Nice is a charming city in south-eastern France and a popular tourist destination for many people. 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 you can enjoy some refreshment, relax, unwind and soak up the holiday atmosphere You will find traditional stores, antique shops as well as smart restaurants around the harbour area.
At the Quayside you can watch the cruise and ferry boats and admire the yachts moored alongside the coloured fishing boats. La Promenade des Anglais is a well-known Nice landmark which was built by English residents in 1920. This wide, magnificent promenade is still popular today you can take a leisurely stroll or bicycle ride and enjoy some stunning views. You should not find any difficulties in hiring a bicycle here in the city.
The beaches here are shingle, as well as the public beach areas there are several private beaches with facilities, you have to pay to use the private ones so it is worth enquiring beforehand the cost of spending time on a particular beach, hiring of sun loungers etc. It is recommended wearing beach shoes in the summer months as the pebbles do get very hot. A train journey of approximately ten to fifteen minutes will take you to the lovely town of Antibes where there are some good sandy beaches.
A popular visitor attraction in Nice on the Cours Saleya is the famous flower and vegetable market the Marche Saleya, it is truly impressive and one you should see. There are cafés and terraces where you can also spend some time.
A tourist train operates from the Promenade des Anglais area through the Flower Market and along the sea-front.
One visitor attraction you might like to visit is the Russian Orthodox Cathedral inaugurated in 1912 it is crowned with six onion shaped domes which are covered in fine gold leaf. The inside of the cathedral is ornate, richly decorated, with fine woodwork and frescoes. The Church Eglise St. Martin-St. Augustin is the oldest church in Nice and has a fine Baroque interior, worth visiting.
Many people visit the Colline du Chateau which isn’t really a chateau; this ‘high hill’ overlooks Nice Old Town you can climb the steps if you are feeling energetic or you can take the elevator, it is well worth the walk for the spectacular views, there are Roman ruins and a waterfall you won’t be disappointed. There are many interesting museums, if you are on a short visit to the city you will not have the time to visit all of them, situated on the hill of Cimiez is the Matisse Museum which includes Matisse’s personal collection. (This museum is under going renovation and is due to re-open in June 2007) other museums that you may like to visit are the Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art and The Nice Archaeology Museum which houses some historic exhibits. Cimiez is also where Nice’s annual jazz festival is held.
Nice is a delightful city and worth considering for a short city break it is suitable for couples and families. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and other attractions to enjoy. Nice airport is close to the city, there are direct flights from many European cities and from America. Buses are the cheapest form of transport, taxis can be very expensive; if possible negotiate a price before you get into one! If you are going to travel around the Cote d' Azur trains are the quickest. Night time can be spent at one of the pubs/bars some have live music; there is a casino if you prefer and a choice of restaurants for your evening meal.
Accommodation varies you can have a luxury hotel or a budget one, holiday apartments are available if you are looking for a longer holiday break or prefer a self-catering holiday and the independence it brings there is something to suit all budgets in and around the city.