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Nice offers some great diving opportunities and is a great way to see another side to Nice | © Jeff/flickr
Nice offers some great diving opportunities and is a great way to see another side to Nice | © Jeff/flickr
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An Alternative Guide to Nice, France

Picture of Alex Ledsom
Updated: 30 January 2017
Sometimes when you travel you just want to remove yourself from the typical tourist trail. Had enough of trudging up to the highest views with thousands of other people? Want to see a little bit more of the locals and less of other foreigners? If so, read our guide to the alternative Nice.

Play the Aventure Escape Game

The latest trend in France is for “escape” games. You play in teams of 2-6 people, are locked in a room or a series of rooms and given clues to help you escape within 60 minutes. They’re actually normally very hard and the one in Nice, Aventure, is no exception. There are 4 different games to play, so they are great for a group of friends or families with teenagers. It’s open from 11am to 11pm most days, but check out the Facebook page for updated details.

24 rue Meyerbeer, Nice +33 (0)4 38 39 66 18

Eat Brazilian at Sol Maior

It might not be the first thing you think of when you come to the French riviera, but people love this small, intimate Brazilian restaurant and claim, “it’s like eating in someone’s house”. The staff are very friendly, the chef is accommodating and they often have live music. What’s not to like? Check out their page on Facebook for details.

10 rue Meyerbeer, Nice +33 (0)4 93 62 29 49

Take a cycle tour or go cycling

Whilst this still might be touristy, it will give you a different flavour of Nice and let you see the sights in a slightly different way. Either hire bikes yourself (electric bikes are all the rage and you don’t have to exert as much effort to cycle up Nice’s hills) or go with a touring company so you don’t even have to plan a route. There are lots of companies but the most highly rated are Nice Cycle Tours and Ebike Riviera Tours. If you want to go it alone, try Holland Bikes for your hire.

Nice offers some amazing scenery to cycle through - just beware the hills | © garycycles/flickr
Nice offers some amazing scenery to cycle through – just beware the hills | © garycycles/flickr

Go Diving

The South of France is a diving haven and offers lots of great opportunities to see underwater Nice. The Centre Internationale de Plonge (Diving Centre) is located in the old port and is highly rated. It also offers boat tours and the staff are very friendly and speak English.

Hire A Segway

Segways are the new craze in any major town and Nice is no exception (even the police use them). It’s a speedy alternative to walking around town, particularly for people who might not be able to walk so far. There are a few companies that run tours in Nice. Try Urban Motion which is very highly rated.

The segway tours are a great alternative to walking around Nice | © m.louis/flickr
The Segway tours are a great alternative to walking around Nice | © m.louis/flickr

Take A Boat Tour

One way to avoid all the crowds is to take a boat tour and see Nice from offshore. The coastline is amazing, the climate is perfect and you can pick out the perfect place to have a drink afterwards. People love Nice Boat Tour.

A boat tour from Nice is the perfect way to discover the coastline and find some cool places to swim | © Jessica/flickr
A boat tour from Nice is the perfect way to discover the coastline and find some cool places to swim | © Jessica/flickr