Nice is a beautiful mixture of chic and classic style, positioned in a prime location on the Riviera coast. The city offers so much more than glorious sunshine and expensive shops. If visitors head inland and leave the plush seafront behind, they will find restaurants, bars and the chateau offering extensive views over the coast. There are plenty of things to do and museums to choose from. You will also have the opportunity to sit, relax and watch the world go by.
A trip here will certainly give you an insight into how life in Nice was many years ago. The gardens and palace still remain the same although the palace is now a museum. Here you can take a walk through the history of Nice from Napoleon right through to modern times.
Le musée Masséna, by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra, Source: Flickr
Cimiez Hill and Monastery
For those of you who are keen on your history, this is a must-see attraction. Cimiez Hill is a Roman Archaeological site that sat at the centre of their settlement when they resided in the area. There is not a lot left but it all sits around the Matisse Museum. This is not a place where you would spend hours but still, it is a great place to tick off the list. Take a wander through the olive grove and come across the Franciscan Monastery, which dates back to 1546. The gardens are especially inviting but the real gem here is the church and the masterpieces that it houses.
Promenade des Anglais
For almost five miles, the Promenade des Anglais provides wonderful,walks where you are surrounded by palm trees and pergolas. The British funded this sprawling seafront and so, it is the place to be seen. You can wander, embrace the great view over the Mediterranean Sea. It has a certain charm and aura and so, it is well worth exploring.
Old Town (Vieux Nice)
This labyrinth of streets and pathways offers you the chance to step back into a time before Nice became home to the rich. The streets snake around the town and the Nicois were packed in tightly. But now you can purchase art, olive oil and clothing as well as food on stunning terraces that offer dining with a cosy feel to it.
The Cours Saleya
Regardless of whether flowers are your thing or not, take a visit to the Cours. You will find yourself surrounded by a vast array of colours and scents. The chance to wander aimlessly among the flower sellers, watching the French go about their business is somewhat mesmerising yet odd. But still, you will find yourself staring. During the summer months, you will find smart restaurant tables offering lunch in the sunshine. Here you can sample oysters and many other lavish treats. Once you have sampled the food, take a look at the Italian influenced buildings and be seduced by the beauty that is all around you.
Map of Nice
History and Culture of Nice
The history of Nice dates back to 350 BC when it was founded by the Greeks. For many centuries, Nice then became passed between the French and Italian’s as they fought over ownership. In 1861, Nice officially became part of France and the city then quickly grew into a significant military force. However, wealthy Englishmen then discovered this stunning gem on the coast and decided to turn it into the plush winter retreat. This was where the construction of the promenade stemmed from, transforming the derelict area into what it is today. It is still considered to be an exclusive resort for the rich but that is no longer the case as affordable city breaks are achievable for all.
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