About Nice

 

Located in the heart of one of the world’s most highly prized regions at the gateway to major European cities, Nice offers its rich history, wonderfully mild sunny climate and geographic location between the sea and the mountains… A symbol of the Mediterranean art of living, it offers a perpetual invitation to travel. Its vicinity, too, provides ample opportunity for architectural and cultural discoveries, from pleasant strolls in museums to old palatial homes, from beaches to gardens and gastronomic adventures with countless flavours.

 

Location

Situated in southern Europe and at the southeasternmost tip of France, Nice is a privileged junction between the Alps, Provence, Corsica and Italy. The city occupies a remarkable natural site in the heart of the French Riviera. It extends in a broad stretch open to the South on the Mediterranean with a succession of wooded hills to the West. To the North, the first peaks of the foothills of the Alps appear, some reaching heights exceeding 3,000 m above sea level, only 50 km from the coast as the crow flies…

 

Old Town

Until the 18th century, the Old Town was home to virtually the entire population of Nice. In this district, you could see baroque churches and palaces, very nice colourful façades, narrow streets and the famous pedestrian Cours Saleya. Built on the ramparts dismantled in the early 18th century, Cours Saleya has become a picturesque part of the city, a must for tourist and locals alike. In this rectilinear baroque ochre setting, one of the 100 most picturesque markets in France is held every day except Monday, when it is replaced by an antiques market.

 

Place Masséna

Built in the 1840s, Place Masséna remains the jewel of Nice. On the north side, elegant arcaded buildings are painted with the famous Pompeian red and to the East, there is a splendid perspective on the hills with their Tuscan charm. Since 2007, you can see artworks along the tramway: seven statues devised by the Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, titled "Conversation in Nice" and representing the seven continents. Around this place, there are a lot of pedestrian streets which offer a succession of famous brands and luxury boutiques. Avenue Jean Médecin and its side streets are bustling with activity.

 

Promenade des Anglais

Nice owes this route its international standing! This famous seaside road is always elegantly decorated with flowers and follows the harmonious curve of "Baie des Anges" (Angels Bay). Originally a footpath no more than 6 feet wide, it was widened by an Englishman, Reverend Lewis Way, at his expense in 1820 and the local population soon dubbed it "Chemin des Anglais" (English Road). In 1931, when it was given its final form with two roadways separated by a central reservation planted with palm trees, the "Prom" was inaugurated by the Duke of Connaught, one of Queen Victoria’s sons.

 

Around Nice

From Nice, along the tiny winding roads of the hinterland or the legendary busy roads along the sea, you can discover the splendid coastal towns, lovely perched villages, rugged valleys, natural parks, towering mountains… The surroundings of Nice are brimming with ideas for outings and unexpected discovery.

Coastal Towns
- Antibes-Juan-Les-Pins (Port Vauban, the old town, Cathedral, ramparts, Picasso Museum,…)
- Beaulieu-Sur-Mer (Villa Kerylos)
- Cannes (La Croisette and the Festival Hall, Estérel Massif, the Isles of Lérins)
- Cap d’Ail (Rocky promontories, Coastal trail)
- Menton (Old town, Jean Cocteau Museum)
- Principality of Monaco (Princes’Palace, Oceanographic museum…)
- Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (the village and harbour, Villa Ephrussi-de-Rothschild and its theme gardens)
- Villefranche-sur-Mer (the Bay, 16th-century citadel…)

Balconies over the French Riviera
- Biot (the Old village, Glassblowers)
- Èze (the mediaeval village perched high above the Mediterranean)
- Grasse (The perfume capital)
- Les Hauts de Cagnes-sur-Mer
- Mougins
- Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (Mediaeval village, Coastal trail, Le Corbusier’s cottage)
- Sainte-Agnès (Highest coastal village in Europe, 780 m above sea level)
- Saint-Paul-de-Vence (the fortified village)
- Tourrettes-Sur-Loup
- Vence
- Villeneuve-Loubet

The Hinterland of Nice
- Coaraze
- Gourdon (one of the most beautiful villages in France, Incomparable view over 80 km of the French Riviera between Nice and Théoule-sur-Mer)
- L’escarène
- Levens
- Lucéram
- Peillon

Mercantour National Park