The city of Nice is ideally located between sea and mountains, on the coast between Cannes and Monaco. Nice is known around the world for its magnificent Promenade des Anglais, its old town with the Cours Saleya flower market and for its pleasant and mild climate. With more than 500,000 inhabitants, Nice is the fifth largest city in France and the capital of the Alpes Maritimes department.
Nice Côte d'Azur Airport is the third largest in France with more than twelve million passengers a year and departures to a hundred destinations, including daily direct flights to all major European capitals. Public transport in Nice is excellent, and the car is not essential. The climate is typically Mediterranean with hot summers and very mild winters. With its 300 days of sunshine a year "Nissa la Bella" is aptly named. Although Nice is a city with a very diverse population, with international roots, Nice residents cherish their traditions and especially their culinary heritage. You will enjoy socca, pancakes with chickpea flour, stuffed vegetables and stewed ravioli!
For art and culture lovers the choice is wide: opera, theatre, art exhibitions and many museums. Around Nice you do not need to go far to discover a small picturesque village, a glass factory or a vineyard. For the more adventurous, walking in the wonderful Mercantour National Park or skiing in one of the surrounding resorts. Since the olden days, Nice has frequently changed its sovereignty, until it was annexed to France in 1860, as a gift from the kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia to Napoleon III. Italian heritage is always felt in language, gastronomy and architecture. We are, all things considered, just 30 minutes’ drive from the Italian coast with its beautiful sandy beaches and charming little towns. Nice is perfect for the city-dweller, with all the advantages of a metropolis and at the same time an excellent base for exploring the rest of the region.
Useful and practical links
Office de tourisme de Nice
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