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Nice, a seaport city and Mediterranean tourist centre which is known to be the capital of Alpes-Maritimes département, is the seventh most populated city in France. Situated at a distance of 32 km from the border of the country, wrapped amidst the serene tall mountains where a pleasant atmosphere pleases the tourists to explore the city without any nuisance.
Situated in the French Riviera, at the foot of the Alps, this city is the second largest French city squatting on the Mediterranean coast. Nice is also known as Nice la Belle by the locals which means ‘Nice, the beautiful’ which is the title of the unofficial anthem of the city. Founded in the year 350 BC by a colony of Greek mariners, the city became a leading trade station in the 1st century after getting conquered by the Romans. The arrival of the 17th and 18th century marked the victory of French over the Romans which resulted in Nice becoming a French city.
Known to be the leading economic city of France, Nice has a rich history of tourism and welcomes its tourists with a warm heart. A perfect amalgamation of fun with learning, the city offers plenty of wonderful sightseeing places to visit. From a nice adventurous kayaking to resting peacefully on a luxurious yacht, you can get it all while in Nice. For an ideal day out, the visitors can begin their journey by exploring Promenade des Anglais or meander around the old town to witness the gothic ruins with baroque architecture and rare history sealed in the walls of the many museums that the city offers.
The local cuisine of France is something that will help the food lovers attain ecstasy. The mouth drooling Provençal and Niçoise dishes with a blend of rich Italian taste will make you a fan. As the city sits proudly over the Mediterranean, seafood and the raw ingredients majorly constitute in the tasty regional dishes that Nice offers. While in the city, make sure to walk down the streets to taste Socca, a thin layered crispy pancake which just melts right into your mouth, the fact that it is made from chickpea shocks every tourist, you can pair it with some red wine to make an ideal date with your partner. Some more dishes that you must suffice your taste buds with are- Salade Niçoise, Le Pan Bagnat, Pissaladière, Les Petits Farcis and Ratatouille.
Best Time To Visit Nice
Shoulder season (September-October) and from (Mid March to April) is seen to be the best time to visit the city when the hotel rates are low and the weather is nice enough to explore the city on foot. The weather is usually cold so we would advise you to keep an extra layer of cloth to visit places without getting caught in the cool wind.
May to August is the peak season and experiences a huge crowd of travellers coming from every part of the world. However, be ready to pay extra for every possible thing that you can enjoy in the city, be it the dinner reservation on the white sandy beach or to go for an adventure rush. If you still want to hit the city during the summers, you can book your tickets in advance to get the best deal possible.
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Vieille Ville (Old Town)
Known for its tapered alleys and cobblestones streets, Vieille Ville is generally known as babazouk, the place begins at the western end of Castle Hill, Colline du Château. Vieille Ville offers a rich view of medieval France and is home to Palais Lascaris, Cathédrale Sainte-Reparate which is blessed with a beautiful interior. You might be able to explore the numerous restaurants and shops to stroll around. The best time to explore this place is usually during the morning but you can even think about visiting the place at night if you want to witness the authenticity of this place.
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Musee Marc Chagall
Calling out all the art lovers to explore the rare sight of the renowned art of Musee Marc Chagall which features numerous works of the artist. Art lovers will find this place complete in itself. The place displays 17 rare painting series of the artist with hidden meanings in every painting dangling in the wall. Make sure to give some time to this place in order to soak in the beauty that it offers.
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Colline Du Château
Also referred to as the Castle Hill, this is not just a place but an emotion for the natives of the city. Make sure to wear a comfy shoes to reach on the top of the hill which will make it all worthy by providing a picturesque atmosphere, the evening is usually the beat time to visit the place of you want to enjoy the pleasant sight of setting sun, you can enjoy a day out at the hill to rejuvenate your mind.
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Musée D’Art Modern Et D’Art Contemporain
Nice is known for its class apart museums and attracts tourists all round the world to witness the art that thrives in the city. The travellers will experience a different feeling by exploring these contemporary arts by numerous new artists, inspired from the experiences of artists and their rare art. If you are in the city during the summer season, well, there’s no place better than this. Feast your eyes by the sculptures, paintings and the alluring architecture of this place.
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If you want to take a time travel in the ancient times, make sure to take a day out for Cimiez. Even after being considered as a residential area, this place offers many points of interest that attracts tourists from all around the world. Cimiez is a place so great that it deserves at least one whole day to assure a timeless experience to its visitors, start your day with wandering in Cimiez Monastery gardens and fill your stomach at the nearby food stalls to suffice your taste buds with the finest of what the city offers. Afternoons are usually an ideal time to visit the archaeological museum
An ideal day in Nice looks like soaking in the baby sun rays at French Riviera followed by adventurous activities to give you an adrenaline rush. The city offers approximately 15 private beaches and numerous public beaches like Beau Rivage, the private beaches will prove to be way too costly on your budget so you can hit the public beaches to enjoy the serenity of the place.
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Parc Du Mont Boron
Considered to be one of the best places for adventure lovers to quench their adventure thirst by hiking on the top of Parc Du Mont Boron and get rewarded by the mesmerising beauty and the lush greenery on the zenith of this place. This is one of the most visited places in Nice so make sure to not miss it.
Squatting on the French Riviera in the western part of Europe, Monaco is a micro city which shelters 38,682 citizens. Known to be one of the most expensive and wealthiest places in Europe, it is seen to be just 15 kms away from the border of Italy. If you want to have a wonderful time diving in the luxurious part of the city with Yacht and Casino, make sure to pay a visit to Monaco.
All the movie buffs simply can’t put this place out of their list while visiting Nice. Known for its renowned film festival, Cannes is a resort town squandering on the French Riviera lines with numerous high/end hotels, luxurious boutiques and top-notch hotels due to the fact that it entertains the wealthiest crowd from all around the world. Promenade de la Croisette, Palais des festivals and some of the most beautiful beaches with white sandy coastline and serene shores are a must visit while in Cannes. Musée de la Castre is a treat for the eye of history lovers, the museum is filled with 19th century arts, several musical instruments and is carved in a rare form which makes it different and mandatory for the tourists to explore the place.
Nice is surrounded by a number of places that gives you a seamless experience and Eze is one of those places. This alluring hilltop village is situated in the southern part of France amidst Monaco and Nice and displays an ethereal beauty of the surroundings painted in a rare, imaginary painting that is visible from naked eye. The jaw-dropping architecture and its geographical location makes it an ideal place to visit while in Nice. Make sure to stroll through the tiny shops that offer some of the best souvenirs to grab from the country, after a successful shopping session you can suffice your taste buds on the numerous small laid back cafes situated along the narrow street in a line.
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If you want to experience ancient France at its best, there’s no place better than Marseille. Known to be the second-largest city in France, it is considered to be one of the most visited destinations in the country. Walking on the cobblestoned streets will bless your eyes with the pleasant sight of numerous gothic ruins with baroque architecture, museums and castles which lured the tourists to give this city a visit. Grab the best souvenir, the soaps of Marseille, also known as ‘Savon de Marseille’. You can also taste the local dishes of the city along with the rare liquor which helps in eradicating the summer heat.
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Situated at a distance of 40 miles in the southeast direction of Marseille, Toulon is a port city with rich French culture. Almost all the activities in the city will be based on maritime themes, adventure lovers can have an adrenaline rush by taking a cable car on the zenith of Mont Faron to observe the beauty of the harbour. Musée de la Marine, Plages du Mourillon, Cours Lafayette and Sentier des Douaniers are some of the most visited places in the city.
Situated on the French Riviera, Antibes is a resort town squatting amidst Cannes and Nice. If you have made a nice budget and want to relax on the yacht, sipping on the finest campagne offered in the country, make sure to consider Antibes to assure a laid-back and relaxed trip. Supreme villas with a class apart service, vibrant nightlife and Jazz à Juan music festival makes it an ideal place to visit.
After reading about the places that are only going to cost you a fortune if you’re backpacking, Menton will come to you as an eye candy as the place is known to be one of the most budget-friendly places to visit in the country. Menton displays numerous gardens with rare flora such as Serre de la Madone and Les Colombières which is bound to draw your breath away with its magnificent view and the swaying odour. The place is known for the various dishes so all the foodies out there, make sure to stroll through the stalls to treat your taste buds with the best dishes in the city. Menton is just a 30 minute trip away from the city Nice, for a hassle-free trip, book a ride with Rydeu to reach Menton without going tough on your pocket.
When we talk about Saint Tropez, celebrities, luxurious yachts, glamour and high/end clubs come to our mind. With a purpose to entertain the travellers, this tiny city is known to be one of the most famous seaside resort areas to get away from the chaos of Nice and spend some quality time amidst the beauty of nature and innovation of the man to crank your trip up a notch. On an ideal day, you can consider soaking the sun rays on the beach, resting on the sun lounger or take a boat tour and sip cocktails while you enjoy the picturesque view.
If you are visiting Nice but missing out on Sainte Maxime, you better have a good excuse for it. Situated far away from the hustle-bustle of the city, this city is known for the unflashy lifestyle that it boasts. Named after the daughter of Count of Grasse, the city is visited for its famous wine, olive and cork that is shipped across the country. Make sure to visit Cafe de France, the oldest cafe, dating back to 1852.