Nice
About

The beautiful city of Nice lies by the glistening blue Mediterranean waters of Côte d'Azur and rises to the mountainous landscape surrounding it, painting an idyllic sight. Once seen, it’s clear, why many artists come to Nice for inspiration, and it can surely provide plenty of it – the resulting masterpieces are displayed in several museums throughout the city. Nice is also loved for the clear air and the mild, sunny local Mediterranean climate.

Aside from an abundance of picturesque natural views, Nice has elegance written all over it with some charming architecture, a unique vibe combining a mediterranean and a true Old World European city, and the iconic seaside Promenade des Anglais (“Walkway of the English”) – a name that it owes to the late 18th century English aristocrats coming here for winter.

Nice seems to be a universally appealing city – there is a vast array of landmarks and sights, the cuisine is diverse, the art scene is bustling and the nightlife will satisfy those in a party-mood. Chances are, you will have an exciting time here and Nice la Belle (Nice the Beautiful) will have you wanting to return for more.

Facts
  • The first known human settlements in the Nice area date back 400,000 years
  • Nice’s smooth pebble beaches are natural formations
  • Nice has the 2nd largest hotel capacity in France and receives 4 million tourists a year
  • The Nice Côte d'Azur Airport is the 3rd busiest airport in France
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Eat

Pissaladière

A Nice original, this savory historical appetizer dish consists of bread dough topped with caramelized onions, olives, garlic and anchovies.

Salade Niçoise

This French salad is traditional to the area and made of Niçoise olives, tomatoes, tuna, boiled eggs, anchovies and a vinaigrette dressing.
Drink

Rosé Wine

A classic for summers in Nice. Dry and tailored to local flavors of the food, rosé wine will surely enrich your local gastronomic adventures.

Pastis

Côte d'Azur’s aperitif of choice. An anise and licorice flavoured spirit, typically diluted with cool water for a milky, refreshing drink.
See

Promenade des Anglais

Take a stroll on this historical walkway and lay your eyes on the grand Hôtel Negresco and Palais de la Méditerranée along the way.

Musee Chagall

The Chagall Museum tells the story of the artist’s life, shows some of his impressive tapestries and other temporary exhibitions.
Perfect for
Architecture
Bar Tours
Bicycling
Concerts
Fine Dining
History
Nightlife
Sightseeing
Sunbathing
Sunset Watching
Walks
Waterskiing
Places to Visit

Vieux Nice

Embark on a visit to Nice’s atmospheric old town and discover a place that hasn’t changed much since the 18th century. Getting lost while wandering here is part of the fun. Charming historical buildings line the narrow streets with small shops, delis, boutiques and bars. You can also visit the bustling Cours Saleya market, featuring some of the best stalls and shops in the old town and surrounded by restaurants and cafes, where you can take a little break from the buzz to enjoy a drink. History and architecture enthusiasts will love the Cathédrale Ste-Réparate, Chapelle de la Miséricorde, Palais Lascaris and the 18th century pharmacy, as well as the Flemish tapestries and faience. While in the old town, take a little detour to the nearby Palais de Justice courthouse – another great architectural example.

Colline du Chateau

The former location of a military citadel for many centuries, the soaring steep Castle Hill will reward you with spectacular views of the Bay of Nice, once you reach the top. Today it houses the most famous public garden in Nice and is a popular landmark. Various landscapes get highlighted during the course of the day, providing ever new panoramic experiences with new hues and shades – the harbor shows its best side at sunrise, whereas Promenade des Anglais gets its showtime during sundown. If you happen to visit Castle Hill, don’t miss the graceful artificial waterfall.

Musee Massena

Just off the famous Walkway of the English is a beautiful, small neoclassical belle époque villa with an Italianate touch, built between 1898 and 1900 and surrounded by lovely gardens. But the real treasures are found inside. The Musee d'Art et d'Histoire at the Palais Massena is dedicated to the history of Nice, which it tells through various fascinating artifacts, furniture, posters, photos, paintings, drawings from the early 19th through the 20th century.
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