Just the other side of the airport to Nice, Saint-Laurent-du-Var is an ancient riverside settlement that has been brought bang up to date in recent years.
The waterfront is the place to be in Saint-Laurent-du-Var, a long esplanade stretches the length of the beach and is lined with a good choice of restaurants and bars. Most nightlife is centred around the harbour, where you’ll find more bars and restaurants as well as a couple of nightclubs. Shimmy over to Le Spey River on Wednesday evenings for a free salsa lesson and tex-mex tapas.
The centre of Saint-Laurent-du-Var is typical of a small but busy town; unremarkable but it has everything you need such as pharmacies, supermarkets, shops, etc. Cut through some of the smaller side streets and you’ll find yourself in what remains of the old town; Place Adrien Castillon is a charming little square with an 11th century church.
Just beyond the church is the “Hotel de Ville”, or town hall - an extremely grand building set in pleasantly shaded landscaped gardens. There is a children’s playground nearby and a number of boules pitches, as well as a theatre.