills… like the Chateau “Castle Hill” in Old Nice, for example. You can take the free elevator up from the Promenade, and once on top you will find woodsy bliss with lots of shade and cool breezes (not to mention the incredible views). For an even more foresty experience, just take bus #14 to Mont Boron (15 minutes) for an authentic hilltop forest with few people and plenty of peaceful little walking trails.
Get Sprayed: On your way down from the Chateau, enjoy the ultimate refreshing pause in the effusive cooling mists from the massive waterfall… ahhh. And right in the middle of town, the Jets d’eau off Place Massena are the best, with cooling fountains that you can just stroll through, getting cooled, misted, spritzed, moistened or soaked… as you wish.
Have a Ball at the Mall: The heat of the day is the perfect time to refuge in a little air-con, and the Nice Etoile Shopping Center, Galeries Layfayette, Zara, H&M, Sephora and FNAC all provide ample amusements in climatized comfort. July and August are when the massive France-wide summer sales happen, and Sundays are the best day to browse without the crowds.
Feed Your Inner Artist: Another idea for climate controlled spaces are Nice’s fabulous selection of museums, where you can beat the heat while treating yourself to an afternoon of brain candy.
And finally, if all else fails: Fenocchio.
Photo credits: Beach, Jets d’eau, and Fenocchio by Alain Morana Best of Nice Blog
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