One of my passions is exploring the beautiful back country of our Riviera. Whether on my bike or by car, I love to discover new villages or revisit old ones that I have not seen for a while. The more off the beaten tracks, the better. The more authentic, the more I love to show it to my guests.
Today I took a bike tour into the hills behind Nice. I had no plan and just drove until in the distance I recognized a medieval village that I had not visited for years: Falicon.
You will probably not find it in a guide book when planning a visit to the French Riviera. It is very small. It has only one grocery store and one Restaurant. There is nothing of major interest. However, once you start wandering around, you will be charmed by the beautifully colored houses. Falicon is on the peak of a hill. It is 8km North of Nice and in the middle of olive and fig trees.
From the “Bellevue View Point” you can enjoy an amazing view over Nice and the Mediterranean. And if you like taking photographs, this is the perfect place.
By the way, the only existing Restaurant in Falicon was one of the favorites of Queen Victoria. Still today it is called “Thé à la Reine” (Tea of the Queen). She often came here by carriage and enjoyed a cup of tea. Today it is a very popular Restaurant. People come from far to try their local specialities on the panoramic terrace.
Falicon is a little gem far away from the busy coast. Maybe we could include it in the itinerary of your next tour…