Unofficial capital of the French Riviera, this glamorous seaside city has been one of France’s most popular tourist destinations since the 18th century.
The mention of Nice conjures up images of the stunning crystal blue waters that grace its shores and plenty of sunshine all year round. Home to two million people, this city situated on the French Riviera and is renowned for its relaxed attitude, great atmosphere and its fabulously luxurious beaches.
Join locals and visitors from around the world and enjoy the 5 kilometre stretch of beaches and beautiful coastline. Known as the Promenade Des Anglais, this strip of sunshine extravagance is a great place to stroll, take in the views or crawl the numerous cafés, bars and restaurants dotted along the promenade. There’s a lot of wealth on display here and it attracts some of the world’s most well-known celebrities. Nice is a fiscal paradise, offering visitors a glamorous get away experience.
To sample French culture at its best, take a stroll through the Old Town, situated just behind the main promenade. This medley of scorched red buildings and narrow streets is bursting with character and charm. Visitors are treated to a whole host of ancient churches, baroque buildings and fantastic fountains and monuments. For foodies, visitors can buy fresh local produce at the regularly held markets, or sample delicious local cuisine in one of the many nearby restaurants or cafés.
Situated just in front of the Old Town is Nice’s main square, Place Massena. This bohemian plaza is packed full of artistic marvels and includes the spectacular fountain which is illuminated at night. This bustling hub of activity is the main pedestrian thoroughfare in Nice and has a variety of street attractions and performances on offer.
Overlooking the Old Town to south is Castle Hill, is a lush green park with its own waterfall and castle ruins. Climb the stairs or take the lift to the top of this hill and sample the breathtaking views of the entire city. The lift runs from March through to late October and incurs a small fee.
Nice is pedestrian friendly and easily navigable on foot or by bus or tram. Visitors can also use the city’s bicycle rental scheme as an alternative means of getting about.