The fifth largest city in France. A dynamic flourishing economy contributes to Nice’s second place for tourism in France after Paris with 4 million visitors a year. An international airport just fifteen minutes from the city centre and a world-renowned Convention Centre voted Best European convention centre for several years in a row.
Nice’s assets include its climate, light, beautiful sights and landscapes. Nice is fascinating for its bustling activity, fine ochre façades, colourful markets and especially its authenticity. A morning stroll through the flower market and fruit and vegetable market in Old Nice offers a wonderful moment of pleasure for all the senses: sweet, spicy, floral fragrances, a festival of colour in the stalls, sampling of sun-drenched specialities... Against the background of the Castle Hill, this view is one of the main attractions of the destination Nice, to be given priority in your agendas.
Promenade des Anglais, Carnival, Old Nice, "Nice Jazz Festival" are all renowned beyond our borders, but there are countless other ways to discover Nice... Just let your inspiration guide you to discover its many treasures: the variety of its historical and architectural heritage attests to the many successive influences of its past. The number and quality of its museums place Nice second in France after Paris and the many sculptures displayed in its streets illustrate the strong feelings artists have always expressed for our city.
Furthermore, Nice is located in the heart of the French Riviera, one of the world’s most popular tourist regions. This central position is an essential asset for organising your discovery stays. The best known sites on the Riviera and in the hinterland are within a 100km radius of Place Massena! This makes Nice the ideal starting point for discovering the Mediterranean coast and its famous perched villages and even to enjoy skiing and other gliding sports in the resorts of the hinterland.
Nice, culture and heritage
"When I realised I would see that light every morning, I could not believe my happiness ... I decided never to leave Nice and remained here for my almost my entire existence".
For all time, artists have been fascinated by the city’s radiance, the beauty of its landscapes and its relaxed atmosphere, all factors of creativity. They often have decided to make their home here, making their contribution to the diversity of pictural art trends.
Don’t miss out on the painters itinerary to follow in the footsteps of these Great Masters and discover the lanscapes which inspired them. Emotions guaranteed!
Make the most of your stay and visit the twenty Museums and Galleries and their prestigious collections by Matisse, Chagall, or the famous "Ecole de Nice".
In Nice, art is also in the street : the city has been a real open-air contemporary museum. Travel through Nice with the tramway and follow the evening guided itinerary of the 13 works created by world-renowned artists which give the urban landscape its distinctive style.
Here culture is very much alive, it also has its musical declinations : pianists and saxophonists are to be found in informal locations, as well as more conventional settings, a large number of concert halls and theatres where you can sit back and enjoy a jazz concert or an opera...
Originality, authenticity, avant-garde...
The main winter event on the French Riviera is one of the largest Carnivals in the world, offering a programme of unforgettable entertainment...
These giant, colourful parades take place day and night, with entertainment provided by over 1,000 musicians and dancers from across the world.
In a unique setting, on the Promenade des Anglais, the elegant Flower Parades are part of the Carnival also not to be missed. On floats decorated with the most stunning floral compositions, extravagantly dressed characters throw out mimosas, gerberas and lilies to the public.
For over 15 days, the city hums to the rhythm of this genuine, fairy-tale event .. get a passport for the celebration and let the magic do its work... come and forget the dullness of winter and take in the sun on the French Riviera.
What to see :
- Matisse museum
- The Prefecture Palace and the Nice Opera.
- The Russian Orthodox church.
- Modern art museul.History Museum.
- Musee de Malacologie (seashells).
- The Lascaris Palace.
- Musee des beaux arts.
Over 7km, make the most of the pleasures of the sea - in activity or relaxation style... According to your preferences, choose between 15 private and 20 public beaches...
Your safety is assured: the sea water is in conformity with national standards ( Pavillon Bleu or Blue Flag), zones of nautical activities are clealy defined and beaches are supervised from Carras to Ponchettes.
2 public beaches are specially equipped to make access to the sea easier for the physically challenged : the beaches Centenaire and Carras. (label Handiplage 2 bouées).
All the private beaches propose (from April to October) mattresses, parasols, changing cubicles and showers. Each has a restaurant overlooking the sea.
Private beach :
Hofborg concierge and services advise :
- Beau Rivage beach
- Le voilier plage
- Ruhl plage
Hofborg concierge and services advise :
- La petite maison forgastronomy
- La Réserve for gastronomy and the view
- Le Chantecler Hotel Negresco for the prestige and gastronomy
- Boccaccio for the food.
Sources : Nice tourist office