Holiday activities around Nice and the holiday house
The beautiful nature surrounding Villa Romarine and the fabulous location of the holiday house in Southern France give you plenty of possibilities to go on excursions and have unforgettable experiences in the area. Below, you’ll find a number of recommendations to how to make the most of your holiday. We have provided recommendations for beaches, hiking treks, museums, markets, wine tastings, cultural experiences, playgrounds, biking trips, runs and restaurants. You’ll find something to suit everyone – adults and children alike – nearby Villa Romarine.
- Pleasant and easily accessible beach in Cagnes-sur-mer, west of Nice, 25 minutes by car.
- Sandy beach right by the markets, shops and the promenade in Antibes and Juan Le Pin, 45 minutes by car.
- Sandy beach with a lovely view in the Villefrance bay, 50 minutes by car.
- The exclusive Paloma beach, www.paloma-beach.com, 55 minutes by car.
- Hiking treks to Carros, Gattiéres, Le Broc and St. Jeannet (easy)
- Hiking treks in the mountains (medium difficulty) – you can see hiking descriptions in the gust book
- Day trip to the gorge, Gorges du Verdon (1½-2 hours to the west of the house)
You can visit vineyards and taste the local wine in the neighbour town St. Jeannet and in the renowned wine area Bellet, particularly known for its rosé, which is served at the posh restaurants in Nice.
If you walk along the old road from Villa Romarine towards St. Jeannet, you’ll find Gattieres shortly, the local, organic vineyard (5 km), Vignoble Rasse Saint-Jeannet Vindazur. Find it here via Google Maps. You can taste and buy the gorgeous wine as well as other local delicacies.
Bellet is located in the hills north of Nice. You can see the hills from Villa Romarine on the other side of the valley.
Lots of well-known artists have lived in Cote d’Azur – that’s why there’s a number of great museum near the coast featuring their creations.
- Musée Picasso in Antibes.
Definitely worth a visit. The museum is situated in the middle of Antibes and has a nice view of the water. It’s modest in size, but it has great works by Picasso and other artists. The exhibition changes from time to time. Admission is just 6 EUR.
- Musée Matisse in the northern Nice
The museum is situated in the noble, provençal house, where Matisse lived for a period of time. A great cultural event, especially if you have taken the trip over the hills and down to Nice.
- Musée National Marc Chagall in the centre of Nice.
A big and stylish modern museum with pieces by Chagall.
In the unlikely event that your children tire of the pool and the water toys, you’ll find a number of playgrounds in the area. They will be a great supplement to the adult activities.
- Playground in Carros Village
A great motivation for the children after a walk past the abbey towards Carros Village could be a visit at the small, but lovely playground. If the playground isn’t enough, there’s a pancake restaurant right next to it …
- Big playground in Carros le Neuf (Carros in the valley)
Right opposite the baker’s and a small grocery shop on your way between Carros le Neuf and Carros Village, you’ll find this great, open playground.
- Big playground in Cagnes-sur-Mer
In the centre of Cagnes-sur-Mer, just opposite the tourist office and near the market (for the adults’ shopping), you’ll find a huge playground, which will probably impress most children.
- Biking trips – have a look at our routes, pictures etc. under the tab Cycling and on our Facebook page about cycling from Villa Romarine.
- Skiing in Isola 2000, Auron, Valberg and Limone Piemonte
- Running and trekking
Running and hiking treks
There are lots of beautiful running and hiking treks near Villa Romarine.
Some of the treks will take you through the town; others will take you through an idyllic olive grove. Each different in incline, surfaces and view.
We can recommend these four treks:
Click on the links for more details and a satellite/terrain map of the trek.
Visit restaurants in the local towns Carros, Le Broc and Tourrettes-sur-Loup or in the coastal towns.
- La Forge in Carros Village.
The best restaurant in our local town.
- La Mangiuca in Le Broc.
Small and cosy. Call ahead to order Cote du boeuf: +33 4 93 20 39 69 (they speak English).
- La Merenda in Gattiérès.
Modern and cosy with a 4,9 rating on Google Maps.
- Le bistrot d’Antoine in Nice.
Cosy, French restaurant in the centre of the old part of town. The restaurant serves incredibly tasteful French food for 10-15 EUR per course. The service and the food is top class. NB: You need to book a table ahead: +33 4 93 85 29 57.
- La Cave du Fromager in Nice.
Great restaurant in a cosy and traditional cellar. Lovely dishes and a great focus on cheese. Among other things you can order an assortment of delicious cheeses – eat as much as you can – as a main course. NB: You need to book a table ahead: +33 4 93 13 07 83.
- La Voglia in Nice.
Italian restaurant – go for a table outside to experience the life on the street. The pasta dishes are delicious and reasonably priced. A great, stable and central restaurant in the old part of the town.
You’ll find pizzerias near Carros Village and Gattiérès.
At Lou Poumpouille beautifully situated in Carros Village, you’ll eat well and get a local atmosphere for a reasonable price.
In Gattiérès you’ll find Pizzaria Le Mamon and Toco.
- There’s lots of shopping facilities nearby, both the small and local and the French hypermarkets.
- 1,5 km to the local supermarket where you can buy breakfast rolls in Carros Village – open every day from. 8-12:30 and 16-19:30. Sunday only until 12.30.
- Lots of bigger super markets in the neighbour towns Gattiéres, St. Jeannet and Carros. In Lingostiere on your way towards Nice, you’ll find the huge Carrefour hypermarket and a number of other stores such as Decathlon.
- Cagnes-sur-Mer Tuesday and Thursday.
- Antibes Wednesday and Saturday.
- Nice all days on Cours Saleya in the old part of town. Monday antique market.
- You can also go on a quick market visit in Italy. Friday in Ventimiglia, Moday and Thursday in Bordighera.