It might be a cliché to say Nice has something for everyone, but the Côte d’Azur’s cosmopolitan capital pretty much does.
Sure, sun seekers sip cocktails on parasoled lounges lining its polished pebbled shores, and kids splash in the azure sea, while bladers cruise the curved Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels) against a backdrop of fairy-lit palm trees flanking the promenade des Anglais.
But Nice is much more than just a place for fun in the sun. Art aficionados’ must-sees include major museums. Archaeological buffs ruminate over the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Cemenelum. Flaneurs ferret out secret passages leading to narrow pedestrian laneways in the romantic old town, lingering over the sights and scents of the colourful flower and produce markets, and trawling for antiques. Festival fans descend for animated events. Gastronomes go gaga over finely prepared food, from chic little bolt holes to family-style French cooking and Michelin-starred cuisine. Barflies flit to the perpetually-buzzing watering holes, and hipsters hop between ever-emerging hotspots.
France’s fifth-largest city is naughty, it’s nice…and it’s everything in between.
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These tours & activities make it easy:
- Spend a day on the French Riviera and visit Monaco and Eze
- See Provence's picturesque villages and beautiful countryside on a day trip
- Hop over the border to shop in Italy's colourful markets
Last updated: Jan 24, 2013
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