Nice is wedged between the mountains and the sea between Cannes and Monaco. The city is perhaps most famous for its beautiful beach walk, the "Promenade des Anglais", the old town with the flower market Cours Saleya and for its mild Mediterranean climate. With more than 500,000 inhabitants, Nice is France's fifth largest city and the capital of the Alpes Maritimes.
Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport is France's third-largest, and boasts twelve million passengers per year, with departures to more than a hundred destinations including daily direct flights to most European capitals. Public transport in Nice is excellent and owning a car is not essential.
The climate is typically subtropical Mediterranean, with warm summers and mild winters. With its 300 days of sunshine, Nice is just as beautiful all year round. Although Nice is a city with a very diverse population with roots from all around the world, the Niçois cherish their traditions, not least when it comes to food. Taste socca, the special chick-pea pancakes, farcis, the stuffed vegetables and raviolis à la Daube, a hearty stew! For the culture-lover the choice is vast, including opera, theatre, art exhibitions and many worthwhile museums. You never need to go far on the outskirts of Nice to discover some small picturesque village, a glassworks or a vineyard.
The adventurous can go hiking in the marvellous Mercantour National Park or skiing in any of the surrounding ski resorts. Ever since the antiquity Nice has belonged to several different sovereigns before the town was finally annexed by France in 1860 as a gift from the kingdom of Sardinia to Napoleon III. The Italian heritage is still present in the language, the cuisine and the architecture. We are, after all, only half an hours’ drive from the Italian Riviera with its beautiful sandy beaches and charming towns. Nice is perfect for those who appreciate all the advantages of a big city and at the same time an excellent hub for exploring the rest of the region.