NICE CITY GUIDE
With its enviable location along the sunny French Riviera, Nice has long been a most popular seaside resort for both locals and tourists. Close to the Italian border, this coastal city offers visitors all of the vibrancy and colour of a Mediterranean escape, but with an elegant sense of style typical of France. Whether you spend your time sipping wine carefully selected by a sommelier, or seeking out culture in one of the world-class art museums, the beaches and alluring turquoise waters will draw you back here time and time again.
Besides its heritage and attractions, Nice is famed for hosting one of the biggest Mardi Gras celebrations in the world, where each February the Promenade des Anglais is taken over by the excitement and flamboyance of carnival.
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Exploring Nice Old Town
The heart of the city lies in in the historic Vieux Niceneighbourhood, a maze of cobbled streets, shops and secret bars. Let your nose guide you to the restaurants tucked away down quiet passageways, and make sure you try the local specialty, socca, a delicious crêpe made from chickpea flour.
Weave your way through the labyrinth of narrow streets, looking up to see washing lines and colourful shutters on the apartments above your head. It's easy to get swept up in the bustling atmosphere, but escape to the café-filled square of Place Rossetti to find the striking Cathédrale de Sainte Réparate stands before you, one of the architectural gems of the Riviera.
Held along the sparkling seafront Promenade des Anglais, the Cours Saleya flower market is the pride of the city, which has food, antiques and fresh produce for sale almost every day. Behind the market, you can get some retail therapy at the pedestrianised shopping street Rue de France, which runs parallel to the coastal road.
Of all the brilliant things to do in Nice, the climb to the ancient hilltop ruins of Castle Hill is simply unmissable. You'll find a mesmerising manmade waterfall there, as well as an unmatched view of the Bay of Angels.
Get unmissable views of Nice and the French Riviera with a charming cruise of the Cote d’Azur or minibus tour to Monaco with panoramic hillside views.
Heritage Sights in Nice
The city has long earned its reputation as a hub for creatives, with the great painter Henri Matisse a particularly notable former resident. You can see some of his finest work at the Musée Matisse on Cimiez Hill, before spending the rest of your day exploring the Roman Archaeological Museum and wandering through the olive tree grove to find the Franciscan Monastery nearby. For more inspirational artwork, visit the remarkable Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, which is sandwiched between the Nice Theatre and the Museum of Natural History.
Grand, ambitious architecture is a staple of this sophisticated city, so taking the time to see some of the most grand buildings is essential. The vibrant yellow Chapelle de la Miséricorde is a fantastic example of Baroque construction, while the Cathédrale Saint Nicolas is a truly arresting sight, opening in 1912 after its construction was funded by Tsar Nicholas II.
French Seaside Delights
Of course, one of the greatest draws to this seaside resort is the chance to relax and soak up the sun on the long pebble beach that stretches along the Baie des Anges coastline. Next to the shore, the palm tree-lined Promenade des Anglais is one of the longest and most famous seafront paths in the world, stretching 4km along the waterside. You can walk, cycle or even roller-skate along the entirety of this smooth esplanade, stopping for drinks or to relax in the sun on the way.
Try the emerging sport of stand-up paddleboarding for a great workout, and find yourself rewarded with a different view of the city from the ultramarine waters of the Cote d’Azur.If you can bear to leave Nice, the billionaires' playground of Monaco is a scenic drive away, while the glamorous city of Cannes makes the perfect day trip.
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