With the sun present 300 days a year, its historical and cultural richness, the changing reflections of the sea, the peaks that dominate it, its brilliant beauty, its colourful accent Nice is one the most beautiful city on France. With its special light all those who have approached Nice keep in them the memory of a rare and precious moment.
In the “piazzettas” which are the typical streets, on the beaches and the wooded parks, with the markets and the colourful gastronomy, for a drink on the terrace or a walk around the harbour, you will love this city... Nice to be in Nice, which is also the capital of the art of living.
The history of Nice dates back to 350 BC, when the Greeks established a place on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, called Nikaia, according to Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. On the other hand, in order to obtain an adequate image of the site's historical past, it should be mentioned that the current Nice area has been populated since prehistoric times.
Also, thanks to its luminosity and its beauty, Nice have always inspired the greatest masters in different fields as architecture, painting, music and cinema. To attest, there is of course the old Nice, ambassador of Sardinian architecture, the palaces and castles of with Baroque style, the concentration of museums and art galleries. But beyond the visible, there is this little extra soul, this particular atmosphere, capable of inspiring you with authentic emotions, and at the crossroads of cultures.
Walk through the old part of town is very pleasant and has a good vibe both by day and night. By strolling through the little lanes, walkers discover the city’s history and a lot of small boutiques and restaurants. On the street corner, you can hear Nissart being spoken, a dialect derived from the Oc language.
The City of Nice has several parks and gardens, such as the Jardin Albert 1er, the Hanging Gardens of Paillon, the Cimiez Monastery Gardens and the gardens at the Cimiez Arenas… You can also walk in the park at the Château de Nice and the Mont-Boron forest park. Finally, you mustn’t miss Parc Phoenix. This area is home to one of the largest tropical greenhouses in the world. There are also botanical gardens and temporary exhibitions.
In addition to the Old Nice District, a place where you absolutely must visit the small regional stores; Rue Jean Médecin also has many boutiques of all kinds. Halfway down the road, one comes across the large «Nice Etoile» shopping center. Near Place Masséna, next to Rue Jean Médecin, there is a pedestrian precinct: Rue de France has several shops and some restaurants. Other "musts" to visit are the "Marché aux Fleurs" (flower market) and the Cours Saleya (fruit, vegetable and fish market).
Nice is also a capital of gastronomy. In addition to its delicate dishes based on olive oil, garlic, and vegetables, Nice is famed as the home of socca, a small pancake made with chick pea flour, not forgetting the famous ratatouille, the little Farci Niçois or stuffed vegetables, pissaladière (a savoury tart), tourte de blettes (sweet or savoury pies), zucchini flower fritters, and the famous «salade niçoise». On the sandwich side, the Pan Bagna is the king. As for dessert, apart from ice-cream from Old Nice, there are whole candied fruits, specialities from certain confectioneries, such as Florian and Auer, which can also be found at the Cours Saleya Market.
Nice offers more than fifteen museums, with rich collections. Nice is an exceptional city, featuring a rich cultural and artistic heritage. The pace of cultural life is regulated by the exhibitions in the museums and galleries, events in the theatres and shows at the Nice Opera House.
Nice is distinguished by a wide variety of architectural styles, originating from different periods. Over the centuries of its history, Nice has retained the imprint of each age.
The castle hill where you will enjoy an exceptional view of the Bay of Angels, the rooftops of the Old City and the Southern Pre-Alps.
Discover the richness of Old Nice: its narrow and lively streets, its history, its baroque churches and its colourful markets.
The Promenade des Anglais and its 7 kilometres of beach.
The Quai des Etats-Unis and the lively district of the Port, which represents one of the largest concentrations of antique dealers in France.
The redesigned Place Masséna with its seven statues that light up as soon as night falls.
A visit to the Bellet vineyard, which was planted at the time of the Phocaean foundation of Marseille. The 15 family farms offer individual visits by appointment, with tasting (to be consumed in moderation). Website
Sea walks in the marine mammal sanctuary that covers the most densely populated area in the western Mediterranean: in summer, it hosts at least 2,000 whales and 25,000 dolphins.
From the painters' trail to the 'valley of wonders', authentic little ports and perched villages, national parks and flower fields, listed sites or hidden viewing points: ranging from the sea to the mountains, come and see why Nice is a destination in itself.
On a day outing from Nice, the not to be missed Cannes, Monaco, Antibes, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat and Menton are just a short journey away ...
Public Transportation: The Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is the second largest international airport in France. It is located 15 minutes by car from the Acropolis (7 km from the city center). More than 50 airlines provide regular services to destination throughout the world. Nice has three tramway lines. The Nice train station is located in the heart of the city. It has seven sets of tracks with covered platforms. Bus service is also an excellent way to get around Nice. The network is extensive and serves the entire city.
Taxis: To book a taxi in Nice, please follow this link: https://taxi-nice.net/en/
You might also book by phone : +33 610 821 171
Climate: Mild temperatures in winter.
See the Nice weather webpage for more details: https://www.meteo-nice.org/
Language: French is the official language. English is widely spoken. Italian can be also spoken.
Currency, Banking Hours, Credit Cards: The currency of France is the Euro (€). Hotel, shops and restaurants accept credit cards. Many banks with ATMs are in the town.
Rates of exchange are published every day.
Tipping: In France, the VAT is already included in the final bill.
Tip is not mandatory; however, small tip is welcomed in restaurants.
Insurance: It is recommended to have a medical insurance, and also an insurance in case of loss and accidents.
Electric Current: Electricity in France conforms to the European Standard of 220V to 230V.
General Shopping Hours: Shops opening time is all day long from 10:00 to 19:00. Most shops close on Sunday.
Pharmacies: Pharmacists are opened during shopping hours. Late night some of them are opened: