On the third day of our Nice holiday we decided to try and find the coastal path off Avenue Jean Lorraine, we set off from Nice port early in the morning and found the path easy enough, the views were magnificent and there were plenty of locals along the way who were soaking up the sun or out for a swim. It was very sunny though and with no shade, I was beginning to feel the heat. We finally hit a dead end at Plage de la Palteforme and had to go back a bit and climb up some very steep steps to the road.
I can tell you by the time we got to the top of those steps, I was very happy to see a supermarket and ran in to cool off with air-con. I started getting some strange looks from the locals as the sweat was dripping off me but I didn’t really care, I was just so happy to be out of the sun. After we had a good rest, we decided to get a bus from outside the supermarket to Villefranche-Sur Mer, and after getting off at a few wrong bus stops and taking the wrong walking path we ended up on the lovely beach. I immediately jumped into the Mediterranean ocean and wanted to stay there forever.
Needless to say, we had a great long sleep that night, and we’ve had a good many laughs about the many missteps we took on our coastal path adventure in Nice since then. It was totally worth doing it for the views alone.