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.

Things To Do In Nice

Promenade Des Anglais – take a trip down the pedestrianised promenade and take in the wonderful sights of the historic buildings that surround you every step of the way. The architecture of the the old buildings in Nice is something that will take your breath away, and you are unlikely to find such wonderful building designs anywhere else in the world.

Markets – Nice has a long tradition of great markets where you can get fresh local produce. There are a wide variety of local restaurants to stop at and rest in between perusing the stalls. You can find a full list of markets here.

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral – This architectural gem was constructed in the early 20th Century.

Place Massena – The main central square in Nice. It is surrounded by vibrant and colourful buildings giving it a Mediterranean feel. Around the square, and other squares in Nice are dozens upon dozens of different restaurants and shops offering fantastic service and excellent products.

Beaches – Enjoy the French Riviera by spending some time on one of its many beaches. Soak in the sun, take a walk or just sit and relax and watch the world go by.

Colline du Chateau Waterfall – Nestled away between the old town and the harbour, the Colline du Chateau waterfall gives a platform for incomparable views of Nice and the sea. Situated on Castle Hill, the whole area of natural beauty is steeped in vast amounts of Nice history that offers something for everyone.



Massena Museum – After nine years of renovating and refurbishing, the Massena Museum reopened in 2008 to showcase the history of Nice from 1792 with outstanding restoration work on the façade, exhibition rooms, gardens, welcome room, boutique and ticket counter. All signs and exhibitions are in French only.

Museum of Asian Arts – Located in the Phoenix Park, just off the Promenade des Anglais, the museum of Asian Arts is one of the newest museums in Nice and showcases a whole range of Asian arts. From time to time Asian artists will also be present to perform for the crowds.

National Theatre – Built in 1989, the Theatre National de Nice has an Italian hall for 900 people, an amphitheatre for 300 people and a repetition hall. The main type of artistic theatre performed here is the contemporary arts.

War Memorial – Commemorating the citizens of Nice who fell at the First and Second World Wars. This is one of the biggest and most impressive war memorials in the world. Built into the rock, the memorial is 32m high and is located near the entrance to the port of Nice.

“La ville de nice a ses fils morts pour la France. Souvenez vous des ouvres que nos peres ont accomplies de leur temps et vous recevrez une gloire et un nom immortels”

“The city of Nice whose sons died for France. Remember that our fathers works have accomplished their time and you will receive glory and immortal name.”


Nice Schools


Internationale School of Nice – This is one of the best international schools in the world. Educating 4-18 year-olds both the French and English syllabus, the Internationale School of Nice is perfectly located for school-goers living in the famous French Riviera city.

Lycee Prive Michelet – Located in the heart of Nice, near to the Place Massena, the Michelet private school enables its students to get fantastic results every year. With the motto “Educating to Serve”, classes have an average of 20 students, making them manageable and giving each child the option to be heard.

ABC School International – A private bilingual school that has been open on Le Cap De Nice for 27 years. It accepts children from nursery to secondary school age and all children from Year 2 to Year 9 take Cambridge ESOL exams, which are the world’s leading range of certification for English learners.

Travelling To Nice

After Paris, Nice is France’s second most popular city. So, as you can imagine, all of the main transport links are very busy all year round, but even more so in the summer when tourism booms in the region.

By Air – The Cote D’Azur International Airport is the main point of arrival for most people travelling to the French Riviera. This airport is busy and bustling, but both inbound and outbound flights get a gorgeous view of the Mediterranean sea and Nice as they arrive on the runway which is perched right on the edge of the water. If you have a private plane or helicopter, you might want to consider the Cannes Mandelieu Airport, which has no scheduled airline flights.

By Rail – Still in its original design, the Nice train station – Gare de Nice Ville – is a grand station which is beautifully designed and maintained. As one of the main stations in France you can connect to other major cities such as Lyon, Paris, Marseille and Toulon on high speed trains travelling over 200mph. A bonus of using the train is the amount of glorious French countryside and seaside you can witness in such a short space of time.

By Sea – The Port of Nice, also known as the Lympia Port, isn’t as impressive as some of the other ports along the French Riviera, but it harbours some very extraordinary yachts and boats all the same. There is a ferry service to Corsica.

By Road – There are a number of ways to drive to Nice. The main ways tend to be either along the coast from Marseille or through the countryside and mountains to the north along the N202.

Properties In Nice

Estate Net France has a great range of available properties to buy in Nice, including the seven-bedroom villa constructed specifically for Mademoiselle Coco Chanel overlooking the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea.

Choose from a modest selection of newly developed residential studio apartments or take your pick from the private villas on offer to give you the ultimate luxurious lifestyle.

Places Close to Nice

If there’s nothing in Nice that takes your fancy, there are other neighbouring towns and cities that have some very unique characteristics which you might enjoy.

Some of Nice’s neighbouring areas are Villefranche-sur-Mer, La Trinite, Saint-Andre-de-la-Roche and St-Laurent-du-Var.

Contact

Knight Frank Mougins

1 rue Honoré Henry
06250 Mougins - France

Phone : +33 4 97 97 32 20
Fax : +33 4 89 73 22 80

Knight Frank Valbonne

3 rue Grande
06560 Valbonne - France

Phone : +33 4 97 97 32 40
Fax : +33 4 89 73 22 80

Knight Frank Cannes

12 Boulevard de la Croisette
06400 Cannes - France

Phone : +33 4 97 06 30 30
Fax : +33 4 89 73 22 80