Explore la Côte d'Azur
There’s no better way to see the beauty of this world than to travel. As an ethical swimwear brand who cares deeply for the planet, we love everything from visiting beautiful beaches to hiking up mountains just to see the view from the top. Since Lucia’s main inspiration for the brand came moving to different cities and traveling the world, we thought a mini travel guide of Monaco and Nice was absolutely necessary!
When in Monaco...
If you’re in the mood for beautiful views with an outdoor adventure, Jardin Exotique should be one of the must see locations on your list. Located at the top of a cliffside is Monaco’s botanical garden filled with a variety of exotic plants. Not only will you discover more succulent plants than you even thought existed, but you’ll also experience the most breathtaking views that Monaco has to offer. At the bottom of the cliff, you’ll also find the Observation Cave of Monaco which holds years of history and fragments of prehistoric people.
There is something magical about this iconic location. You need to visit the Casino's first room (from 2pm onwards) for free.
Overlooking the Principality of Monaco and the Mediterranean Sea, Tête de Chien is a 550 m high rock promontory and is the highest point on Grande Corniche road. Look down from the top and you’ll see a panorama covering all of Monaco. You can scooter or drive up to the top for convenience, but some find it more rewarding to hike it. Either way, Tête de Chien will leave you with the most breathtaking memory of Monaco’s true beauty.
One of Lucia’s favorite havens in Monaco, Plage Mala is known as the best private cove in the area. It’s a small and secluded beach surrounded by beautiful reefs and yachts. Bring your own picnic or enjoy food from one of the two restaurants! For a more relaxing day in Monaco, Plage Mala won’t leave you disappointed (oh, and don't forget your Sinipesa Bikini!).
Eze is a beautiful small village overlooking the Mediterranean sea, located between Nice and Monaco. The most magical place of this little town its the Botanical Garden. It is the highest point around the commune, with breathtaking views to the sea!
For a special lunch or dinner, La Chevre D'or is a must. The restaurant earned two Michellin stars for its French menu and overlooks a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea. Being able to indulge in gourmet food while taking in the scenery at the same time makes La Chevre D'or one of the most famous restaurants in Monaco!
When in Nice...
This street is best known for it’s boutique shopping stores and outdoor cafe’s. Grab a coffee and croissant in the morning or spend the whole day shopping and strolling! This street is busy with a mixture of locals and tourists, but a lively way to start your day. Spending some time in the heart of Nice will have you falling in love with the city by the end of the day.
Take a relaxing walk along this Nice's beautiful seaside walkway, the Promenade des Anglais, which translates to "Walkway of the English". It got its name from the wealthy English tourists who traveled to Nice in the 19th century to spend their holidays and walk near the sea.
Here you can find one of the most stunning views of the French Coast. This park is the former location of a castle, which was demolished hundreds of years ago.
The old town of Nice is magical. From small walkways to cute restaurants and shops, you can spend hours wandering this little city. The colorful architecture is Italian, since the city was once part of Italy. It is the perfect place to go out at night and have a drink after a long day.
If you want to taste the Provençal food, wake up early in the morning to visit the famous flower and fruit market at Course Saleya, where you can also taste numerous products from the region.
For some beautiful sightseeing in Nice, be sure to visit this Russian church recognized as a national monument of France. It’s the largest Orthodox cathedral in all of Western Europe with spectacular architecture for sightseeing. Being built in the early 20th century, this cathedral holds historic sentiment that you couldn’t find anywhere else!
When in Nice, you need to eat at Le Plongeoir, an iconic location hovering over the sea and sitting on a famous rock. This is one of the best and most well known restaurants for it’s modern Mediterranean cuisine and unusual setting. With lots of fresh and local produce, this restaurant has something for everyone to enjoy.
For some of the best pasta ever and a personal favorite of Lucia’s, take a trip over to Di Più in Nice. Since being so close to the border with Italy, this restaurant might possibly have the most authentic pasta you’ve ever tried. The best part is, their prices are fair and their portions are huge!
These are just a few of our favorite locations and restaurants, but the list could go on. No matter what you end up doing or where you end up going in Monaco and Nice, you’ll have the opportunity to see one of the most beautiful places in the world! Be sure to take in all this region has to offer you.
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