Jewel of the Côte d’Azur, Nice is a truly beautiful city. Nestled on the glorious curve of the Bay of Angels, Nice is glamorous and elegant. It’s also perfectly placed to explore this sought-after region. Life is never dull in la belle Nice, and that’s not just down to the fantastic beaches and great nightlife.
The buzzy old town is a disarray of cobbled streets, character-filled cafés, chocolate shops and quirky independent boutiques. It’s barely changed since the 1700s and has plenty of pretty squares and streets to wander down. Cours Saleya is at the heart of the action, hosting a bustling flower market in the morning and excellent people watching and sunbathing opportunities in the afternoons.
The wide sweep of Promenade des Anglais stretches for seven kilometres along the front. Head inland and it’s all elegant architecture, swanky hotels and luxury apartments. Rooftop bars are awash with the glitterati. It really is pure glitz and glamour.
There’s plenty of art, culture, music and history to satisfy. Nice only became part of France in 1860, and is so close to the Italian border that you could pop there and back in a morning. The result is a mish-mash of cultural influences loved by artists including Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall, both of whom have museums dedicated to their work. Top it off with imposing churches, an old port and a great live music scene, all in the shadow of the Alps, and you get a beautiful mix of everything.
We highly recommend a jump on the train to Monaco. It’s only 13 minutes, but the prettiest 13 minutes you’ll spend on public transport. It hugs the coast the whole way and drop you off in the glamourous Monte Carlo. Casinos, superyachts and supermodels - it’s everything you could hope for.The Alps
Nice isn’t just about the sea. It’s brilliantly placed at the bottom of the French Alps. A short drive from the city will have you heading up winding roads and into the hills, where you can stop off at any one of a number of dainty little villages for lunch and a good old gander at the view.Explore the coast
Head east from Nice and you quickly reach Italy, where sassy San Remo will welcome you with open arms. Head west, and Antibes and Cannes are both less than 45 minutes away. The coastline here is spectacular. Coves, sandy beaches, cliffs and snaking roads.
Exploring NiceHit the beach
Stretching for miles, there are 25 public and 15 private beaches with incredible views of the Med. Private beaches are where you can expect the five star treatment with carpets leading to the sea, private lockers, loungers and cocktails on demand.Fill up on culture
The Matisse and Chagall museums both have great collections from their respective artists. Near the old city is the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art with works by Andy Warhol, Roy Liechenstein and many others. The Nice Fine Arts Museum has a vast collection of European art from the 16th to the 20th century. The city is also home to the St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, recognised as a national monument of France.Colline du Chateau
The hillside park of Colline du Chateau is a city greenspace full of pine trees, parkland and sparkling waterfalls. Once boasting an impregnable citadel that was dismantled by the soldiers of Louis XIV in 1706, you can expect to find plenty of history to get your teeth stuck into. The views across the bay and the city are wonderful.
First and foremost is, bien sur, the salad Nicoise, described by Delia Smith as “one of the best combinations of salad ingredients ever invented”. Praise doesn’t get much higher. Locals are huge fans of socca, a sort of big tasty pancake made from chickpea flour and olive oil, and pissalediere, onion pizza with anchovies. Accompany your meal with some vins de Bellet – sunshiney wines produced on the hills just outside the city. Perfectly Nicoise, in liquid form.Nice Restaurants
Cosmopolitan Nice has it all when it comes to eating out. Ultra-luxury top-of-the range restaurants? Tick. Seafront open-air dining? Tick. Tiny Nicoise restaurants jam packed with character and locals? Yes, that too. From Michelin star to street food, it’s all here for the taking. As you’d hope, the seafood in particular is extraordinary.
Nice has been a favourite since the 19th century. The mixture of wonderful climate, chic nightlife, bubbly old town, dazzling sea and top-of-the-range luxury hotels and restaurants make it an appealing destination for everyone from young families to glamorous supermodels. It’s also brilliantly placed as a jumping off point for exploring the rest of the Côte d’Azur.
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