Unofficial capital of the French Riviera, this glamorous seaside city has been one of France’s most popular tourist destinations since the 18th century.
In Nice, everythinghappens on the water, especially on the Promenadedes Anglais. On this stretch of five kilometres long beach, localsand tourists gather to relax under the sun. Visit the many cafes, restaurantsand bars along the lively promenade. Admire the expensive cars on the road andprivate yachts in the Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels), Niceattracts the rich and famous from all over the world, from Angelina Jolie tothe Queen of England.
Behind the Promenade is the old city with itsbuildings in art deco and baroque style, often with the typical red roof andblue shutters. Stroll through the narrow streets with traditional taverns andold churches. Visit the outdoor market Cours Salaya, where locals buy freshlocal produce before stopping for a coffee at one of the city’s busy squares.Here, day and night, people are always out eating on the terraces. Tastetraditional local dishes such as "Socca", a chickpea pancake, or thefamous "Salade Niçoise".
The main square of the town is on the edge of theold city; the PlaceMassena, as it is known, is a bustling pedestrian area and a greatplace to people watch. Visit the square in the evenings when the square comesalive, which sees the old fountain bathed in coloured lights.
For the best views, climb the hill south of thecity. La Colline du Château is now a park with interesting ruins, waterfallsand lookouts that offer stunning views over the city. You can climb the stairsor for a small fee to take the elevator, which is available from March to lateOctober.
Nice is easilyexplored on foot, by tram or by bus. You can also use the cheap rental systemfor bicycles or do as the locals do and rent skates.