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Posted on 19th Jul 2018 14:13:27 in Eats & Drinks
Alounak prides itself on the hearty meals suitable for most eating genres: vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free friendly and carnivores (though meat dishes are a token few – the flip side of a standard restaurant). So, as the owner says himself, it’s a restaurant for vegans who have non-vegan friends. The owner is a vegan, and is very happy to talk vegan, but also happy in the company of meat-eaters too. It’s just good honest food, from an owner with a similar personality.
Posted on 19th Jul 2018 14:04:56 in Eats & Drinks
Perhaps the best restaurant of its kind in Nice, Pékin is an absolute must for vegans and vegetarians. Think a three course-all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet-style meal but with a twist. The restaurant has been around a long time, but converted to being fully vegetarian in 2017. Where a dish is vegan, you’ll see a sign on the menu (over 50% of the offerings are).
Posted on 18th Jul 2018 13:46:39 in Eats & Drinks
Big in name and Big in flavour, Big Fernand is the place to be for burger lovers staying in Nice. Kid friendly.
Posted on 16th Jul 2018 13:32:10 in Go & Do
The Train des Merveilles is just that: a ‘Train of Marvels’. Little known to tourists, the line loops north from Nice-Ville station deep into the Italian Alps. Best of all, it connects a dozen oh-so-cute French villages en route.
Posted on 12th Jul 2018 12:32:34 in Go & Do
The worlds’ first jazz festival (yes in Nice not the USA!) celebrates its 70th birthday in 2018. It is set to be bigger and better than ever. Nice Jazz Festival is one of the French Riviera’s unmissable events and aims to bring over 60,000 music lovers to Nice over the second week of July.
Posted on 7th Jul 2018 15:04:15 in Eats & Drinks
Often hailed as the best pizzeria in Nice, Au Vieux Four is not one to miss. Cooked in the “Vieux Four” (old oven) these pizzas are baked to perfection. Chef Pascal Fritsch was awarded for his Pizza Campagnarde, the best pizza in the Côte d’Azur, and the second best pizza in France for 2006. We know that’s a long time ago now, and Pascal isn’t always at the furnace anymore, but it’s still very, very good. In peak months, you’ll struggle to get a table if you go after 8pm, especially at weekends, but they can take reservations and speak enough English for you to call and book.
Posted on 7th Jul 2018 14:59:56 in Eats & Drinks
Almost a Port institution, this restaurant has been Michelin starred for years, and remains so for 2018. It’s also well regarded by Conde Nast traveller’s guide, and others. For a special occasion, this is a gourmet treat, high on flavour with superior presentation. With its port-side location, it’s speciality is of course fish; the John Dory fish in scaled potatoes with diced peppers, olives and anchovy is a pebbles-staff favourite. Chef Michel Devillers is one of the best in the game and never fails to produce new combinations, the menu changes often, largely governed by what’s been caught that day.
Posted on 7th Jul 2018 14:53:41 in Eats & Drinks
If you’re fancying top quality fresh seafood but don’t want to head over to the Port, then Peixies (pronounced ‘pesh’) is the place for you. Just a minute from Place Massena, with a great vibe in the evening in this part of town, this restaurant is a must for the fish lovers!
Posted on 7th Jul 2018 14:24:45 in Eats & Drinks
Connoisseurs of bagels, quiches and of course, cookies, Emilie's Cookies is one of the hottest spots along the Riviera for brunching and lunching.
Posted on 7th Jul 2018 14:16:46 in Eats & Drinks
It might just look like a hole in the wall but it’s much more exciting than that. Stuzzico’s is one of the best places to find Italian food in Nice and handily located – just off Rue de la Préfecture – which you may or may not know, is home to many of the bars in Nice. So if you find yourself there and you’d like a quick bite before calling it a night, join the swaying queues here.
Posted on 4th Jul 2018 16:13:26 in Go & Do
Art and the Cote d’Azur play together like watercolours on canvas. The light that welcomed greats like Matisse, Picasso and Renoir has welcomed generations of artists and amateurs alike.sides. Practise makes perfect with our three part blog series:
Posted on 2nd Jul 2018 11:28:56 in Go & Do
Think you need scuba tanks to explore the Riviera’s azure seas? Not at all! Spend the €40 dive fee on 8 bottles of Carrefour rosé instead. A mask and snorkel are all that’s required to spot octopi and sea bass just a short swim from shore.
Posted on 25th Jun 2018 15:49:37 in Art
It’s the biggest art event on the French Riviera this year. Until September 29th, the Musée Matisse hosts an unprecedented show detailing the friendly rivalry between two 20th-century greats: Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
Posted on 31st May 2018 11:02:27 in Go & Do
Picture a sun-kissed island. Golden beaches cover its shores. Each one offers private access to the shimmering Mediterranean. Pine and eucalyptus-shaded walking paths crisscross the isle’s interior: no motorised vehicles are allowed.
Posted on 30th May 2018 16:31:54 in Go & Do
Scattered with sheltered coves and postcard-perfect beaches, the russet-hued Massif de l’Estérel is a cluster of mountainous forests tucked between Provence and the Mediterranean. If you’re looking to lose the Riviera’s summertime crowds, this slice of protected parkland is where you need to go.
Posted on 29th May 2018 11:18:58 in Go & Do
Although waterskiing was believed to have been invented in the US’s Midwest, it is Juan-les-Pins’ swish Hôtel Belles Rives that lays claim to popularising this new-fangled pastime in Europe throughout the 1920s and 30s.
Posted on 24th May 2018 13:06:14 in Go & Do
The Carte Isabelle family rail pass is one of the South of France’s best kept travel secrets offering unlimited train journeys on the Alpes-Maritimes network for one day for just €35. That means hop-on hop-off rail travel from Cannes to Menton for two adults and two children.
Posted on 24th May 2018 10:51:52 in Go & Do
Like St Tropez itself, the voyage to the playground of Mick Jagger, Béyonce and Kate Moss is extremely beautiful but far from cheap. From Nice, it isn’t the easiest of places to reach (in the summer the roads can get very, very congested…)
Posted on 23rd May 2018 18:59:22 in Go & Do
The Deal:</b> Europe’s Grand Canyon is just that: a seismic chasm 20km-long set in primeval countryside. The gorge ribbons to depths of 700m so a hire car is the only option to explore. The conveniently located Sixt office in Hotel Le Meridien hosts online deals from €27 per day – a bargain at less than €10 each for a family of four.
Posted on 23rd May 2018 12:58:56 in Go & Do
An easy daytrip pairs scintillating scenery with panoramic sea views. Best of all, this lovely train ride transports visitors to the amazingly chic <a href="https://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/liguria-piedmont-and-valle-daosta/san-remo" target="new">San Remo</a> in the heart of Bella Italia.
Posted on 16th May 2018 17:11:44 in Go & Do
It looks like fun, doesn’t it? That lone paddleboarder, standing atop a glassy surface, somewhere between San Remo and St Tropez. Well you can do it too! There are dozens of hire places along the Cote d’Azur.
Posted on 12th May 2018 14:48:38 in Go & Do
The great and good have always sailed along the South of France - King Edward VII a century ago, Keith Richards in the 1970s and in 2015 America’s Cup champ Sir Ben Ainslie. The allure is self-evident. A touch of glamour plus bags of adrenaline, but where to start?
Posted on 12th May 2018 10:00:48 in Go & Do
Marseille via TGV high-speed train is two hours and 30 minutes away. The walk-on fare is €35 one-way via SNCF; with much cheaper advance booking deals available.
Posted on 9th May 2018 11:46:46 in Go & Do
Although Nice offers a wealth of fantastic restaurants, sometimes it’s lovely to venture out into the markets in search of a real rustic repas you can produce in the comfort of your own home. For €10 you can pick up all the makings of a gourmet meal!
Posted on 8th May 2018 10:04:42 in Go & Do
Here’s the good news. Nice boasts more museums than any other French city outside Paris.
Posted on 7th May 2018 15:38:42 in Go & Do
It may come as small surprise that the Cote d’Azur is one of the top 3 most popular private jet hubs in the world. A-listers from the Beckhams to the Kardashians descend here each summer.
Posted on 2nd May 2018 15:33:46 in Go & Do
Over 200 years ago Napoléon I was beaten at the Battle of Nations, forced to abdicate and exiled to Elba. In 1815 Napoléon solved this problem in characteristic fashion. He slipped away from Portoferraio with 1100 soldiers and landed at Golfe-Juan near Antibes, avoiding the royalists in Provence by taking the "Route des Alpes", now renamed "Route Napoléon".
Posted on 23rd Apr 2018 15:19:28 in History
It’s back. The tourism pass that grants free entry to the Riviera’s 50 top sights was relaunched in April 2018. Wine-tasting in Nice? A boat tour from Cannes? A trip into Italy? They’re all free with the Cote d’Azur Card.
Posted on 26th Mar 2018 20:55:14 in Cuisine
The South of France is a cauldron of fine dining. Across Provence and the French Riviera, some 90 restaurants boast 110 Michelin stars. But will the Cote d’Azur continue to pull in foodie visitors?
Posted on 10th Jan 2018 17:51:21 in History
Welcome to the Negresco, Nice’s must-visit historic hotel. It’s rococo wedding cake that dominates the Promenade des Anglais. A seafront castle where a rogue’s gallery of world leaders – Nikita Khrushchev, the Shah of Iran – have bedded down under mink throws.
Posted on 9th Jan 2018 14:43:51 in Guest Info
From 13 January 2018, all retailers are forbidden to charge for credit card transactions under the EU's Payment Services Directive. Yet, all retailers still have to pay the credit card company for facilitating.
Posted on 6th Dec 2017 16:34:34 in Cuisine
Want to cook like a master chef? The Cote d’Azur hosts courses on pasta, pastry making and much else besides. Practise makes perfect with our three part blog series:
Posted on 11th Oct 2017 09:21:39 in Guest Info
Regular guests may have noticed that our toiletries have changed, as we phased out working with the high street brand L’Occitane to the more exclusive and local Côté Sud Parfum. The change came about earlier this year when we put in our regular order to L’Occitane, and it was refused!
Posted on 28th Sep 2017 09:17:53 in Nice News
The Olympics are coming to Nice's Allianz Riviera stadium. The International Olympic Committee has chosen Paris as the host for the 2024 summer games, with surprise additional events on the sun-licked Cote d'Azur.
Posted on 27th Jul 2017 15:31:54 in History
Think the locals would let their fabulous ski resorts sit idle all summer? Assuredly not. The Riviera’s big three resorts of Auron, Isola and Valberg flip into sunshine mode each June to welcome downhill mountain bikers, cross-country hikers and food foragers from across France.
Posted on 18th Jul 2017 17:08:03 in Muse Mag
Love blossoms between our stage employee and our Pebbles Guest
Posted on 4th Jul 2017 10:04:44 in History
Want to sip like a millionaire? Get the garçon to uncork the rosé at these three rooftop bars. Just don't forget the sun cream!
Posted on 18th Apr 2017 14:42:38 in Art
The Côte d’Azur tourism board have launched a breath-taking array of activities for 2017. So what’s new for this year?
Posted on 27th Feb 2017 14:35:43 in What's On
Come and enjoy the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. Watch the tennis aces whilst basking in the sunshine and sea breeze.
Posted on 24th Feb 2017 10:39:56 in Cuisine
Want to cook like a master chef? The Cote d’Azur hosts courses on pasta, pastry making and much else besides. Practise makes perfect with our new three part blog series:
Posted on 5th Jan 2017 10:55:32 in Cuisine
Want to cook like a master chef? The Cote d’Azur hosts courses on pasta, pastry making and much else besides. Practise makes perfect with our new three part blog series:
Posted on 23rd Aug 2016 08:25:15 in Nice News
Regular visitors to Nice may well have shared the pain of the excavations for the new tramway. If you’re new to Nice, lucky you. Most of the major work is now over, and the clock is now ticking for the grand opening. This time next year, the new East-West tramline is set to be up and running. Forget taxis, just jump on a tram that takes you from the airport to the Port in just 26 minutes. Or less if you live near any of the other 18 stops like Place Garibaldi or Avenue Victor Hugo.
Posted on 11th Aug 2016 20:51:01 in Pebbles Properties
Pebbles works with the local charity, Un Geste pour Tous (a gesture for all). Un Geste pour Tous is a humanitarian association that helps everyone who needs it without discrimination. They give vital help to people of all races, religions and nationalities both in Nice and abroad.
Posted on 11th May 2016 09:19:08 in Competitions
Europe’s largest event of 2016 kicks off in Paris on June 10th. Nice will host the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cesc Fàbregas and Eden Hazard as big guns Sweden, Spain and Belgium play just minutes from the Promenade des Anglais.
Posted on 25th Feb 2016 18:25:15 in History
We now offer over 180 properties to choose from and we hope to keep welcoming people from all over the world for many more years.
Posted on 11th Feb 2016 09:46:02 in What's On
This March we're offering a special offer in collaboration with The Telegraph Cycling Podcast and Café du Cycliste for the return of Paris-Nice; one of the most exciting week long stage races of the season!
Posted on 8th Feb 2016 13:18:38 in What's On
Nice Pebbles will be joining over 150 exhibitors from around the world at A Place in the Sun Live to showcase our collection of enticing investment opportunities in Nice and on the French Riviera. Get your free tickets and be in with a chance of winning a free stay in one of our apartments worth up to £500.
Posted on 26th Jan 2016 09:02:12 in What's On
For over 35 years the best place for live music in Nice is also the best place to watch sport matches on giant screens...
Posted on 22nd Jan 2016 00:07:47 in Nice News
Want to parlez with the locals? Want to paint like Matisse? The Cote d’Azur hosts courses on cookery, language and much else besides. Practise makes perfect with our new three part blog series:
Posted on 23rd Dec 2015 10:51:00 in What's On
Celebrate New Year’s Eve as the French do with a feast of Foie Gras, oysters and champagne. The festivities are usually marked with fireworks.
Posted on 19th Dec 2015 14:55:27 in Cuisine
Here are some of our favourite special festive menus available: please check their websites for full details…
Posted on 15th Dec 2015 15:00:22 in What's On
We’re here to make this Christmas your best one yet and it all starts here with our guide to the best of the Riviera's Christmas markets.
Posted on 12th Dec 2015 18:31:22 in History
Welcome Cesc Fàbregas! Hello David de Gea! Because from June 10th Nice will host the Spanish EURO2016 squad as they compete in Europe’s largest ever football tournament.
Posted on 26th Nov 2015 14:05:44 in History
The A-list prefer to see the Riviera by air, sea and sail. Want to paddleboard past Roman Abramovich’s house? Want to fly over Brangelina’s mansion? Join the club with the final part of our sporty five part blog series:
Posted on 15th Oct 2015 17:38:55 in Art
Looking out from our Providence apartment in a quiet corner of Vieux Nice, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped back in time. But this week, you’d be looking at a moving picture of 1940s Nice...
Posted on 12th Oct 2015 10:16:43 in History
The French Riviera is perennially popular. But what about when you’re ready to lose the crowds? This week Gary Gubbins, owner of Apartment Bonaparte in Nice's buzzing Port, shares what it’s like to be a local as well as plenty of insider tips.
Posted on 18th Sep 2015 17:58:49 in What's On
The UEFA EURO 2016 football championship will be Europe’s biggest event of 2016.
Posted on 13th Aug 2015 13:42:26 in Cuisine
The French Riviera is perennially popular. But what about when you’re ready to lose the crowds? This week Nick Barber and Ann Jacklin, owners of Apartment Grimaldi in Nice's prestigious Carre d’Or area, share what it’s like to be a local as well as plenty of insider tips.
Posted on 24th Jul 2015 14:27:08 in Nice News
DVLA extends driving licence code system for overseas car hire from 3 days to 3 weeks.
Posted on 11th Jul 2015 14:50:19 in Nice News
The French Riviera is perennially popular. But what about when you’re ready to lose the crowds? This week Doug Eglin, owner of Apartment Croix, shares what it’s like to be a resident of Nice Old Town, as well as plenty of insider tips.
Posted on 23rd Jun 2015 18:37:05 in What's On
On a visit to Moscow last year, Prince Albert II of Monaco announced the plans for Russian Year in Monaco 2015...
Posted on 18th Jun 2015 15:13:48 in Cuisine
The Niçois eat it at any time of day, but it’s perfect for a late breakfast or in the early evening served with a glass of rosé.
Posted on 16th Jun 2015 09:20:40 in Cuisine
Nice has a unique cooking style, influenced by Provence and nearby Italy. Delve into the rich culture and history of Nice, one of the most beautiful cities in France and the world.
Posted on 10th Jun 2015 16:20:52 in Competitions
Patricia Peeples won our annual competition for a free stay as a thank you for participating in Pebbles’ secret guest scheme.
Posted on 4th Jun 2015 09:38:56 in Nice News
The French Riviera is perennially popular. But what about when you’re ready to lose the crowds? This week, Johnny Jonasson Swed, owner of Apartment Prom Garden, shares what it’s like to be a resident of Nice’s Promende quarter, as well as plenty of insider tips.
Posted on 28th May 2015 14:35:37 in What's On
The French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789.
Posted on 23rd May 2015 11:30:54 in History
Witnessed Lewis and Nico’s high-octane duel in Monte Carlo? Pah. During the first Monaco Grand Prix drivers scorned safety helmets in favour scarves and goggles.
Posted on 7th May 2015 14:01:57 in Nice News
Changes to the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) UK driving license could prove problematic for car rentals on the continent.
Posted on 29th Apr 2015 11:40:03 in Cuisine
Like much of France – a wine-loving nation if ever there was one – the Riviera is a picturesque patchwork of vineyards. You can pick up bottles of top tipple at one of the coastline’s many excellent caves, or wine cellars. But we think it’s more fun to head to the source...
Posted on 9th Apr 2015 11:09:34 in Cuisine
The French Riviera is perennially popular. But what about when you’re ready to lose the crowds? This week, Paul Petersen, owner of Apartment Rigoletto, shares what it’s like to be a resident of Nice’s Musiciens quarter, as well as plenty of insider tips.
Posted on 11th Mar 2015 11:07:14 in What's On
In Nice for St Patrick's Day? Pining for a refreshing pint of Guinness? You're in luck!
Posted on 5th Mar 2015 17:09:00 in What's On
Paris-Nice often nicked-named the 'the race to the sun' kicks off the cycling season in style on March 8th. Find out which riders to look out for and where you can watch it.
Posted on 26th Feb 2015 10:29:28 in Art
Where did Grace Kelly meet her Prince? Where did Paris Hilton dance 'til dawn? In the final part of our five-part blog series we expose every celebrity hotspot on the French Riviera. Week 5: Rock stars
Posted on 23rd Feb 2015 10:22:43 in What's On
Lou Queernaval parade welcomes Nice's broad and colourful LGBT community into the heart of the Official Nice Carnival.
Posted on 10th Feb 2015 12:39:20 in Cuisine
Our top five most romantic restaurants for Valentines Day in Nice.
Posted on 4th Feb 2015 15:23:32 in Art
We sat down for a chat with Trish to find out what it is about Nice and Pebbles properties that keeps her, and her partner, coming back time and time again!
Posted on 31st Jan 2015 12:08:53 in History
Where did Grace Kelly meet her Prince? Where did Paris Hilton dance 'til dawn? In our five-part blog series we expose every celebrity hotspot on the French Riviera. Want to party like a rock star? We tell you how...Week 4: Presidents & Politicians
Posted on 20th Jan 2015 08:32:51 in Muse Mag
The world’s most famous artists – from Henri Matisse to Jack Vettriano – have chosen to make the Riviera their home, if only temporarily. What it is about this strip of sun-drenched coastline that inspired these great artists – and where they spent their time in the region.
Posted on 12th Jan 2015 09:49:42 in Nice News
Fancy putting your pedal to the metal as you zip through Casino Square? Pebbles guests can now follow the Monaco Grand Prix circuit from just €1.60 per hour!
Posted on 5th Jan 2015 11:52:20 in Cuisine
As the New Year begins, you will notice French boulangeries, patisseries and even supermarchés fill up their shelves with a special cake. Much more than just a cake, this pastry is a beloved tradition with roots that go back as far as the Roman Empire.
Posted on 2nd Jan 2015 13:19:17 in Nice News
Were you brave enough to take a New Year's Day dip? These folk were!
Posted on 21st Dec 2014 18:30:22 in Nice News
Where did Grace Kelly meet her Prince? Where did Paris Hilton dance 'til dawn? In our five-part blog series we expose every celebrity hotspot on the French Riviera. Want to party like a rock star? We tell you how...Week 3: Movie Stars
Posted on 12th Dec 2014 09:10:12 in Nice News
Think Christmas markets and you might imagine chilly Northern European affairs. A thousand miles to the south, the Cote d’Azur's seasonal fairs are trimmed by palms and lapped by Mediterranean waves.
Posted on 9th Dec 2014 15:14:20 in Competitions
It's Christmas Competition time at Pebbles!
Posted on 5th Dec 2014 13:05:27 in What's On
Celebrate New Year's Eve in style with a choice of Firework displays and events across the French Riviera.
Posted on 4th Dec 2014 16:31:45 in Nice News
While many of our favourite restaurants may close for Christmas, many do re-open for New Year's Eve celebrations and there are still several options if you're looking to eat on the 24th and 25th.
Posted on 2nd Dec 2014 12:12:06 in Nice News
Where did Grace Kelly meet her Prince? Where did Paris Hilton dance 'til dawn? In our a five-part blog series we expose every celebrity hotspot on the French Riviera. Want to party like a rock star? We tell you how...Week 2: Sports Stars
Posted on 26th Nov 2014 12:18:43 in Nice News
The Alpes-Maritimes is home to hundreds of 2,000 metres plus mountains and we've picked out the best five for fresh powder this season.
Posted on 22nd Nov 2014 16:08:55 in Nice News
Winter on the Côte d’Azur is a delight. The summertime crowds have disappeared. And this sun-kissed strip of coastline offers lots of organised activities that promise a different way of getting to know the Riviera too...
Posted on 18th Nov 2014 10:42:58 in Nice News
The Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived! Has it been another year already? Find out the top 5 spots in Nice to sample the new vintage this year.
Posted on 13th Nov 2014 13:21:31 in Nice News
Virtuosic composer of over 500 film and television soundtracks, Ennio Morricone brings his My Life in Music tour to Nice.
Posted on 4th Nov 2014 13:08:17 in Nice News
Where did Grace Kelly meet her Prince? Where did Paris Hilton dance til dawn? In our new five-part blog series we expose every celebrity hotspot on the French Riviera. Want to party like a rock star? We tell you how...Week 1: Royalty
Posted on 8th Oct 2014 12:00:51 in Nice News
Last weekend Cheryl Fernandez-Virsini (was Cole) marked a successful return to the X-Factor by bringing 'the girls' down to the getaway-of-choice for the world’s rich and famous: Nice. Accompanied by collaborator Tine Tempah, Cheryl headed to celebrity hotspot Saint-Tropez to give the hopefuls a real taste of the what the French Riviera has to offer. Among the girls in Cheryl’s X-Factor category was Chloe Jasmine, who said: “Travelling to Nice was like a holiday, it was nice that it was close to home and it felt like going away with friends rather than being in a competition." The French Riviera has long provided a playground for the world's wealthiest celebrities with Nice seeing regular visits from Sylvester 'Sly' Stallone, Paris Hilton, and Kim Kardashian's best friend and PR whiz Jonathan Cheban.
Posted on 8th Oct 2014 09:50:23 in Nice News
In the movie Bucket List, Jack Nicholson ate a 'do-before-you-die' Michelin star meal in Eze. In the final part our series we explain how to break the bank in Monaco...
Posted on 3rd Oct 2014 12:31:42 in Nice News
Lenny Kravitz comes our way to Nikaia Palace, Nice for one night only on Sunday 30th of November, touring his new album Strut. Whether you’re looking for a spectacular open air concert, getting in some Christmas shopping or catching the last rays of sunshine, the end of November is the perfect time to come and visit us. Especially as we have two tickets to give away!
Posted on 29th Sep 2014 09:05:01 in Nice News
The world’s most famous artists – from Henri Matisse to Jack Vettriano – have chosen to make Nice their home. In the second of a five-part blog series, we investigate what it is about this strip of sun-drenched coastline that inspired these great artists – and where they spent their time in the region.
Posted on 16th Sep 2014 16:56:36 in Nice News
In the movie Bucket List, Jack Nicholson ate a 'do-before-you-die' Michelin star meal in Eze. In part three of our series we explain how to take a chopper home from Monaco...
Posted on 9th Sep 2014 10:44:04 in Nice News
The picturesque rue Delfy neighbourhood is tucked into the northeastern-most corner of the Carré d’Or neighbourhood. Just behind Nice’s MAMAC (Museum of Contemporary Art) and place Garibaldi, the residential area is dotted with antiquarian bookstores, offbeat boutiques and friendly cafés. Best of all, this vibrant quarter is entirely off the beaten track for most holidaymakers visiting the city.
Posted on 26th Aug 2014 12:31:37 in Muse Mag
The world’s most famous artists – from Henri Matisse to Jack Vettriano – have chosen to make Nice their home. In the first of a five-part blog series, we investigate what it is about this strip of sun-drenched coastline that inspired these great artists – and where they spent their time in the region.
Posted on 12th Aug 2014 10:08:07 in Nice News
In the movie Bucket List, Jack Nicholson ate a 'do-before-you-die' Michelin star meal in Eze. In a part two of our series we explain how to sail out of St Tropez like a billionaire...
Posted on 5th Aug 2014 13:49:03 in Nice News
Summer is upon us and so is all the glamour of the French Riviera Beach Clubs. For a sublime holiday experience, you just can’t miss a day at a beach club. Locals grow to prefer pebbles over sand, but there’s no denying feet need to navigate tricky terrain. To eliminate this hassle, thick hessian carpets right down to the water’s edge can be yours at a beach club. You also benefit from toilets, showers, lockers and of course waiter service right to your matalas. Better still, this sunny club-land of sugar daddies, bronzed beauties and Russians in head-to-toe Cavalli is just as entertaining as a visit to Nice’s flower market or the Picasso Museum in Antibes.
Posted on 5th Aug 2014 12:44:31 in Pebbles Properties
This month saw us say goodbye to our Portofino apartment which had been on our books for over four years. Our Owners, Patrick and Breda Beckett retired a few months back and decided it was time to cut ties with his holiday home at Nice’s Port. Pebbles Sales sold the property for him in just under a month, and the new Owner will take possession as their full time residential home.
Posted on 20th Jul 2014 10:09:53 in Nice News
In the movie Bucket List, Jack Nicholson ate a 'do-before-you-die' Michelin star meal in Eze. In a four-part series we explain how to do the Top 20 Riviera must-sees, without breaking the bank...
Posted on 9th Jul 2014 09:43:48 in Nice News
You’ve landed on the French Riviera. Come July, it seems like life along this golden strip of coastline is one big party. Mornings kick off with market jaunts, lunches are spent over a lazy bottle of rosé. And who can resist a refreshing dip in the sea at sundown? But on July 14, that holiday sensation feels like it has been cranked up a notch.
Posted on 3rd Jul 2014 12:38:26 in Nice News
Our pretty village town of Glossop (the home of our UK office) seems to be coming down with yellow fever, and language as we know it is being replaced by cries of “Allez, Allez”. And it’s only set to spread. Though it’s far from a nasty affliction, it’s the gearing up for the 2014 Tour de France. The world’s most famous cycling race is starting its 101th Tour from the unexpected English Yorkshire Dales on Saturday 5th July.
Posted on 19th Jun 2014 11:15:11 in Nice News
Sited at the strategic crossroads of Europe, everyone has wanted a piece of France. Greeks, Romans, Vandals and Normans have all staked a claim. More recent invasions by Italians, Germans, Americans and Brits changed the course of history – much of it on the Southern French beaches where Europe now sunbathes all summer long.
Posted on 16th Jun 2014 15:11:44 in Nice News
We’re just about able to stand on our tiptoes and see over the brown paper boxes containing yep, our 5th Pebbles Guide. 1,000 of them arrived at our UK offices this morning, and the other 24,000 copies are trundling down the motorway making the journey over to Nice. They say they are going to be there by Monday, but we’re hoping not since our usual storage place can’t home the 15 pallets and we’re desperately seeking another! It will all work out in the end…
Posted on 10th Jun 2014 11:02:07 in Muse Mag
In a recent interview with local newspaper Riviera Reporter, Vettriano confides, “I’m in Nice as often as I can be; I find the climate, the light and the people-watching there such a pleasure and very inspiring… Ultimately, perhaps it’s the light down there – such a counterpoint to the grey days spent in London or Scotland.”
Posted on 2nd Jun 2014 10:37:27 in Pebbles Properties
Congratulations to our Picasso apartment which on 17 May was chosen by The Times Newspaper feature "Top 20 Villas on the French Riviera". Well, both our Owner and us are a little puzzled about how this two bedroom apartment made it within the realms of 19 other grand places with ground and pools, but it shines amongst them nonetheless. Who are we to argue?
Posted on 22nd May 2014 15:58:38 in Pebbles Properties
The 16 May 2014 saw the new signage going up at our new larger UK offices in Glossop Derbyshire. This is the new HQ for Pebbles and where we now have eight salaried staff. The main role of this office is to speak and email our guests, at all stages of their booking with us until they arrive in Nice, where the Nice office takes over.
Posted on 19th May 2014 17:24:41 in Pebbles Properties
We’ve always known at Pebbles that good customer service is the lifeblood of any business. It is why we’re proud of our statistics that over 30% of our guests are repeat guests, and some guests have stayed with us over ten times already.
Posted on 19th May 2014 17:15:01 in Pebbles Properties
When we choose a name for a new Pebbles’ rental apartment, there’s usually a story behind it. In this ten part series we give you the story behind a name, along with some insight into the holiday apartment from us and our Owners, and a one-time 20% discount offer to book the apartment featured in the month ahead.
Posted on 17th May 2014 09:52:00 in Pebbles Properties
What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter - a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
Posted on 14th May 2014 14:23:33 in Nice News
Shhh….Patricia Peebles is the winner! It made us smile as we read out the surname which is exactly what the French call us. At least one letter the rather surly postman delivers to our office a week is addressed to “Nice Peebles”. Well in the spirit of full disclosure, Patricia Peebles is of no connection to Pebbles, save for she was a guest visiting us from the US who volunteered to be a Secret guest for her stay in our Boucherie apartment in March 2013.
Posted on 6th May 2014 17:12:19 in Nice News
Nice seems to have its own soundtrack in early summer. The festivals and concert dates come tumbling after one another in such quick succession that the city is rarely silent. As well as huge acts like Robbie Williams playing in Monaco this June (sorry, we couldn’t get a ticket either), there are all many of free concerts and celebrations where tickets are still available.
Posted on 23rd Apr 2014 09:05:00 in Property Investment
From high-fliers to foreign families, our Owners are as unique as the property they purchase. Whilst we love all our apartments and holiday rental properties that we can offer to our guests, its the individuality that excites us, and many of our guests, when we're helping choose the right holiday rental for them. On our sales site you can follow our five-part series, where we get up close and personal with a selection of our owner clients. International consultant Christine Quirk purchased La Luciole (The Firefly), her 1936 Art Deco apartment located in Nice’s port, through Nice Pebbles in autumn 2013. She choose to buy in Nice because “Nice combines both the climate and flight connections to Europe, Asia and the Gulf that make it a convenient and relaxing escape for me at any time of the year".
Posted on 12th Mar 2014 16:51:37 in Nice News
During the financial crisis many airports struggled. Nice Cote d’Azur has welcomed increasing numbers every year. In 2012 it broke its own record of 11m arrivals, a greater number than Prague, London Luton, Gran Canaria and most other capital, low cost and tourism hubs.
Posted on 10th Feb 2014 16:59:54 in Muse Mag
In mid-July 1976, the bank’s Nice branch opposite Galeries Lafayette played host to ‘the robbery of the century’.
Posted on 17th Dec 2013 13:32:00 in Muse Mag
Gustave Eiffel shocked and awed in equal measure. His avant-garde genius built monuments as diverse as Budapest train station and the structure of the Statue of Liberty in New York.