Welcome to... Nice
Nice was founded by the Greeks sometime after the sixth century BC. It has weathered the tread of Roman legionnaires, was a port of call for the voyages of Captain Cook, and a stopover point for English gentlemen Italy bound, on the grand tour. Throughout the ages the town has changed hands many times. Its strategic location and port significantly contributed to its maritime strength. For years, it was an Italian dominion, and only became part of France in 1860. Culturally and architecturally enriched over time, today Nice has become a truly cosmopolitan destination. The city is known as Nice La belle which means Nice the Beautiful. Nice is the capital city of the Alpes Maritimes
Nestled on the sun drenched strip of the most famous coastline in the world, Nice lives up to it’s reputation by blending non-stop energy and international glamour with the picturesque enchantment of old world charm. Today, it is the fifth largest city in France combining pure elegance and ambience with an exceptional climate and attracts connoisseurs of lifestyle and luxury from all over the world. It is a beautiful maritime city famed for its stunning Promenade des Anglais, which provides easy access to some of the most awe-inspiring coastline in the whole of France. This 19th century promenade traces the outline of the shore and leads to the port where watercraft of every size and type, from small brightly coloured fishing boats to huge luxury yachts mix in amiable company. Yet still, the atmosphere here is quite unique and is reminiscent of a small fishing village detached from the hustle and bustle of the city and everyday life. Nice is a well planned and laid out city, with residential areas generally detached from the bustling city centre. For those who enjoy sun and sand, with a good measure of style and sophistication, Nice could be the end of the search.
Nice is the most well-known cities on the French Riviera and thousands of tourists flock to the beautiful coastal city every year for sun, sea and spending! No other place along the Cote D’Azur showcases everything the French Riviera has to offer like Nice does. After Paris, Nice is the second most visited city in France.
Temperatures soar in July and August but, like everywhere else on the French Riviera, the climate in Nice is desirable all year round. Tourism first picked up in the 18th Century when aristocratic English families would spend their winters in the much warmer climes along the coast.
The cute back streets of the old town give you a real sense of history, and you can literally wander through the meandering alleyways and get lost in the maze of homes without caring, because you will be so impressed by the preservation of the architecture and traditional way of life.
Everywhere you look there is a constant reminder of the previous ties with Italy, as Nice was once under Italian rule before the citizens voted to become a part of the wealthy French nation.
There are an abundance of traditional Italian restaurants around the city, and the combination of the French and Italian influence on all of the city’s aspects is apparent in every way; from building’s architecture to statue designs and pedestrianised zone creation, Nice is one of the true historically beautiful cities of the world.
If you are spending your time in Nice indoors, then you’re doing it wrong. This romantic city has so much to offer lovers of the arts, culture and activities, simply by having and maintaining the many public attractions dotted throughout the city.
The famous beaches are a must, regardless if you are a citizen of Nice or just on holiday. Although they are pebblier than most other beaches, they are still usually packed with holiday makers and locals relaxing and having a good time.
Some of the beaches are private, but if you pay for a spot you get a mattress, sun loungers and parasol to help you enjoy the blissful weather and unbeatable view of the crystal clear water in front of you.