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Nice

Nice is the capital of the French Départments Alpes-Maritimes and is one of the most famous tourism destination on the Côte d%Azur. Starting in the 1850s, even before Nice was part of France, the city was the destination of choice for rich aristocrats from all over Europe as a winter getaway, including Queen Victoria and the Russian Czar. But they were not the first who appreciated the mild climate and the location between the Alps and the Mediterranean. Greek settlers and Roman invaders were here 2000 years earlier. From the Greek period the city still has its name, they called it after Nike, their Goddess of victory. The conquering Romans renamed the town Cemenelum, the name lives on in the Cimiez district of Nice. Here you can visit a Roman arena still in use today and the ruins of a gigantic Roman bathhouse.

Today Nice looks like a museum in architectural history. If you take a stroll through the charming Old Town you will find a lot baroque, classicism, belle époque and art déco buildings next to contemporary architecture. The famous artist Henri Matisse left many of his works and his own private collection on display in the Musée Matisse. Enjoy the local cuisine and try socca, a pancake made of chickpeas flour, or the salade niçoise. Make a daytrip to famous neighboring cities like Monaco, Cannes and St. Tropez and have a great time just relaxing on the beach!

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Airport
  • Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE): The airport is located 7 km (4 miles) west of Nice.
  • Address: Rue Costes et Bellonte, 06206 Nice, France
  • Telephone: (33) 08 2042 3333
  • Airport Nice


Where to stay in Nice

Where to stay in Nice
Hotel Palais
A stylish manor for everyone who can afford it: The mixed guests not only come for shopping and meeting, but also for splashing around. In fact, the pool might be the main attraction. The indoor/outdoor pool has Greek mosaics in the water, a Buddhist bar and an Asian restaurant right near the water - it doesn't get more international than that. And the view onto the sea tops it all.If you also want to enjoy that from your rooms, you should absolutely book one in the upper floors: The massive columns of the Art Deco facade often inhibit the view to the blue. Still, it doesn't really matter, since the furnishing of the rooms make up for a lot: Saffron, ochre, and blue make you feel like cosy. The room service is great, and you have W-Lan and beauty products from Annick Goutal. Doubles starting at 290,- euros a night.
Ellington Hotel
B4 Nice Plaza

What to see in Nice

What to see in Nice
Matisse-Museum
He is the only representative of the Modernist Period that Pablo Picasso considered to be his equal: Henri Matisse lived in Nice from 1918 until his death in 1954. This is why his most beautiful works are on display here.As with all the museums in Nice the building itself is a real attraction: On the hill of Cimiez, near other sights like the Franciscan monastery with its opulent garden, it has a magnificent view. Henri Matisse himself had lived in the neighbourhood in a 17th century villa. The museum accommodates about 500 pictures, drawings, book illustrations, etchings and sculptures from all the different creative period of the artist.Entrance fee: Adults 5,- Euro, reduced fee 2,50 Euro.
Fondation Maeght
The Nice Carnival

Where to eat in Nice

Where to eat in Nice
L´ane Rouge
Michel Devillers is utterly inflexible, at least when it comes to the quality of his ingredients. That's why the chef de cuisine of L'ane Rouge in Nice only works with seasonal products and selected suppliers. You have Gilbert, for example, who bets on real handicraft when it comes to fishing - making him one of the final few of his kind. Or Serge who breeds his chicken in traditional ways. The olive oil comes from Cantaron and Michel loves it for its unique flavour. Being the son of a butcher, grandson of a vegetable farmer and cousin of a restaurant owner he was confronted with gourmet sophistry early on. When he was 13 he was gravely fascinated by the salmon served at his own First Communion which let to his decision to become a cook. Every day after school he ran into the Hotel du Nord in Roye and glimpsed over the experts' shoulders. Today he's being watched in the restaurant by young boys in turn.
Nice Garden Hotel
11e Art

Where to shop in Nice

Where to shop in Nice
Florian du Vieux
Attention sweet tooth: Here is where you can find handmade chocolates, jelly beans and candied fruits. Free tours of the production area included! The many delicacies are made following recipes from the 19th century.The ingredients include fruits and flowers from Provence, and most of them organically produced. By the way, the shop provides the perfect explanation for why many small presents never reach their intended destination - they are just too seductive not to be eaten immediately!
La Ferme Formagèr
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