Nice, France'sfifth most populated city is located on the south east coast on the Mediterranean Sea. Like many of its neighbouring cities, Nice is part of the French Riviera and is the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department, an area known for its mountainous surroundings. Often referred to as 'Nice la Belle', meaning 'Nice the beautiful' stunning views and warm weather make this city a great holiday destination. The city is made up of two large bays and here you'll find flora and fauna synonymous with a Mediterranean climate.
Rich in history, Nice is thought to be home to one of the earliest settlements in Europe. Founded by the Greek population of Marseille around 350 BC, it was named 'Nikaia' after 'Nike' the Greek Goddess of victory to coincide with their own victorious gain. Once property of Italian rule, Nice returned to France gain in 1860. An architectural wonder, the city's buildings and surroundings reveal a great deal of the vast past of this city. Today a contemporary vibe runs through Nice proving it to be an exciting place for business or leisure.
A two-day break
For a short getaway Nice is packed with things to see and do. Stay at Hotel Kyriad Nice Gare in the city centre to make every minute count! On day one explore Nice's Cours Saleya, a popular market square packed with bars, restaurants, shops, stalls and lots to see. Don't miss the world renowned flower market here. In the evening Place Rosettie comes alive with a contemporary vibe. Day two immerse yourself in the ruins of the Fort of Mount Albion a sixteenth century slice of Nice's history. Take in breath-taking panoramic views of the city here.
A week-long stay
A week's long stay will allow you to enjoy much of the diverse history and culture of this city. The Musee Matisse is a must see for all art buffs housing an impressive collection of Henri Matisse's impressionist paintings heavily influenced and based around Nice and the French Riviera. Spend some time shopping at Place Massena decorated with colourful buildings and contemporary architecture including charming fountains. The world-class Opera de Nice offers a variety of classical entertainment such as, ballet and opera. For a relaxing afternoon unwind at Jardin Botanique de le ville de Nice discovering plants from all over the world.
For a Family Holiday
Something for everyone, Nice has lots to offer you and your family. Visit the Phoenix Parc Floral de Nice to see insects, butterflies and a wide selection of tropical birds. A small theme park is also available for younger explorers. Book in with Hotel Kyriad Nice Port to stay close to the city centre and main transport links for a more convenient spot for all the family. The Promenade des Anglais (Promenade of the English) is not to be missed packed with sandy spots to sunbathe in, areas to cycle in and a wide range of cafes and restaurants to enjoy some quality family time together.
By plane travel to Nice through Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, considered to be the third busiest airport in France. An express airport shuttle is also available for connections to the city centre: look out for the 99 or 98 routes. High speed trains take you in and around France with routes from main cities such as Paris through companies including TGV. Ferries are also available from Nice, taking you to destinations such as Italy and Algeria. By car follow the A8 main road. While staying in Nice use buses, bikes, taxis as well as many places in walking in distance.
Mediterranean influences dominate the cuisine of Nice. Local specialities include fresh fish owing to its port location. And these influences explain its local well-known dish Salade Nicoise, comprising of tuna, eggs, anchovies and olives. Not forgetting a French staple, Crepes are widely served especially on the Promenade des Anglais.
A varied mix of old and new culture, Nice has plenty to experience all year round. The summer Jazz Festival lasting approximately a week celebrates old and new styles of jazz as well as filling the city with a party vibe. Notable past performers have included Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald. And in February the Nice Carnival is a two week party to remember packed with over a thousand musicians and events day and night. Watch out for the floats manned by brightly coloured characters distributing flowers to the crowds.
Record-breaking, seven time winner of the Tour de France Lance Armstrong enjoyed the city of Nice so much so he moved there!