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Holiday in Nice to discover the French Riviera capital
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Holiday in Nice to discover the French Riviera capital
 

Nice is located in the Alpes-Maritimes department and is the French Riviera capital. This city is full of places to visit thanks to its natural and cultural inheritage. Nice is a seaside resort in summer and winter where tourists will be able to admire the Baie des Anges (bay of angels). Moreover, in Nice and around, visitors will find an impressive variety of landscapes. So in less than 90 minutes by car, there is the Mercantour natural park located in mountains. Then, in Nice hinterland, there are several good ski resorts as Isola 2000, Auron or Valberg. For tourists enjoying sea, Nice counts numerous pebble beaches (public or private) close to the historical centre. If staying in the city centre to fully enjoy the city activities, it is easy to find an accommodation in Nice as a B&B or an apartment on Genius Holidays. If staying around Nice, tourists should book an apartment in Cagnes-sur-Mer or a villa in Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Discover the Vieux Nice (Old Town, Nice)

The Old Town of Nice is located at the bottom of the Château hill. Around the Vieux Nice, are the harbour, the Garibaldi square, the Promenade du Paillon and the famous Masséna square. The Old Town is well-known for its vitality during days and also at night. There, tourists will find numerous pubs and restaurants with different prices (from cheap to expensive ones). Every morning on the Cours Saleya there is a market with flowers, fruits and vegetables and also with specialities of Nice as crystallized fruits or several dishes with olives. When it is sunny, drinking coffee on the Cours Saleya is really pleasant. Moreover, visitors should have a walk in Nice alleys and on the various squares of the city to eat an ice cream as on Rossetti square. Then, there are different churches or the Sainte-Réparate Cathedral to visit. Finally, to admire the most beautiful view of Nice and the Baie des Anges, tourists should go to the Château hill which is a park offering an amazing panorama! Notice that you can reach it from several places (Quai des Etats-Unis, Vieux Nice, Ségurane street on the harbour side).

Other places to go in Nice

Masséna Square in Nice

 

First, a compulsory step is the Masséna square (Place Masséna) which is now pedestrianized and entirely renovated. Then, tourists can have a walk in the Jean Médecin avenue – Nice main street – where there are many shops. After that, visitors can go by bus to the Cimiez hill (Colline de Cimiez) to visit the Matisse museum and the Monastery gardens. The harbour is also a place to go where you will find many restaurants. Moreover, you should notice that the harbour is still an authentic place. A park to visit is the one of Mont Boron because there is a wonderful panorama on Nice and Villefranche-sur-Mer. If you have a car in Nice, you should drive on the Wine Road (Route des Vins) to visit Bellet vineyard which dominate the Var valley.
If you have some time, you should take the 'Train des Pignes' (from the station of Chemins de fer de Provence) which goes to Dignes-les-Bains passing by typical villages.

The Promenade des Anglais and the Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels)

The Château hill in Nice Bay of Angels - Nice, France Place Masséna - Nice, France

 

In Nice, it is a compulsory step to have a walk on the famous Promenade des Anglais. You can also rent a 'Vélo Bleu' – a public system of bicycle rental – and go from the harbour to the Phoenix park. Moreover, during the afternoon, you can stop on the beach and drink something while enjoying the sun and the sea breeze. During summer, there are also private beaches (as well as public ones) where you can just relax and swim in the sea,two minutes away from the city centre (Masséna square is 100m away). To eat, you should go to the Cours Saleya in the Old Town – and close to the Masséna square – to eat Salade Niçoise or Socca (typical dishes).

Museums in Nice

First, tourists should go to the MAMAC –  the 'Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain' – which is located on the Promenade du Paillon (100m away from the Garibaldi square and the Old Town). There, you will observe works of Yves Klein, César or Andy Warhol. Then, visitors should go the the Marc Chagall museum on the Cimiez boulevard. Not far from this place, is the Matisse museum where various works of the artist can be found. Of course, there are many other museums in Nice but these ones are more famous.

Celebrations in Nice

Nice Carnival

 

If coming to Nice in February, tourists will enjoy the famous Carnaval de Nice (Nice Carnival), During three weeks, there are concerts, 'battles of flowers', processions... So, this carnival is a must!  In May, go to the Arènes de Cimiez (Cimiez Arenas) to take part in the Fête des Mai which is very popular for children and parents. In June, there is the book festival in the Albert 1er gardens and in July, the famous Jazz festival take place in the Verdure theatre. For those who like to run, a marathon is organised along the sea between Nice and Cannes passing by the Cap d'Antibes (Cape Antibes) and arriving on the Croisette.

Transports in Nice

Nice has a tram which goes from the North to the East passing by the city centre. So, for 1€ per ticket (with connection), you can nearly reach the whole city by tram or bus. The 'Pass quotidien' (ticket for one day) is probably the best way to discover the city without a car. If coming by plane, there is a bus which goes to the city centre from the airport. Moreover, 'Vélos Bleus' –  a public system of bicycle rental – are available in various stations around the city to discover Nice safely thanks to cycle paths and lanes.

Where to stay in Nice

There are numerous holiday rentals in Nice or around the city. You can stay there for one week (or more) or just a few days. There are also guesthouses and B&B in the city. If coming to Nice, look for an accommodation near the tram e.g. in the Borriglione, République or Saint-Roch areas. If coming by car in Nice, tourists can lodge in the hinterland. In this case, cars need to be parked in car parks which are not free but it will be easier the enjoy peace and quiet in this area close to the countryside with beautiful landscape. So you should book as soon as you can an apartment in Nice or a villa in Nice or around the city. If staying one week or more, you can also book out of the city as coming by train or bus is quite easy. Consequently, you can look for an apartment in Antibes or a house or villa in Villeneuve-Loubet.

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