We decided to stop for a couple nights at Hippodrome Camping, located about 10 Kilometers from Nice in the town of Villeneuve Loubet. After a brief stroll into town for lunch, we hung out in the campground pool for a change of pace and some down time from sightseeing. We walked back to town for Chinese food for dinner.
The following day we rode our bicycles into Nice, about 6 miles each way. The bicycle path paralleled the road along the sea in several small communities just outside Nice, then past the Nice Cote D'Azur Airport and along the Promenade runs along the beach and the Baie des Anges in Nice. So we got a great view of the pebble beach as we rode along.
We visited the morning flower and produce Cours Saleya Market with its colorful stalls selling fruits, vegetables, soaps, spices, olives and flowers. Then we took an hour-long boat trip along the bay, which gave us a different perspective on the lovely view of shore and rooftops on Nice and nearby Villefranche. The tour pointed out some of the homes of the rich and famous, such as Sean Connery and Mick Jagger.
Then we had lunch, sampling local specialties including Socca (a very thin crepe made from chick pea flour and olive oil); Farcis (small stuffed zucchini, red pepper, eggplant, tomato each with their own stuffing); Pissaladiere (sort of a onion tart - simiar to a thin pizza - topped with onions, anchovies and olives); gnocchi and a local sausage.
Then we went to the top of the Castle Hill, the site of the first town founded by the ancient Greeks and later a medieval town. Today nothing remains of the castle but a few foundations. However, the hill has a lovely park and fantastic views over the port, beach and town of Nice. We took in the vistas and then headed back down to ride our bicycles back to the campground.
Nice is a lovely city and has many museums, cathedrals, historice monuments, galleries and shopping. We were content to take in the sights and ambiance of the markets, narrow streets, impressive Promenade and beautiful shoreline and port.