Discover beautiful Nice along the French Riviera

On the Mediterranean coast, and probably the most important place on the French Riviera, just a few kilometers away from the Italian border, Nice is an amazing city full of architectural and natural wonders with impressive landscapes between mountains and sea, which actually became a Unesco World Heritage site in 2021. The city features Greek origins, and developed into an important commercial port, which became a central place for British aristocracy during the 18th century, thanks to its mild climate and great position on the coast. In 1832, the city started an architectural plan in order to become more attractive to foreigners by building hotels, villas and luxury palaces.

Nice's stony beach

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The Libération district and the Carré d'Or

Before it became a popular summer destination, Nice was for a long time a winter holiday destination, changing and creating luxurious neighborhoods in order to please higher classes. On the outskirts of the old town, you will find two neighborhoods that are particularly worth a visit - the residential district of La Libération, but also the Carré d'Or, which is home to luxury hotels, including the iconic Hotel Negresco.

Nice's Carré d'Or

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The old town

The old town is without a doubt the most picturesque part of the city, with narrow streets and houses in an ochre color. Cours Saleya is the heart of the old town, made of a pedestrianized area with an antiques market every Monday, and a gorgeous Flower Market from Tuesday to Sunday. Just a few minutes away, you will find the baroque Nice Cathedral, but there is much more to the charm of the old town than the architecture and colors. Indeed, there are numerous shops, bars, cafés and restaurants where you can taste 'Niçoise' specialities. There is also an impressive hill dominating the old town, with ruins of the Château de Nice from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

The streets of Nice's old town

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The Promenade des Anglais

The most iconic place in Nice is the Promenade des Anglais, which spreads over 7 kilometers in a promenade that runs along the coast of the Baie des Anges. Although it used to be a small path at the beginning of the 19th century, it was extended and decorated over time until it became the current version you can see today, which is a wide avenue, with prestigious palaces and magnificent buildings.

The Promenade des Anglais

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How to get yo Nice?

The easiest and quickest way to get to Nice is by plane, landing at Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport. You can also reach Nice by train from paris.

Where to eat?

But being on holiday also means enjoying local gastronomy, and trying some tasty food, so here is a list of five great restaurants, that are some of the best in the city: Daki-Daïa Address: 26 Quai Lunel, 06300

Opening hours: 19:00-21:30

La Taula Address: 9 Rue du Collet, 06300

Opening hours: 09:00-23:00

La Rotonde Address: 37 Prom. des Anglais, 06000

Opening hours:12:00-14:00, 19:00-22:00

La Route du Miam Address: 1 Rue Molière, 06100

Opening hours: 20:00-22:00

Olim Masséna Address: 54 Bd Jean Jaurès, 06300

Opening hours: 09:00-22:30

Where to stay?

Besides, going on holiday also means you need to pick a good place to sleep, where you will be comfortable, and able to enjoy the best parts of the city. Le Negresco is probably the most famous hotel in Nice, overlooking the beach and the Promenade des Anglais. Besides, you will find a buffet breakfast served every day at the nearby restaurant La Rotonde. The hotel is just a 15-minute walk from the historic center, as well as from the Train Station, and only 5 km away from Nice Côte d'Azur Airport.

Address: 37 Promenade Des Anglais, 06000

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