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Nice - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Alpes-Maritimes
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Capital of the French Riviera, Nice is the ideal destination for all those wishing to enjoy its museums and galleries, its pebbles beaches and the picturesque atmosphere of its old town. Running alongside the sea, the famous Promenade des Anglais, prestigious avenue, is lined with luxurious hotels, some having the style of the "Belle Epoque" period, such as the Negresco and the Westminster. It is the perfect place for a walk and great for rollerblading.

Old Nice, with its narrow streets, has an abundance of colourful houses and in Baroque Art buildings and churches, such as the Gésu church and the Sainte-Réparate cathedral. The old town is renowned for its lively market on the Cours Saleya square, which is the heart of Nice. This colourful market brings together florists, fruits and vegetables traders, and local producers. On Mondays, this place is taken over by a secondhand goods market. Notice to the fans! In the evening, the Cours Saleya square comes alive with its numerous restaurants, pubs and café terraces. The beautiful arcaded buildings of the Masséna square and Jean Médecin avenue are home to numerous shops and shopping centres.

Those who love culture will be also satisfied. The city hosts indeed numerous museums, such as the Matisse museum and the National Marc Chagall museum, essential places to visit, but also the Modern Art and Contemporary Art museum, the International Naïve Art museum, the Nice-Cimiez archaeological museum, and many more. Nice is also rich in magnificent buildings: the Palais de Justice (law courts), prefecture palace, Lascaris palace and the Opera...

For relaxing, the city offers numerous parks and gardens, such as the Albert 1st garden, the Castle park, the Masséna square with its numerous fountains, the gardens of the Cimiez monastery and arenas, and the magnificent floral Phoenix park which boasts one of the biggest greenhouses in the world! An exotic experience guaranteed! The hill of the Castle and its park offer a beautiful view of colourful roofs of old Nice and the surroundings.

The major event of the city is the famous carnival, which takes place every year in February. The city then comes alive with celebrations led by the Carnival King! The flower battles are also a good colourful moment. In July, the Nice Jazz Festival is an international festival of jazz that brings together well-known artists. This event takes place at a magnificent spot, the Cimiez arenas and gardens.

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Nice

Nice, a natural!

Capital of the French Riviera, Nice is situated between sea and mountains, in the South of France and central Europe and just a few kilometers from the Italian border. City of history, culture, art, creative, events, leisure, nature, sweetness, taste flavors... Nice cultivates the charm of its difference by offering a countless range of visits and activities.

The natural landscape of great beauty and exceptional light has inspired the greatest painters and artists. Nice, with its impeccably flower gardens, with Mediterranean and exotic species, small boutique hotels, palaces with beautiful listed façades, fashion boutiques representing the biggest brands in haute couture and French perfumes, its crafts, many museums and art galleries, famous restaurants and small typical restaurants, outstanding wines from very old vines, is an ideal destination for all. Its elegant seafront, colorful markets and incomparable scents, its old town with typical and lively streets, baroque treasures of art, buildings whose architecture reflects the splendor of the past, its small squares full of charm, cafes, pubs terrace you can eat like winter, its internationally renowned Carnival and its many festivals are all components of the romance and the art of French living, living throughout the year!

Things to see and do

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Double-Decker Bus Tour of Nice – 1 or 2-day pass
Culture and education22 € Nice
Tour the Côte d'Azur: Visit Monaco, Eze and Nice
Entertainment150 € Aix-en-Provence
Guided bike tour of Nice
Culture and education37 € Nice
Guided Bike Tour Exploring Aristocratic Nice
Culture and education37 € Nice
Guided Tour of the Côte d'Azur on an Electric Bike – Departing from Nice
Nature and the great outdoors47 € Nice
Sea diving between Cape Antibes and Cape Ferrat
Sports sensations80 € Saint-Laurent-du-Var
Grand Tour of Nice on a Segway
Entertainment50 € Nice
Round-Trip Crossing from Nice & Self-Tour in Saint-Tropez
Entertainment65 € Nice
Round-Trip Crossing from Nice & Self-Tour of Cannes
Entertainment40 € Nice
Guided Electric Bike Tour to Explore Nice's 7 Hills
Entertainment59 € Nice
Nice Discovery Tour on a Segway
Entertainment30 € Nice
Guided Tour of Nice on an Electric Bike
Culture and education30 € Nice

Places of interest

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Leisure centres
Monuments
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Performance halls
Transport

Events and festivities

Detailed information

Nice Carnival
France’s top carnivalFrom 11 to 26 february 2017
Nice Jazz Festival
Nice, Jazz and the sea!July 2017

Photos

Nice saw the castle park (© JE)
Nice saw the castle park (© JE)
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Nice range (© JE)
Nice range (© JE)
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Flower Market (© JE)
Flower Market (© JE)
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Ruelle old Nice
Ruelle old Nice
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The Carnival king (© JE)
The Carnival king (© JE)
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Flower market (© JE)
Flower market (© JE)
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the Market flowers (© JE)
the Market flowers (© JE)
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Russian cathedral
Russian cathedral
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Russian Cathedral (© JE)
Russian Cathedral (© JE)
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Nice saw the castle park (© JE)
Nice saw the castle park (© JE)
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Queen Carnival (© JE)
Queen Carnival (© JE)
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Carnival Costume
Carnival Costume
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Baie des Anges
Baie des Anges
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Place Massena
Place Massena
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Old Nice
Old Nice
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Beach
Beach
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Queen of carnival 2012 (© Jean Espirat)
Queen of carnival 2012 (© Jean Espirat)
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King of carnival 2012 (© Jean Espirat)
King of carnival 2012 (© Jean Espirat)
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Nice (© Frantz)
Nice (© Frantz)
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Nice (© Frantz)
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Nice (© Frantz)
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Nice (© Frantz)
Nice (© Frantz)
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