A beautiful city located on the shores of the Baie des Anges, Nice is the capital of the French Riviera. Ranking as the 5th most populous city in France after Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse, the city also serves as capital of the Alpes Maritimes department. Situated on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is not only the second-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast but is also the second-largest city in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Officially known as nice la Belle, the city was the historical capital of Country of Nice. Founded by the Greeks in 350 BC, Nice has been ruled by various dynasties the city came under the jurisdiction of France as a territorial reward for French assistance in the Second Italian War of Independence against Austria. Stretching on an area of 71.92 km2, Italian is the official language of Nice. The city is an important sea t of Chambre de commerce et d'industrie Nice Côte d'Azur. For tourism, Nice is the second most popular French city after Paris.
Tourists planning a trip to Nice can take flight to the Nice - Côte d'Azur Airport. This is the major airport serving the city of Nice and is the third busiest airports in France. Located just 3 km from the city center, more than 60 airlines currently operate to and from the Nice - Côte d'Azur International Airport. Nice city experiences hot-summer Mediterranean climate that is marked by mild winters with moderate rainfall and hot, dry, and sunny summer season. Frost is unusual and snowfalls are extremely rare. Autumn season stretches from September till October and temperature averages remain above 20 °C. Winter starts from November and lasts till February after which the spring season dawns. Summer season commence from May and last till August. The months from September to October and from mid-March to April are the best months to visit Nice. Mars aux Musées, Foire Internationale de Nice, Festival C'est Trop Court, La Nuit des Musées, Festival du Livre de Nice, Fête du Château, Nice Jazz Festival, Les Nuits Musicales de Nice, Blues Festival, Carnaval de Nice and Paris-Nice International Cycling Race are some of the major festivals and events held in Nice.
Nice is the best place is France to enjoy the best of scenic, natural and heritage attractions. The invigorating Mediterranean climate increases the fun many times. Begin your Nice tour by visiting the Old Town of Nice, which with its maze of narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets seems like picture perfect place. Cours Saleya (flower market), Galerie des Ponchettes (musuem), Musée Alexis et Gustav-Adolf Mossa (musuem), Palais Lascaris (palace) and Palais des Rois Sardes (former palace of the Kings of Sardinia) are the attractions located in the Old part of the city. Promenade des Anglais is a stunning pedestrian area following the the curve of the Baie des Anges beaches, is another major attraction.
Colline du Château also known as Castle Hill is picturesque spot famous for its historical connection. If you are an art lover then do visit the Musée Matisse which is a wonderful museum located I inside a historic Genoese villa and is surrounded by splendid Italianate gardens. Monastère Notre-Dame-de-Cimiez, Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Jardin Albert I, Musée Chagall, Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicolas and Musée des Beaux Arts are of the most significant spots tourist should not miss on their Nice holiday.
Eating and Shopping
The cuisine of Nice is very similar to those of Provence but Liguria and Piedmont cuisines too have had their influence on the city. Most of the dishes are cooked using the local produce and including olive oil, anchovies, fruit and vegetables. Some of the local delicacies tourists can enjoy here are - Beignets de fleurs de courgettes, Ratatouille, Pichade, Pissaladière, Pan-bagnat, Socca, Soupe au pistou, Tourte de blettes, Daube, Farcisand Salade niçoise. Local fish, such as mullets, bream, sea urchins, and anchovies along with Sheep meat is also widely used in the dishes. The city has numerous restaurants, small cafes and fine dining places which are perfect for travellers of any budget. The list of top restaurant chosen by the traveller include - Chantecler, La Reserve De Nice, Keisuke Matsushima, L'ane Rouge, Bistrot d'Antoine, Diamant Noir, JAN NEW, Sejour Cafe NEW, Le Bistro de Viviers -- Rolancy's and Luc Salsedo. There is also a large selection of cafés where you can sit on a leisurely afternoon enjoying bread or cake with coffee on a terrace.
Tourists in Nice can find plenty of small shops selling shoes, clothes and souvenirs. For the brand conscious, the city also has numerous malls and high end department stores. Nicetoile, Nice TNL, Nice Lingostière, Northern Forum, St-Isidore, the Trinity are some of the popular shopping centers. The best area for buying traditional artifacts and local stuff like handmade glass earrings, ceramics and leather items, head to the Le Vieux Nice, which is located in the Old part of the city.
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