Nice is one of France's most prestigious and beautiful cities, and also a vital access point to the South of France. Nice's position in the heart of the French Riviera gives it access to all of the famous Côte d'Azur names such as Monte Carlo, Monaco, Cannes and Antibes.
Castle Hill provides incredible views over the Nice coastline and the Old Town, which is one of the most charming old quarters in France. It is in this part of Nice that tourists find an abundance of restaurants and small boutique style craft shops, as well as some of the more traditional bars.
Promenade des Anglais stretches along the seashore and lighting conditions here often feel particularly tranquil; the area was a favourite for some of the great French painters including Chagall.
The promenade is so named due to the English affection for Nice in its early years as a popular resort. The city continues to draw wealthy visitors from around the world, often due to its harbour facilities, luxury hotels and world class restaurants.
The huge town square named Place Massena is one of the most sprawling and impressive in France. The square stands on the perimeter of the main part of the Old Town, near the famous Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. At the other end of the Old Town, you will find the Place Garibaldi which is not so big but is equally agreeable, and Place Rossetti is worthy of note - here you will find some fine pavement cafes for those sunny days.
The Orthodox Cathedral and Nice Opera House attract plenty of visitors, and the Allianz Arena mustn't be forgotten; the state of the art home of OGC Nice is the reason many people visit the city. Nice is one of the most famous teams in the French Ligue 1 and had their heyday in the 50s with players such as Joaquin Valle.
August is the warmest month of the year with average daily maximum temperatures of 28 °C, while July is the driest month with an average rainfall of 12 mm.
Last updated: 14 March 2014