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17 Fantastic Day Trips from Nice

The 5th largest city in France, Nice is considered the capital of the Côte d’Azur. And while there is so much to do in Nice, the French Riviera boasts some of the most beautiful places to visit in southern France – all within easy reach of Nice.

From charming hilltop medieval villages to some of Europe’s swankiest beach destinations and cities. You can even nip across the border to Italy for a change of scenery and culture – Visit the best places in the French Riviera on these day trips from Nice. See our guide to the annual weather patterns in Nice to choose the best time to visit.

Red and white umbrellas and sun lounges line the pebble beach in Cagnes-sur-Mer overlooking turquoise blue water on a sunny day.

How to Get Around the French Riviera

The entire French Riviera is very well connected with train and bus services. We give you the public transport information for each destination where available.

The train (TER Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur) is often the most convenient and fastest. Some destinations are better explored by car or on a day tour if you don’t wish to drive yourself. We give tour recommendations where we believe they are good value and make sense.

Car hire from Nice is very easy, even if you only want to rent for a day or two. Be mindful that there can be a lot of traffic in the peak summer period.

Discover Cars search for the best rates in Nice with prices starting at less than €150 for two days in early summer for a small car which is perfect for navigating Nice and small towns. See here to compare car rental rates.

Tip: For accurate bus timetables and routes – download the Lignes d’Azur App. It has more accurate schedules and services for the Nice Côte d’Azur region than you will find online. Look on the map on the app to find a bus stop near you and the services available.

You can buy train tickets at the train station for the closest destinations, but for further destinations such as Ventimiglia, booking in advance during the peak season is best to get the timings you want.

Pink hued village with baroque church spires in front of misty mountains with palm trees in the foreground.

17 Fantastic Day Trips from Nice – See the Best Places in the French Riviera


35 minutes driving | 21 km

The incredibly wealthy Principality of Monaco is a sovereign city-state and microstate on the French Riviera. It is known for its luxurious lifestyle, glamorous atmosphere, casinos, and the famous Monte Carlo Grand Prix. One of the most popular day trips from Nice, Monaco, is a short train ride away. 

People walking in front of the famous Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco.

A must-see destination for those visiting Nice, there is a lot to see and do in the glitzy city of Monte Carlo and the tiny Principality of Monaco.

Visitors can explore the palace of the ruling Grimaldi family, rub shoulders with the mega-rich at the beautiful Monte Carlo Casino, or go for a spin on the famous Formula One circuit. (We especially enjoyed driving the famous Formula One circuit in our tiny Fiat Panda rental car)

Explore the old town, visit the oceanographic museum, or take a stroll along the famous Monte-Carlo beaches and the renowned harbour full of impressive mega yachts. Monaco, one of the smallest countries in the world, dishes up an impressive sneak peek at the lives of the rich and famous. 

How to Get to Monaco from Nice

  • Train. Monaco is on the direct train TER train line operated by SNCF, the major rail company in France. The journey can take as little as 15 minutes, with trains running all day.
  • Bus. Take the Bus 100 Monaco/Menton from the top of the Port across from the tram stop ‘Port’. Travel time is approximately 45 minutes, and buses depart every 15 minutes during the week. Tip: Sit on the right side of the bus for some gorgeous scenery. 
  • Car. Take the scenic Grand Corniche to Monte Carlo, approximately 35 minutes from central Nice. 

Tour Recommendations for Monaco


50 min driving | 28.8 km

Located just a short train ride from Nice (25 minutes), Antibes charms visitors with its beautiful old town, lively markets and glorious powder sand beaches.

Those not fussed with the pebbly shores of Nice find their ultimate French Riveria setting on the laid-back Cap d’Antibes peninsula and along the Juan-les-Pins coastline. 

people walking down a pretty shopping street lined with flowers in Antibes on a summers day.

Antibes offers a great mix of history, culture, and natural beauty. Explore the picturesque old town and historic fortresses, visit the Picasso Museum in the Château Grimaldi, where Picasso spent three months painting, or take a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais. See the largest marina in Europe, Port Vauban, which boasts an impressive array of mega yachts. 

Shop for local produce in the Marche Provencal morning market and relax on Place Nationale, one of several beautiful squares, while enjoying a local tisane herbal tea. 

For outdoorsy types, take a hike along Tire Poil Trail that follows the coast to the Cap d’Antibes. 

Tips for Antibes: Antibes is on the way to Cannes, which makes a great combined day trip from Nice. 

Utilise the 1 or 2-day open-air hop-on-hop-off bus in Antibes to see all the major sights and monuments, including Juan-Les-Pins, and Cap d’Antibes – See here for details and tickets.

How to Get to Antibes from Nice

  • Train. The TER regional train has a direct service between Antibes and Nive Ville. Travel time is approx. 25 minutes and trains regularly all day. 
  • Bus. Take the 200 Bus, which is approx. 40 minutes.
  • Car. Approx. 30 minutes on the A8.


40 min driving | 33 km

Southwest of Nice, past Antibes, Cannes is known for its famous film festival, luxurious soft sandy beaches, high-end shopping, and celebrity lifestyle. It’s not surprising Cannes is one of the most famous and popular destinations on the French Riviera. 

The old quarter in Cannes with pastle waterfront buildings and boats in the harbour.

Cannes offers a great mix of culture and glamour. Visitors can explore the old town and the Old Port and visit the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès for a photo on the famous red carpet, which is out all year long. Take a stroll along the famous Croisette beach and see the stylish boutiques and restaurants or go shopping at the Forville Market.

How to Get to Cannes from Nice

  • Train: There are direct trains all day from Nice-Ville Station, which take approx. 30 minutes.
  • Bus: Catch Bus 200, which will take approx. 45 minutes.
  • Car: Approx. 30 minutes from central Nice.


36 min driving | 22.6 km

The charming medieval village of Vence is just a short bus ride from Nice and offers a great mix of art, culture, and natural beauty.

The quaint hilltop town in the hills of the Alpes Maritimes department is known for its art galleries, museums, and the Chapelle du Rosaire, a famous chapel designed by Henri Matisse. 

Take a stroll through the old town where you can collect the famous Vence spring water from various fountains. There are plenty of typical cafes to discover, along with Vence’s long connection with art. Explore the markets held daily in the main square, Place Maréchal Juin.

Outside the historic walls, you can enjoy beautiful views and stroll around the Place du Frêne and the Place du Grand Jardin, next to the Porte du Peyra. 

How to Get to Vence from Nice

  • Train: The bus is the most direct route, so we will not bother with train information.
  • Bus: Catch Bus 400 from Nice, which will take approx. 40 minutes.
  • Car: Approx. 30 minutes from central Nice.

Tour Recommendation: Half-Day Saint Paul de Vence and Wine Tasting Tour from Nice, including wine tasting and transport.


35 min driving | 20 km (15 minutes from Vence)

A short distance from Vence is Saint-Paul-de-Vence, the medieval hilltop village known for its stunning views of the Mediterranean, charming cobblestone streets, art galleries, charming cafes and charismatic atmosphere. 

A hilltop fortified village with a castle at the top in France. Trees surround the base of the village.

Visit the Renoir Museum and the Foundation Maeght to view a stunning collection of modern art showcasing artists such as Marc Chagall and Joan Miró – note that the Maeght Foundation is a short walk out of town. 

Visit the grave site of Chagall, stroll through the village’s historical centre, and enjoy the beautiful views from the ramparts.

Stop for lunch on the patio at the famous Colombe d’Or Restaurant. Once frequented by legendary artists such as Matisse and Picasso, the family-run auberge boasts a priceless collection of art and a gorgeous setting for a long lazy lunch. 

How to Get to Saint-Paul-de-Vence from Nice

  • Train: The bus is the most direct route, so we will not bother with train information.
  • Bus: Catch Bus 400 from Nice, which will take approx. 45 minutes.
  • Car: Approx. 35 minutes from central Nice. 

Tour Recommendation: Flavor & Taste of Provence. Experience the beauty of the French Riviera on a 5-hour tour of the pretty villages of Saint-Paul de Vence and Grasse, famous as the world’s perfume capital. See here for details.


50 min driving | 45 km

The world’s perfume capital, the charming hilltop town of Grasse, is known for its perfume industry and offers a great mix of history and culture. 

There are around 30 perfume factories (perfumeries) in the town where you can learn about perfumery and create your own signature scent.

Grass old town with the church towers against a blue sky.

The Fragonard Perfume factory (by far the most famous), Molinard, and Gallimard perfumeries are the best to visit, offering guided tours and workshops. 

The lovely village with tree-shaded courtyards, charming outdoor cafés, and quaint cobblestone streets is in the foothills of the Maritime Alps, surrounded by beautiful and aromatic fields of Provincial flowers – so a stroll through the old town offers gorgeous views.

Visit the Musée International de la Parfumerie (International Perfume Museum) and the Grasse Cathedral, which contains many important works of art, including paintings by Rubens.

How to Get to Grasse from Nice

  • Train: There is a direct train from Nice to Grasse, which takes approx. one hour, depending on the service. You can take the shuttle from Grasse station directly to Grasse town centre, which is approx. 1.5 km up the hill. 
  • Bus: The 500 Bus departs from various stops in Nice for Grasse. Travel time is approx. 1.5hrs. 
  • Car: Approx. 50 minutes (48 km) from central Nice. Be mindful that parking in Grasse can be difficult in peak season. 


25 min driving | 12.3 km

The charming medieval village of Eze has an enviable location high on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean, offering breathtaking views of the Mediterranean.

An arched cobbled laneway in a small French village leads to the entrance of a hotel where two black statues hold lanterns.

Only a short bus ride from Nice, Eze offers a great mix of history and natural beauty. It’s not surprising it is one of the most popular day trips from Nice. 

 Eze is the quintessential French Medieval postcard town known for its narrow cobbled streets with stone houses draped in greenery, exotic gardens and charming local restaurants. 

Visit Le Jardin exotique d’Eze to see an impressive collection of exotic cacti and other botanical species. The 5-star Château de La Chèvre d’Or is also famous for its gardens and exotic animal statues and is a great place for lunch with magnificent views at the Ramparts Restaurant. 

If you’re feeling active, you can hike the Nietzsche path for incredible views.

How to Get to Eze from Nice

  • Train: The train to Eze drops you at the bottom of the hill in Eze-Sur Mer. Bus 83 runs between the station and Eze village, but it is not regular. In this case, you will need to walk up the Nietzsche Trail to reach the village. I recommend taking the bus below directly to the village and hiking down, as the Nietzsche Trail takes at least an hour and is steep. 
  • Bus: Take Lignes d’Azur bus 82 or 112 Nice’s Valbaun bus station along the scenic Grand Corniche to Eze village. Travel time approx. 35-45 minutes. 
  • Car: Approx. 25 minutes (12.3 km) from central Nice. Be mindful that parking in Eze can be difficult in peak season. 

Tour Recommendation for Eze: From Nice: Eze, Monaco, & Monte-Carlo Half-Day Trip

Saint Tropez

1 hr 45 min driving | 111.6 km

The glamorous seaside town of St Tropez is known for its luxury yachts, designer boutiques, stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife. 

Colourful buildings and brightly painted fishing boats in the harbour of St Tropez.

Soak up the lavish lifestyle of St Tropez, where luxury yachts now outnumber fishing boats in the Port. Head to Plage de Pampelonne and Plage des Graniers for crystal-clear waters and fine sand.

Enjoy panoramic views of the town and sea from the Citadel, a 17th-century fort. People watch in Place des Lices, a picturesque square home to a lively market, on Tuesdays and Saturdays – you’ll also find excellent restaurants serving traditional French cuisine and seafood.

If you want to stay after dark, Saint Tropex has no shortage of luxe bars and clubs, such as the legendary Les Caves du Roy.

How to Get to St Tropez from Nice

  • Bus or Train: There are no direct bus or train services from Nice to St Tropez. You need first to take the train to Saint-Raphael, then Bus 7601, which takes an hour and a half to St Tropez.
  • Car: By car is the easiest way to get to Saint Tropez, although it can be slow during the peak summer season with traffic.
  • Boat: There is a direct ferry from Nice to St Tropez in high season. It is the most efficient, enjoyable and budget-friendly way to reach St Tropez. You Can book tickets here: From Nice – Round-Trip Transportation to Saint Tropez by Boat.

Day Tour Recommendation: A day tour is a great way to maximise your time with included transport. This day tour to Saint Tropez includes Saint-Tropez, Port Grimaud, and Sainte-Maxime – From Nice – Saint-Tropez and Port Grimaud Boat Tour.


39 min driving | 29.2 km on the A8

Menton is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities we’ve visited on the French Riviera. Menton is the last city on the French coast before you hit the Italian border, and Italy’s stunning Liguria region five miles away. 

Pastel coloured building either side of stairs leading to a church with a bell tower.

The colourful coastal city oozes charm with a good dash of Italian influence. We are not the only ones who consider Menton one of the most beautiful places on the French Riviera, as the city dazzles visitors with clusters of villas in pastel hues of pink and orange.

Menton is known for its agreeable microclimate, high end designer shops, upscale restaurants, and palm-fringed beaches. The hilly old town also boasts beautiful historical buildings and magnificent views over the coast.

Visit the 18th-century Basilique Saint-Michel and the Cimetière du Vieux Château for stellar views over the city and sea. See the ornate facade of La Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs and visit the Musée Jean Cocteau collection to see works by poet Jean Cocteau. Stroll along the Promenade du Soleil to soak up the sunshine and views. Menton will undoubtedly steal your heart as it did with Queen Victoria when she visited in 1882.

How to Get to Menton From Nice

  • Train: There is a direct train on the TER line from Nice, which takes approx. 40 minutes.
  • Bus: Take Bus 100 from Nice Port to Menton. Travel time is approx. 1 hr.
  • Car: The fastest route is on the A8, which will take approx. 40 minutes.

Ventimiglia Italy

46 min driving | 39.4 km

Pop over the border to Italy for a change of culture for the day. Only 20 minutes from Menton, you can make a great combined day trip from Nice.

One of the most charming towns in Liguria, Ventimiglia, a short train ride from Nice, offers a glimpse into the culture and history of Italy. Upper Ventimiglia is one of Liguria’s most important historical centres, preserving almost ten centuries of the city’s history. Visitors can explore the ancient Roman ruins, including the Roman Theatre, or wander through the charming streets lined with shops and restaurants.

Brightly coloured houses cascade down the hill punctuated with church spires against a blue sky and palm trees in the foreground in the village of Ventimiglia.

Visit the caves of Balzi Rossi and prehistoric museum, and the stunning Hanbury Gardens, the most famous acclimatisation garden on the Riviera and one of the most important in Europe. The Cathedral of Ventimiglia is considered one of the best examples of the Romanesque architecture of Liguria.

The covered market of Ventimiglia dates back to 1922. It was the first construction in Europe for the marketing of cut flowers.

The market is still very famous in Italy and neighbouring France for the variety and quality of its fruit and vegetables, typical gastronomic products, and of course, flowers. While staying in Liguria, the Ventimiglia market was our go-to for incredible Italian produce and local pesto sauces.

On a Friday morning, Ventimiglia is famous for its vast outdoor market selling everything from knock-off designer clothes, shoes, plants, cheese and typical Italian produce. 

How to Get to Ventimiglia from Nice

  • Train: There are direct trains from Nice to Ventimiglia on the regional TER train line. There is no border control. Approx. 50 minutes
  • Car: Approx. 45 minutes on the A8.

Italian Riviera Tour Recommendation from Nice:

Italian Coast & Markets Full-day trip to the Italian Riviera from the French Riviera, visiting either Ventimiglia or San Remo markets and the authentic Italian 12th-century hilltop village of Dolceacqua. See here for full details.

Villa Ephrussi and Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat

28 min driving | 10.3 km

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is an exclusive coastal town a short bus ride from Nice, offering a great mix of luxury and natural beauty. 

Along with fantastic beaches and plenty of stylish villas and gardens to admire, the highlight is the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.

Landscaped gardens surround a long pond which stretches out in front of the large Rothschild Villa Ephrussi on the French Riviera.

The residence of Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild, daughter of the wealthy banker Baron Alphonse de Rothschild, offers visitors a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the incredibly affluent during the early 20th century. 

Visitors can explore the various rooms and gardens of Villa Ephrussi, filled with art and antiques in the style of an Italian palazzo.

Surrounding the villa are expansive, immaculately landscaped grounds overlooking serene deep-blue Mediterranean waters. Explore a stunning array of French, Japanese, and Provençal gardens, an Exotic Garden, a fragrant Rose Garden, and one that includes Roman archaeological relics.

Visit the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild site for tickets, opening hours and events information. 

How to Get to Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat From Nice

  • Train: Train is not the most direct route. Take the TER to Monaco-Menton from Nice Ville and get off at Beaulieu sur Mer. Then take the bus 15 direction port de Saint-Jean. Approx 40 minutes.
  • Bus: Take Bus 15 from Promenade des Arts stop in Nice in the direction of Port de Saint-Jean. Approx. 35 minutes.
  • Car: The fastest route is on the A8, which will take approx. 30 minutes.

See all the most Beautiful Houses on the French Riviera in One Day.

Discover the architectural heritage of the Côte d’Azur on a One Day Extraordinary Houses Tour from Nice. Visit Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villa Kérylos in Beaulieu, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Fragonard perfume factory in Eze, the Monte Carlo Old town, beautiful Monte Carlo Casina and the famous Grand Prix Circuit. See here for full tour details.

Villa Kérylos and Beaulieu-sur-Mer

22 min driving | 9.6 km

Beaulieu-sur-Mer is a picturesque coastal town known for its beautiful beaches, luxurious yachts, vibrant nightlife and upscale shops and restaurants.

There is plenty to enjoy in Beaulieu-sur-Mer: Explore the charming narrow streets in the old town with its picturesque squares and old buildings, such as Saint-Michel’s church.

Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, a popular spot for people-watching and beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Relax on one of Beaulieu-sur-Mer’s beautiful beaches, including Plage de Passable and Plage des Fourmis. Visit the Exotic Garden, which has a collection of plants from around the world, including cacti, palm trees, and other tropical plants.

A highlight of Beaulieu-sur-Mer is Villa Kérylos. The beautiful villa is a replica of an ancient Greek home and offers a glimpse into ancient Greek culture and lifestyle.

The villa Kerylos seen in the distance from the Cape Ferrat, on a sunny day with no people and clear blue water. A palm leaf hangs in the frame.

Archaeologist Théodore Reinach, in collaboration with architect Emmanuel Pontremoli, created the villa in the style of a noblemen’s house on the Island of Delos in Greece, accurately following 2nd-century BC Greek building methods.

The villa’s furnishings, mosaics, and decorations accurately replicate those found in archaeological collections. 

Visitors can take a guided tour to step back a few millennia to a lavish scene of ancient Greece and learn more about the villa’s history and architecture. See the Villa Kérylos website to plan your visit. 

How to Get to Beaulieu-sur-Mer From Nice

  • Train: There are regular trains from Nice Ville to Beaulieu-sur-Mer. Approx travel time 10-15 minutes. 
  • Bus: The bus is not the most direct way to reach Beaulieu-sur-Mer.
  • Car: Approx. 20 minutes.


24 min driving | 9.1 km

A few kilometres from Beaulieu-sur-Mer, the charming coastal town of Villefranche-sur-Mer is known for its picturesque old town and stunning beaches. 

Looking over the old town and harbour of Villefranche-Sur-Mer with blue water and orange hued buildings. Pink Bougainvillea is in the foreground.

A picturesque harbour lined with colourful Italianate buildings set against rolling hills of olive groves and a very agreeable microclimate is one reason stars like Tina Turna keep a villa in Villefranche-sur-Mer. The town has also been featured in films such as Never Say Never Again and To Catch a Thief.  

Beyond the quaint harbour and gorgeous sandy beaches, visitors can explore the narrow streets of the historic centre and enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants serving fresh seafood. Visit the Citadelle Saint-Elme, an ancient fortress with stunning views of the town and the Mediterranean Sea. See the Eglise Saint-Michel church built in the town’s characteristic Italian Baroque style.

By the harbour is the 16th-century Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs. The fisherman’s chapel was decorated in 1956 by Jean Cocteau, who often stayed at Villefranche-sur-Mer and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. A scene from his film, Le Testament d’Orphée, was set on the atmospheric medieval Rue Obscure, which is below the old town in Villefranche-sur-Mer.

A laidback alternative to Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer makes a great day trip or even a nice place to spend a few days. 

How to Get to Villefranche-sur-Mer from Nice

  • Train: There is a direct train from Nice. Approx 10 minutes
  • Bus: Take bus 15. Approx 20 minutes. The Octroi stop is the closest to Villefranche’s old town. Approx six minute walk. 
  • Car: Approx. 20 minutes from central Nice.

Tour Recommendation:

Sightseeing Cruise to Villefranche Bay. See Nice, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, and Villefranche-sur-Mer on a one-hour sightseeing cruise along the French Riviera. See here for details.

Cagnes-sur-Mer and Haut-de-Cagnes

26 min driving | 12.9 km

The small French Riviera town of Cagnes-sur-Mer, with its pretty beaches, and picturesque old town lined with colourful houses, is where Impressionist artist Renoir spent the last 12 years of his life. 

At the Musée Renoir, dedicated to the works of the French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, visitors can see the famous painter’s tranquil gardens, home and studio. 

Hill top medieval village with flags flying from the top of the castle on a sunny day.
The village of Haut-de-Cagnes

Take the complimentary shuttle, bus 44, from Square Bourdet to the smaller medieval village of Haut-de-Cagnes. It is located on a hilltop and offers stunning views of the town and the Mediterranean Sea. Explore the narrow lanes of the small town and visit the Château-Musée Grimaldi, a museum and art gallery in the castle of Cagnes-sur-Mer. 

How to Get to Cagnes-sur-Mer from Nice

  • Train: There is a direct train from Nice to Cagnes-sur-Mer from Nice. Approx. 25 minutes. 
  • Bus: Take the 200 Bus from Nice. Approx 30-35 minutes.
  • You can find information here about the free shuttles in Cagnes-sur-Mer.
  • Driving: Approx. 25 minutes from central Nice on the A8. Parking can be difficult in Hautes-de-Cagnes, so use the free shuttle from Cagnes-sur-Mer.

Gorges des Alpes-Maritimes Driving Tour

For those who enjoy a scenic drive, the Gorges des Alpes-Maritimes Driving Tour is a scenic self-driving tour through the Alpes-Maritimes region of the French Riviera. The route takes visitors through the beautiful landscape of rocky cliffs, lush vegetation, and clear mountain streams with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea.

A bridge crosses a narrow gorge with steep red rocks and a winding road on one side.

One route takes you through the Gorges de Daluis and the Gorges de la Vésubie, where you can admire the stunning scenery and stop at various viewpoints. The tour also takes you through the charming villages of Saint-Martin-Vésubie, Utelle, and Colmars-Les-Alpes, where you can stop for a meal or a drink.

One of the tour’s highlights is the Col de la Bonette, the highest road pass in Europe at an altitude of 2,715 meters. The drive offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Finish in the town of Barcelonnette, where you can explore the charming old town and visit the Musée de la Vallée.

It’s important to note that the tour is winding and steep at some points, so be mindful to drive slowly and carefully and check the road conditions and traffic before starting, especially in winter.

Hilltop Villages of Peillon and Peille

31 min driving to Peillon | 19.5 km

The charming medieval villages of Peillon and Peille, less than 20 kilometres from Nice, offer visitors a glimpse into the region’s rich history and incredible views. 

Both villages are known for their picturesque landscapes, charming old towns, and rich cultural heritage.

A cat lies at the end of a narrow cobbled lane lined with flowers in a small medieval French village.

Take the steep drive to the old town of Peillon, known for its charming narrow streets, tight clusters of colourful houses, and beautiful fountains. Visit the Eglise Saint-Sauveur church at the highest point in the village for magnificent views. The Chapel of the White Penitents (Chapel of Penitents-Blancs) has exquisite 15th-century fresco paintings by Jean Canavesio, and the Chapelle Saint-Roch boasts beautiful views.

If you don’t want to drive the 30 minutes between towns, you can hike to the hilltop village of Peille along the scenic seven-kilometre, two-hour Route Napoléon

A medieval stone fountain in a small town square surrounded by stone buildings in Peille France.

The tiny 12th-century village of Peille is more remote than Peillon but a pleasure to explore. Wander the steep and narrow streets and vaulted passages in the town that further add to the charm. See the 15th century gothic fountain, the thirteenth-century castle ruins, and the beautiful ancient frescos inside the church.

How to Get to Peillon and Peille from Nice

There are public transport services to the towns of Peillon and Peille from Nice, but buses are only on Sundays, and trains involve a decent hike/walk from the stations. Driving is the most efficient way to reach these hilltop villages. 

Driving: Approx. 30 minutes from central Nice.


43 min driving | 26.5 km

This picturesque medieval village of Biot is known for its glass-blowing workshops and art galleries. Visitors can watch artisans at work and purchase unique Biot glass pieces to take home. 

A church steeple tower at the end of a narrow lane in Biot France.

Biot is famous for the Bubble Glass technique created by Éloi Monod in the late 1950s. Monod used the method to transform flaws into assets, intentionally trapping bubbles in the glass to create an aesthetic element. Today, these bubbles are skilfully designed and have made the village of Biot famous worldwide for its hand-blown glass.

People also come to the small fortified medieval village of Biot to explore the winding cobbled lanes of the elevated fort and to visit its renowned museum dedicated to cubist artist Fernand Léger. The town also has several charming restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy a leisurely meal.

How to Get to Biot from Nice

  • Train: The regional (TER) and national trains stop at the Biot train station. Take the Envibus line 10 from the station to Biot. The village is 4km uphill from the train station. 
  • Bus: Bus 200 from Nice stops at the Biot train station.
  • Car: Approx. 45 minutes on the A8.

Visit Biot on a Provence Village Tour with Wine and Produce Tasting. Discover the village of Saint-Jeannet and taste local, organic wines. Travel from Nice to Biot, Gourdon, and Tourettes-sur-Loup on a full-day trip to try regional products and local wine and see the 40-meter-high Gorges du Loup waterfall. See here for full tour details.

Best Places to Visit Near Nice Summary

  1. Monaco 
  2. Antibes
  3. Cannes
  4. Vence
  5. Saint-Paul-de-Vence
  6. Grasse
  7. Eze
  8. St Tropez
  9. Menton
  10. Ventimiglia Italy
  11. Villa Ephrussi and Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat
  12. Villa Kérylos and Beaulieu-sur-Mer
  13. Villefranche-sur-Mer
  14. Cagnes-sur-Mer and Haut-de-Cagnes
  15. Gorges des Alpes-Maritimes Driving Tour
  16. Hilltop Villages of Peillon and Peille
  17. Biot