Nice is a cosmopolitan city where you'll find a colorful Old Town, elegant Belle Epoque architecture, French Riviera chic and much more. The ship anchors just outside city limits, in the deep blue bay of picturesque Villefranche-sur-Mer.
The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
While Villefranche is lovely, it's truly remarkable for what surrounds it. While you're there, visit some of its better-known neighbors: Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo. These jet-setters' retreats are as remarkable for their beautiful beaches as the mansions and boutiques that surround them.
Fun Things to Do
- See the Rock of Monaco, and travel on foot through the Old Quarter.
- Explore the vaulted passageways and beautiful façade of Monaco's Prince's Palace and the Palace Square.
- Visit the 19th-century Monaco Cathedral, final resting place of the Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly. Stop at Place du Casino in Monte Carlo to explore this renowned landmark.
- Go shopping in Old Town in Nice, where you'll find interesting shops and charming sidewalk cafés.
- Drive down the Boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes, famous for its exclusive hotels and designer boutiques.
Get a Taste of Local Flavor
Sample local favorites, including onion, anchovy and olive tarts known as pissaladières.Salad Nicoise is also popular here, combining tuna, hard-boiled egg, green beans and anchovies. Vegetarians might prefer ratatouille, a tomato-based dish with onions, eggplant, zucchini and subtle spices.
The Euro (EUR), the currency of the European Union, is the official currency of France. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember there is a Value-Added Tax added to most purchases.
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