France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Nice, France Guide
Want to experience France's famed Côte d'Azur? Start in Nice, its unofficial "capital."




On the Mediterranean shore 950 km (590 miles) southeast of Paris and only 32 km (20 miles west of the Italian border (map), Nice is the 5th largest city in France

With a fine selection of hotels in all price ranges, the Riviera's major airport, its busiest train station, a historic Old Town, Roman ruins, dramatic scenery, fine museums, things to see and do, restaurants and lots of shopping, Nice really is the "capital" of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera).

It's the first place to consider as a base for your explorations of the region.

What to See & Do

Nice's Promende des Anglais is the status address, the Mediterranean beachrfront promenade lined with luxury hotels. The beach itself is narrow and stony, but that doesn't stop it from being in high demand in summer.

Even in winter, when most visitors limit their sunning to the promenade, you'll see people tanning on the beach.

Vieux Nice (or Vieille Ville, Old Town), with its narrow, winding streets and small squares, is a good place to look for old churches, good small restaurants, and interesting markets and shops.

The cours Saleya is at the center of the Marché aux Fleurs, a market near the waterfront for everything good in French cooking, as well as flowers and spices.

Above the cours Saleya and Vielle Ville looms a rocky promontory which once held Le Château, the castle of the Dukes of Savoy, who once ruled Nice. East of the promontory, the Vieux Port is lined with seafood restaurants.

Monaco & Monte Carlo

Want to go to Monte Carlo, Monaco? Hop on Bus 100 in Nice, pay the tiny fare (€1), and it'll take you straight there. Transport to other Riviera towns is equally quick and easy by train or bus.

Hotels in Nice

What to See & Do

Transport in Nice

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