Is a city holiday suitable for children?
If asked this a couple of years ago I would have said no. However, I had not been to Nice back then. As a mother I was longing to get a bit of “adultness” back into my holidays, a bit of glamour and culture, but I feared those days had gone as such destinations tend to be tediously boring to children. Nice has so much to offer people of all ages – The Arts and Culture ; The Old Town exploring ; The shopping on all budgets from high street to designer ; Then of course the Promenade and the beach. The promenade is the hubbub of children activites, with rollerblading, cycling and fairground rides the norm aswell as the beach itself. Slightly further afield you have childrens attractions such as Marineland, Aquasplash and numerous sandy beaches such as Cannes and Antibes. Slightly older children can also enjoy the numerous adventure activities that come with being on the coast and the ski slopes are a mere hours road trip away.
Nice as a city is so accessible too. The transfer from the airport to Nice centre is a mere 15mins bus trip, less by taxi. The city centre is walkable (even for our 3 year old!) and public transport is easy, reliable and affordable if you want to go further afield.
Is our apartment suitable for children?
When we purchased our apartment our children were 1 and 3 years old. Trust me when I say our children have tested our apartment to its limits, and to date we have had no problems. It is as children friendly as any home can claim to be. We are on the 1st floor, in a building with a lift, the bedrooms are at the back of the property so are extremely quiet and there are shutters that can be closed to block out light. We have a travel cot and highchair available on request and a washing machine. There is a separate shower cubicle and a bath, our children were always very hesitant to use a shower having been used to baths at home so it was important to us to have a separate bath to make life easier.
Our apartment is also right in the middle of the city, a mere 5mins walk to the promenade, the shops, the old town and 10-15mins walk to the port. Few trips will be long enough for them to say those well used words “are we nearly there yet?”.
Eating out in Nice with children
The French are not renouned for their tolerance of children in restaurants in an evening. However, do not let this put you off, we have managed many successful family meals out with 2 very small children in Nice. There is a guest book in the apartment inviting guests to make comments on restaurants they have visited, so you can use the benefit of hindsight as to where best to eat with children. We ourselves have added several restaurants to the book that we have found very successful.
The biggest hurdle if you have very young children is the lack of highchairs in restaurants. We have had the same difficulty on Italian holidays too. Our best buy as parents was a portable travel highchair that fits in your change bag or bottom of the pushchair, it simply attaches to any normal dining chair – Ours is very well used!