Nice – La Belle
This ethnically diverse city allures about four million tourists every year with the blue-green waters of the Mediterranean, its perpetually excellent weather and its numerous attractions. Consequently, it flaunts the second largest hotel capacity in France, right after Paris. Nice, also known as Nice la Belle, or Nice the Beautiful, is the country’s fifth most populous city and the heart of the French Riviera. Coming here for a vacation is always a wonderful experience.
The one place that every visitor wants to see first in Nice is the ever enchanting Promenade des Anglais (English Promenade). Its name evokes the second half of the 18th century, when the English upper classes would come and spend winters here, enjoying the picturesque city and its mild climate. Facing the beautiful sea, the promenade is always bustling with life and human activity. You will see people jogging, biking, skating and enjoying the day in various ways.
Vendors tempt passersby with delicious crepes and refreshments, while numerous restaurants and cafés await their guests with gourmet dishes and excellent coffees. If you really want to be pampered, then you should opt for a comfy chaise lounge facing the water – a friendly waiter will keep your drinks and appetizers coming for as long as you need.
Another excellent place for lovely strolls is the Old Nice (Vieux Nice), where a maze of narrow streets contributes to the wonderful atmosphere of the old town. Here you will find numerous interesting shops and boutiques, as well as restaurants, nightclubs and bars. Whenever you get a little romantic, you can visit the Cours Saleya Flower Market, one of the city’s most popular attractions. The market is open six days a week, leaving Mondays free for antiques and flea markets.
Another tourist attraction that you cannot miss is the iconic Russian Orthodox Cathedral, which is an excellent proof of the former URSS’s presence on the Côte d’Azur. This is only one of the many Russian landmarks in the city and also the most important of all. It is the largest Orthodox cathedral in Western Europe, and a national monument of France.
The presence of a classic Russian church in a Mediterranean area with tropical palm trees and warm sandy beaches is surprising yet fascinating. The explanation for it lies once again with the excellent climate of the city, which attracted the Russian nobility of the mid-19th century.The truth is, even today it is virtually impossible to resist the appeal of Nice, no matter where you come from.
- Also worth visiting is the Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image, as well as the Matisse Museum.
- The city can be visited and fully enjoyed all year round, but during summer it is quite crowded.
- Souvenirs to take home include perfumes and Mediterranean delicacies.
- Excellent luxury hotels in the city: Hotel Boscolo Exedra Nice, Hotel Le Negresco, La Réserve de Beaulieu & Spa, and more.