For any lover of French and Italian culture, Nice is the place to be. Not too far from the Italian border, the Italian influence is palpable everywhere. Sunny all year around and with a stunning seaside location.
But Nice isn’t just about the seaside, it was also home of Henri Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, Renoir and Yves Klein all stopped by Nice for a short or long period to find inspiration. The museum of Matisse is devoted to the works of the painter, tracing his artistic beginnings and his evolution through his last works.
Of all the places that are essential to see Nice, is the Castle Hill, with it’s panorama view divided in two parts : the eastern part and the western part. The castle has been destroyed but yet everyday at noon a cannon shot in Nice. The loud rumble can be hard in Castle Hill and according to the story, Sir Thomas Coventry-More, fired his cannon, to notify his wife to come back from the city center for lunch.
And the second place to see in Nice would be the Promenade des Anglais, the most famous stretch of seafront in the French Riviera, it gets its name from the English expat patrons who paid for it in 1822. You can decide to walk the whole 4 km, or rent segways, skates, scooters and bikes.
Nice is well known for its tourist attractions, but also for its lifestyle and food, the cuisine is traditional and Mediterranean, with vegetables and flavors and aromas. Called "Cuisine Nissarde" you can select refreshing specialities from any local restaurant.
Access by train
There are three Nice train stations on this line : the main one is Nice-Ville which is also known in town as Gare Thiers, but there is also Nice St Augustin near the airport, and Nice Riquier near the Port.
Access by plane
They are three airports in around Nice : Nice Côte d'Azur – Nice Airport (NCE) Cannes-Mandelieu Airport (CEQ) Toulon–Hyères Airport (TLN)
How to get around Nice ?
Nice is very easy to get around by foot especially if you only do a bit of visiting, but if the public transport is very good and will take you mostly everywhere. Ligne d'Azur buses operate daily from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m