We took the cycle path from Villeneuve-Loubet into Nice, all the way to the far side of the Vieux Port, 10 miles each way. The Vieux Port in Nice is a smaller version of Vieux Port in Marseille surrounded with beautiful old buildings. We parked our bikes along the seafront and then walked into Cours Saleya, the market square with a morning market every day until 1.30pm, a flower market and plenty of restaurants spread around the outside.
We stopped for a lovely lunch at one of the restaurants then carried on walking through the old town stopping at Place Rosetti for an ice-cream from Fenocchio, too many flavours to choose from but as advised by Nia, I chose two, Chocolate Orange and Baileys and Tony chose one and that is why he is slim and I am not! I wish I could have been brave enough to try the black olive, tomato and basil or lavender and rosemary.
We took a look inside the beautiful Baroque Cathedral, Cathedrale Ste-Reparate, honouring the city’s patron saint, then continued to Place Massena, before doing a loop back around the old town and to the seafront. The old town has some beautiful buildings, is full of character and a joy to explore.
The beach at Nice is all pebble and the colours of the grey pebbles and turquoise sea together are beautiful.
We called in at the Marina at Villeneuve-Loubet for a look around and to take some photos of the pyramid shaped but also wave shaped apartment buildings that can been seen from a fair old distance due to their size and unusual shape.
We feel we are ready for a change of scenery and cannot face walking around Monte Carlo in the predicted rain so are going to head inland tomorrow for Grasse and spend a few days travelling along the Verdon Gorges.
L’Hippodrome is a very good location for picking up the cycle path into Nice. The cycle path is very safe to use as the path is completely separated from the road traffic. It is also possible to cycle into Antibes along the Bord de la Mer, although the cycle path here is mainly on the road.
There is a huge Geant supermarket about 2 minutes walking distance away from the Camping L’Hippodrome.