Discover all the secrets of Nice, pearl of the French Riviera
Nice, the fifth largest city in France, acts as a magnet attracting people from all over the world, for a multitude of reasons, Not only renowned for its grace, Nice has become a hub for research in industry, science and advanced technology since the creation of such centers as Acropolis and Sophia Antipolis. The Palais de Congres, a convention center, can accomodate diverse functions.
Both elegant and simple, Nice's charm comes from its exceptional climate as well as its beauty.
The “Promenade des Anglais”
Even in the winter the cafe terraces are filled with people happily drinking and contemplating the ultra famous "Promenade des Anglais". Always in flower this wonderful walk follows along the bay, looking out onto the Baie des Anges and the beaches on one side, and on the other such luxury hotels as the Negresco and sumptuous casinos.
The architecture of Nice can be astonishing with the wild exaggerations of the Belle Epoque style or the Baroque influenced houses and mansions on the hills of Mont Boron.
Strolling and dining in old Nice
Fabulous creations have been realized in the floral gardens and parks of the hills of the Chateau, the Chambrun park or the Espace Massena.
The only way to get to know the real Nice is by strolling through the ochre colored streets listening to the "Nicois" speaking their own language (Nissart) and by tasting their savory cooking, One musn't miss the onion, anchovy and olive tarts called Pissaladieres, the vegetable and tuna sandwiches known as Pan Bagnat, the Salade Nicoise or the famous Ratatouille (tomatoes eggplant and zucchini squash stew).
The main cooking ingredient is olive oil ot course, and many of the dishes are garnished with the succulent little black Nice olives called Caillette.
Nice: a lively city of culture in the Alpes Maritimes
Nice is also a city of art and culture and after Paris, has the most museums in France. The city is animated at night as well as in the day especially in the summer with the Nice Jazz Festival held in the arena, the gardens of Cimiez, and the flower "war" on the Promenade des Anglais in which participate the prettiest women on the Cote d'Azur (French Riviera).
Nice flower market
Each day on the Cours Saleya there is the great flower market where one can also find fruit and vegetables in the mornings. Each quarter in Nice is alive with markets, boutiques and restaurants making the whole city a lively place to visit.
The Nice Carnival
The Nice Carnival is France's first international carnival, and an unmissable winter event on the Côte d'Azur. Taking place this year from February 17 to March 3, 2024, it attracts participants and onlookers from all over the world. It is particularly popular with the Chinese, who come to Nice on business or with their families.
Our interactive map of Nice
On this page, you'll find our interactive map of Nice to help you find your way around the capital of the Côte d'Azur. We've listed the accommodations (hotels, vacation rentals, bed & breakfasts) we recommend for your vacation or weekend in Nice.
What to see
The prehistoric sites of Lazaret and Terra Amata.
The Prefecture Palace.
A Russian Orthodox church
Many other churches big and small.
Modern Art Museum.
Art and History Museum.
Musee de Malacologie (seashells).
Museum of Fine Arts.
Musee d'Art Naif and more...
Bed and breakfast
YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CITY OF NICE
You've sent us several questions about Nice. Here are our answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Do you have a bed & breakfast to recommend in Nice?
Yes, on this page we highlight the various accommodations we recommend in Nice. There are bed & breakfasts, but also vacation rentals and hotels. Choosing the right accommodation is essential.
How can I visit Nice in a day?
If you've only got one day to spend in Nice, try to stay near the old town, and here's our recommended program. Morning stroll through the old town, flower market and lunch on one of Nice's many terraces. A cultural afternoon visiting the city's various museums. Promenade des Anglais in the early evening as the sun sets, followed by a night out in one of the city's bars or casinos.
Where to park in Nice?
As in all major cities, parking can be tricky in Nice, especially in summer. We recommend that you avoid the hassle and risk a fine by parking in the covered parking lots of old Nice. You'll be centrally located for strolling around Nice on foot.