Nice in 2-3 days
Spend your first morning exploring Vieux Nice (the Old Town). Check out the markets and then relax in one of the squares with a coffee or ice-cream. Art lovers might want to walk up to the Musée d’Art Moderne et d”Arte Contemporain (MAMAC), the Musée Matisse or the Musée des Beaux-Arts before finding a nice outdoor cafe for a spot of lunch.
Spend your afternoon on the pebble beach and take a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais as the sun sets. Hit the bars once it is dark, if you’re not too tired after all that lazing on the beach.
Spend the rest of your time in Nice lazing on the beach, eating out and shopping on the Avenue Jean Medecin. Also, if you’re not travelling around the rest of the region, consider a day trip. Tour operators run day trips to Cannes, Grasse, Eze, Monaco and more. You can also take one of the frequent trains to most of these destinations. Consider travelling to Monaco at night to fully appreciate the lights of Monte Carlo.
In one week
Nice is a great place to stay while exploring the rest of the Riviera. Stay here for a week while travelling around using trains or organised tours.
Take day trips to Cannes (frequent trains take 40 minutes), Monaco (frequent trains, 40 mins) or Grasse (frequent, 35 mins).
Other nearby town worth a look are Eze, an St Tropez.