The elegant resort of Nice has been popular since the end of the 19th century because of its beauty, lively seafront and beaches, unique historic buildings, many excellent museums and its exceptionally beautiful climate. The 7 km long Promenade des Anglais and the colorful daily market Le Cours Saleya are now world famous. Within easy driving distance are the pittoresque artists' village of Saint-Paul de Vence and the pretty seaside town of Villefranche-sur-Mer.
Nice is the leading city on the Côte d'Azur, a modern metropolis and fifth largest city in France with a population of which half is under 40. But nevertheless, the city still has still managed to preserve its charm of an old Mediterranean town, where life is good. Enjoy the fun and liveliness on the Promenade des Anglais, the wide, flowery boulevard on the Baie des Anges with her joggers, skaters and couples in love. The terraces are even in the winter beautiful. On one side are the many pebble beaches and on the other side, luxury hotels, including the famous Negresco palace.
Le Vieux Nice
Walk along the Promenade des Anglais and you will end in Le Vieux Nice, the Old Town of Nice, which offers unique historical buildings and many attractive squares with terraces. Taste the atmosphere of old Nice on the daily market Le Cours Saleya. On Monday you can visit the famous antique and flea market. Definitely worth it! In Le Vieux Nice you’ll find many nice curios shops and for antiques shops you should walk towards the harbor. In the district of La Buffa around Place Massena you will find the more luxurious boutiques with the famous brands.
Taste the Provencal kitchen
The cuisine of Nice is both influenced by the Provençal and Italian cuisine. Typical specialties from Nice are the Pissaladières (pie with onions, anchovies, olives), Ratatouille, Bagnat Pan (bread with vegetables) or salad Niçoise. Go eat at Le Bistrot d'Antoine (book a table!). Enjoy the vibrant nigthlife of Nice in the trendy clubs on the Promenade des Anglais and the harbor.
After Paris, the largest number of museums in France is found in Nice. Our favorite museums are the Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, where you will find a comprehensive overview of contemporary art. Musée des Beaux Arts is known for art from the 18th to 20th centuries. Try to visit the wonderful Musée National Marc Chagall and Musée Matisse in the bright red Villa des Arènes. And how nice, all the city museums have free entrance!
Nice for children
For children it is nice to stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, enjoy the merry-go-round or eat an ice cream. In the botanical Parc Phoenix is a themed garden with Dinosaurs. There are many museums in Nice, which are also fun for children. Just outside Nice is the Zoo Parc Cap-Ferrat in St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Also visit the Musée Oceanographic in Monaco. Make a scenic train ride along the coast towards Italy, take the Train des Merveilles to the Parc National de Mercantour or Le Train des Pignes towards Digne-les Bains.
Watersports and golf
For watersport enthusiasts, there are extensive facilities. You can rent a sailboat or motor yacht in the harbor. For boat rentals and sailing lessons, we recommend Club Nautique de Nice. In Nice you will find the 9-hole course at Golf Country Club de Nice and there is a 9-hole course near Villeneuve-Loubet. Are you and advanced golfers? Then go to the excellent 18-hole course of Monte Carlo Golf Club.
Within easy driving distance from Nice you will find the very charming Villefranche-sur-Mer with its small fishing harbor and steep streets. From here you have a beautiful view on the Cap Ferrat peninsula.
Saint-Paul de Vence
Saint-Paul de Vence is the artists' village on the Côte d'Azur with its renowned art galleries. Enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine on the terrace at Café de la Place. Or have dinner at the chic Michelin restaurant La Colombe d'Ôr, arguably the best restaurant in the South of France (book a table!). And do not forget to visit the famous Fondation Maeght, one of Europe's leading museums of modern art!