Introduction

If only every city had a historic district as delightfully intimate as this! Tucked into a tidy pedestrian-friendly triangle between a leafy green promontory and the sparkling blue Med, Nice's oldest neighbourhood will charm you from the get-go. Vieux Nice's narrow streets, overhung with 18th-century houses done up in photogenic reds, oranges and ochres, are a joy to wander. Packed into these few city blocks are enough markets, bars, bistros and boutiques to build an entire vacation around. Best of all, the beach is never more than five minutes away.