Nice Travel Summary

Capital of the French Riviera, Nice has year-round sunshine, a vibrant street life and stunning seaside location.    Nice is probably most famous for its Promenade des Anglais (Promenade of the English) – The most popular attraction in Nice is the 7 km long seaside promenade. You can stroll along here with the blue sea and beach on one side, and a string of palm trees on the other. You will see dozens of morning joggers and fitness fanatics.

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The Nice Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Nice:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2.  What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

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1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town

For any lover of French and Italian culture, Nice is the perfect hybrid. Long affiliated with Liguria to the east, Savoy to the north and Sardinia to the south, this city only joined France in 1860 and has always kept one foot in Italy. The Italian influence remains strong today, in Vieux Nice’s tall-shuttered, ochre-hued buildings that look airlifted straight in from Portofino.

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Nice has an ideal location right between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains, just a few km from the Italian border. It boasts a mild climate, bright sun, diverse landscapes, and of course beautiful beaches with blue azure waters. A city of history, culture, art, creation, events, leisure, nature, and culinary flavours, Nice combines an authentic charm with the conviviality of the Mediterranean by offering a host of activities and sites to visits.

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Nice and the Cot D’Azur has many famous artists as luminaries owing to its wonderful light – Musées Matisse, Chagall and d’Art Moderne are probably the most famous.

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2. A comprehensive lowdown of What to See:

 

Promenade des Anglais:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Promenade des Anglais is the most iconic location in the city and is approximately 7 km in length
  • It is the symbol of Nice, the image shown on most postcards of the city
  • This long stretch of pebble beach in Nice runs along the Baie des Anges and is backed by the Promenade des Anglais
  • Some of the beach is private and is leased to beach clubs and restaurants where, as well as buying food and drinks, you can rent sun loungers and parasols

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La Colline du Château (Castle Hill):

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Castle Hill in Nice (Colline du Château) dominates the city and divides the seaside part of Nice into two parts: the eastern part with the port, and the western part with the Old Town of Nice. The 92m high hill offers views from all sides, and tourists take the most recognisable photos of Nice from here
  • Between the 11th century and 18th century, high up on a hill overlooking the bay of Nice in Provence, a medieval château and a cathedral once stood until 1706 when an attack with canon balls and an explosion in a munitions storage destroyed its structure
  • Today visitors can visit the château’s original site, now a park with gardens offering wonderful panoramic views of Nice harbour and the famous Promenade des Anglais

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Place Masséna:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • This large grand square was originally two 19th-century squares, the Place Masséna and the Place Charles-Albert
  • At night Jaume Plensa’s seven statues are lit up and gently change colour in a flowing sequence. The statues are of seven kneeling men, high up on poles above the square; they are meant to represent the seven continents coming together in harmony and are called “Conversation in Nice
  • Check out the Fountain of the Sun which consists of sculptures symbolising the planets: Earth, Mars, Venus, Mercury, and Saturn. In the middle there is a huge statue of Apollo
  • Also make sure you see the dancing fountains (Water Mirror – Miroir D’Eau) which are particularly beautiful at night

 

Nice Old Town:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The picturesque Old Town of Nice, with its maze of narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets, has a lively ambience reminiscent of Italy
  • The Old Town has beautiful facades of ocher, red and yellow tones. The old town is home to many palaces and churches, as Palais Lascaris, Sardinian Palace, the Church of Jesus, the Holy Reparata cathedral, the church of the Penitent
  • It is a lively and mostly pedestrian area, with endless shops and stalls, bars and restaurants, some of which are national institutions – Acchiardo or Cafe Turin
  • At night, this is where the Nicois love to meet. The ‘Mairie’ City Hall, the courthouse and the Opera are within it. In the summer, Place Rossetti and their glaciers (ice cream stalls) are particularly attractive, especially the renowned master Fenocchio Glacier and its 94 flavours, and its classic originals.

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