As I mentioned in my wedding post, there were a lot of areas where I didn't spend much money, however the honeymoon was my largest expense!
My husband and I aren't ones for having long beach holidays. We are both extremely pale and burn very easily so we tend to prefer city breaks. My absolute ideal honeymoon location probably would have been New York but since we kind of booked things quite last minute, alongside buying a house, I wouldn't have had all of the spending money saved and there's no point in me going if I can't do it properly!
We decided that Nice in France would be an amazing location due to it's amazing coastline, opportunities for both sightseeing and shopping, along with being really close to other fab places such as Monaco, where you can get a train in 20 minutes from Nice and it costs less than 10 Euros for a return ticket. We thought staying at the Côte d'Azur, renowned for being a luxurious destination, would make this trip, our honeymoon, that little bit more special than our previous city breaks.
I would really recommend taking a trip to Nice as it was so beautiful. The weather in late September was still quite hot, in the late 20's (celsius), there was so much to see and explore. We found the old town to be great for markets during the day and eating out at night where I enjoyed many a tasty pizza! I think with this area of France being so close to Italy, there is a lot of Italian influence in the food. There is also an amazing ice cream parlour called Fenocchio's that sells every imaginable flavour under the sun, and I certainly made it my mission to try as many as I could!
There is an amazing shopping area over in Jean Medécin including a shopping centre and a Galeries Lafayette department store, not as amazing as the Paris one but still worth a look! For you beauty lovers there is also a massive Sephora on the main shopping street there too! I bought quite a lot of stuff from there and my haul is here. There are obviously plenty of pharmacies in Nice to pick up all of your French skincare essentials at a lower price too.
We stayed there for 4 nights which I felt was enough time to see everything and even fit in a day trip to the amazing country of Monaco. With Monaco being such a small country, you can pretty much see everything in a day and it's great to see how the other half live! Honestly, you really need to see all of the multi-million pound yachts and all of the designer shops. I didn't dare step into those shops mind! There was a fab shopping centre called Metropole in Monte Carlo that has some interesting shops. The husband picked up some coffee to take home that he loved and wished he'd bought more of and we got some delicious macarons from Fauchon. I would actually say theirs are better than Ladurée's macarons.
The hotel I stayed in was 100% the perfect choice and we are so glad we chose to stay there. It was the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée and it was extremely expensive, but if you can't splash out for your honeymoon, then when can you?! I think I'll do a whole separate blog post on that one to save this getting too long!
Hope you've enjoyed this post about my honeymoon in Nice and feel free to ask me any questions if you're thinking of visiting there and would like to know anything.
Have you been to Nice before?