Nice is a charming city in southeastern France and a popular tourist destination for many people. It is the capital of the Riviera and fifth largest city in France. NICE lives off a glittering reputation. Vieux Nice, the old town is delightful with narrow twisting streets, picturesque houses close together and lively squares to discover. There are shops to explore and cafés where one can enjoy some refreshment, relax, unwind and soak up the holiday atmosphere .The beaches here are shingle. The spectacular natural beauty of the Nice area and its mild Mediterranean climate are worth seeing. Located on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is the second-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille. It also has the second busiest airport in France after Paris and two convention centers dedicated to business tourism. The city also has a university, several business districts and some major cultural facilities, such as museums, a national theatre, an opera house with a regional library and several concert halls and casinos. It is the historical capital city of the County of Nice.
Nice experiences a Mediterranean climate. Nice also has numerous museums of all kinds: Musée Marc Chagall, Musée Matisse, Museum of Asian Art, Museum of Natural History, Naval Museum etc.
Being a vacation resort, Nice hosts many festivals throughout the year, such as the Carnival de Nice and the Nice Jazz Festival.
Famous Sightseeing and attractions:
Nice has all the advantages of a major city: superb culture, wonderful street life and excellent shopping, eating and drinking, all set against a backdrop of blue skies.
Nice itself is an attraction: the rich blue-green sea, diverse shopping, splendid dining and lovely art-deco façades.
1. Vieux Nice, or Old Nice
Old Nice is downright dripping with atmosphere. Its narrow streets are a one-stop shop for take-home finds, such as household items, wine, gourmet gifts, hip clothing and more. There are numerous restaurants in the area, as well as several fun bars and nightclubs.
2.Theatre de la Photographie et de l'Image
This homage to the photographic arts is housed in a lovely renovated building a couple blocks off the busy Boulevard Jean Medicine thoroughfare. The museum typically hosts exhibits of universal appeal, such as a show dedicated to portraits of Hollywood celebrities over the decades and an exhibition on American Indians.
3. Cours Saleya Flower Market
Nice's famous Flower Market is one of the best attractions in the whole city. The edges are lined with cafés and souvenir shops, and the stands themselves are packed with amazing produce and myriad flowers.
4. Matisse Museum
The fresh colors and lines of Nice inspired the lovely and innovative art of Henri Matisse. This vast museum shows Matisse's works from his more traditional early days to the end of his career. There are also some of his personal effects here. The museum gift shop features prints of the artist's works.
5. Le Chateau
The best reason to visit the chateau is for the spectacular panoramic view of the city and sea.
6. Rue de France Pedestrian Zone
The Nice pedestrian zone, or "zone pietonne," is a hub of activity. This is the place if you need to load up on souvenirs. Street entertainers frequent this area. There are gourmet shops, clothing shops, newsstands, bookstores and more.
7. Russian Cathedral
The Russian Cathedral is just one of many Russian attractions in the city. The Russian aristocracy used Nice as a balmy getaway, and left their indelible mark on the Riviera city.
8. Nice Archaeology Museum and Roman Ruins
The Russians weren't the first to succumb to the allure of Nice. The ancient Romans also called the area home, and to this day visitors can see the ruins of a Roman arena and bathhouses.
9. Nice Port
Just around the corner from Old Nice and the Quai des Etats Unis, this is a great spot to watch the Corsica ferries lift off. There are also some of the city's hippest nightclubs here.
Things to do in Nice
Nice Le Grand Tour with 1-2 Day Pass
Explore the beautiful city of Nice located on the eastern coast of France. The city is the fifth largest city of France. The city is also known as ‘Nice la Belle’ which means Nice the beautiful. Nice is very true to its nickname. The city has charming landscapes, pristine blue waterfront, old city heritage and some amazing paintings and artworks. Enjoy a city tour of Nice on a tour of hop on- hop off bus. See nice at your pace and leisure. The hop on-hop off buses covers all the main attractions of Nice and you can travel in it as many times as you want. Enjoy a personal audio guide commentary in your choice of language and see the highlights of Nice. During this tour you will visit the following places - Cimiez, Mont Boron, Promenade Magnan, Place Garibaldi and many more. The tickets are valid for either one day or Two days depending upon your choice of tickets.
A Taste of Provence Tour
Provence is a beautiful region of Southeastern France and is known for its beautiful natural beauty and quaint villages. You will travel to the Provence region in an air conditioned minivan and will enjoy it’s amazing natural beauty and culture. Drive through the picturesque valleys, rocky cliffs and orchards and vineyards of the Provence countryside. Admire the views of the majestic Alps and the Mediterranean coastline with shimmering waters. You will visit the picturesque villages of Saint Paul de Vence, Tourrettes sur Loup and Gourdon. You will enjoy the quaint and tranquil ambiance of these villages. You must sample the regional flower sweets at these villages. You will visit the Grasse town also known as the world capital of the perfume industry. Enjoy the tour and gather some amazing memories and do not forget to use your camera to click some memorable pictures.
Aix en Provence Tour
Enjoy a tour of Aix which is the historical capital of Provence. The city of Aix has a very rich cultural heritage and diversity. The city has some amazing and beautiful architecture. Visit the city of Aix and admire its beautiful fountains, a lovely and lively center with the Cours Mirabeau and many other beautiful attractions. Here you will see many antique shops, art galleries, thermal baths and will visit the Cezanne Workshop. Enjoy the tour and have a great time here in this classic cultural city of Provence.
Cannes, Antibes and Saint Paul de Vence Tour
Visit the beautiful French Riviera region which is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France. The French Riviera is the one of the most glamorous place on earth and is renowned for is leisure tourism. Travel along the coast road and enjoy the stunning views of the shimmering Mediterranean Sea. See the famous city of Cannes, ramparts of old Antibes and the walls of the port. See the port Vauban where you will see many yachts and high end luxury resorts. Visit the stunning village of Saint Pau de Vence and enjoy its quaint charm of the village. Enjoy the tour and gather some beautiful memories to carry home.
French Riviera Panorama Tour
Visit the beautiful French Riviera region which is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France. The French Riviera is the one of the most glamorous place on earth and is renowned for is leisure tourism. Many royal families of Europe, celebrities, sportstars, filmstars, politicians, business tycoons and important dignitaries thronged here along with a huge crowd of tourist. Travel along the coast road and enjoy the stunning views of the shimmering Mediterranean Sea. See the famous city of Cannes, trendy boutiques of Juan –les-pins, ramparts of old Antibes, colorful markets and beaches of Nice, stunning medieval village of Eze and the glamour of Monaco and Monte-Carlo.
Nice experiences a Mediterranean climate. The summer season lasts for 6 months, from May to October. Winters are mild.
A food called "Socca", chickpea flat bread, is a local specialty (though not universally enjoyed), as is a tuna fish sandwich called "Pan Bagnat." Other specialties include Soupe de Poisson (Fish Soup, made with chili aioli, croutons, and grated cheese), Salade Nicoise (made with tuna), Tourtes aux Blettes etc.
Best Time to Visit
Nice is best visited during springtime, May and June, or the beginning of autumn, September and October.
How to Reach
Nice is connected to the rest of France via the SNCF train network.
Trenitalia trains connect Nice to Italian cities like Milan, Genoa, Rome and Venice.
The A8 autoroute is the easiest way to access Nice either from the west or from Italy.
Long distance buses connect Nice with other major European cities. Euro lines, and the French LER "Lignes Express Regionaux" connect Nice with Marseille, Toulon and Aix-en-Provence.
Nice has direct ferry routes to: Ajaccio (Corsica), Bastia (Corsica), Calvi and Ile Rousse.
The best way to reach Nice is by taking a flight from the place of departure. There are a number of international airlines, which have flights landing in Nice International Airport everyday. There are a large number of direct and connecting flights to Nice. Most common airlines, which fly to Nice, include British Airways, Air France, Delta Airlines, Emirates, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and others.